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Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Harvard University

John G. Meara, MD, DMD, MBA is the Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change within the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Meara serves as the Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief of the Department of Plastic & Oral Surgery at Boston Children's Hospital and is Co-Chair for the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. He is also the Vice-Chair of the Health Policy Advisory Group for the American College of Surgeons. Since 2008, he has Co-Directed the Paul Farmer Global Surgery Fellowship program in collaboration with Partners In Health. Its purpose is to train leaders who will further promote surgical care, education, and research pertinent to global surgery. His clinical interests and innovation activities are in the areas of craniofacial anomalies and cleft lip and palate, but Dr. Meara has a particular interest in augmenting the delivery of quality surgical care in low-resource settings. He is involved in multiple global surgery projects looking at the burden of surgical disease, surgical capacity and systems building in resource poor environments, surgical education, and the economic impact of untreated surgical disease. Twitter: @JohnMeara


  • 2015–present
    Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • 2006–present
    Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief, Boston Children's Hospital
  • 2005–2006
    Chief of Surgery, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne


  • 2004 
    Melbourne Business School, MBS
  • 1993 
    University of Pennsylvania, DMD
  • 1990 
    University of Michigan, MD
  • 1986 
    University of Notre Dame, BS

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons