Kwan Kew Lai MD. DMD. FACP.

Originally from Penang, Malaysia, I received a scholarship from Wellesley College that opened the door for me to be a doctor. I am a Harvard Medical Faculty Physician. In 2005, I left academia to dedicate time to humanitarian work; in HIV/AIDS in Africa, disaster relief all over the world, during wars, famine, natural disasters, Ebola outbreak, the Syrian, Rohingya refugee crises, and the COVID-19 pandemic in New York and the Navajo Nation. I am a three-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. I am a lead author of many professional publications and presentations in my field and a contributor to the Infectious Disease Society Science Speaks. My writings have appeared in Balloons Lit Journal and Medpage Today. My books include Lest We Forget: A Doctor’s Experience with Life and Death During the Ebola OutbreakInto Africa, Out of Academia: A Doctor’s Memoir and The Girl Who Taught Herself to Fly will be out in 2022. 

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