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Social Medicine Consortium Co-Founders

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Michelle Morse, MD, MPH

Dr. Michelle Morse has a long standing commitment to health equity and is a co-founder of the Social Medicine Consortium. In 2010, Dr. Morse co-founded EqualHealth to inspire and support the development of Haiti's next generation of healthcare leaders through improving medical education and creating opportunities for health professionals in Haiti. In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Dr. Morse was compelled to collaborate with colleagues and friends to help build capacity of healthcare providers committed to social medicine, medical and nursing education and social justice. In addition to her work as Co-Founding Director of EqualHealth, Dr. Morse serves as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Haiti for Partners in Health, as an advisor to the Medical Director of the Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, a partnership between the government of Haiti and Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante. Since 2015, Dr. Morse has as Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Morse works clinically as a Hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is a Clinical Instructor on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and an affiliate of the School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.


Michael Westerhaus, MD, MA

Dr. Michael Westerhaus is a co-founder of the Social Medicine Consortium. He is an internal medicine primary care physician at the Center for International Health in St. Paul, MN, which provides care to refugees and immigrants. As a member of the Global Health Faculty at the University of Minnesota, he works both in Minnesota and in northern Uganda to improve community-based primary care delivery, teach about the social determinants of health, and build partnerships based upon respect and equality that advance health for all. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2006 and completed the Global Health Equity residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2010. He also received a Master’s in medical anthropology from Harvard University in 2005 and currently conducts ethnographic research on primary care delivery, global health, and the intersection of structural forces with the personal lives of patients and health workers.