25 Facts About Arthur Kleinman


Arthur Michael Kleinman was born on March 11,1941 and is an American psychiatrist, social anthropologist and a professor of medical anthropology, psychiatry and global health and social medicine at Harvard University.


Arthur Kleinman began his work in Taiwan in 1968, and then expanded to mainland China in 1978.


At Harvard, Kleinman has taught at all levels for decades.


Arthur Kleinman did an internship in internal medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and his psychiatric residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.


Arthur Kleinman is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard and professor of medical anthropology and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.


Arthur Kleinman has held a variety of administrative positions, including chair of Harvard's Department of Anthropology, chair of Harvard Medical School's Department of Social Medicine, and director of Harvard's Asia Center.


In 2011, Arthur Kleinman was named a Harvard College Professor and given the Distinguished Faculty Award.

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Arthur Kleinman directed the World Mental Health Report, released at the UN in 1995, and directed the World Bank Out of the Shadows Report in 2016.


Arthur Kleinman co-chaired the American Psychiatric Association's Taskforce on Culture and DSM-IV, co-chaired the 2002 Institute of Medicine report on Preventing Suicide, and co-chaired in 2001 and 2002 both the NIH conference on the Science and Ethics of the Placebo and the NIH conference on Stigma.


Arthur Kleinman was on the Counsel of the Fogarty International Center, NIH, and on the NIH Council of Councils.


Arthur Kleinman was a consultant to the WHO where he chaired the technical advisory committee of the Nations for Mental Health Action Program, and in December 2002, gave the keynote address to the WHO's first international conference on global mental health research.


Arthur Kleinman has authored seven books and over 350 articles, book chapters, reviews and introductions.


Arthur Kleinman is the co-author of four books including A Passion for Society: How We Think About Human Suffering with Iain Wilkinson and Deep China: The Moral Life of the Person.


Arthur Kleinman has co-authored many works with other psychiatrists, anthropologists and researchers in the field of global health including the late Paul Farmer, Veena Das, Margaret Lock, Michael Phillips, Byron Good, Mary Del-Vecchio Good, Tsung-yi Lin and Leon Eisenberg.


Arthur Kleinman is co-editor of 29 volumes, including: Social Suffering; Culture and Depression; SARS in China; Global Pharmaceuticals; Subjectivity: Ethnographic Investigations; Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction; The Culture of Illness and Psychiatric Practice in Africa; and The Ground Between: Anthropologists Engage Philosophy.


Arthur Kleinman has co-edited 11 special issues of journals and published essays in The Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, The Harvard Magazine, among other media.


Arthur Kleinman is a member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


Arthur Kleinman has delivered numerous lectures on a variety of topics at universities around the world.


Arthur Kleinman has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.


Arthur Kleinman is Distinguished Lifetime Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Anthropological Association.


Arthur Kleinman has twice given the Distinguished Lecture at NIH and was a member of its Council of Councils from 2007 to 2011.


Arthur Kleinman was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services of the US Government to the Advisory Council of the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health.


In 2003, Arthur Kleinman chaired the Selection Committee for the NIH's new Pioneer Awards.


Arthur Kleinman was awarded an honorary professorship at Fudan University.


Arthur Kleinman was married to the late Joan Kleinman, a sinologist and his research collaborator, for 45 years.

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