Salmaan Keshavjee, M.D. Ph. D. is a leading expert in tuberculosis treatment and the anthropology of health policy. He is the author of Blind Spot: How neoliberalism infiltrated global health. He has worked extensively with the Boston-based non-profit Partners In Health (PIH) on the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Over the last 20 years, Dr. Keshavjee has conducted clinical and implementation research on MDR-TB in Russia, both in the prison and civilian sectors. He was Deputy-Director for the Partners In Health’s health programs in Lesotho (2006-2008), launching one of the first community-based treatment programs for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis/HIV co-infection in sub-Saharan Africa. His research has resulted in a number of clinical and policy manuscripts on TB and MDR-TB, which have had significant clinical and policy impact.
Dr. Keshavjee is the Chair of the Steering Committee for the Zero TB Initiative, a global coalition of implementers, policy makers and activists working to create islands of tuberculosis elimination in a number of countries worldwide. He was the Chair of the World Health Organization/Stop TB Partnership’s Green Light Committee for Multidrug-resistant TB from 2007-2010. He has been involved in a number of global guidelines for tuberculosis treatment including at the World Health Organization and the American Thoracic Society.