Vikram Patel
Secondary Faculty

Vikram Patel

Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population

Global Health and Population

Other Positions

Pershing Square Professor of Global Health

Global Health and Social Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Awards and Honors

Chalmers Medal
Royal Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK)

Academy of Medical Sciences (UK)

Sarnat Medal
National Academy of Medicine (US)

100 most influential persons in the world
Time Magazine

Principal Research Fellowship
Wellcome Trust

Honorary Doctorate
Georgetown University

Pardes Humanitarian Prize
Brain and Behaviour Foundation

Officer of the British Empire
UK Government

Social Enterpreneur of the Year
Asian Awards

Chanchlani Global Health Prize
McMaster University

Posey Global Leadership Award
Austin College


The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development.

Patel V, Saxena S, Lund C, Thornicroft G, Baingana F, Bolton P, Chisholm D, Collins PY, Cooper JL, Eaton J, Herrman H, Herzallah MM, Huang Y, Jordans MJD, Kleinman A, Medina-Mora ME, Morgan E, Niaz U, Omigbodun O, Prince M, Rahman A, Saraceno B, Sarkar BK, De Silva M, Singh I, Stein DJ, Sunkel C, UnÜtzer J.

Lancet. 2018 10 27. 392(10157):1553-1598. PMID: 30314863

Time to deliver: report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs.

Nishtar S, Niinistö S, Sirisena M, Vázquez T, Skvortsova V, Rubinstein A, Mogae FG, Mattila P, Ghazizadeh Hashemi SH, Kariuki S, Narro Robles J, Adewole IF, Sarr AD, Gan KY, Piukala SM, Al Owais ARBM, Hargan E, Alleyne G, Alwan A, Bernaert A, Bloomberg M, Dain K, Frieden T, Patel VH, Kennedy A, Kickbusch I.

Lancet. 2018 07 21. 392(10143):245-252. PMID: 29866374


Why ‘deaths of despair’ are rising in the U.S.

November 26, 2019 – Since 2005, many leading causes of death, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, and lung disease, have been decreasing. But deaths from drugs, alcohol, and suicide—what some call “deaths of despair”—have been on the rise.…

Vikram Patel receives award for mental health research

Vikram Patel, professor in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Pershing Square Professor of Global Health in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School (HMS), has received the…