Dr Afsan Bhadelia
Dr Afsan Bhadelia (she/her) is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Faculty at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Miami Institute for Advanced Study of the Americas. She is a health systems and disparities researcher focused on applying and translating complex systems theory and metrics science to examine social and structural determinants of health inequities, including related to chronic diseases (focusing on cancer and palliative care as tracers) and from a gender lens. Her transdisciplinary and justice-oriented research seeks to advance public discourse and community partnership in knowledge generation around health to promote value-based and citizen-driven priority-setting and implementation.
Dr. Bhadelia is a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death and the Lancet Commission on Cancer and Health Systems. She previously co-chaired the Taskforce on Women and Non-Communicable Disease, lead co-authored the report of the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief, co-chaired the Commission’s Scientific Advisory Committee, and coordinated the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control.