Dr. Philip Lederer, MD is Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. As an infectious diseases physician at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Lederer cares for patients at critical moments of life that include primary care, inpatient consultations, and post-operative care. As a public intellectual, researcher, educator, and advocate for the underserved, he is an increasingly recognized expert in the global movement to improve health for all.
Dr. Lederer trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer (“disease detective”) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is also board certified in infectious diseases, having trained at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
He previously held positions at Harvard Medical School (Instructor), Massachusetts General Hospital (assistant in medicine), at Maputo Central Hospital in Mozambique, and at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Lederer’s scholarship has been at the intersection of tuberculosis and hospital epidemiology/infection control.
He was born in Ohio, and grew up in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Kentucky. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University (Magna Cum Laude) and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Lederer completed internal medicine residency at UCSD where he received the 2011 Lee Rickman Humanism in Medicine Award. He has contributed the Harvard Law Record, CNN.com, The Conversation, and the Bay State Banner, and his advocacy work has been featured in the Boston Globe.
In addition to tuberculosis transmission, he is interested in poverty, racism, gun violence, and the abolition of nuclear weapons globally. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and is studying Korean. He plays the violin and is passionate about music, as well as gardening, and ensuring that his 3-year-old son Joseph grows up in a healthier, more equitable world. His wife, Dr. Kristen Lee, is an internal medicine physician at the Boston University School of Medicine and leader in the treatment of Hepatitis C.
Why I do what I do
And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
– Isaiah 2:4
The themes of my life have been movement, music, and nonviolence. I was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Rochester Hills, Michigan; and Lexington, Kentucky. Since then I have lived and worked in a number of cities, states, and countries. Growing up I played the violin, and have also enjoyed the banjo, guitar, and singing.
I’m passionate about helping others make an impact on the world. Participating in public debate and addressing social problems are critically important. The future of democracy and education are interrelated. We must become educated, develop a sense of agency, and form supportive networks.
I’m convinced that becoming educated requires originality. By that I mean taking charge of the food you eat, and being mindful about your thoughts, behaviors, and the ways you use technology.
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“Unless now the world adopts nonviolence, it will spell certain suicide for mankind.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Philip A. Lederer