Mark G. Shrime, M.D., MPH, Ph.D., FACS

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Research Director, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School


Global Surgery and Health

Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Service

Thyroid and Parathyroid

Board Certification

  • Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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Phone: 617-573-3431

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Dr. Mark Shrime is a board-certified, fellowship trained otolarynic surgeon. Dr. Shrime graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University prior to receiving his medical degree from the University of Texas, after taking a year to teach organic chemistry in Singapore. Subsequently, Dr. Shrime completed his residency in otolaryngology at the joint Columbia/Cornell program in Manhattan, followed by a fellowship in head and neck surgical oncology and a second fellowship in microvascular reconstructive surgery at the University of Toronto. Now, he is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology and of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, where he also serves as the Research Director for the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change.

Dr. Shrime’s academic pursuits focus on surgical delivery in low- and middle-income countries, where he has a specific interest in the intersection of health and impoverishment. His work aims to determine optimal policies and platforms for surgical delivery that maximizes health benefits while simultaneously minimizing the risk of financial catastrophe faced by patients. Dr. Shrime was the first to identify a novel independent prognostic indicator in head and neck cancer. To date, he has worked and taught in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Benin, Togo, Congo, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, and Madagascar.

In 2011, he graduated with an MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a finalist for both the Albert Schweitzer award and the HSPH Student Recognition award, and in 2015 he received his PhD in health policy from Harvard University, with a concentration in decision science.

Select Publications

Sustainable development in surgery: The health, poverty, and equity impacts of charitable surgery in Uganda. Shrime MG, Sekidde S, Linden A, Cohen JL, Weinstein MC, Salomon JA. PLOS One. 2016. 

A global country-level comparison of the financial burden of surgery. Shrime MG, Dare A, Alkire BC, Meara JG. British Journal of Surgery. October 2016. 103(11):1453–1461.

Task sharing or public finance for expanding surgical access in rural Ethiopia: An extended cost-effectiveness analysis. Shrime MG, Verguet S, Desalegn D, Johansson KA, Jamison D, Kruk ME. Health Policy and Planning. 2016. 31(6):706–716.

The right to look human—head and neck surgery in low- and middle-income countries: The Chris O’Brien memorial lecture. Shrime MG. JAMA Otolaryngology. 2016 Dec 1. 142(12):1143–1144

Barriers to surgical care and health outcomes: A prospective study on the relation between wealth, sex, and postoperative complications in the Republic of the Congo. Lin BM, White M, Glover A, Wamah GP, Trotti DL, Randall K, Alkire BC, Cheney ML, Parker G, Shrime MG. World J Surg. 2017 Jan. 41(1):14–23.

Evaluation of patient satisfaction, impact, and disability-free survival after a surgical mission in Madagascar: A pilot survey. White M, Alcorn D, Randall K, Duncan S, Klassen H, Shrime MG. World J Surg. 2016 Oct 11.

Laparoscopic versus open cholecystectomy: A cost-effectiveness analysis at Rwanda Military Hospital. Silverstein A, Costas-Chavarri A, Gakwaya MR, Lule J, Mukhopadhyay S, Meara JG, Shrime MG. World J Surg. 2016 Nov 30.

An evaluation of preparedness, delivery, and impact of surgical and anesthesia care in Madagascar: A framework for a national surgical plan. Bruno E, White MC, Baxter LS, Ravelojaona VA, Rakotoarison HN, Andriamanjato HH, Close KL, Herbert A, Raykar N, Saluja S, Shrime MG. World J Surg. 2016 Nov 30.

Economic valuation of the impact of a large surgical charity using the Value of Lost Welfare approach. Corlew DS, Alkire BC, Poenaru D, Meara JG, Shrime MG. BMJ Global Health 2016. Accepted for publication. 

Global surgery 2030: A roadmap for high-income country actors. Ng-Kamstra JS, Greenberg SLM, Abdulla F, Amado V, Anderson GA, Cossa M, Costas-Chavarri A, Davies J, Debas HT, Dyer GSM, Erdene S, Farmer PE, Gaumnitz A, Hagander L, Haider A, Leather AJM, Lin Y, Marten R, Marvin JT, McClain CD, Meara JG, Mehes M, Mock C, Mukhopadhyay S, Orgoi S, Prestero T, Price RR, Raykar NP, Riesel JN, Riviello R, Rudy S, Saluja S, Sullivan R, Tarpley JL, Taylor RH, Telemque L-F, Toma G, Varghese A, Walker M, Yamey G, Shrime MG. BMJ Global Health 2016. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2015-000011. 

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  • Harvard School of Public Health, MPH
  • Harvard University, Ph.D.
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University (Surgical Internship)
  • Princeton University, BA
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, M.D.


  • New York Presbyterian Hospital (Otolaryngology)


  • University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital (Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery)
  • University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital (Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery)