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

Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Research Director, Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Harvard Medical School

Research Summary

Research Summary 

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. 

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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1996: BA, Molecular Biology, Princeton University
2002: MD, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School
2011: MPH, T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health
2015: PhD, Harvard University

Post-Graduate Training

2001-2002: Surgical Internship, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University
2002-2006: Otolaryngology Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University
2006-2007: Fellowship, Head and Neck Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital
2008: Fellowship, Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto General Hospital

Professional Memberships

2009-present: Humanitarian Efforts Committee, American Academy of Otolaryngology
2011-present: Surgeons Overseas
2013-present: Global Burden of Disease Expert Panel
2014-present: Institutional Review Board member, Mercy Ships
Present: American Head and Neck Society
Present: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Present: American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Honors (select)

2003: John Q. Adams Center for History of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery research grant for Facial Plastic Surgery
2005: The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award
2006: Resident Travel Award, Eastern Section Meeting of the Triologic Society
2007: Poster Presentation, 1st place, Trological Society Combined Section Meetings
2013: Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University
2016: Board of Directors’ Committee Excellence Award, American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery

Editorial Roles (select)

Archives of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (Editorial Reviewer)
Head and Neck (Editorial Reviewer)
Laryngoscope (Editorial Reviewer)
Archives of Oral Biology (Editorial Reviewer)
Ear and Hearing (Editorial Reviewer)
Cost Effectiveness and Resource Allocation (Editorial Reviewer)
Annals of Surgical Oncology (Editorial Reviewer)
Medical Care (Editorial Reviewer)
British Journal of Surgery (Editorial Reviewer)
Annals of Surgery (Editorial Reviewer)
PLOS One (Editorial Reviewer)