Evan Lyon’s work as a physician and activist focuses on the right to health – providing comprehensive care in poor communities, assisting community-based HIV and TB care, and managing chronic illness using community health workers. He has worked in Haiti since 1996.
Beyond working to provide care in poor communities, Dr. Lyon’s research, advocacy work, and teaching have focused on economic, social, and political inequality, the health consequences of war and political violence – with particular emphasis on the Iraq war, the right to health, and popular, community-based responses to global health problems. He has worked extensively on prisoner health and legal rights in Alabama and in Haiti.
Dr. Lyon received his MD from Harvard Medical School in 2003 and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and a hospitalist in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is an editor for Health and Human Rights: an International Journal and is on the national steering committee for the People’s Health Movement in the U.S.
Dr. Lyon has worked with Partners in Health (PIH) since 1997, primarily on expanding clinical capacity in rural Haiti. He is the clinical director of PIH’s Right to Health Care program which brings patients to medical services that are unavailable in poor countries. Following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, he helped manage disaster relief efforts through PIH at the public General Hospital in Port-au-Prince.