Dr. Lincoln Chen is President of the China Medical Board of Cambridge, MA. Started in 1914, the Board was endowed by John D. Rockefeller as an independent foundation that seeks to advance health in China and Asia by strengthening medical education, research, and policies.
In 2001-2006, Dr. Chen founded and directed the Global Equity Initiative of Harvard University’s Asia Center. In an earlier decade, 1987-1996, Dr. Chen was the Taro Takemi Professor of International Health and Director of the university-wide Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.
In the five years 1997-2001, Dr. Chen served as Executive Vice-President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and in 1973-1987, he represented the Ford Foundation in India and Bangladesh.
From 2001-2007, Dr. Chen was Chair of the Board of Directors of CARE/USA, one of America’s leading international relief and development organizations. He currently serves as a Board member of the Social Science Research Council, the Secretary-General’s Global Advisory Board to the UN Fund for International Partnership (Ted Turner’s UN Foundation), BRAC Foundation USA, the Public Health Foundation of India, the Carso Instituto de la Salud, and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. In 2004-2007, he was the Special Envoy of the WHO Director-General in Human Resources for Health, and in 2006, he was elected the first Board Chair of the Global Health Workforce Alliance, a public-private partnership with a secretariat based at the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Dr. Chen is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences. He graduated from Princeton University (BA), Harvard Medical School (MD), and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (MPH). He was trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital.