Dr. Joanne Liu has served as International President of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 2013 to 2019. MSF is a leading voice on medical humanitarian crises, providing medical assistance across the full spectrum of care. MSF also advocates for those in need, including those who have been forcibly displaced.

Dr. Liu will be interviewed by Paul Costello, Stanford School of Medicine Senior Communications Strategist, and will answer questions from the audience.

In times of crisis such as the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the Kunduz hospital bombing, or the Mediterranean migrant crisis, MSF has engaged world leaders at the highest levels.

Dr. Liu trained at McGill University School of Medicine in Montreal. She holds a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine from New York University School of Medicine and an International Master’s in Health Leadership, also from McGill University.

Since beginning her MSF field work in 1996, Dr. Liu has undertaken over 20 missions across the world. Her operational contributions range from introducing comprehensive medical care for survivors of sexual violence, to developing a telemedicine platform connecting doctors in remote areas with medical specialists worldwide. MSF works to provide care to forcibly displaced people, everything from lifesaving nutrition to psychological care to advocacy.

Dr. Liu’s role builds on a career of field work with MSF, including over 20 missions across the world. She trained at McGill University School of Medicine, and holds a Fellowship in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and a Master’s in Health Leadership.