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Lara Jirmanus, M.D.

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Pisacano Scholarship for Leadership in Family Medicine
2008 - 2009
Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholarship
2006 - 2007
Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Lara Jirmanus is a family physician at the Cambridge Health Alliance. She has been involved in grassroots organizing, advocacy and research for many years, addressing worker and immigrant rights in the US, social movements and infectious diseases in Brazil and the impacts of conflict and displacement in the Middle East. Her current research focuses on the health of Syrian refugees and host populations in Lebanon, as well as the Dom, the Middle Eastern Roma.

After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she completed a residency in family medicine at the Boston University Medical Center, a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and earned an MPH at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Jirmanus served as chief resident in Family Medicine at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and taught a course in global health and social medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical School.

Jirmanus has done research on leishmaniasis in rural Brazil, group prenatal care in Dorchester, and community involvement in HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva. She is currently engaged in a community-based participatory research project with Lebanese, Dom and Syrian refugee residents in an urban slum in Beirut, as well as a study of the quality of primary care in Lebanon. During the 2016-2017 academic year she is leading an interdisciplinary seminar on the Syrian refugee crisis with the Harvard FXB Center and the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.

A Qualitative Exploration of Community Health Work in Lebanon
Summer, 06/09/15 - 08/09/15

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  1. Al-Rousan T, Schwabkey Z, Jirmanus L, Nelson BD. Health needs and priorities of Syrian refugees in camps and urban settings in Jordan: perspectives of refugees and health care providers. East Mediterr Health J. 2018 Jun 10; 24(3):243-253. PMID: 29908019.
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  2. Lara Jirmanus, MD MPH. Victims of a Broken System: A Syrian Refugee Family’s Struggle for Healthcare in Lebanon. Harvard Public Health Review. 2016; 7.
  3. Lewnard JA, Jirmanus L, Júnior NN, Machado PR, Glesby MJ, Ko AI, Carvalho EM, Schriefer A, Weinberger DM. Forecasting temporal dynamics of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Northeast Brazil. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2014 Oct; 8(10):e3283. PMID: 25356734; PMCID: PMC4214672.
  4. Jirmanus L, Glesby MJ, Guimarães LH, Lago E, Rosa ME, Machado PR, Carvalho EM. Epidemiological and clinical changes in American tegumentary leishmaniasis in an area of Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis transmission over a 20-year period. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Mar; 86(3):426-33. PMID: 22403312; PMCID: PMC3284357.
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Funded by the NIH/NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) program, grant number UL1TR001102, and through institutional support from Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children's Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.