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John Harland Bryant

Born: 1925 AD
Currently alive, at 95 years of age.
Nationality: American
Categories: Physicians

1925 – John Harland Bryant, Jack was born in Arizona, USA, and educated at numerous schools all over the country. 


1949 – Earned a B.A at the University of Arizona.


1953 – Received his MD at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University.

1960 – Joined the medical faculty of the University of Vermont and served as director of the clinical research program and later as assistant dean in charge of undergraduate education.


1969 – He was invited to help the Rockefeller Foundation with a study of health in the developing world.


1970 – Served as a consultant to, and subsequently joined the board of, Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti. 


1971 – Was named Joseph DeLamar Professor of Public Health, director of the School of Public Health, and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (Public Health).


1978 – Dr. Julius Richmond, U.S Surgeon General under President Jimmy Carter, invited him to expand the activities of the Office of International Health and increase its effectiveness in linking the United States with international health activities.


         – Served as a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Conference on Primary Health Care in Alma Ata, Kazakstan, then a part of the USSR. The first international gathering to recognize the need to reach out beyond existing hospital structures, Alma Ata affirmed that "no one would be left out." Its very name became a catchword for the fundamental doctrine of "health for all."


1978- 1983 – Served as director of the office and deputy assistant secretary for international health in the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Bryant represented the U.S. government on the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO) and participated in a number of joint US-WHO activities, including the development of the WHO Code on Infant Formulas.


1982 – 1990 – Member and president of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences,  he helped organize a number of international conferences on health policy, ethics and human values, and various aspects of the international pharmaceutical industry. This role has led to many cooperative efforts with the Islamic Organization for Medical Sciences, to which he remains a trusted adviser.


1985 – His input was sought in the creation of Aqa Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. What began as a consultancy blossomed into an appointment.


1993 – Was named Noordin M. Thobani Professor and founding chairman of the Department of Community Health Sciences.


         – Retired as Emeritus Professor.


1998 – He engaged in co-organizing a WHO conference in Geneva on equity in health-care delivery. This work expanded into a series of workshops on the ethics of health-care delivery, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and workshops were held in Pakistan, Thailand, Mexico and Colombia.


2000 – Recipient of the Life Time Achievement Awad for Excellence in International Health of the American Public Health Association.


2001-  An honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Arizona. He is author or co-author of multiple books and monographs.


2007 – Lives in a retirement community in Charlottesville, Virginia. Each summer, he works in Kenya, teaching in Kisumu at the Tropical Institute for Community Health and Development. He is also working with UN Habitat, Nairobi, on the problems of Aids Orphans and Vulnerable Children in the Urban Slums of Africa.