Margaret E. Kruk


Margaret E. Kruk, MD, MPH is Associate Professor of Global Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. Kruk’s research generates evidence for improved health system quality and responsiveness in low- and middle-income countries.  She is interested in the intersection of user expectations and health system performance.  She has published on health care utilization and quality, population preferences for health services, universal health coverage, and health system resilience.  Dr. Kruk uses implementation science methods to evaluate complex health system initiatives.  She collaborates with colleagues in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Liberia, and India, and other countries.

Dr. Kruk is Chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDG Era (HQSS Commission).  She previously served as Commissioner on the Lancet Global Health 2035 Commission on Investing in Health and currently serves on the National Academy of Medicine Committee on Health System Strengthening. Prior to joining Harvard, Dr. Kruk was Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management and Director of the Better Health Systems Initiative at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  She has held posts at the United Nations Development Program and McKinsey and Company and practiced medicine in northern Ontario, Canada.  She holds an MD degree from McMaster University and an MPH from Harvard University.

Listen to Dr. Kruk discuss her goals for the Commission by clicking here.