Meg O'Brien, PhD

Director, Global Cancer Treatment

Dr. Meg O’Brien leads our in-country work and develops the program’s strategic plan and oversees fundraising efforts.

An epidemiologist who has worked in health facilities in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, Dr. O’Brien works closely with ministries of health and non-governmental organizations in low- and middle-income countries to develop technical solutions to the crisis of untreated pain. Dr. O’Brien has worked in 25 countries and focuses on ensuring that our programs are locally appropriate and meet the unique needs of the country they are in. Her training and experience in mathematical modeling and statistics provides the foundation for our unique focus on quantitative solutions.

Dr. O’Brien came to "Treat the Pain" with over ten years of experience working in HIV treatment scale-up in developing countries. She was the Research Director of the Consortium for Strategic HIV Operations Research at the Clinton Health Access Initiative and worked for three years in HIV treatment clinics in Tanzania for the Harvard School of Public Health. Earlier in her career, she worked in a public HIV clinic in New Orleans, LA and in biostatistical consulting.

Dr. O’Brien completed a Ph.D. in infectious disease epidemiology from the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a postdoctoral degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She also holds a master’s degree in International Health from the George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and certificate in African Studies from Georgetown University.