Keith Martin, MD, PC Biography

BIOGRAPHY Hon. Keith Martin MD, PC, Executive Director, CUGH

Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. The Consortium is a rapidly growing organization of over 130 academic institutions from around the world. It harnesses the capabilities of these institutions across research, education, advocacy and service to address global challenges. It is particularly focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs.

Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding on Vancouver Island. During that time he held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. In 2004, he was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment. He is particularly interested in strengthening human resources capabilities and scaling up initiatives in low-income settings that improve environmental sustainability and human security.

As a parliamentarian, Dr. Martin created CanadaAid.ca, an online platform to facilitate partnerships between universities, governments, multilateral institutions, NGOs, and the private sector. In 2006, Dr. Martin founded Canada’s first all-party Conservation Caucus in Parliament and developed the online conservation site, www.icforum.info to help mainstream sustainable conservation and environmental practices into development initiatives to achieve positive outcomes for the environment and people.

Dr. Martin has been on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis including Sudan, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Colombia, and the Middle East. He served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He has travelled widely in Africa, visiting the continent 26 times. Dr. Martin is the author of more than 150 editorial pieces published in Canada's major newspapers and has appeared frequently as a political and social commentator on television and radio. From 1997-2000, he created and moderated the nationally syndicated, current affairs television program, Beyond Politics. He is currently a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute, editorial board member for the Annals of Global Health and an advisor for the International Cancer Expert Corps. He has contributed to the Lancet Commission on the Global Surgery Deficit, is a current commissioner on the Lancet-ISMMS Commission on Pollution, Health and Development and is a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance. Dr. Martin is based in Washington, DC, which is the home of CUGH’s Secretariat.



Recent Messages from the Executive Director

Donate to CUGH's Summer Fundraising Drive: Support Travel Scholarships for LMIC Attendees to our 2017 Conference

Over the last three years, since we set up our Secretariat in Washington, DC, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) has nearly tripled in size. Currently, we have 146 institutional members and a network of 19,000 individuals around the world. Last April, our annual conference attracted 1800 people and was our most successful one yet. Over this short period of time we have added new activities, strengthened our committees across education, research, enabling systems, trainees and advocacy, convened leaders from global health programs, added new workshops and webinars, broadened our international reach and increased the menu of activities and benefits we are providing to those involved in global health. We have done this without any expansion at the Secretariat.

Funding for Neglected Diseases at Their Lowest Level Since 2007

Neglected diseases affect more than 1 billion people around the world. They disproportionately impact the poor causing tremendous suffering, disability and sometimes death. Most are preventable or treatable. Sadly, funding to address these neglected diseases is at its lowest level since 2007.

Increased funding across all sectors is needed to develop new therapeutics and enable people to access the treatments they need. Without this, over 1 billion individuals will suffer needlessly, many of whom are amongst the world’s most vulnerable people.