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President of the US section of Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres
Matthew C. Spitzer, MD, DTMH
Dr. Matthew Spitzer joined MSF in 1999, establishing primary care services and training medical providers in Khampa Tibet, southwestern China. He has worked in Sierra Leone as field coordinator, with MSF-USA in a project exploring the medical needs of asylum seekers in detention, and in Cambodia, where he coordinated response to epidemic dengue. Elected to the Board of Directors of MSF-USA in 2006, he chaired the Program Committee and was elected President in 2008. A family physician, Dr. Spitzer worked for 10 years in San Francisco at the St. Anthony Free Clinic and its affiliated drug rehabilitation program, practiced for a year and a half at San Quentin State Prison, and taught in the case-based curriculum of UC Berkeley’s Joint Medical Program. Now based in NYC, he is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and the director of predoctoral education at Columbia University’s Center for Family and Community Medicine.