Adam L. Kushner, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.S. is a board certified general surgeon who practices
exclusively in developing countries; a Lecturer in Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Columbia
University; and a founder of the Society of International Humanitarian Surgeons/Surgeons OverSeas
Dr. Kushner has worked as a general surgeon and educator in Malawi, Sierra Leone, Sudan,
Ethiopia, India, Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Haiti; conducted human rights
assessments in Iraq for Physicians for Human Rights; taught trauma care and emergency
management of landmine injuries to medical personnel working in landmine affected regions of
Nicaragua, Ecuador, and Colombia; and worked as a health specialist with the International Rescue
Committee during the Indonesia tsunami response. Since 2003 he has participated in US military
training exercises where he functions as a subject matter expert for human rights and humanitarian
assistance issues. He is a director of the Society of International Humanitarian Surgeons/Surgeons
OverSeas (SOS) and a member of the planning committee of the World Health Organization’s Global
Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care.
Dr. Kushner completed his general surgery residency at the University of Texas Health Science
Center - San Antonio, has an M.D. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an M.P.H. from Johns
Hopkins, and a B.A. from Cornell University.