Ken Fox (USA) is a pediatrician and medical anthropologist
committed to making a preferential option for the poor in
health care. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston University
School of Medicine. His research and teaching interests
are racial inequalities in health, multiculturalism in medical
education, poverty and child health, literacy and health,
A graduate of The College at the University of Chicago,
he earned an M.D. at the Pritzker School of Medicine in
1989. After internship and residency at Boston Children's
Hospital, he completed a fellowship as a Clinical Scholar
with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at the University
of Pennsylvania where he pursued graduate studies in Medical
On his return to Boston, Dr. Fox was appointed to the faculty
of the Department of Social Medicine (DSM) at Harvard Medical
School. There he worked in collaboration with the medical
anthropology group under the direction of Professor Arthur
Kleinman as project director of "Culture, Ethnicity
and Health Care: Barriers and Bridges to Health Care in
a Multicultural U.S.," a two year effort funded by
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the DSM he co-teaches
a course called, "The Social Roots of Health and Disease,"
with Drs. Paul Farmer and Jim Kim.
As a fellow in the Kellogg National Leadership Program
(1997-2000) and the Institute for Health and Social Justice
in Cambridge, MA (1998-99), Dr. Fox began to explore African
American and Latino urban male youth culture, literacy,
and violence. Toward this end he created the Hip Hop Literacy
Project. He's been drawn more deeply into the world of advocacy
as an OSI Fellow in the Medicine As a Profession initiative.
In this capacity he acts as advisor to B City Voices, a
youth leadership development program in Boston's Roxbury
neighborhood in collaboration with the group Partners In
Health. His current programming interest is to explore the
uses of popular culture to raise political consciousness
and foster activism among disadvantaged urban youth.
Dr. Fox's clinical work in primary care is at The South
End Community Health Center and Boston Medical Center's
· Fox, K. (2000) "Cultural Issues in Pediatric
Care." Chapter 3, in Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.
Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company.
· Fox, K. (2000) "Provider-Patient Communication
in the Context of Inequalities." 31st Ross Roundtable
on Critical Approaches to Common Pediatric Problems: Child
Health in the Multicultural Environment.
· Connors, M., A. Chien, K. Fox. (2000) "The
Drug War in Perspective" Dying For Growth: Global
Inequality and the Health of the Poor. Monroe, ME: Common