Eric L. Krakauer, MD, PhD, received a PhD in philosophy and MD from Yale University, trained in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and completed fellowships in general internal medicine and in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is Associate Professor of Medicine and of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where he also directs the Global Palliative Care Program. In this role, he has provided training and technical assistance over the past 17 years for Ministries of Health, major hospitals, medical schools, and colleagues in low and middle income countries including Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Malawi, Haiti and the Russian Federation to help integrate palliative care into public health care systems and health care education. He also is a Visiting Associate Professor and Honorary Chair of the Department of Palliative Care at the University of Medicine & Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In recent years, he has served as Medical Officer for Palliative Care at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Switzerland, on the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Hospice & Palliative Care. He has published numerous scientific papers and textbook chapters on clinical and ethical issues in palliative care and on implementing palliative care in low and middle income countries.