Commencement Speaker

The University of Michigan Medical School and Medical Student Council are excited to announce that physician, educator, health equity advocate and U-M alumna Joia Mukherjee, M.D., MPH, will deliver the commencement address for our medical students at their 2022 graduation ceremony on May 13.

In 2022, we are pleased to welcome our graduates, and their families and friends, as well as our faculty and staff to Hill Auditorium at 3 p.m. to celebrate together one of the highlights of the Medical School academic year.


Since 2000, Dr. Mukherjee has served as chief medical officer of Partners in Health (PIH), an international medical organization with programs in the United States, Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Kazakhstan, and the Navajo nation. In this role, she coordinates and supports PIH’s efforts to provide high-quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable.

Dr. Mukherjee, a 1985 graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.S. in chemistry, and cellular and molecular biology, is an associate professor in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where she directs the master’s degree program in global health delivery. She also is on the faculty at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda. She teaches infectious disease, global health delivery, and human rights to health professionals and students from around the world. Her research and scholarship focuses on  health delivery, universal health coverage, and human rights. She is author of Introduction to Global Health Delivery: Practice, Equity, Human Rights, second edition, published in 2021 by Oxford University Press.

Please join us May 13 for this milestone event celebrating the Medical School’s 172nd graduating class. More information on the 2022 Commencement ceremony is available here.