Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul

Director, Miami Institute for the Americas | Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine

Felicia Knaul holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Toronto and master's and doctoral degrees in economics from Harvard University.

Felicia Marie Knaul, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and Director of the University’s Miami Institute for the Americas, which focuses on policy analysis in all sectors, including the humanities, the arts, and social and economic development. Before joining the University of Miami faculty in 2015, she was Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative. She is also Honorary Research Professor of Medical Sciences at the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico and Senior Economist at the Mexican Health Foundation.

Dr. Knaul received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Harvard University and a B.A. in international development from the University of Toronto. Her research is focused on global health, cancer and especially breast cancer in low- and middle-income countries, women and health, health systems and reform, health financing, access to pain control and palliative care, poverty and inequity, gender equity and particularly female labor force participation, and children in especially difficult circumstances. 

As a result of her own breast cancer experience, in 2008 Dr. Knaul founded Cáncer de Mama: Tómatelo a Pecho, a Mexico-based non-profit agency that promotes research, advocacy, awareness, and early detection in Latin America.

Dr. Knaul has produced more than 170 academic and policy publications, authored and lead-edited academic books, and serves on the advisory board or editorial board of several medical and health care publishers. She was a member of the Lancet Commission on Women and Health and a leading co-author of its 2015 report. In 2013-2014 she participated in the Lancet Series Universal Health Coverage in Latin America.