Gene Y. Bukhman (PhD, Arizona 1996) was one of this year’s UA Alumnus of the Year Award winners; he was nominated by the Honors College for his high level of professional achievement, humanitarian and public service, and distinguished volunteerism.
Gene is a five-time graduate of the University of Arizona with bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and English, an MA and PhD in anthropology, and a medical doctorate. One of Gene’s special areas of interest is medical anthropology, and while attending the UA he was mentored by Regents’ Professor and Professor of Anthropology, Public Health, Family Medicine Mark Nichter. At present Gene is an attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the V.A. Boston Healthcare System. He is also an assistant professor of Medicine, assistant professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, and the director of the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. In addition, Gene volunteers with Partners in Health, a global organization that provides healthcare to the developing world’s poorest populations. Gene is the associate clinical director and cardiology director for PIH in Rwanda.