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For Immediate Release

Frank Davidoff, MD, Appointed Interim CEO of PHR

Cambridge, Mass - 04/14/2011

A. Frank Donaghue has resigned as CEO of Physicians for Human Rights. During Donaghue’s tenure, PHR made critical contributions on a wide array of human rights issues, from forced labor in Burma to enhanced interrogation techniques in the United States.
Frank Davidoff, MD, will be serving as interim CEO while a national search for a permanent CEO is conducted. Frank Davidoff was a member of PHR’s Board for 12 years until completing his final term earlier this year. A physician by training, he has served on the faculties of Harvard Medical School and the University of Connecticut Medical School, was a senior executive at the American College of Physicians, and for six years was editor of Annals of Internal Medicine.
As PHR enters this new chapter, we look forward to continuing our work to help stop mass atrocities and egregious human rights violations around the world.

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) is an independent organization that uses medicine and science to stop mass atrocities and severe human rights violations. We are supported by the expertise and passion of health professionals and concerned citizens alike.

Since 1986, PHR has conducted investigations in more than 40 countries around the world, including Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, the United States, the former Yugoslavia, and Zimbabwe.

  • 1986 — Led investigations of torture in Chile gaining freedom for heroic doctors there
  • 1988 — First to document the Iraqi use of chemical weapons on Kurds providing               evidence for prosecution of war criminals
  • 1996 — Exhumed mass graves in the Balkans and Rwanda to provide evidence for               International Criminal Tribunals
  • 1997 — Shared the Nobel Peace Prize for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • 2003 — Warned US Policymakers on health and human rights conditions prior to and               during the invasion of Iraq
  • 2004 — Documented genocide and sexual violence in Darfur in support of international               prosecutions
  • 2010 — Investigated the epidemic of violence spread by Burma’s military junta
  • 2011 — Championed the principle of noninterference with medical services in times of               armed conflict and civil unrest during the Arab Spring
  • 2012 — Trained doctors, lawyers, police, and judges in the Democratic Republic of the               Congo, Kenya, and Syria on the proper collection of evidence in sexual               violence cases
  • 2013 — Won first prize in the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention with MediCapt, our               mobile app that documents evidence of torture and sexual violence

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