John R. Butterly

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Professor


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Dr. Butterly is a cardiologist, Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at Dartmouth College.  He did his undergraduate education at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he received his A.B. in Biology (Ecology/Marine Biology).  He went on to a graduate degree (M.A.) in Biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley followed by an M.D. degree at the University of California, San Francisco.  He did his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.


He has a personal and academic interest in global health issues, and in addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Dartmouth Medical School, he teaches courses at the undergraduate level at Dartmouth College on “The Biology & Politics of Starvation” and “Global Health & Society”.


His interest in the complex issues surrounding global health and chronic under nutrition is based on his long-standing concern with the social injustices and inequities that originate from the extreme poverty that affects over 20% of the world’s population and the severe poverty that affects an additional 20%.  While hunger and chronic under nutrition are certainly not the only manifestation of this appalling social gradient, they are arguably the cruelest.


Relevant publications;

Hunger: the biology and politics of starvation; John R. Butterly and Jack Shepherd. 2010

Diseases of Poverty: Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases, and Modern Plagues; Lisa V. Adams, John R. Butterly.2015

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