Robert S. Lawrence is the founding director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future and a professor of environmental health sciences, health policy, and international health at the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The center addresses the challenges of food security and the right to food through research, policy development, educational programs, and community action.
Lawrence has participated in human rights investigations on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights and other human rights groups to Chile, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, El Salvador, Guatemala, Kosovo, the Philippines, and South Africa. He served as chair of the first U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and chaired committees of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council on issues such as human rights, vaccine priorities, and thyroid cancer screening. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and trained in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.