Omar Sultan Haque is a physician, social scientist, and philosopher who studies questions ranging across global health, anthropology, religion, social psychology, bioethics, and law. At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Haque is a faculty member in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, and is Co-Director, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit.
An honors graduate of Harvard, Brown, and Yale Universities, Dr. Haque's biomedical training includes degrees in neuroscience (Sc.B.), medicine (M.D.), residency in psychiatry, and training in noninvasive brain stimulation with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). His humanities and social science training includes degrees in the study of religion, theology, social sciences, and philosophy (A.B., M.T.S., S.T.M, Ph.D.), and posdoctoral research fellowships at Harvard in anthropology/social medicine with Professor Arthur Kleinman, and social psychology with Professor Steven Pinker.
Clinically, he has worked in inpatient settings for the state psychiatric hospitals of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is the founder and medical director of two outpatient clinics in Massachusetts.
At Harvard and Brown, Dr. Haque has taught across many disciplines, including in the Departments of Anthropology, Global Health and Social Medicine, Psychology, Religion, Political Science, Law, Neuroscience, and Medicine, and has received a number of awards for his teaching and mentoring, including receiving six times a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University, and for "Excellence in the Art of Teaching" for Supervision of a Thomas T. Hoopes Prize-winning Senior Thesis (Anthropology) awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
He has been supported by a number of grants and fellowships, including from the National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center (Malaria Research and Training Center, Bamako, Mali), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Americorps, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, Tylenol Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard Pluralism Project, John Templeton Foundation, USA Today, and the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative.
Dr. Haque has published research on stigma and dehumanization in hospitals, disability rights and discrimination in healthcare; social factors underlying physician participation in the Nazi party; financial conflicts of interest between the pharmaceutical industry and clinical medicine; undue influence in online pharmaceutical marketing; clinical wisdom and evidence-based medicine; social and legal dimensions of violence in autism; brain mechanisms underlying vascular dementia; financial crime and forensic psychiatry; religious conceptions of personhood and death; informed consent amidst disorders of the self; the social functions of indirect speech; how common knowledge mediates social cooperation; the nature and extent of religious prosociality; vulnerabilities among young Westerners joining terrorist organizations; and cultural transmission of counter-intuitiveness in literary and religious representations.
He has co-authored and co-edited two books published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and he has published over 40 scholarly papers, including in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet Psychiatry, the American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, as well as magazine articles for Scientific American, Wired Magazine, and The New Republic.
Dr. Haque's work and ideas have been presented at dozens of international scholarly conferences in the social sciences, medicine, global health, psychiatry, law, religion, and bioethics, and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and, among others, at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Law School, Yale, Dartmouth, and Oxford.
Dr. Haque’s work and ideas have been covered in a number of international media venues, including the New York Times, Science Magazine, Harvard Magazine, Harvard Gazette, BBC, Atlantic Monthly, NPR, New York Magazine, ABC, NBC, USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, Washington Post, Runner's World, and Radiolab. He was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute Health Forum, and for his work on improving patient care he was profiled in the Boston Globe.