LSHTM graduate Dr Adam Boggon receives a Fulbright Award

Adam Boggon, a 2018 alumnus from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Professional Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (East African Partnership) has received a Fulbright All Disciplines Award to enable him to study at Harvard University on one of the most well-regarded and impactful scholarship programmes in the world.
Adam Boggon

Adam has been selected to undertake a one-year Master of Public Health in Health Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. After working in the NHS across Scotland, as a volunteer clinician in Sub-Saharan Africa, and in London during the Covid-19 pandemic, Adam has seen what can be achieved when hospitals work well and how difficult it is to help people when they don’t. He hopes to explore health system organisation and delivery in detail to understand how to improve the systems through which the NHS provides clinical care.

Commenting on receiving the Fulbright scholarship, Adam said: “I spent time as a medical student in Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda and know how rich an experience it is to learn within another culture. It's exciting and humbling to have this chance: the Fulbright programme counts 60 Nobel Prize winners and 39 Heads of State among its alumni and by comparison I’m quite plodding. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded of that.”

Adam is a psychiatry trainee in East London and an honorary lecturer at University College London. He grew up in Culross, West Fife, playing youth professional football and spent time at NASA through the Scottish Space School. He attended Queen Anne High School in Dunfermline where he was Head Boy before studying Medicine at St Andrews (BSc), Aberdeen (MBChB), and in East Africa with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (DTM&H) – winning national medals and awards for medical debating, steeplechase, and Scottish traditional singing. He’s practiced in Edinburgh, Inverness, Orkney, London, and at the MRC Unit The Gambia. During the Covid-19 pandemic he worked in acute medicine and intensive care, helped establish an early vaccination centre, and coordinated the redeployment of over 300 doctors and medical students at the Royal Free Hospital. His writing has been shortlisted for the John Byrne Award, the Perkoff Prize, the Lancet Wakley Prize, and won the Mountaineering Scotland mountain writing competition.

Maria Balinska, Executive Director, US-UK Fulbright Commission said: “Our vision is a world where there are no obstacles to learning, understanding and collaboration. Today there are many global challenges to overcome, and the world needs compassionate leaders to tackle them. This cohort of postgraduate awardees will be placing cultural engagement at the heart of their experiences as they undertake ambitious study and research programmes in the US: I am filled with hope for the wonderful collaborations that will ensue.”