Like other doctors, Paul Farmer is devoted to saving lives. But unlike others, his intensity and singular dedication has made him a hero to many. As a medical student, he started devoting his life to improving health care in Haiti. In the years since, his organization Partners in Health has provided medical care to the needy in Haiti, Rwanda and other forgotten places.
The NYT features a"Conversation with Paul Farmer," where you get a sense of his drive and utter determination in the face of suffering. Says Farmer, "You get others involved, go to people with power and try to get their help. One mustn't assume that people with great power won't help." For a more in depth profile of Farmer, pick up Tracy Kidder's bestseller Mountains Beyond Mountains.