Kristian R. Olson is both a pediatrician and internist and serves as a clinician educator at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the Medical Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technology (CAMTech) and the Associate Director of Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University and obtained his public health education at the University of Sydney. Dr. Olson was the first Thomas S. Durant Fellow in Refugee Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital during which he obtained a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the University of London before working in refugee camps along the Thai-Burmese Border. His professional interest is integrating innovative low-cost technology into health care programs in developing countries. He has worked in Darfur, Indonesia, Burma, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and India.
Dr. Olson is a Canada Scholar, a Commonwealth Scholar, a Justin Potter Scholar, and a US Fulbright Scholar. In 2009, he was named to the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll for demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.