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Dr. Larry Brilliant M.D., M.P.H.

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April 2007: "Dr. Larry Brilliant is the Executive Director of In this role, Larry works with the company's co-founders to define the mission and strategic goals of Google's philanthropic efforts., the umbrella organization for these efforts, includes the Google Foundation as well as Google Grants (the AdWords giving program) and the company’s major initiatives aimed at reducing global poverty, improving the health of the least advantaged in the world, and working to halt or even reverse the effects of the climate crisis.

Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H., board-certified in preventive medicine and public health. He is a founder and director of The Seva Foundation, which works in dozens of countries around the world, primarily to eliminate preventable and curable blindness. Larry also serves as a member of strategic advisory committees for the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, Omidyar Network, and Kleiner Perkins (KPCB) Venture Capital.

In addition to his medical career, Larry co-founded The Well, a pioneering virtual community, with Stewart Brand in 1985. He also holds a telecommunications technology patent and has served as CEO of two public companies and other venture-backed start-ups.

The author of two books and dozens of articles on infectious diseases, blindness, and international health policy, Larry has worked at city, county, state, federal, and international levels. He was recently a “first responder” for CDC’s smallpox bio-terrorism response effort, volunteered in Sri Lanka for tsunami relief, and established “Pandefense,” an interdisciplinary consultancy to prepare for possible pandemic influenza. Larry lived in India working as a United Nations medical officer for more than a decade where he played a key role in the successful World Health Organization (WHO) smallpox eradication program and has recently worked for the WHO polio eradication effort as well. He was Associate Professor of epidemiology, global health planning and economic development at the University of Michigan.

Larry earned a Masters in Public Health in health planning and economic development from the University of Michigan, and received his M.D. from Wayne Medical School. He has received several awards from the Government of India and from WHO. In 2005 he received an honorary Doctor of Sciences from Knox College, and was named “International Public Health Hero” by the University of California. In February 2006 he received the Sapling Foundation’s TED Prize."

Third-Party Descriptions


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Executive (past or present) Google Organization Apr 14, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Organization Apr 14, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Organization Apr 14, 2007
Advisor/Consultant to (past or present) Omidyar Network Organization Apr 14, 2007
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Founder/Co-Founder of Seva Foundation Organization Apr 14, 2007
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Student/Trainee (past or present) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Organization Apr 14, 2007
Student/Trainee (past or present) Wayne State University (WSU) Organization Apr 14, 2007
Organization Executive (past or present) World Health Organization (WHO) Organization Apr 14, 2007
Cooperation (past or present) Stewart Brand Person Apr 14, 2007
Cooperation (past or present) Denise Caruso Person Apr 14, 2007

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