Dr. Lachlan Forrow earned his A.B. (summa cum laude in Philosophy) from Princeton University in 1978 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (HMS) in 1983. As a senior medical student, he spent three months in Africa as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. After completing his residency training in primary care internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, he returned to Harvard for a two year Faculty Development Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, followed by a year as a Fellow in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions, where he continues as a Faculty Associate.
Beginning as a medical student in 1980, Dr. Forrow has been active for more than twenty-five years in the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was honored in 1985 with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Forrow has served as the New England Regional Director of IPPNW's U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and as a member of PSR's Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Dr. Forrow also serves as President of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and as Vice President and the U.S. representative on the governing Council of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. Founded in 1940 to support Dr. Schweitzer's work when World War II interrupted supply lines from Europe, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship administers a variety of programs including sending at least four senior U.S. medical students annually to serve as Schweitzer Fellows in Lambarene; providing additional support for other programs (including village-based preventive and community health services) at the Lambarene Hospital; and supporting over 200 health professional students each year as Schweitzer Fellows within the United States.
In 2007, Dr. Forrow was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from Harvard Medical School. He has lectured widely and published numerous articles and book chapters on issues in medical ethics education, palliative care, medical decision-making and the social responsibilities of physicians. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and other leading publications.