• Clinical Associate Professor, Global Health
  • Affiliate Associate Professor, Law School
  • Visiting Professor, University of Gadjah Mada, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • President, Uplift International
Beth Rivin

School of Law
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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Beth E. Rivin, M.D., M.P.H. is a pediatrician who has focused on global health for over 30 years. During the last 15 years, she has been actively engaged in the academic and practice area of global health and justice. She became Affiliate Associate Professor of Law after 14 years of being Research Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Global Health and Justice Project in the Center for Law, Science and Global Health. She also maintains appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health in the Departments of Global Health and Bioethics and Humanities. She has had ongoing projects in Indonesia since 1999 and is Visiting Professor at University of Gadjah Mada School of Medicine in Jogjakarta, Indonesia, where she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2011-2012. Currently, she is Principal Investigator on two projects focused on building bioethics capacity in university medical schools in South Asia and the Middle East. Her leadership roles include President of Uplift International, an NGO based in Seattle; Senior Global Health and Ethics Advisor at East West Management Institute; Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society in Melbourne, Australia; and Co-Chair of International Collaborations in the Asia Pacific Consortium for Bioethics.

Dr. Rivin's professional experience ranges from clinical pediatrics and adolescent medicine to clinical trials; epidemiology; emergency humanitarian assistance; public health and human rights program development and evaluation; and bioethics institutional capacity building. In addition to domestic work, Professor Rivin has field experience in Cambodia, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Myanmar, Nepal, People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Yemen.
She has consulted with Ministries of Health, large governmental and international organizations, such as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State, the World Health Organization, and various non-governmental organizations.

  • MD (East Carolina University)
  • MPH (Harvard University)
  • BA (University of North Carolina)
Country Affiliations 
  • French
  • Indonesian
Health Topics 
  • Bioethics
  • Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
  • Education and Training
  • Family Planning
  • Gender
  • Health Policy and Advocacy
  • Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
  • Law
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Social Justice and Human Rights

Epidemiology and public health program design; implementation and evaluation; clinical pediatrics, capacity building in medical schools and medical associations, interdisciplinary field research in health and human rights.


Brian J. Morris, John N. Krieger, Jeffrey D. Klausner and Beth E. Rivin, “The Ethical Course Is To Recommend Infant Male Circumcision – Arguments Disparaging the American Academy of Pediatrics Affirmative Policy Do Not Withstand Scrutiny”, Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics, October, 2017.

Beth E. Rivin, Douglas S. Diekema, Anna C. Mastroianni, John N. Krieger, Jeffrey D. Klausner and Brian J. Morris, Critical evaluation of Adler's challenge to the CDC's male circumcision recommendations, International Journal of Children’s Rights, 24 (2016) 265-303.

Maureen C. Kelley, Tracy Brazg, Benjamin S. Wilfond, Liliana J. Lengua, Beth E. Rivin, Susanne P. Martin-Herz and Douglas S. Diekema, Ethical challenges in research with orphans and vulnerable children: qualitative study of researcher experiences, Int Health 2016; 8: 187–196.

Kimball, A.M. and Rivin, B.E., “Improving Health Equity and Sustainability by Transforming Public Health Surveillance”, Transforming Public Health Surveillance, ed. McNabb, Shaikh, Park, Outani, Ferland, Singh, Conde, Memish, Elsevier, 15th April 2016, Print ISBN: 9780702063374, Electronic ISBN: 9780702066214.

Beth E. Rivin, Convention on the Rights of the Child: Promoting Human Rights in Islamic Day Schools in Indonesia, 30 Med. & L. 331-44 (2011).