- Affiliate Instructor, Global Health
- Senior Advisor Emeritus, PATH
- Senior Advisor of HealthCare, UNITUS Seed Fund
- Director, Village Reach
- Grand Challenge Teams Advisor, Xcellerator, VentureWell
- WHO Member, IPAC Committee
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Dr. Free is Senior Advisor Emeritus for PATH. He has spent the past four decades in the service of creating and introducing appropriate and affordable technologies that address the health care needs of resource-poor populations in developing countries. Starting in 1977, Dr. Free helped to build a new nonprofit organization, now known as PATH, committed to building partnerships with the private for-profit sector to solve special health care needs in the developing world. Through that unique organization, he has overseen the development of specialized engineering and biotechnology facilities, human resources, networks and strategies that have led to the advancement and wide-scale use of more than 30 technologies, and the generation of a product development portfolio involving more than 70 additional products that address problems of health care in low-infrastructure and under-served communities around the world.
- PhD (Ohio State University)
- MS (Ohio State University)
- BS (University of Nottingham (UK))
- Business and Public Private Partnerships
- Child and Adolescent Health (incl. Pediatrics)
- Child Mortality
- Chronic Disease (incl. Cardiovascular, Diabetes)
- Community Health Workers
- Community-Based Primary Health Care
- Delivery Logistics
- Family Planning
- Health Information Systems
- Health Systems Strengthening and Human Resources Development
- Health Technologies
- Maternal Mortality
- Mobile Health (mHealth)
- Nutrition, Clean Water, and Food Security
- Pulmonary Diseases and Pneumonia
- Quality Improvement
Technology design and development, local production of health and family planning products, global introduction, development of international standards, program planning and management, and policy development
The use of chlorhexidine to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low-resource settings. McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Brandes N, Darmstadt GL, Wright LL; CHX Working Group, Armbruster D, Biggar R, Carpenter J, Free MJ, Mattison D, Mathai M, Moss N, Mullany LC, Schrag S, Tielsch J, Tolosa J, Wall SN, Schuchat A, Smine A. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 May;97(2):89-94. Epub 2007 Mar 30. Review.
Free MJ. Achieving appropriate design and widespread use of healthcare technologies in the developing world. Overcoming obstacles that impede the adaptation and diffusion of priority technologies for primary health care. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2004;85(1):S3–S13.
Free MJ, Green JA, Morrow MM. Health technologies for the developing world: Promoting self-reliance through improving local procurement and manufacturing capabilities. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. June 1993;9(3):380–396.
Free MJ. Health technologies for the developing world: addressing the unmet needs. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care. Cambridge University Press.1992;8(4):623–634.
McClure EM, Goldenberg RL, Brandes N, Darmstadt GL, Wright LL; CHX Working Group, Armbruster D, Biggar R, Carpenter J, Free MJ, et al. The use of chlorhexidine to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low-resource settings. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. 2007;97.89–94.
Free MJ, Bennett MD, Newton NE. Birth Weight: New and Available Technologies for Primary Health Care. In: P. Rolfe ed. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Fetal and Neonatal Physiological Measurements. London, UK: Butterworths; 1986.
Free MJ, Mahoney RT, Perkin GW, et al. Local production of contraceptives in developing countries. International Family Planning Perspectives.1984;10(1):2–8.
Free MJ, Srisamang V, Vail J, et al. Latex rubber condoms: predicting and extending shelf life. Contraception.1996;53:221–22