Profile: Evan Lyon

Evan LyonEvan Lyon talks about working as a doctor in Haiti.

Dr. Evan Lyon was born in Doylstown, Pennsylvania on August 14, 1971, and grew up with his parents and two sisters in the small, rural towns of Plumsteadville and Pipersville, Pennsylvania. His grandparents started an organization which succeeded in building many homes, schools, clinics, community buildings, and churches in Central America and the Caribbean. From the time Evan was 12 or 13, family vacations centered around this work. Lyon graduated Temple University with a degree in Biological Anthropology and during 1996 –at the invitation of a musician friend – he went to Haiti to teach music. He connected to Partners in Health through his mentor Dr. Paul Farmer, moved to Boston, where PIH is located, and became a volunteer researcher. Evan entered Harvard Medical School in 1999 and is currently in his final year of a four year, half–time residency at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, MA. Since 1997, he has devoted most of his work to PIH projects including half-time work as a doctor in Haiti. He has also been devoting significant time to writing, researching, and speaking out against the war in Iraq. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Jill Petty. Jill is an editor and publisher at South End Press – an independent, collectively run, non-profit publishing house dedicated to political nonfiction and activist writing.

Evan Lyon talks about working as a doctor in Haiti.