Parveen Parmar

Director of International Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California

Dr. Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. She conducted a study on sexual violence among refugees and host populations in Eastern Cameroon in collaboration with International Medical Corps. Working with Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Parmar carried out a population-based study of residents of Chin State, Myanmar that quantified the prevalence of human rights violations inside Myanmar. This study was presented to members of the UN Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In collaboration with Community Partners International and community-based ethnic health organizations in eastern Burma, Dr. Parmar has studied health and human rights violations before and after the political transition in Burma. She designed and taught an innovative course on field research methods in humanitarian crisis, which allowed HSPH students and Burmese refugees to learn research methods collaboratively in a Thai refugee camp. Dr. Parmar has supported health care for refugees and other vulnerable persons in Myanmar, India, Bhutan, Jordan, Thailand, Japan, Madagascar, Lebanon, Pakistan, and the United States--on issues such as emergency care delivery, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, and primary care provision.

In January 2017, Dr. Parmar founded Southern California Physicians for Health Equity, a group committed to protecting access to care for all patients, including undocumented immigrants; protecting gains made by the ACA; advocating for single payer health care; and advocating for politicians and legislation that serve patients' needs. She is currently working with Physicians for Human Rights in their efforts to document human rights abuses against the Rohingya in Bangladesh.