Paul Farmer is a practicing physician, Harvard professor, MacArthur "genius" grant winner, NGO-founding anthropologist, and an infectious-disease specialist, but one former patient has another
moniker for him—"god." Given Farmer's résumé fighting global health crises in Russia, Rwanda, Peru, among other countries, that term doesn't feel like hyperbole. In 2009, Farmer was appointed by President Clinton as a Special U.N. Envoy to Haiti, meaning his organization, Partners in Health, was already on the ground when the earthquake hit. Farmer may be too modest to claim deification, but he's certainly trying to save the world, one life at a time.