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Miriam Cremer  

Founder & President, Basic Health International (BHI); Associate Professor, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Miriam Cremer, MD/MPH, is the founder and president of Basic Health International (BHI), a non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of cervical cancer, and the director of global health research and an associate professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

As a board-certified gynecologist and obstetrician who completed a fellowship in family planning, Dr. Cremer has worked on secondary prevention of cervical cancer in low-income settings for over 20 years. Her interests center on cervical cancer screening with HPV DNA testing and the development of innovative methods for cervical precancer treatment, such as a gasless cyrotherapy device and thermalablation. She has been at the forefront of implementing important scientific developments in the field.

With the BHI team, Dr. Cremer completed a 30,000-person implementation project using low-cost HPV tests for primary screening in El Salvador. As a result of this work, the Ministry of Health of El Salvador revised the national cervical cancer control guidelines and purchased HPV tests for a nationwide screening program. As a result of BHI’s work, El Salvador was the first country in Latin America to incorporate low- cost HPV testing into a national screening program.

Dr. Cremer is the principal investigator on NIH UH3 and NIH R01 grants and several research foundation grants funding the development of low-cost treatment strategies for cervical precancer tailored specifically for use in low- resource settings. Dr. Cremer is a contributing author of the World Health Organization (WHO) Use of Cryotherapy for Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia guidelines (2011) and a member of the WHO committee on thermalablation for cervical precancer treatment.

Her work has earned her recognition and awards from various organizations, including the Western Center for Law and Poverty (2005) and Women Making Global Impact (2013).

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