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John R. Butterly, MD, MA

Emeritus Professor of Medicine
Emeritus Professor of Medical Education

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Medical Education

Cornell University, AB 1970
U. California - Berkeley, MA 1973
U. California - San Francisco School of Medicine, MD 1977

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Contact Information

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7999
Hanover NH 03755

Courses Taught

Cardiovascular Physiology Year 1
Global Health & Society (undergraduate Winter Term)
The Biology & Politics of Starvation (MALS)


Dr. Butterly is a cardiologist, Professor of Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at Dartmouth College. He did his undergraduate education at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he received his A.B. in Biology .(Ecology/Marine Biology). He went on to a graduate degree (M.A.) in Biochemistry at the University of California at Berkeley followed by an M.D. degree at the University of California, San Francisco. He did his training in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He teaches Cardiovascular Physiology at the Geisel School of Medicine. He has a personal and academic interest in global health issues, and in addition to his teaching responsibilities at the medical school, he teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level at Dartmouth College on “The Biology & Politics of Starvation” and “Global Health & Society”. His interest in the complex issues surrounding global health and chronic undernutrition is based on his long-standing concern with the social injustices and inequities that originate from the extreme poverty that affects over 20% of the world’s population and the severe poverty that affects an additional 20%. While hunger and chronic undernutrition are certainly not the only manifestations of this appalling social gradient, they are arguably the cruelest.

Selected Publications


  • Butterly JR, Shepherd J Hunger: the biology & politics of starvation.

  • Adams LV, Butterly JR Diseases of Poverty: epidemiology, infectious diseases and the modern plagues.