Karim Farhat is a rising senior at Cornell University majoring in Economics while also following a Pre-Med track. After living in Lebanon for over a decade, Karim has developed a sincere interest in providing health care access to oppressed and impoverished communities. He is particularly interested in the issues of universal health care, and how it could contribute to ending the “deaths of despair” epidemic. After graduation, Karim hopes to attend medical school and pursue a career as a community-oriented physician advocating for more a holistic approach to health care.
During SUMR, Karim is working on two projects. With Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani, Karim hopes to take an in-depth look at the opioid epidemic by using state-level data to assess the effectiveness of economic opportunity zones in curtailing opioid use. With Dr. Ari Friedman and Dr. Matthew McCoy, Karim will be looking at how health information is being collected when accessing health-related websites. The expansion of online medicine has created a minefield of privacy issues that have yet to be confronted, and Karim is grateful to be a part of a team dedicated to developing solutions.
Outside of academics, Karim is a part-time EMT in Brooklyn, NY, transporting patients all through the pandemic. At Cornell, Karim is president of Cornell Arab Students and is the head economic analyst for the biomedical engineering project team, Cornell DEBUT. In his free time, Karim enjoys reading French and Russian literature, watching classic movies, working out, and following the sport of Strongman as well as his beloved New York Knicks.