Dr. Joseph M. Kaufert, BAH, MA, PhD
Dr. Joseph Kaufert is a Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He earned a B.A. (hon.) degree from the University of Minnesota and M.A. and PhD. from Northwestern University. He held a Leverhulme Post-doctoral fellowship in social and medical anthropology at the University of Birmingham. He held previous academic appointments at the University of Texas, School of Medicine in San Antonio and was Senior Lecturer and Social Science Chair in the Department of Community Medicine at St. Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, University of London. He was initially appointed at the University of Manitoba as Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine , Faculty of Medicine in 1976 and promoted to the rank of Professor in 1985 in the Department of Community Health Sciences. He was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology from 1978- 2013.


As a social scientist his research has been focused in the fields of medical anthropology, public and population health , Indigenous health, disability studies, health communication and biomedical and research ethics.
His research in Indigenous health has documented barriers to health service access and proposed models for decolonizing communication and overcoming structural barriers to equitable care in urban hospitals and First Nation and Inuit communities. This research documented the impact of interpreters and cultural mediators in culturally safe communication, advocacy and community empowerment. The research has influenced Indigenous and multicultural program models for language interpretation, cultural mediation and policy development in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, US and Europe. His research on Indigenous health policy has focused on transfer of governance of health programs, social determinants of health, medical relocation, end of life care, renal care, tele-health, transfer of health governance and the development of the Regional Health Survey in First Nation communities. Over the past decade he has been involved in research and policy development focusing on ethical issues including informed consent, organ donation and transplantation and end of life care for Indigenous communities