Brigham and Women’s doctor wins TED prize for Liberia-based nonprofit

Exterior view of Brigham and Women's Hospital. David L Ryan / Globe Staff

Every year TED, a nonprofit known for its inspirational talks, gives out the TED Prize, a $1 million reward awarded to a leader with a powerful idea.

This year Raj Panjabi, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an instructor at Harvard Medical School, won for his work with his nonprofit, Last Mile Health.

The Liberia-based nonprofit operates with the goal of expanding health care to people in remote areas who would otherwise have to travel for days to reach a doctor.

This is not the only time Panjabi’s work has been recognized. This year he was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for his work in Liberia fighting the Ebola epidemic.

Panjabi is set to reveal his $1 million ‘wish’ — or how he wants to spend the money — in April at the annual TED Conference.

Correction 12/5/2016 9:50 a.m.: A previous version of this story stated that Raj Panjabi is a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Rather, he is a physician at BWH and an instructor at Harvard. BWH is a teaching affiliate of Harvard. We regret the error.

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