Suet Kam Lam, MD, MPH, MS, FAAP

Founding Faculty Director
Andrew B. Kaufman World Medicine Pathway
School of Medicine
Assistant Medical Director
Cleveland Clinic Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Additional Information

Dr. Lam is the founding faculty director of the Andrew B. Kaufman World Medicine Pathway of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She was also the co-director and research advisor of the former Peru Health Outreach Project (PHOP). In addition to student mentorship and scholarly outputs, she organizes and conducts global health seminars, workshops, and conferences to support pre-departure preparation and global health education that align with the Consortium of Universities of Global Health (CUGH) competencies.

She has worked in six countries in clinical and public health settings and the Navajo Nation of the Indian Health Service. Her public health work includes: 

  • mapping the H1N1 outbreak with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Cambodia;
  • researching latent tuberculosis treatment as an Epidemiology Elective Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
  • investigating water-related injuries with CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officers; and
  • epidemiology work in the Expanded Program on Immunization office as the CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellow in the Western Pacific Regional Office of the WHO. 

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, she pursued studies in biochemistry, Spanish, and history at Washington & Jefferson College and a Master of Science in Physiology and Biophysics in Complementary and Alternative Medicine from Georgetown University. Dr. Lam obtained her Master in Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health during medical school at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She completed her pediatric residency at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and was chosen as a chief resident, where she expanded the residency’s global health and advocacy tracks programming and education. After working as a pediatric hospitalist at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, she switched her career to outpatient breastfeeding medicine and is now the Assistant Medical Director of the Cleveland Clinic Breastfeeding Medicine Clinic. 

She is dedicated to teaching, mentorship, and innovative education and community-based initiatives and research. She has been awarded the outstanding preceptor for year 3 medical students from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM). Her passion in global health education includes creating stimulating workshops and conferences to support pre-departure preparation and improving clinical skills for trainees and practicing healthcare professionals. Dr. Lam was selected to join the national AAP Global Health Education Conference Planning Group and served for 3 years and was selected as the 2021-2022 Medical Education Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic to advance local global health education in the literature, as well as a Research Fellow at the Cleveland Clinic from 2022-2023. Dr. Lam has received institutional and national grants for community projects to examine and decrease healthcare disparities, including increasing breastfeeding health equity, and is a two-time recipient of the Cleveland Clinic Caregiver Catalyst Grant. She volunteers as a Trustee board member of her alma mater, Washington & Jefferson College.