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  • Rebecca Philipsborn, MD, MPA is a pediatrician at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to practicing and teaching primary care pediatrics, she is the Associate Director of the Global Health Track for Pediatric Residents, serves as a member of the Southeast Region’s Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), and conducts research with Emory Global Health Institute (EGHI). Her scholarly work focuses on improving understanding of global child mortality and the impacts of climate change on child health – in practice and in medical education. Before becoming a physician she was a health care management consultant in New York and worked at the West Africa Regional Bureau of the World Food Programme in Dakar, Senegal on maternal and child health and nutrition. She completed medical school and residency training at Emory University, holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia’s Earth Institute Program, and an AB in English from Princeton.

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    • Deputy Editor at New England Journal of Medicine

    Dr. Caren Solomon is a Deputy Editor at the New England Journal of Medicine , an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a physician at the Fish Center for Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At the Journal, she founded and edits the Clinical Practice series; handles Clinical Problem Solving cases, Interactive Medical cases, and Original Articles related to women's health; and has published on climate change and health. Dr. Solomon co-chairs the Harvard Medical School Faculty Council’s subcommittee on climate change.

     

    • Emergency Medicine
    • Climate Crisis & Health
    Emergency Medicine Physician with an Expertise in the Climate Crisis, Health, and Health Care
    Emergency Medicine Physician with an Expertise in the Climate Crisis, Health, and Health Care
    • Emergency Medicine Attending at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS is an emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is also a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (Harvard C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI).

    Dr. Salas focuses her career on the climate crisis and health, especially on translating and applying existing knowledge to different sectors. Dr. Salas has contributed content for the Climate Crisis and Health topic page for The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), such as the Interactive Perspective, an editorial, and other Perspective articles. She served as a Course Director for The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice symposium which launched the broader Initiative in February 2020. She also served as the lead author for the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief and manages the 50+ organizations that are a part of the Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief Working Group. She is well recognized leader on this subject and has testified before Congress and serves on the planning commitee for the National Academy of Medicine's Climate Change and Human Health Initiative. Another career focus is the generation of new knowledge as she engages in research to better understand how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and how to optimize evidence-based adaptation. She lectures on climate and health nationally and internationally, has published in other high impact journals, and her work and expertise has been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press.

    Her Doctor of Medicine is from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her Master of Public Health degree is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.

     

     

  • Dr. Jennifer Barkin is a tenured Associate Professor of Community Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. A University of Pittsburgh-trained biostatistician (M.S.) and psychiatric epidemiologist (PhD) (Graduate School of Public Health), she completed a postdoctoral scholarship at the prestigious Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her undergraduate educational training took place at Carnegie Mellon University (B.S., Statistics) – also in Pittsburgh. Dr. Barkin’s intellectual property, the Barkin Index of Maternal Functioning (BIMF), has been translated into over 20 languages and has been used in industry-sponsored trials, and in clinical, academic, and community-based settings. Barkin collaborates with groups all over the world to validate the index and explore pertinent research questions related to maternal functioning and mental health. Recently, her work was featured on the Academic Minute National Public Radio Program, sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). She has participated on national advisory panels, various expert panels related to perinatal mental health, and serves on the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International, Georgia Chapter where she is the Chair of Corporate Sponsors and Partnerships. She also serves on the clinical advisory board for Memora Health, a Silicon Valley-based Med Tech company.  She has achieved national and international recognition as a thought-leader in her field and recently testified before the Georgia House of Representatives Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Committee. Her recent work includes a focus on the mental health effects of extreme weather events, and more broadly, climate change, on mothers and children. She also serves on the executive committee for the Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action (GCCA) where she provides a public health perspective regarding the effects of climate change on family mental health.   

    • Director, Fort Benning Heat Center at US Army

    Dr DeGroot is the Director of the Fort Benning Heat Center and Co-Director of the Warrior Heat- and Exertion-Related Events Collaborative. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and earned his PhD in Physiology from the Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of AMSUS- The Society of Federal Health Professionals, The American Physiological Society and is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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    • Pediatrics
    • Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory School of Medicine

    Saria Hassan, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Emory School of Medicine and Emory Rollins School of Public Health. She is an implementation scientist with an interest in addressing the needs of individuals with chronic disease after natural disasters. Dr. Hassan received her MD from Harvard Medical School and subsequently completed residency training in Adult Medicine and Pediatrics at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Hassan has experience working in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) delivering primary care to children and adults. She continues to practice clinically and is involved in resident education. Her current research focuses on the impact of climate change on cardiovascular risk disparities in the US and world-wide. She has an NHLBI-funded career development award working closely with FQHCs in the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico applying systems science to reduce mortality due to non-communicable diseases after natural disasters.  

  • I Leslie Rubin MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Morehouse School of Medicine, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, Co-director of the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit (PEHSU) at Emory University, Medical Director of The Rubin Center for Autism and Developmental Pediatrics. Clinically, he specializes in children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities and Health Care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan, Springer 2016. In addition, he focuses on the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health and disability, which includes the impact of climate. In 2004, he started a program called Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities, which promotes research on the social, economic and environmental determinants of health and cultivates leadership for the future among university students from across the country and around the world. To date there have been 16 annual conferences with more than 150 papers published in 12 journal supplements and compiled into 12 books on Public Health.

    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics

    Dr. Fairley is an infectious diseases physician at Emory University School of Medicine, with an appointment as associatte professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. She is also jointly appointed in Rollins School of Public Health in the Hubert Department of Global Health, where she teaches and mentors students. Dr. Fairley received her undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University. She then completed her combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Brown University followed by fellowship in infectious diseases at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland OH. During fellowship, she completed the Diploma Program in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She subsequently earned a Masters in Public Health in global epidemiology from Emory University in 2016. She works at Emory TravelWell Center where her clinical scope involves preparing travelers for international travel and evaluating returning travelers or immigrants with various syndromes or infections. She also directs the Emory Hansen’s Disease Program, a satellite clinic of the National Hansen’s Disease Program, whose mission is to care for patients with Hansen’s disease (leprosy) and to raise awareness of the disease. Her research and academic interests center around the epidemiology of neglected tropical diseases, in particular, leprosy. Projects focus on the susceptibility, transmission, and morbidity of leprosy by investigating the role of parasitic co-infections, micronutrient deficiencies and environmental reservoirs of M. leprae infection in Minas Gerais, Brazil and North Gondar, Ethiopia. She is also interested in planetary health and climate change affects on infectious diseases in Georgia and other regions. Lastly, she has taught core Global Health and infectious diseases courses at the school of public health. 

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    • Medical Editor at WebMD/Medscape

    Neha Pathak, MD, DipABLM is board certified in both internal medicine and lifestyle medicine. She completed her certificate in climate change and health communication from Yale School of Public Health. She works to educate healthcare professionals and the public about the health impacts of climate change and environmental pollution. She is a founding member of Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action, a state affiliate of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Heal. She is also on the board of directors for Georgia Interfaith Power and Light (GIPL), an organization devoted to environmental stewardship and environmental justice among faith communities. She was recently named a Public Voices Fellow in the Climate Crisis, a partnership between the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and The OpEd Project. As a member of the board of directors for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, she co-chairs the Global Sustainability Committee to advance lifestyle medicine interventions (such as plant-based diets, active transport) to mitigate and adapt to climate change. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and children.

     

  • Mehul Tejani is an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine based at the Grady Health System. As a practicing general internist, he has a specific interest in HIV primary care and a research interest in aging with HIV. As a clinician educator at Grady and the school of medicine, he has formally been involved with teaching about the social determinants of health to students and residents since 2011. More recently, he has been working to help Grady Hospital's sustainability efforts and introducing climate change curriculum into the internal medicine residency. He is a new but active member of the Georgia Clinicians for Climate Action. 

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