Experts
    • Pediatrics
    • Pediatrician, Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

    Dr. Perry Sheffield is an Associate Professor in Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City where she is the Deputy Director of the U.S. EPA Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.  She completed her MD at the Medical College of Georgia, Pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins, and a Pediatric Environmental Health fellowship and MPH at Mount Sinai. Her research focuses on the health effects of climate change and adaptation strategies with a focus on children.  She is also adjunct faculty at Columbia Mailman Climate and Health program.

  • With over 25 years of non-profit management, strategic planning and issue campaign expertise, Nicole Duritz is a leader with a track record of award-winning advocacy and learning campaigns that engage and empower target audiences.

    As Director for Advocacy and Outreach at the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH), Nicole mobilizes and amplifies the voices of U.S. doctors to advocate for equitable climate solutions that protect and promote the health of all people.

    Prior to joining MSCCH, Nicole served as Vice President of Public Affairs and Outreach for Physicians for Fair Coverage (PFC). At PFC, Nicole developed and co-lead legislative strategy resulting in victories in PFC’s target states. 

    For nearly two decades, Nicole worked at AARP.  She served as Education & Outreach Vice President for Health, directing AARP’s public education efforts on Medicare, ObamaCare, caregiving and long-term care. Nicole and her team designed consumer-focused resources to ensure the public had information and support necessary to make decisions on critical life issues.  Nicole also ran AARP’s Health Reform Implementation Campaign and oversaw strategic planning, voter education and internet advocacy.

    Before joining AARP, Nicole was a principal with e-Advocates, an internet advocacy consulting firm. She started her career on Capitol Hill working for the US House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health and the Environment. 

    Nicole lives in Virginia with her husband and 18-year-old twin sons. She is an avid runner having completed 14 marathons and in her spare time she runs a community outreach foundation.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education & Advocacy (CHEEA) at Cambridge Health Alliance

    Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH is an instructor at Harvard Medical School, primary care physician at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and Co-Director of the Center for Health Equity Education & Advocacy (CHEEA). He is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leader, a health equity leadership development fellowship. He is Co-Director of the CHA Internal Medicine Residency's Social Medicine & Research Based Health Advocacy course, and the Co-Director of Harvard Medical School's Social Medicine course. He has been a Harvard Medical School Academy Fellow, a Harvard Macy Scholar, and received the Charles McCabe Faculty Prize in Excellence in Teaching Award at Harvard Medical School and Academic Council award at CHA for his work in medical education. He previously was a Sommer Scholar at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Basu is trained in community organizing and has served as a coach for workshops run by Harvard Kennedy School Professor Marshall Ganz. He has interests in human rights, global health, climate change and has previously worked for the Gates Institute, Partners in Health and Last Mile Health.

    • Pediatrics
    • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Director of the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry consultation clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Elizabeth Pinsky, MD, is a child psychiatrist and pediatrician working in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and Shriner’s Hospital for Children Boston. She is the director of the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry consultation clinic at MGH.

    • Preventive Medicine
    • Assistant Professor

     Emily Senay, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) in New York City. She is a clinician at the World Trade Center Health Program, Center of Clinical Excellence. She is former Chair of Sustain Mount Sinai, the executive sustainability committee for Mount Sinai Health System and founder of Clinical Climate Change, an annual academic conference for allied health professionals in New York City through the Institute for Exposomic Research at ISMMS.  She studies the impact of healthcare delivery on the climate crisis and opportunities for health systems as business entities to reduce their environmental footprints and operational costs. She is teacher and mentor in the medical and graduate schools with specific expertise in the drivers and health impacts of the climate crisis and sustainability practices. Dr. Senay was a broadcast news health and medical correspondent for more than 20 years with CBS News and PBS News. She is a frequently invited speaker and moderator for medical, scientific and lay audiences. She received her MD and MPH from ISMMS in New York City, and her BA from the University of Chicago. She is board certified in General Preventive Medicine.

     

    • population health
    • Environmental health
    • Associate Professor

    Dr. Bian Liu is an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has cross-disciplinary training and expertise in environmental health, epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Liu investigates population-level distributions and determinants of health under normal conditions, as well as in the context of natural hazards and man-made disasters. 

  • Maayan Yitshak Sade, MPH, PhD, is an epidemiologist with a primary research interest in environmental health. She is also a member of the School’s Institute for Exposomic Research and Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures. Dr. Yitshak-Sade received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, her Master’s in Public Health, and her PhD in epidemiology from Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel. Currently, she is an assistant professor in the Environmental Medicine and Public Health Department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    Her research program centers on the interrelationship between multiple environmental and built environment exposures, including climate and air pollution, and human health. She applies statistical methods of mixture analyses to national health data utilizing novel satellite-based exposure models. Dr. Yitshak Sade have years of experience studying environmental health inequities in different cohorts and identifying population groups that are vulnerable to climate and air pollution effects. Dr. Yitshak Sade have published several studies using Medicare national data to examine the effects of the environment on hospital admissions, chronic diseases, and mortality risk among millions of older adults. She is utilizing causal modeling methods to investigate the effect of complex climate and air pollutants exposure-mixture on cardiometabolic health, while addressing multiple individual and neighborhood factors of vulnerability that can affect the susceptibility of the older adult population to these exposures. Further, she has investigated the differential effects of air pollution on morbidity, mortality, and life expectancy by the social, economic, and racial environment in different populations in the U.S.

  • Stefan Wheat, MD is an emergency physician at the University of Colorado Anschutz Emergency Department. Stefan’s interests include the intersection of climate and health, and he is the current Climate and Health Science Policy and the University of Colorado. As part of his fellowship, Stefan works as a physician fellow at the Department of Health and Human Services in their Office of Climate Change and Health Equity. Stefan also serves as an associate research scientist at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health to advance the mission of the Global Consortium on Climate and Health Education.  

    • Family Medicine
    • National Climate and Health Science Policy Fellow at University of Colorado School of Medicine

    Bhargavi (Bhar) Chekuri, MD is a practicing family physician based in Washington, D.C. She is a current National Climate & Health Science Policy Fellow at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine. Her areas of interest include the intersection of primary care, community medicine, population health and climate change with a focus on systems medicine. As a fellow, she is working with the US Global Change Research Program, the Payne Institute of Public Policy at the Colorado School of Mines and ecoAmerica. She is also co-directing a climate medicine course at the CU Anschutz School of Medicine. She was one of over 100 doctors at COP26 and while there, helped present "Why We Need Climate Doctors" at the WHO Pavilion. Prior to fellowship, she completed her residency training at the New Hampshire Dartmouth Family Residency Program and received her medical degree from the University of Queensland in Australia.

    • Pediatrics
    • Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Children’s Health Research

    Dr. Wright is the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor of Children’s Health Research in the Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), a physician and internationally recognized life course epidemiologist with transdisciplinary training in perinatal environmental programming of chronic disease risk. Dr. Wright is also the founding Co-Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research at the ISMMS. She has led and been a part of pregnancy cohort studies for over 20 years. Dr. Wright has a primary interest in early life (prenatal and early childhood) predictors of developmental disorders including asthma and lung development, sleep and neurobehavioral development. A particular focus of her research has been on the implementation of studies considering the role of social (e.g., psychosocial stress, trauma, other socioeconomic risk factors), nutritional, and physical (e.g., air pollution, chemical, allergens) environmental factors in explaining health disparities among lower-SES ethnically mixed populations. Her group also has a growing interest in elucidating sex-specific programming effects of environmental toxins. Her research program also explores underlying mechanisms through which chemical and non-chemical stressors program adverse health and development by incorporating biomarkers of physiological pathways (e.g., altered hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis functioning, shifts in maturation of the immune system, disruption of the autonomic nervous system, telomeres, mitochondriomics, epigenetics, and more recently extracellular vesicles).  Finally, this work examines resiliency factors that mitigate toxic effects of chemical and non-chemical stressors, including enhancing the social/caregiving environment in early childhood and identifying nutritional factors that mitigate risk in pregnant women and young children. This work has been supported by uninterrupted funding from the NIH for more than 23 years.

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