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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.
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 serves as a Course Director for The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice symposium in Boston, MA on February 13, 2020 and will give the opening keynote. She also served as the lead author for the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief, manages the 50+ organizations that are a part of the Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief Working Group, and is a well recognized leader on this subject. 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. Aaron Bernstein is the Interim Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Harvard C-CHANGE), a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and wellbeing of children around the world. Dr. Bernstein, through a program called Climate MD at Harvard C-CHANGE, is leading an effort to encourage physicians to transform climate change from an issue dominated by politics and concerns about the future or faraway places, to one that matters to every person’s health here and now.
He is a trusted voice for major news outlets, providing interviews and expertise to reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, CNN, and The Guardian, and writing articles for the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal, and the Boston Globe, among others. In 2019, Dr. Bernstein testified before Congress on the child health impacts of climate change, drawing from his personal experience as a pediatrician having to treat children with breathing difficulties, vector-borne diseases, and trauma from natural disasters.
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.
Lucy Marcil, MD, MPH, whose work focuses on improve health equity for low-income populations., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Boston University and Associate Director of Economic Mobility for the Center for the Urban Child and Healthy Family at Boston Medical Center. She serves as an AAP Climate Advocate. She co-founded StreetCred and has been named a TED Fellow for her work.
J. Harry (Bud) Isaacson, MD, FACP is the Executive Dean of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in 1984 and completed his Internal Medicine Residency and Chief Residency at the University of Vermont in 1988. Dr. Isaacson joined the Department of General Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 1993 where he practices and teaches. He served as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Education at CCLCM prior to being selected as Executive Dean. He serves as Chair of the Professionalism Council and has served as a member of the Board of Governors at Cleveland Clinic. Professionalism Council initiatives have included development of a 6 session on-boarding program focusing on professionalism, revision of the annual professionalism review process and creation of an interactive course – Civility, Professionalism and Resilience (CPR) for leaders and staff at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Isaacson’s interests beyond clinical medicine include medical education, professionalism, doctor/patient communication skills, climate and health education and the use of appreciative inquiry in medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Dr. Hess is a residency-trained, board-certified emergency medicine physician with additional training in global environmental health. He pursued undergraduate studies at Deep Springs College and Brown University and his medical, residency, and public health training at Emory University. He joined the University of Washington (UW) faculty in 2015, where he practices medicine, conducts research, and teaches and is director of the UW Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). Dr. Hess served as the senior medical advisor to the Climate and Health Program in the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006 to 2015. He has been awarded a range of grants from federal funders including CDC, NIH, NASA, NOAA, and NSF, and from foundations including the Wellcome Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is an author on the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change and a contributor to the Global Burden of Disease project. He has also served as a Lead Author on the third US National Climate Assessment and on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC’s) Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation and is a lead author on the health, wellbeing, and migration chapter of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report.
Cecilia Sorensen, MD is a physician-investigator in the area of climate change and health at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University of Colorado School of Public Health and an emergency medicine physician at Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. Dr. Sorensen has a broad range of expertise at the intersection of human health, environmental health and social justice. Her recent work has spanned domestic as well as international emergent health issues related to climate change, including, heat stress and worker health in Guatemala, wildfires and health care utilization in the United States, the emergence of Zika virus in Ecuador following the Earthquake of 2016, climate change and women’s health in India and mortality following hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Translating this research into policy to order to build resilience in vulnerable communities is the focus of her work.
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.
Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor & John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also directs the Global Health Institute. Patz co-chaired the health expert panel of the first Congressionally mandated US National Assessment on Climate Change and was a convening lead author for the international Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. For 14 years, Patz was a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, Dr. Patz convened the first-ever session on climate change for the American Public Health Association (APHA) and authored the organization’s first policy resolution on climate change in 1995. In 1997, he organized the first climate change/health briefing to an EPA administrator (Carol Browner) and has been invited to brief both houses of Congress and serve on scientific committees of the National Academy of Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, Patz served as Founding President of the International Association for Ecology and Health. Professor Patz received an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellows Award in 2005, and UW-Madison’s Romnes Faculty Fellow award in 2009. He shared the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2006, won a Fulbright Scholar award in 2014, received APHA’s Homer Calver Award for environmental health leadership in 2015 , the 2017 Alumni Special Recognition award from Case Western School of Medicine, and the Chanchlani Global Health Research Award in 2019. He was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2019.
Alexander Rabin, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Rabin received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He served as a clinical and research fellow in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Rabin has been an advocate for clean energy policy and has participated in numerous legislative meetings and symposia on the climate change impacts of health.
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.
Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma. She is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University, Section Chief of Allergy and Asthma at the Stanford School of Medicine, and an endowed professor under the Naddisy Family Foundation. Dr. Nadeau received her MD and PhD from Harvard Medical School, completed a residency in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and a clinical fellowship in asthma and immunology at Stanford. After completing her residency, she spent 5 years in the biopharmaceutical industry, where she was instrumental in obtaining FDA approval for two biologics in the ﬁelds of autoimmunity and oncology, before starting her fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Nadeau has received honors and awards from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; the American Lung Association; the Clinical Immunological Society; Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE); and the NIH. She has also been recognized with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s STAR Grant Award. Dr. Nadeau has served as a reviewer for NIH Study Sections, and a member of the American Lung Association Medical Board, CA. She serves on the Environmental Health Policy committee for the American Thoracic Society and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well as a member of ASCI (American Society of Clinical Investigation). She has authored or co-authored more than 100 original papers. Her research focuses on understanding the factors responsible for the increased prevalence of allergies and asthma in the population, improving diagnostics, and understanding the immunological mechanisms underlying these diseases. She was the first to successfully desensitize individuals to more than one allergy at a time using multi-allergen oral immunotherapy. She continues to push forward with innovative clinical research using novel antibodies, peptide vaccines, and nanoparticles in order to provide safe and effective therapeutic options for those with allergies and asthma.