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Jake Fox is an internal medicine resident in Boston and is pursuing a career as an intensivist. In addition to his advocacy and education work on the climate crisis, his other interests include chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu), risk communication, national health policy, and physician activism.
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.
Growing up in Brazil and seeing the negative effects of deforrestation firsthand, I have always been passionate about the intersections between environmental and human health. As a medical student, I was one of the founding members of medical students for a sustainabe future. Now, as a pediatric resident, I developed a 5 lecture curriculum on the intersections between climate change and pediatric health for my residency program and I am aslo a climate advocate for the Ameirican Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr. McShane is a rising chief resident for the Pediatrics program at Baylor College of Medicine / Texas Children's Hospital. After chief year, he will pursue a fellowship in pediatric hospital medicine. During his time at Baylor, Dr. McShane developed, and now currently facilitates, a required educational session for first-year residents that highlights the impacts of climate change on health and health inequity. He also contributed content to the Climate Resources for Health Education (CRHE) initiative, updated climate-related content within the Yale Primary Care Pediatrics Curriculum, and helped lead a climate change-related medical education workshop for program directors at the APPD (Association of Pediatric Program Directors) conference in May 2022. Dr. McShane is also a member of the Sustainability Committee at Texas Children's Hospital.
Dr. Katie Lichter is a second year radiation oncology resident at University of California San Francisco and a graduate of Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She currently serves as a Climate Health and Carbon Neutrality Fellow for UCSF Health.
Christian Cuvillier is the current Chief Resident in Quality and Safety at the Cleveland VA Medical Center, after having completed training in Internal Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is focused on curriculum development and quality improvement, with a particular interest in climate change mitigation and sustainability. He will be pursuing a career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with the hope of applying QI strategies to the planning and delivery of healthcare in natural disaster settings.