Experts
    • Internal Medicine
    • 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.

     

     

    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics

    Amanda Osta, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Internal Medicine at University of Illinois College of Medicine. Dr. Osta completed medical school at Loyola Stritch School of medicine, and a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, where on completion of her training served as an Internal Medicine Chief Resident. At University of Illinois, she served as the pediatric residency program director from 2010-2020. In March, 2020, she was named Assistant Dean of Advising and Career Planning. Her research interests are screening for unmet social needs, supporting resilience for trainees and patients, and curriculum design. She strongly believes that environmental justice is linked to better health outcomes. Dr. Osta has authored or co-authored over 115 manuscripts, abstracts, and national workshops on unmet social needs, and supporting resilience. She has won numerous teaching awards, including the prestigious Academic Pediatric Association Teaching faculty award in 2020. Most recently, she was a co-author on a manuscript in Academic Medicine on “Climate Change and the Practice of Medicine: Essentials for Resident Education” and an invited speaker at the Association of Pediatric Program Directors on Implementing a Climate Curriculum into Pediatric Resident Education and the Climate Crisis: Addressing Impacts on Clinical Practice in the Great Lakes Region.

    • Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
    • Associate Professor of Pathology and Medical Director, Sustainability at Cleveland Clinic

     

    Ilyssa O. Gordon is an Associate Professor of Pathology in gastrointestinal pathology at the Cleveland Clinic. She earned her MD and PhD at The University of Texas Health Science Center and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston Texas, completed pathology residency and fellowships at The University of Chicago, and began her career at the Cleveland Clinic in 2012. Dr. Gordon has been involved at the intersection of health care and sustainability since medical school and has spoken at several national conferences. Dr. Gordon serves on the Health Care Without Harm Physician Advisory Committee and is a founding member and co-chair of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories Landfill Diversion Working Group, engaged in projects enhancing communication between laboratory scientists, institutions, and suppliers, and applying upstream thinking to product and equipment purchasing. She is one of the Cleveland Clinic Liaisons to the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council. In January 2019, Dr. Gordon became the first Medical Director of Cleveland Clinic Sustainability, an Enterprise-wide team founded by our CEO over a decade ago. She is on the editorial board of The Journal of Climate Change and Health. In addition to her focus on waste and laboratories, her Climate Change and Health areas of interest include physician engagement, education, community health, and research.

     

    • Internal Medicine
    • Executive Dean at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

    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.

    • Pediatrics
    • Medical Director of Community Integration at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital

    Aparna Bole, MD, FAAP, is Medical Director of Community Integration at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.  She is particularly interested in the intersection between environmental sustainability and pediatric public health. She serves as chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and as co-chair of the Healthcare Without Harm board of directors.  She is also a faculty affiliate of the Swetland Center for Environmental Health at CWRU, a member of the Trust for Public Land’s Ohio advisory committee, a member of the Lead Safe Cleveland Coalition’s steering committee, a member of the board of directors of Environmental Health Watch, and is a founding advisory council member of the Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action.

    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Pulmonary Disease

    Dr. Sumita B Khatri is a Pulmonary/Critical Care Physician in the Respiratory Institute at Cleveland Clinic. She is Director of the Asthma Center and Vice Chair of the Respiratory Institute where she is engaged in various external partnerships with academic and non-profit organizations. As Professor of Medicine at CCLCM/CWRU School of Medicine, she

    also is Director of the FLEX Professional Development Program for Women Leaders at CWRU School of Medicine. Dr. Khatri is current Vice-Chair of the National Board of American Lung Association (ALA), and Chair of the Regional Midland States ALA. Her research and advocacy roles range from air pollution and health, climate change, health

    disparities, as well as serving as theInstitutional Research Subject Advocate, and one of Cleveland Clinic’s unconscious bias facilitators to mitigate implicit bias in healthcare delivery and leadership development.

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    Shanda Demorest, DNP, RN-BC, PHN is a Member Engagement Manager with Practice Greenhealth, where she works with hospitals and health systems to reduce their environmental impact.  Dr. Demorest earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota, and she also holds the LEED Green Associate credential through the U.S. Green Building Council. A cardiovascular nurse with horticultural training by background, Shanda leads the Nurses Climate Challenge at Health Care Without Harm: A national campaign to educate 50,000 health professionals about the health impacts of climate change. She served on the Executive Board of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate for four years, and currently sits on the Global Climate Change Committee for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. Shanda serves on the development team of the Nurses Drawdown, a global project to equip nurses to take climate action in accordance with Project Drawdown solutions. Additionally, she partnered in the development of CHANT: Climate, Health and Nursing Tool, which measures nurses’ awareness and engagement with climate change globally. Shanda also serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing and has published works on environmental sustainability in health care and the health impacts of climate change in local, state, and national journals.

     

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