Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS

Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Dr. Salas is a physician-investigator in the area of climate change and health at the Harvard Global Health Institute and an emergency medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She received her Doctor of Medicine from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. She concurrently obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She graduated with a Master of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, with a concentration in environmental health, in 2016. She joined the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) as affiliated faculty and was the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Burke Fellowship. In addition, she received the 2018 Massachusetts General Hospital Clinical-Teacher Development Award. Dr. Salas has been working to advance climate change and health nationally, and she is a recognized leader in this area. She served as the lead author on the 2018 United States Policy Brief for the Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change. She is the founder and chair of the Society of Academic Medicine Climate Change and Health Interest Group, the first of its kind for the specialty of emergency medicine. Dr. Salas has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject while also providing education for the lay public.

C2 – Protecting the Vulnerable From Climate Change: A Multi-Specialty Perspective

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The evidence is clear that climate change is impacting health. As the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change reports, these health harms are broad and increasing due to such threats as rising temperatures, extreme weather events, air pollution and vector- and water-borne diseases. However, climate change is not an equal opportunity threat as […]

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D2 – Providing Emergency Care in Extreme Weather: Saving Lives by Being Climate-ready

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Climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, flooding, heat waves, and wildfires. As the 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change outlines, these events pose grave threats to both health and health systems. Thoughtful and proactive preparation of our hospital systems will improve health and save lives […]

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