Massachusetts Medical Society: The Climate Crisis Health Emergency

The Climate Crisis Health Emergency

Local & Global Opportunities

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society and its Committees on Global Health and Environmental & Occupational Health

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Presented by:

Dr. Renee Salas

Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS

Dr. Renee N. Salas is a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (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). She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She 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 nationally recognized leader on this subject. Dr. Salas engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures on climate and health nationally and internationally, has published in 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. Ari Bernstein

Aaron 'Ari' Bernstein, MD, MPH

Dr. Aaron 'Ari' Bernstein is the Assistant Faculty Director, Climate Change & Health Initiative at the Harvard Global Health Institute, Co-Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children's Hospital. After receiving his bachelor's degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, Ari earned an M.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.P.H. from Harvard University. He is a recipient of Stanford University's Firestone Medal for Research and the Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship. At HGHI, Ari works on, amongst other things, developing teaching materials on the health impacts of climate change and improving the sustainability and climate resilience of hospitals.


The Massachusetts Medical Society has produced a short video (12 minutes), housed at, which features MMS members discussing how climate change is affecting the health of Massachusetts patients. This video was included as part of the opening remarks of the program held on January 30th.

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