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Renee Nicole Salas, M.D.

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Dr. Renee N. Salas is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and 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. She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School and Affiliated Faculty at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

She has served as the lead author of the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief since 2018 and founded and leads its Working Group of nearly 80 U.S. organizations, institutions, and centers working at the nexus of climate change and health. Dr. Salas was also a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium and co-leads the broader Initiative in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine. She was the lead author of the cornerstone Interactive Perspective for The New England Journal of Medicine that launched the journal’s climate crisis and health topic page and has continued to contribute content.

Dr. Salas was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) in 2021 for her work on climate change and health. She served on the original planning committee for the NAM’s Grand Challenge on Health and Climate Change and continues to serve on committees related to this work. She has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the White House Health Equity Forum on how climate change is inequitably harming health. She served as a delegate to the 25th and 26th United Nation Climate Change Conferences (COP).

She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She advocates for both the downstream adaptation and upstream societal-wide mitigation required to equitably protect health, which often leads to meeting with national and international leaders and decisionmakers both within the traditional health sector and beyond. She lectures and serves on committees at the nexus of climate and health internationally and nationally, advises and publishes in high impact journals, and her work and expertise are regularly featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press.

Dr. Salas is the founder and past Chair of the Climate Change and Health Interest Group at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) and led their first pre-conference workshop on the topic. She also gave the first national emergency medicine conference presentations on climate change and health at the SAEM and American College of Emergency Physicians annual meetings. In addition, Dr. Salas spearheads work that spans disciplines, such as collaborations on Amicus Briefs for Juliana v. United States and a response letter to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed transparency rule. Lastly, she is the recipient of the Clinician-Teacher Development Award from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shore Fellowship from Harvard Medical School.

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, which later awarded her the Early Career Leadership Award for her outstanding career achievements. Her Master of Public Health is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health. Dr. Salas received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College, which later recognized her as a prestigious Shannon Scholar for exceptional alumna.

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  1. Nadeau K, Perera F, Salas RN, Solomon CG. Climate, Pollution, and Children's Health. N Engl J Med. 2022 11 03; 387(18):e45. PMID: 36322842.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  2. Romanello M, Di Napoli C, Drummond P, Green C, Kennard H, Lampard P, Scamman D, Arnell N, Ayeb-Karlsson S, Ford LB, Belesova K, Bowen K, Cai W, Callaghan M, Campbell-Lendrum D, Chambers J, van Daalen KR, Dalin C, Dasandi N, Dasgupta S, Davies M, Dominguez-Salas P, Dubrow R, Ebi KL, Eckelman M, Ekins P, Escobar LE, Georgeson L, Graham H, Gunther SH, Hamilton I, Hang Y, Hänninen R, Hartinger S, He K, Hess JJ, Hsu SC, Jankin S, Jamart L, Jay O, Kelman I, Kiesewetter G, Kinney P, Kjellstrom T, Kniveton D, Lee JKW, Lemke B, Liu Y, Liu Z, Lott M, Batista ML, Lowe R, MacGuire F, Sewe MO, Martinez-Urtaza J, Maslin M, McAllister L, McGushin A, McMichael C, Mi Z, Milner J, Minor K, Minx JC, Mohajeri N, Moradi-Lakeh M, Morrissey K, Munzert S, Murray KA, Neville T, Nilsson M, Obradovich N, O'Hare MB, Oreszczyn T, Otto M, Owfi F, Pearman O, Rabbaniha M, Robinson EJZ, Rocklöv J, Salas RN, Semenza JC, Sherman JD, Shi L, Shumake-Guillemot J, Silbert G, Sofiev M, Springmann M, Stowell J, Tabatabaei M, Taylor J, Triñanes J, Wagner F, Wilkinson P, Winning M, Yglesias-González M, Zhang S, Gong P, Montgomery H, Costello A. The 2022 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: health at the mercy of fossil fuels. Lancet. 2022 11 05; 400(10363):1619-1654. PMID: 36306815.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Edmondson D, Pearson AR, Salas RN. False climate change narratives undermine health sector engagement. BMJ. 2022 10 12; 379:o2376. PMID: 36223896.
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  4. Peters E, Salas RN. Communicating Statistics on the Health Effects of Climate Change. N Engl J Med. 2022 07 21; 387(3):193-196. PMID: 35856788.
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  5. Solomon CG, Salas RN, Malina D, Sacks CA, Hardin CC, Prewitt E, Lee TH, Rubin EJ. Fossil-Fuel Pollution and Climate Change - A New NEJM Group Series. N Engl J Med. 2022 06 16; 386(24):2328-2329. PMID: 35704486.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  6. Peters E, Boyd P, Cameron LD, Contractor N, Diefenbach MA, Fleszar-Pavlovic S, Markowitz E, Salas RN, Stephens KK. Evidence-based recommendations for communicating the impacts of climate change on health. Transl Behav Med. 2022 05 25; 12(4):543-553. PMID: 35613000; PMCID: PMC9274986.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Beyeler N, Salas RN. An unequivocal call to climate action for the health sector. BMJ. 2022 03 18; 376:o680. PMID: 35304387.
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  8. Salas RN. The Growing Link Between Climate Change and Health. NEJM Catalyst Innovations in Care Delivery. 2022; 3(3). View Publication.
  9. Agache I, Sampath V, Aguilera J, Akdis CA, Akdis M, Barry M, Bouagnon A, Chinthrajah S, Collins W, Dulitzki C, Erny B, Gomez J, Goshua A, Jutel M, Kizer KW, Kline O, LaBeaud AD, Pali-Schöll I, Perrett KP, Peters RL, Plaza MP, Prunicki M, Sack T, Salas RN, Sindher SB, Sokolow SH, Thiel C, Veidis E, Wray BD, Traidl-Hoffmann C, Witt C, Nadeau KC. Climate change and global health: A call to more research and more action. Allergy. 2022 05; 77(5):1389-1407. PMID: 35073410.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  10. Sullivan JK, Lowe KE, Gordon IO, Colbert CY, Salas RN, Bernstein A, Utech J, Natowicz MR, Mehta N, Isaacson JH. Climate Change and Medical Education: An Integrative Model. Acad Med. 2022 02 01; 97(2):188-192. PMID: 34432714.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  11. Sherman JD, MacNeill AJ, Biddinger PD, Ergun O, Salas RN, Eckelman MJ. Sustainable and Resilient Health Care in the Face of a Changing Climate. Annu Rev Public Health. 2022 Jan 10. PMID: 36626833.
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  12. Salas RN, Miller J, Neira M. Health at COP26: just the beginning. BMJ. 2021 12 07; 375:n2960. PMID: 34876402.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Salas RN. Remembering the mission on healthcare's path to decarbonisation. BMJ. 2021 Nov 19; 375:n2847. PMID: 34799383.
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  14. Senay E, Bernstein A, Shephard P, Salas R, Rizzo A, Sherman JD, Richardson L, Butts G, Marwah H, Solomon C, Galvez M, Thanik E, Pezeshki G, Zajac L, Lee A, Sheffield P, Wright R. Improving Patient Outcomes in the Dual Crises of Climate Change and COVID-19: Proceedings of the Third Annual Clinical Climate Change Meeting, January 8, 2021. J Occup Environ Med. 2021 11 01; 63(11):e813-e818. PMID: 34354022; PMCID: PMC8842883.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  15. Romanello M, McGushin A, Di Napoli C, Drummond P, Hughes N, Jamart L, Kennard H, Lampard P, Solano Rodriguez B, Arnell N, Ayeb-Karlsson S, Belesova K, Cai W, Campbell-Lendrum D, Capstick S, Chambers J, Chu L, Ciampi L, Dalin C, Dasandi N, Dasgupta S, Davies M, Dominguez-Salas P, Dubrow R, Ebi KL, Eckelman M, Ekins P, Escobar LE, Georgeson L, Grace D, Graham H, Gunther SH, Hartinger S, He K, Heaviside C, Hess J, Hsu SC, Jankin S, Jimenez MP, Kelman I, Kiesewetter G, Kinney PL, Kjellstrom T, Kniveton D, Lee JKW, Lemke B, Liu Y, Liu Z, Lott M, Lowe R, Martinez-Urtaza J, Maslin M, McAllister L, McMichael C, Mi Z, Milner J, Minor K, Mohajeri N, Moradi-Lakeh M, Morrissey K, Munzert S, Murray KA, Neville T, Nilsson M, Obradovich N, Sewe MO, Oreszczyn T, Otto M, Owfi F, Pearman O, Pencheon D, Rabbaniha M, Robinson E, Rocklöv J, Salas RN, Semenza JC, Sherman J, Shi L, Springmann M, Tabatabaei M, Taylor J, Trinanes J, Shumake-Guillemot J, Vu B, Wagner F, Wilkinson P, Winning M, Yglesias M, Zhang S, Gong P, Montgomery H, Costello A, Hamilton I. The 2021 report of the Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: code red for a healthy future. Lancet. 2021 10 30; 398(10311):1619-1662. PMID: 34687662.
    Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Salas RN, Ebi KL. The Health Benefits of Urgent Upstream Action on Climate Change. Ann Intern Med. 2021 11; 174(11):1612-1613. PMID: 34487445.
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  17. Salas RN, Hayhoe K. Climate action for health and hope. BMJ. 2021 08 27; 374:n2100. PMID: 34452923.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Salas RN. Environmental Racism and Climate Change - Missed Diagnoses. N Engl J Med. 2021 Sep 09; 385(11):967-969. PMID: 34407333.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  19. Hess JJ, Salas RN. Invited Perspective: Life Cycle Analysis: A Potentially Transformative Tool for Lowering Health Care's Carbon Footprint. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 07; 129(7):71302. PMID: 34251876; PMCID: PMC8312472.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Animals
  20. Colbert CY, French JC, Brateanu A, Pacheco SE, Khatri SB, Sapatnekar S, Vacharathit V, Pien LC, Prelosky-Leeson A, LaRocque R, Mark B, Salas RN. An Examination of the Intersection of Climate Change, the Physician Specialty Workforce, and Graduate Medical Education in the U.S. Teach Learn Med. 2022 Jun-Jul; 34(3):329-340. PMID: 34011226.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Salas RN. Climate action: the best gift for global health. BMJ. 2020 12 15; 371:m4723. PMID: 33323371.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  22. Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ, Editors. Lancet Countdown. 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America: Appendix. 2020; 28 pp. View Publication.
  23. Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. Lancet Countdown. 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America. 2020; 9 pp. View Publication.
  24. Salas RN, Friend TH, Bernstein A, Jha AK. Adding A Climate Lens To Health Policy In The United States. Health Aff (Millwood). 2020 12; 39(12):2063-2070. PMID: 33284694.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Salas RN, Maibach E, Pencheon D, Watts N, Frumkin H. A pathway to net zero emissions for healthcare. BMJ. 2020 10 01; 371:m3785. PMID: 33004403.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  26. Salas RN. Lessons from the covid-19 pandemic provide a blueprint for the climate emergency. BMJ. 2020 08 06; 370:m3067. PMID: 32763893.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  27. Salas RN, Shultz JM, Solomon CG. The Climate Crisis and Covid-19 - A Major Threat to the Pandemic Response. N Engl J Med. 2020 Sep 10; 383(11):e70. PMID: 32668132.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  28. Shultz JM, Kossin JP, Hertelendy A, Burkle F, Fugate C, Sherman R, Bakalar J, Berg K, Maggioni A, Espinel Z, Sands DE, LaRocque RC, Salas RN, Galea S. Mitigating the Twin Threats of Climate-Driven Atlantic Hurricanes and COVID-19 Transmission. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2020 08; 14(4):494-503. PMID: 32660664.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  29. Sorensen CJ, Salas RN, Rublee C, Hill K, Bartlett ES, Charlton P, Dyamond C, Fockele C, Harper R, Barot S, Calvello-Hynes E, Hess J, Lemery J. Clinical Implications of Climate Change on US Emergency Medicine: Challenges and Opportunities. Ann Emerg Med. 2020 08; 76(2):168-178. PMID: 32507491.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  30. Salas RN. The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice. N Engl J Med. 2020 Feb 13; 382(7):589-591. PMID: 32053295.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Irons HR, Salas RN, Bhai SF, Gregorie WD, Harris NS. Prospective Double-Blinded Randomized Field-Based Clinical Trial of Metoclopramide and Ibuprofen for the Treatment of High Altitude Headache and Acute Mountain Sickness. Wilderness Environ Med. 2020 Mar; 31(1):38-43. PMID: 32057631.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. Lancet Countdown. 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America: Appendix. 2019; 10 pp. View Publication.
  33. Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. Lancet Countdown. 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America. 2019; 11 pp. View Publication.
  34. Salas RN, Jha AK. Climate change threatens the achievement of effective universal healthcare. BMJ. 2019 Sep 23; 366:l5302. PMID: 31548271; PMCID: PMC6753637.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Salas RN, Solomon CG. The Climate Crisis - Health and Care Delivery. N Engl J Med. 2019 Aug 22; 381(8):e13. PMID: 31433915.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Salas RN, Malina D, Solomon CG. Prioritizing Health in a Changing Climate. N Engl J Med. 2019 08 22; 381(8):773-774. PMID: 31433926.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
  37. Salas RN, Jacobs W, Perera F. The Case of Juliana v. U.S. - Children and the Health Burdens of Climate Change. N Engl J Med. 2019 May 30; 380(22):2085-2087. PMID: 31141628.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  38. Lemery J, Sorensen C, Balbus J, Newman L, Davis C, Reno E, Salas R, Hynes EC. Science Policy Training for a New Physician Leader: Description and Framework of a Novel Climate and Health Science Policy Fellowship. AEM Educ Train. 2019 Jul; 3(3):233-242. PMID: 31360816; PMCID: PMC6637012.
    Citations: 3     
  39. Salas RN. Climate Change: A Review of a Public Health Opportunity for the Northeast. R I Med J (2013). 2019 Feb 01; 102(1):42-45. PMID: 30709074.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  40. Salas RN, Laden F, Jacobs WB, Jha AK. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Proposed Transparency Rule Threatens Health. Ann Intern Med. 2019 02 05; 170(3):197-198. PMID: 30690643.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Salas RN, Slutzman JE, Sorensen C, Lemery J, Hess JJ. Climate Change and Health: An Urgent Call to Academic Emergency Medicine. Acad Emerg Med. 2019 07; 26(7):837-840. PMID: 30408266.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  42. Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. Lancet Countdown. 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America. 2018; 32 pp. View Publication.
  43. Salas RN. Humanity, Teamwork, and Art in Post-Earthquake Nepal. N Engl J Med. 2015 Jul 16; 373(3):205-7. PMID: 26083121.
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  44. Salas RN, Harris NS. Scientific American - Emergency Medicine (Brown DFM, editor). Heat Injury. 2015.
  45. Isaacson JH, Salas R, Koch C, McKenzie M. Reflective writing in the competency-based curriculum at the cleveland clinic lerner college of medicine. Perm J. 2008; 12(2):82-8. PMID: 21364819; PMCID: PMC3042298.
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