David F. M. Brown, MD
President, Massachusetts General Hospital
Dr. Brown is president of Massachusetts General Hospital, executive vice president of Mass General Brigham and the Mass General Trustees Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Prior to becoming president, Dr. Brown served as chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mass General from 2013 to 2021 and as interim president and CEO of Cooley Dickinson Health Care in 2021.
Dr. Brown is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University and received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He trained at Mass General and is a diplomate of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine.
An accomplished clinician, scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator, Dr. Brown is the author of more than 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews and chapters, has written two popular textbooks related to cardiovascular emergencies, and served as the inaugural editor-in-chief of the textbook Scientific American: Emergency Medicine. He has been recognized by trainees and peers with multiple local, national and international teaching and mentorship awards.
Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH
Chief of Emergency Medicine, Mass General Brigham
Dr. VanRooyen is the director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University. He is also the chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to his arrival at Harvard, he was professor and vice-chairman of the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine in Baltimore and the co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Studies.
Dr. VanRooyen is the founding director of the HHI, an interfaculty initiative at Harvard University. He has worked as an emergency physician with numerous relief organizations in over thirty countries affected by war and disaster, including Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur-Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has worked in the field as a relief expert with several non-governmental organizations, including CARE, Save the Children, Oxfam, Physicians for Human Rights and Samaritans Purse International Relief. He has been a policy advisor to several organizations, including the World Health Organization and UN OCHA, and a member of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee Health Cluster. He has testified before Congress and at numerous UN briefings on policy issues related to Iraq, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and served on a National Academies/GAO review of mortality in Darfur.
Domestically, Dr. VanRooyen worked with the American Red Cross to provide relief assistance at the site of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. He also helped to coordinate the American Red Cross public health response to Hurricane Katrina, and oversaw the development of a 400 bed surgical field hospital in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He worked as a physician with the US Secret Service, NASA and with the US Public Health Service with the Navajo and Apache tribes in Arizona and New Mexico, respectively.
Dr. VanRooyen lectures widely in topics related to emergency medicine, humanitarian assistance and global crisis response. He teaches courses at Harvard University and the Harvard School of Public Health on humanitarian operations in war and disaster. In 2012, he founded the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, an educational program designed to advance humanitarian professionalism. He has authored the textbook “Emergent Field Medicine” and written extensively on international emergency medicine development and humanitarian assistance. He has served on numerous academic advisory panels and boards and on the Perspectives Editorial Advisory Board of the New England Journal of Medicine. His most recent book, “The World’s Emergency Room” was released in April 2016.
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