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Hilarie Hartel Cranmer MD, MPH is an attending physician at the MGH Department of Emergency Medicine and the Director of Disaster Response in the MGH Center for Global Health.
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Dr. Cranmer, attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine. At the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Cranmer received a Masters in Public Health. She completed her residency in emergency medicine with Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program (HAEMR) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and MGH. She completed her fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Cranmer has used her training in emergency medicine and public health to work effectively in crises in the developing world. She has done work in post-conflict Kosovo, AIDS-ravaged Africa, tsunami-and-conflict-affected Indonesia and Sri Lanka, hurricane-impacted Louisiana after Katrina, earthquake-devastated Haiti and Arab-spring affected Tunisia. Dr. Cranmer uses her experiences in these disaster stricken areas to help prepare leaders in the fields of emergency medicine and humanitarian crises. She has implemented didactic and hands-on training for all ranges of providers. She has been the Director of Education in the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, a Harvard-University wide program that seeks to provide a multi-disciplinary response for humanitarian interventions. She is also the founding Director of the Global Women's Health Fellowship Program, in the Division of Women's Health at BWH.
Dr. Cranmer's research interests are focused on international disaster relief, global health, and professionalization of humanitarian assistance.
On April 25, a devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal – the country's worst in more than 80 years. As the death toll continues to rise to more than 5,000, an additional 9,000 people have been injured, and there are thousands more without homes. The earthquake is a major catastrophe to the Nepalese people, as well as the country's infrastructure as a whole.
While the international response to the Ebola epidemic included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of 2014, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.
Recently, the MGH Center for Global Health convened members of the MGH community for a seminar discussing a range of issues related to the Ebola outbreak, including the latest research, hospital preparedness and reports from the field.
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