About Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH

Dr. Hilarie H. Cranmer, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician and educator working to advance practice standards for humanitarian and disaster responders. As the founding director of education and humanitarian studies at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she designed an innovative training program that culminates in a simulated disaster field experience as well as founded the global women's health fellowship housed at BWH. She has served in the field during the 1999 Kosovar conflict with Physicians for Human Rights, the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia with International Rescue Committee, and the 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, during which she built and ran the largest field hospital in Haiti, caring for over 5000 patients and their families with more than 700 international volunteers, recognized by the UN and the US Government as being the best field hospital post disaster in the last 25 years. She has served and led public health teams for the American Red Cross for hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is the founding and first director of global disaster response at MGH Center for Global Health and continues to practice as clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH. Over the last 7 years she has created and led a deeply trained and experienced roster of professional health providers at MGH, able to deploy and care for those affected by disasters around the globe. She served the Technical Advisor on Ebola for International Medical Corps during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and as incident commander for her global disaster response teams deployed to the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015, Hurricane Matthew- affected Haiti in 2016 and the 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In 2018-2019 she directed her team’s responses to Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael. She actively serves as the coordinator of the NGO advisory committee for the Pan American Health Organization’s Emergency Medical Team Initiative in the Americas. She was awarded the 2015 Institute for International Medicine’s Humanitarian Crises Response Award and the 2015 Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit, its highest honor annually bestowed. She is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and also has an appointment as Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Global Health and Population.

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Mass General Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit St.
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-724-4100

Medical Education

  • MD, Washington University
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Cranmer's research interests are focused on international disaster relief, global health, and professionalization of humanitarian assistance.


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