About Renee Salas, MD, MPH, MS

Renee N. Salas, MD, MPH, MS is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She is also 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 a previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI).

Dr. Salas 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 over 70 U.S. organizations, institutions, and centers working at the nexus of climate change and health. Dr. Salas was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium, in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine, and co-leads the broader Initiative. She also serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative and has testified before Congress for the full House Committee on Oversight and Reform on how climate change is harming health. She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures and serves on committees at the nexus of climate and health nationally and internationally, 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. She is the recipient of the 2018 Clinician-Teacher Development Award from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a past recipient of the Shore Faculty Development Award at HMS.

Dr. Salas received her Doctor of Medicine from the five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and concurrently obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Research. She completed a four-year emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati - the birthplace of emergency medicine - and matriculated to a Fellowship in Wilderness Medicine at MGH. She graduated with a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2016, with a concentration in environmental health.

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Department of Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-724-4100

Medical Education

  • MS, Case Western Reserve University
  • MD, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • MPH, Harvard University
  • Residency, University of Cincinnati Medical Center

American Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Sample Publications

    Salas RN, Shultz J, Solomon CG. The climate crisis: a major threat to the COVID-19 pandemic response. N Eng J Med. July 15, 2020.

    Salas RN. The Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice. N Engl J Med. 2020; 382:589-591.

    Salas RN and Solomon CG. The Climate Crisis – Health and Care Delivery. N Engl J Med. 2019; 381:e13.

    Salas RN, Malina D, Solomon CG. Prioritizing Health in a Changing Climate. N Engl J Med. 2019; 381:773-774.

    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; 380:2085-2087.

    Salas RN, Maibach E, Pencheon D, Watts N, Frumkin H. A pathway to net zero for health care. 2020. BMJ. Oct 1;371:m3785.

    Salas RN, Friend T, Jha AK, Bernstein A. Adding a climate lens to health policy in the United States. Health Affairs. 2020. 39(12):2063-2070.

    Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America. Lancet Countdown, London, United Kingdom, 9 pp.

    Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ, Editors. 2020 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America: Appendix. Lancet Countdown, London, United Kingdom, 28 pp.