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 focuses her career on research, education and outreach at the intersection of the climate crisis, health and health care delivery. She engages in research to better understand how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and to develop evidence-based adaptation. Dr. Salas served as the lead author on the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief and manages the Lancet Countdown U.S. Brief Working Group. She launched the Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Initiative with the New England Journal of Medicine and collaborators and serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative. She speaks nationally and internationally on this topic, and her work in high-impact journals makes novel connections between the climate crisis and health. Her work has been featured in media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, AP, CNN, USA Today, the Guardian, and more. 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, 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 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 and Jha AK. Climate Change Threatens the Achievement of Effective Universal Health Care. BMJ. 2019. 2019;366:l5302.

    Salas RN. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Proposed Transparency Rule Threatens Health. Ann Intern Med. 2019;170(3):197-198.

    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 Jul;3(3):233-242.

    Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. 2018 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Brief for the United States of America. Lancet Countdown, London, United Kingdom, 32 pp.

    Salas, RN, Knappenberger P, Hess JJ. 2019.  Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Policy Brief for the United States of America. Lancet Countdown, London, United Kingdom, 11 pp.