Brett D. Nelson

Attending Pediatrician and Global Health Faculty, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Dr Nelson is an attending pediatrician and global health faculty member at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His professional interests are health care provision, development, research, and advocacy for vulnerable populations, particularly newborns and children in settings affected by poverty, conflict, or disaster. Dr Nelson received advanced degrees in medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins and a diploma degree in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has been involved in clinical care, academic research, program management, and global health consultancy in dozens of resource-limited areas while working for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, International Red Cross and Red Crescent, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. Dr Nelson helped establish the United States’ first Pediatric Global Health Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and was its first fellow. Recently in Liberia, Dr Nelson served as the country’s Senior Pediatrician and as the Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Newborn Medicine for Liberia's sole teaching hospital. He currently leads newborn and child health programs in several countries in East and West Africa. Dr Nelson works clinically as a newborn hospitalist, he is the Director of Pediatric and Newborn Programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights, and he co-directs a popular course at Harvard Medical School on global health and tropical medicine. He is the Editor of the new Wiley-Blackwell medical textbook, Essential Clinical Global Health (www.bit.ly/ECGHbn).