Deliberate violence against humanitarian practitioners and operations poses an increasingly critical challenge to the humanitarian sector as...
Director of Global Disaster Response, Massachusetts General Hospital
Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School & School of Public Health
Dr. Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH, the first Director of Disaster Response at the Center of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital of Harvard University, is clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and an Assistant Professor at both Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. As the first Director of Education for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she founded and directed the Humanitarian Studies Initiative and the Global Women’s Health Fellowship. In its first 10 years, over 500 graduate students, medical residents, nurses, and physicians have completed these training programs. Her alumni have gone on to hold leadership positions in some of the premier humanitarian agencies in the world.
Her research focus has been on the professionalization of humanitarian providers including developing educational initiatives, minimum standards in safety and security and providing effective response to those affected by disasters and emergencies worldwide. After the Haiti January 2010 earthquake, 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 led MGH in deploying multi-disciplinary teams after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the recent Nepal Earthquake. She served as the Technical Advisor on Ebola for International Medical Corps who are providing Ebola Virus Disease case management in West Africa. She has recently been recognized by her work with the 2015 Institute for International Medicines’ Humanitarian Crises Response Award and the 2015 Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit, its highest honor annually bestowed.