Global Disaster Response

  • Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH
    Director of Disaster Response

    Dr. Cranmer is the first Director of Disaster Response at the Center of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to being clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH, she is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population. As the 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.

    Dr. Cranmer is the first Director of Disaster Response at the Center of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to being clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH, she is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population. As the 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.

    Dr. Cranmer’s research focus has been on the professionalization of humanitarian providers including developing educational initiatives, minimum standards in safety and security and providing effective disaster response to those affected by disasters and emergencies worldwide. Her path towards program building began in post war Kosovo doing human rights investigations for Physicians for Human Rights. Her work in a mission hospital in Malawi concentrated on providing emergency obstetrical care for women, and especially those affected by AIDS. Responding to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 with International Rescue Committee, and subsequently to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, her growing expertise in disaster relief was recognized in that she led the public health effort for the American Red Cross in Louisiana. After the Port-Au-Prince earthquake in January 2010, she built the largest field hospital in Haiti. In caring for over 5000 patients and their families with more than 700 international volunteers, this hospital was recognized by the UN and the US Government as being the best field hospital post disaster in the last 25 years. Her latest work includes the professionalization of humanitarian response, with a particular focus in e-learning and simulation-based training, as evidenced by her recent directorship of comprehensive simulations for the World Health Organization in Tunisia and for the Canadian Consortium of Humanitarian Training for the last 3 years in Canada. She led MGH in deploying 4 teams after Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in November 2013 through February 2014 with International Medical Corps and Project Hope. She is currently serving as the Technical Advisor on Ebola for International Medical Corps who are providing case management in Liberia and in Sierra Leone.

  • Lynn Black, MD, MPH
    Medical Director

    Dr. Black currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the International Medical and Surgical Response Team for the National Disaster Medical System. She is also an asylum evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights.

    Dr. Black currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the International Medical and Surgical Response Team for the National Disaster Medical System. She is also an asylum evaluator for Physicians for Human Rights.

    Dr. Black’s work is focused on issues of gender-based violence, refugee health, disaster response, healthcare delivery for resource-poor areas and marginalized populations, and maternal mortality. Her international experience includes clinical delivery and leadership positions with emergency response teams, academic institutions, government programs, U.S. Federal government agencies, and non-governmental human rights organizations.

    Dr. Black’s disaster response work has included the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in Liberia, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2003 Super Typhoon in Micronesia. She has also been involved in projects to address sexual violence in conflict-affected areas, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Chad. In addition, she is recognized for her work on the ethical issues involved in disaster response along with resiliency of responders and survivors.

    Dr. Black is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and has extensive clinical experience in both internal medicine and emergency medicine. She received her Master’s degree in Public Health Policy and medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her residency was in Internal Medicine at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

  • Kristen Giambusso, MPH
    Project Manager, Global Disaster Response

    Kristen is a Project Manager for Mass General Global Health working with the Disaster Response Team and Administration. Kristen began her career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a project coordinator and went on to obtain her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health focusing on International Health.

    Kristen is a Project Manager for Mass General Global Health working with the Disaster Response Team and Administration. Kristen began her career at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as a project coordinator and went on to obtain her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University School of Public Health focusing on International Health.

    She has overseas work experience in Zimbabwe and Peru and has most recently been working primarily in clinical research at the University of California at San Francisco. Kristen received a Health Emergencies in Large Populations (HELP) certificate from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has volunteered administratively with the International Rescue Committee and as a disaster action team responder with the American Red Cross.

  • Ryan Wildes
    Manager, International Risk Management, Partners Risk and Insurance Services / Treasury

    Ryan Wildes is currently manager of international risk management at Partners and works with travelers, departments, and international programs on travel risk management, insurance and related operational issues including health, safety, and security matters. Since February 2012, Ryan has worked on building a system-wide approach to travel risk management, traveler education, and organizational response. Ryan worked for nearly a decade with Harvard Medical International, which became Partners HMI in April 2008, gaining program experience in Libya, Italy, Greece, Dominican Republic, India, and Zimbabwe.

    Ryan Wildes is currently manager of international risk management at Partners and works with travelers, departments, and international programs on travel risk management, insurance and related operational issues including health, safety, and security matters. Since February 2012, Ryan has worked on building a system-wide approach to travel risk management, traveler education, and organizational response. Ryan worked for nearly a decade with Harvard Medical International, which became Partners HMI in April 2008, gaining program experience in Libya, Italy, Greece, Dominican Republic, India, and Zimbabwe.

    Before joining then HMI, Ryan worked on preparations for elections in Kosovo for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and he has been part of OSCE election monitoring missions to Macedonia, Ukraine, and Belarus. He also served as country manager overseeing community development projects for a U.S. based non-profit in Quito, Ecuador.

    Ryan holds a degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a certificate in Managing Disasters & Complex Humanitarian Emergencies from Boston University’s School of Public Health. He was an EMT in Vermont for many years primarily with the University of Vermont ambulance service, UVM Rescue, which included serving as director of operations. Ryan’s professional interests include risk, safety and security management, global health and related history of medicine, crisis and disaster management, and lastly travel, which has taken him to more than 25 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America.