Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH, is the Director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an Instructor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As director of the Humanitarian Studies Program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she trains professionals in global health and humanitarian work. She serves on the editorial board for the American Medical Association’s Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. She has worked to improve emergency medical systems, humanitarian aid and disaster response in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Dr. Kayden received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Yale, then a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Harvard. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Kayden trained in humanitarian work with the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva.
Dr. Kayden helped develop emergency medical care in Bhutan, Fiji, Nepal, Japan, Germany, Serbia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She provided disaster relief to survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, helped rebuild health systems for Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and led a team to improve rural public health in Uganda, and published research on the effects of conflict on health in Liberia. She has taught health and human rights issues in more than a dozen countries. In 2010, Dr. Kayden helped establish a field hospital for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.