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Susan Briggs, MD, MPH
Susan Briggs, MD, MPH

    Dr. Susan Briggs is a general and trauma surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Briggs completed her surgical training at the MGH and her MPH in international health at the Harvard School of Public Health.  She is director of the International Trauma and Disaster Institute at MGH and past-president of the Pan American Trauma Association. She is editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Disaster Medicine and editor of the Advanced Disaster Medical Response, Manual for Providers.

    Dr. Briggs has participated in numerous national and international disaster relief activities with the US Government and non-profit organizations, including the Armenia earthquake, the World Trade Center bombing in New York; the Bam, Iran earthquake, Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana; and the Haiti earthquake. Currently she is team commander of the International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSURT), one of the US Government's Specialty Disaster Medical Assistance Teams.

    Dr. Briggs is a fellow of the American Colege of Surgeons. She has received numerous awards for her academic and humanitarian achievements, including the American Red Cross (Massachusetts Bay) Clara Barton Humanitarian Award, The National Disaster Medical System Outstanding Achievement Award (US Government), the National Library of Medicine (NIH) exhibition ("Changing the Face of Medicine)" honoring women physicians, the New England Women's Leadership Award, the New England Surgical Society's Nathan Smith Distinguished Service Award and the 2009 Nina Starr Braunwald Achievement Award (Association of Women Surgeons).

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