Gaurab Basu, MD, MPH is a physician and founding co-director of the Cambridge Health Alliance Center for Health Equity Education and Advocacy (CHEEA). He is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, and a Health Equity Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Basu has a background in human rights and global health. He has expertise in health equity medical education and the impacts of climate change on health. He is currently a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leader program. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Basu has served as one of the clinical leads of Cambridge Health Alliance’s COVID Community Management clinical services.

He has received numerous awards in medical education, including the Charles McCabe Faculty Prize in Excellence at Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance Academic Council award. He has been a Curtis Prout Academy Fellow at Harvard Medical School and a Harvard Macy Scholar. He co-directs the social medicine curriculum at Harvard Medical School. He also serves on Harvard Medical School’s Task Force to Address Racism. His academic work has been published in Academic Medicine, PLOS Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine, among others.

Dr. Basu has been recognized nationally for his work in climate change and health equity. He was named to the 2021 Grist 50 list of climate leaders. He also received the Union of Concerned Scientists’ 2020 Science Defender Award. He has testified and spoken on behalf of state and federal climate policies at legislative sessions and town halls, and serves on the city of Cambridge’s Net-Zero Climate Task Force. He has spoken at numerous medical institutions on climate change and health equity medical education. His perspective pieces have appeared in the Boston Globe, Scientific American, the BMJ, Grist, NPR/WBUR, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. His work in climate change medical education has been featured by NPR’s All Things Considered.

Dr. Basu was a Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Sommer Scholar, where he studied human rights. Dr. Basu is trained in community organizing and has served as a coach for workshops run by Harvard Kennedy School Professor Marshall Ganz. He has previously worked for numerous global NGOs including the Gates Institute, Partners in Health, the Child in Need Institute and Last Mile Health.

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Biden aims to create climate, equity office at HHS

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