Caleb Jackson Dresser


Environmental Health

Other Positions

Instructor in Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine-Beth Israel Deaconess

Harvard Medical School


Caleb Dresser is Assistant Director of the Fellowship in Climate and Human Health, Climate MD Program Lead at Harvard C-CHANGE, an Emergency Medicine Attending at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

He is affiliated with the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and CrisisReady. His research focuses on understanding the public health and healthcare implications of climate-related extreme weather events, and he is actively involved in efforts to educate healthcare workers, policymakers, and the general public about the value of action to protect human health in the context of the ongoing climate crisis.

Caleb was the inaugural Fellow in Climate and Human Health in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (2019 to 2021) and is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed his medical education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and his residency in Emergency Medicine through the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

MPH, 05/2021, Public Health
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

BS, 06/2009, Biology & Society
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

MD, 06/2016, Medicine
Univ. Massachusetts Medical Sch., Worcester, MA

06/2019, Emergency Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Med. Ctr. / HAEMR, Boston, MA

Jane Matlaw Environmental Champion2022
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Teaching Attending Award2022
Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


The Journal of Climate Change and Health

James K. Sullivan, Haley Campbell, Caleb Dresser, Ann-Christine Duhaime, Marc Futernick, Ilyssa Gordon, Kimberly Humphrey, Eva Rawlings Parker, Lisa Patel, Emily Senay, Cecilia Sorensen, Marcalee Alexander .

Proceedings from the Inaugural Climate and Health Conference, October 21-22, 2023. 2024.

PLoS Climate

Shakirah N. Ssebyala , Timothy M. Kintu, David J. Muganzi, Caleb Dresser, Michelle R. Demetres, Yuan Lai, Kobusingye Mercy, Chenyu Li, Fei Wang, Soko Setoguchi, Leo Anthony Celi, Arnab K. Ghosh.

Use of machine learning tools to predict health risks from climate-sensitive extreme weather events: A scoping review. 2024.

Health Affairs Forefront

Victor C. Agbafe Blake N. Shultz Caleb Dresser Kyle Whyte.

Justice40: An Opportunity To Build Health Equity. 2023.


Experts debrief on COP28 climate and health takeaways

Members of the Harvard community who attended COP28—the two-week international climate summit held in late 2023 in Dubai—gathered January 30 to discuss key takeaways, lessons learned, and next steps in the climate and health arena.

Keeping people safe from extreme heat

With millions of Americans facing day after day of temperatures well above 100 degrees, experts from Harvard Chan C-CHANGE are speaking out about ways to mitigate the dangerous health effects of extreme heat.