Stephanie Kayden

Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population

Department of Global Health and Population

Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH, is an emergency physician with a focus on international humanitarian response and leadership. She serves on the faculty of the Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, and Human Rights cluster in the Department of Global Health and Population. As Director of the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard, Dr. Kayden trains students and professionals in global health and humanitarian work.

She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and is editor-in-chief of the book Emergency Department Leadership and Management: Best Principles and Practice. She is widely published and has given hundreds of lectures worldwide on humanitarian response and leadership.

Dr. Kayden has worked to improve emergency medical systems, humanitarian aid and disaster response in more than 40 countries. 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 20 countries. In 2010, Dr. Kayden helped establish one of the largest field hospitals for survivors of the earthquake in Haiti. She continues to train international disaster responders and emergency workers around the world.


MPH, International Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
AB, Philosophy, Harvard University

Other Affiliations

Vice Chair and Chief, Division of International Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Programs, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Director, Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, Humanitarian Academy at Harvard

Core Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School