Faculty & Guest Speakers

  • Ashish Jha

    Ashish K. Jha, M.D., MPH

    Dean of the Brown University School of Public Health

    A practicing physician, Ashish K. Jha,  M.D., MPH, is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He has led groundbreaking research around Ebola and is now on the frontlines of the COVID-19 response, leading national and international analysis of key issues and advising state and federal policy makers. He comes to the Brown School of Public Health after leading the Harvard Global Health Institute and teaching at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

    Dr. Jha has published more than two hundred original research publications in prestigious journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the BMJ, and is a frequent contributor to a range of public media. He has extensively researched how to improve the quality and reduce the cost of health care, focusing on the impact of public health policy nationally and around the globe.

    Dr. Jha is a leading national voice on the COVID-19 pandemic: Dr. Jha in the media

    Read Dr. Jha's full biography

  • Dr Ranney

    Megan Ranney, M.D., MPH

    Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, Director of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, Policy and Practice, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

    A practicing emergency physician and researcher, Dr. Megan Ranney's focus is on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and public health.  

    She is the founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health. She is also Chief Research Officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine, the country's only non-profit committed to reducing firearm injury through the public health approach, and a founding partner of GetUsPPE.org, dedicated to matching donors to health systems in need of protective equipment. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. 

    Read Dr. Ranney's full biography.

Experts and Distinguished Guest Speakers

February 18: Surveillance: Data and Pandemics

Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, FACP, is the commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Dr. Chokshi most recently served as Chief Population Health Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, where he built and grew an award-winning team dedicated to health system improvement, spanning innovative care models and analytics, primary care transformation, social determinants of health, community-based care management, and chronic diseases and prevention. Read More.

Jackie Bray, MPH, is the Deputy Executive Director of NYC Test and Trace Corps. She previously served as the inaugural Director of the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants where she built a new office from the ground up focused on tenants’ rights and protecting the City’s 2 million renter households. Read More.

February 23: Testing: Slipups, Symptoms, and Certainty

Michael Mina, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a core member of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics (CCDD). Michael has pushed for innovative approaches to increasing the scale and scope of coronavirus testing, arguing that daily testing with at-home antigen tests could allow schools and businesses to reopen safely. Read More.

March 2: Behavior Change

Julia Marcus, PhD, MPH, is an infectious disease epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, and Adjunct Faculty at The Fenway Institute. During the pandemic, Marcus has drawn on her work preventing HIV infections to inform thinking about behavior change and how to best reach audiences engaging in risky behaviors. Read More.

March 4: Pandemic Misinformation

Joan Donovan, PhD, is the Research Director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy. Dr. Donovan leads the field in examining internet and technology studies, online extremism, media manipulation, and disinformation campaigns. Read More.

March 11: Health Inequity

Uché Blackstock, MD, is Founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity, and a Board-certified Emergency Medicine physician. Advancing Health Equity partners with healthcare organizations to address a few of the critical factors that contribute to health inequity, through speaking engagements, workshops, and consulting services. Read More.