This initiative would not have been possible without the dedication of students, faculty, and mentors across the country. Here are the individuals who are spearheading this effort globally.
The 2021-2022 Leadership Team
Founder and Co-Director
Karly Hampshire is a fourth year medical student at the University of California, San Francisco planning to pursue a career in internal medicine, with interests in medical education and the health effects of climate change. She is currently on a research year exploring the impacts of extreme weather events on HIV outcomes and working as a fellow with the UC Center for Climate, Health, and Equity.
Hannah Chase is a final year graduate entry medical student at the University of Oxford in the UK. Hannah introduced the initiative to the UK last year and is now continuing with her co-director role, looking forward to facilitating expansion of PHRC further internationally. She is interested in a career that combines clinical medicine with medical education.
Megan Duckworth is a medical student at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is motivated to increase awareness about the interconnectedness between planetary and human health and to promote the environmental and human health co-benefits of lifestyle change with her patients.
Brigette Torrise is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Virginia. She feels empowered by this community of thoughtful, engaged young people working to build a healthier planet. She will be applying to Psychiatry residencies this Fall.
Implementation and Analytics Chair
Taylor Diedrich is a second year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine with interests in neurology, psychiatry and healthcare sustainability. She enjoys reading, traveling, pilates, and going on walks with her dog Otto.
Partnerships and Recruitment Chair
Trizzha Feliciano is a third year medical student at University College London. She is interested in a career in neurosurgery, and research into the effect of air pollution on the CNS.
Nuzhat Islam is a founder and the current Design Chair for the PHRC. She is a fourth year medical student at UC San Francisco and is interested in exploring the nexus of climate change and human health and promoting environmental health education for both patients and practitioners.
Regional Lead: Western U.S.
Sonja is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is originally from Missoula, Montana, and enjoys exploring both the Mountain West and the PNW. She is interested environmental justice and health equity, possibly combining these interests with a career in pediatrics.
Regional Lead: Southeastern U.S.
Travis is a third-year medical student originally hailing from White River Junction, Vermont who attends Emory School of Medicine. Prior to attending Emory, he earned his MPH with a focus in environmental health sciences and biostatistics, and has continued to pursue his interest in healthcare sustainability in medical school. Having lead the PHRC project at Emory last year, he is excited to take on the position of Southeastern Regional Lead for the PHRC this year.
Regional Lead: Midwestern U.S.
Stella is an MS2 at Indiana University School of Medicine and is especially interested in the bio-psycho-social determinants of fetal and infant/early childhood development. She was an Environmental Science and Policy (Marine Ecology concentration) and German Studies double major in college. She loves anything to do with the ocean, hiking for hours on end, and pretending that she’s not going to kill every plant she brings home.
Regional Lead: Northeastern U.S.
Emily Gentile is a third-year medical student in the Global and Urban Health Pathways at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is interested in environmental justice, health equity, and health policy, and is excited to join the PHRC team as the Northeastern Regional lead.
Regional Lead: Ireland
My name is Isabel Waters and I am a 4th year medical student at Trinity College Dublin. I’m interested in inclusion medicine and the the increased negative impact of climate change on marginalised groups in society.
Regional Lead: United Kingdom
Jim Lee is a 3rd year medical student at Brighton and Sussex Medical School taking a year out to study Environmental and Human Health MSc at Exeter University. Having Co-lead the project at BSMS for 2021 he is excited to get started as UK regional lead for an exciting year of curriculum reform.
Regional Lead: United Kingdom
Madhumita Kolluri is a final-year medical student at Peninsula Medical School, Plymouth University. An international student from California, Madhu was delighted to discover PHRC when it first came to the UK medical schools and is thankful for the opportunity to be a part of PHRC. She looks forward to pursuing her passion for planetary health, medical education and community outreach as she continues through her medical career.
Regional Lead: Canada
Triya Ramburn is a fourth-year medical student at McGill University in Canada. As the Canadian Regional Lead, she supports the initiative in medical schools across the country, with the vision of empowering future physicians to tackle planetary health issues. Grounded in social justice, she engages in community work, mental health research, and climate justice advocacy to address the human health impacts of environmental issues.
Regional Lead: Germany
Jörg Schmid is a medical doctor freshly out of university and will help support the implementation of the PHRC in Germany. He is a Planetary Health Curriculum Developer at University of Würzburg, Germany, and will start his GP training this autumn.