Brett Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.


Associate Pediatrician
Neonatology and Newborn Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
Physician Investigator (Cl)
Division of Global Health at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Mass General Research Institute
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
MPH Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 2004
DTM&H 2009
MD Johns Hopkins University 2005
MD Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2005
MPH Johns Hopkins University 2004
asphyxia neonatorum; child orphaned; developing countries; earthquakes; global health; health personnel; maternal health services; midwifery; pediatrics; perinatal care; postpartum hemorrhage; rape; resuscitation; uterine balloon tamponade; war; world health

Brett D. Nelson, MD, MPH, DTM&H is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and an attending pediatrician and global health faculty member in the Division of Global Health at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

His professional interests are advocacy and health care provision for vulnerable populations, particularly children and individuals affected by conflict and disaster.

He helped establish the nation’s first Pediatric Global Health Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and was its first fellow.

Dr Nelson has advanced degrees in public health (Johns Hopkins) and tropical medicine (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).  He has been involved in pediatric care, academic research, and consultancy in over a dozen crisis-affected countries while working for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, International Rescue Committee, International Red Cross and Red Crescent, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Recently in Liberia, Dr Nelson served as Liberia’s Senior Pediatrician and as the Interim Chair of Pediatrics and Newborn Medicine for the country's sole teaching hospital.