Practitioner Profile | Timothy B. Erickson

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In light of recent international negotiations over nuclear disarmament and efforts to respond to the use of chemical and poisonous weapons, we sit down with Dr. Erickson to discuss the health and environmental impacts of conflict and emergencies. Dr. Timothy B. Erickson is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston where he serves as the Chief of Medical Toxicology in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and a faculty member at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He is an expert in environmental toxicology and crisis in climate change, and has active humanitarian health projects in conflict regions of Ukraine and Syria, as well as ongoing health projects in Nepal and India. Dr. Erickson earned his M.D. degree from The Chicago Medical School in 1986, and is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the American College of Medical Toxicology, the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, and the National Geographic Explorers Club.


We’ll examine the immediate and longer term impacts of conflict and weapons on people and the environment in places like the Ukraine and Syria, including nuclear, chemical, and conventional weapons, and toxic remnants of war. We’ll also discuss the use of poisonous weapons in political assasinations, the impact of conflict on healthcare workers and health systems, maintaining health education in conflict, how to better protect civilians and healthcare workers.


To hear more about humanitarian disarmament, you can listen to our related podcast episode here.




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