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Dr. Megan  Ranney

Dr. Megan Ranney

Emergency Physician & Researcher


"Megan was excellent! Her topic was so relevant to our current state of affairs when it came to misinformation in social media. Of course, working with Megan to discuss her topic was seamless. She ended up touching upon everything I felt would be great for our audience to hear. Feedback from our attendees included loving her topic, enjoying the material, and wanting to hear more! Absolutely no doubt, we would welcome having her back again in the future." -Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)

Dr. Ranney is a practicing emergency physician, researcher, and national advocate for innovative approaches to public health. She holds the Warren Alpert Endowed Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, and is Associate Dean of Strategy and Innovation at the School of Public Health at Brown University. Dr. Ranney’s funded research focuses on developing, testing, and disseminating digital health interventions to prevent violence, mental illness, and related epidemics. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has been a CNN Medical Analyst, as well as having frequent appearances on MSNBC, BBC, Good Morning America, NBC, PBS, NPR, and others. She has been published in print media ranging from The Atlantic to The New York Times regarding the value of a national public health strategy. She also developed and co-leads, with Dr. Ashish Jha, the “Surviving And Thriving in The Age of Pandemics” online course at the School of Public Health at Brown University. Read More >

She serves multiple national leadership roles, including as Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research, the country’s leading nonprofit committed to ending gun violence through a non-partisan public health approach, and Co-Founder and President of the Board of GetUsPPE.org, a startup nonprofit that is delivering donated personal protective equipment to those who need it most. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Institute’s Health Innovators Fellowship Program, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research, including “Rhode Island Woman of the Year” (2021), the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Policy Pioneer Award (2018), and “50 Experts to Trust In A Pandemic” (Elemental/Medium, 2020).

Dr. Ranney earned her bachelor’s degree in History of Science, graduating summa cum laude, from Harvard University; her medical doctorate, graduating Alpha Omega Alpha, from Columbia University; and her master's in public health from Brown University. She completed her residency in Emergency Medicine and a fellowship in Injury Prevention Research at Brown University. She was previously a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TEDx: How the Public Health Approach Can Solve Gun Violence

COVID-19 Related Illness Impacting Children | MSNBC

COVID Lockdown | CBS News

Speech Topics

COVID-19: What Comes Next?

The novel coronavirus has been disorienting at best, devastating at worst. It also exposed everything broken in our healthcare system.  In this talk, Dr. Ranney combines her firsthand experiences as an ER doctor on the frontlines, with big picture assessments of where we go next, drawn from her national public health leadership during the pandemic. She describes how and why we must rebuild our health system – re-upping our commitment to public health, digital technologies, and equity. She tailors this talk according to the audience (e.g., emphasizing what happens next with the virus; discussing non-profit and public/private partnerships as key elements in virus response; providing lessons on what has worked vs what hasn’t in digital technology). This talk has been given to audiences ranging from Wall Street firms to high school parents. 

Creating Change in a Divided World

Over the last decade, Dr. Ranney has emerged as one of the nation's strongest voices for innovative solutions to seemingly intractable public health crises. In this talk, she takes the audience on a journey from possibility to action. She outlines how to see beyond the limits of the possible; provides concrete examples of success and failure in work on gun violence, opioids, COVID, and digital health; and shares her core lessons about the key ingredients for action (inclusivity, persistence, shared power, high-quality data). This talk has been given to audiences ranging from healthcare to higher education to associations.

Using Digital Health to Improve Health and Reduce Disparities

COVID-19 turbocharged digital health. Investment in digital technology (telehealth, wearables, apps, social media, and other innovations) skyrocketed to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. Although many people assume that digital health technology will worsen existing structural inequities, that isn't necessarily so! In this engaging presentation, Dr. Ranney - Founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health and Professor of Emergency Medicine - shares examples and strategies for using digital health to engage at-risk populations and reduce health disparities.  Dr Ranney has given this talk to healthcare systems, medical conferences, patient advocacy groups, and investors.