Aaron ‘Ari’ Bernstein is the Assistant Faculty Director, Climate Change & Health Initiative at the Harvard Global Health Institute, Interim Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is a pediatric hospitalist at Boston Children’s Hospital. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, Ari earned an M.D. from the University of Chicago and an M.P.H. from Harvard University. He is a recipient of Stanford University’s Firestone Medal for Research and the Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship. At HGHI, Ari works on, amongst other things, developing teaching materials on the health impacts of climate change and improving the sustainability and climate resilience of hospitals.
With Nobel Laureate, Eric Chivian, Ari co-authored and co-edited the Oxford University Press book, Sustaining Life, which received the distinction of best biology book of 2008 from the Library Journal, and which has been published in several foreign language editions. He currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, the Board of Scientific Counselors to the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors.
An avid bicyclist, Ari pedals to and from work year round