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Senior HHI Fellow
Director of Field Operations, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Instructor, Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Dr. Michael Lappi is the Director of Field Operations and the program lead for Civilian-Military Affairs at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative in Cambridge, MA. Dr Lappi has extensive national and international experience in the fields of humanitarian assistance and disaster response having served in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Most notably, he provided critical leadership to the American Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief efforts, as well as to Partners In Health, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the US Department of Defense following the earthquake in Haiti. In addition to these efforts, Dr Lappi serves on the Board of Directors for the Lone Survivor Foundation in support of rehabilitation and recovery programs for returning veterans and their families.
As a Naval Medical Officer, Dr Lappi has served in several senior leadership positions during his over 16 yrs of active and reserve duty, including tours as the Joint Special Operations Task Force Surgeon, Afghanistan, and the Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Surgeon, Horn of Africa. He currently serves as the Reserve Specialty Leader for Undersea Medicine, and was recently selected for promotion to the rank of Captain in the United States Navy.
Dr Lappi has degrees from the University of Miami (BS), The Ohio State University (MS, PhD), Ohio University (DO), and the Harvard School of Public Health (MPH), as well as a diploma from the United States Naval War College (Command and Staff Program). He is Board Certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and holds appointments at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Cambridge Health Alliance. He is a former healthcare consultant with McKinsey & Company and currently serves as the Senior Physician for Procter and Gamble/Gillette as well as the President of the MDLAPPI Group, LLC.