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Core Faculty, HHI
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Director of External Programs: STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Director of Women’s Leadership Initiative, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Dr. Valerie Dobiesz has expertise in medical education and women’s health and is collaborating on developing an assessment tool to evaluate challenges to maintaining medical education during conflict and insecurity. Dr. Dobiesz is an emergency medicine physician at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital where she serves as the Director of External Programs at STRATUS Center for Medical Education. She is also a faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Dobiesz earned her undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in 1984 and her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1988. She completed her emergency medicine residency training at the University of Illnois in 1991 and her Masters of Public Health in 2010 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
She recently transitioned from the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago having engaged in medical student, resident, and faculty education for many years. Her many roles included serving as Director of Education for the Center of Global Health, Assistant Dean for Residency Preparedness, Emergency Medicine Simulation and Medical Education Fellowship Director, as well as Associate Program Director for Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Dobiesz has presented over 100 national and international invited lectures on emergency medicine, medical education and simulation, global health, women's health, and wilderness and expedition medicine. She has co-edited a book on Pediatric Emergency Medicine and co-authored over 60 book chapters and peer reviewed publications. She has extensive experience in developing emergency medicine and conducting needs assessments in a wide variety of countries including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Fiji, the Philipines, and Antarctica.
Dr. Dobiesz's research focus has also been on reducing maternal mortality from postpartum hemorrhage in low resource settings. She is the principle inventor and principal investigator on several grants testing an obstetrical medical device designed by a multidisciplinary team to auto transfuse women suffering life threatening postpartum hemorrhage in low resource settings.