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Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Population
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Satchit Balsari is Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Balsari’s research and teaching is focused on complex humanitarian emergencies and digital health implementation science in resource-poor settings. He has worked with populations affected by disaster, war and the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq, South Sudan, Jordan, Haiti, Puerto Rico and across South Asia. In the most vulnerable communities in the world, his team has leveraged cutting edge digital tools and citizen science to advance public health planning, advocacy and response.

The Balsari Lab collaborates directly with populations in distress, humanitarian response agencies, civil society organizations, governments, and international agencies, to reduce the information asymmetry that threatens to exclude the poor and disadvantaged from decisions that will impact their lives. Dr. Balsari co-directs, a research-response platform that builds data-driven decision tools for local communities and response agencies affected by disasters globally. Dr. Balsari is founding director of the tri-institute Climate and Human Health fellowship at Harvard, leads the climate platform at the Mittal South Asia Institute, and is co-investigator on the Salata Institute’s inaugural interfaculty cluster grant on Climate Change Adaptation in South Asia.

In March 2017, Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, awarded him India’s highest honor in medicine, the Dr B.C. Roy National Award for “outstanding services in the field of sociomedical relief.” Dr. Balsari has also been an Aspen Ideas Scholar (2016) and an Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society. Dr. Balsari received his medical degree from Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India and his public health degree from Harvard; he completed his emergency medicine residency at Columbia and Cornell’s NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was chief of the global emergency medicine division until 2017.

The Vinyasa Tool for mHealth Solutions: Supporting Human-Centered Design in Nascent Digital Health Ecosystems.
Authors: Authors: Thomas V, Kalidindi B, Waghmare A, Bhatia A, Raj T, Balsari S.
JMIR Form Res
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A standardised differential privacy framework for epidemiological modeling with mobile phone data.
Authors: Authors: Savi MK, Yadav A, Zhang W, Vembar N, Schroeder A, Balsari S, Buckee CO, Vadhan S, Kishore N.
PLOS Digit Health
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Wildfire Threat to Inpatient Health Care Facilities in California, 2022.
Authors: Authors: Bedi NS, Dresser C, Yadav A, Schroeder A, Balsari S.
Am J Public Health
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Technology, Training, and Task Shifting at the World's Largest Mass Gathering in 2025: An Opportunity for Antibiotic Stewardship in India.
Authors: Authors: Chan IHY, Gofine M, Arora S, Shaikh A, Balsari S.
JMIR Public Health Surveill
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Geographically skewed recruitment and COVID-19 seroprevalence estimates: a cross-sectional serosurveillance study and mathematical modelling analysis.
Authors: Authors: Brown T, de Salazar Munoz PM, Bhatia A, Bunda B, Williams EK, Bor D, Miller JS, Mohareb A, Thierauf J, Yang W, Villalba J, Naranbai V, Garcia Beltran W, Miller TE, Kress D, Stelljes K, Johnson K, Larremore D, Lennerz J, Iafrate AJ, Balsari S, Buckee C, Grad Y.
BMJ Open
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A theory of change for community-initiated mental health care in the United States.
Authors: Authors: Breuer E, Morris A, Blanke L, Pearsall M, Rodriguez R, Miller BF, Naslund JA, Saxena S, Balsari S, Patel V.
Glob Ment Health (Camb)
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Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Workforce Development Strategies: Delphi Consensus Study.
Authors: Authors: Hung KKC, MacDermot MK, Chan EYY, Mashino S, Balsari S, Ciottone GR, Della Corte F, Dell'Aringa MF, Egawa S, Evio BD, Hart A, Ishii T, Ragazzoni L, Sasaki H, Walline JH, Wong CS, Dalal S, Kayano R, Abrahams J, Huda Q, Graham CA.
Prehosp Disaster Med
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Where are People Dying in Disasters, and Where is it Being Studied? A Mapping Review of Scientific Articles on Tropical Cyclone Mortality in English and Chinese.
Authors: Authors: Dresser C, Hart A, Kwok-Keung Law A, Yen Yen Poon G, Ciottone G, Balsari S.
Prehosp Disaster Med
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The toll of cascading crises on Lebanon's health workforce.
Authors: Authors: Kawa N, Abisaab J, Abiad F, Badr K, El-Kak F, Alameddine M, Balsari S.
Lancet Glob Health
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Applying Human-Centered Design Principles to Digital Syndromic Surveillance at a Mass Gathering in India: Viewpoint.
Authors: Authors: Shaikh A, Bhatia A, Yadav G, Hora S, Won C, Shankar M, Heerboth A, Vemulapalli P, Navalkar P, Oswal K, Heaton C, Saunik S, Khanna T, Balsari S.
J Med Internet Res
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Climate Change

Landscape analysis of climate change adaptations across India and Bangladesh,  and large scale validation of technical and behavioral adaptations to heat among poor working families in India. See

Digital Health Implementation Science

National Needs Finding Study in India, a first ever generative research design enterprise involving over 300 hours of oral interviews across a range of stakeholders in India’s digital health ecosystem. This project, in collaboration with the St John’s Research Institute and the National Health Authority, will evaluate the most pressing needs felt by various stakeholders in India’s health delivery landscape to better target the billions of dollars of investment expected in digital health tools, data science and AI, in the coming years.

 The Community Science Alliance project, in collaboration with the Government of Meghalaya is implementing AI-assisted clinical pathways in the primary care setting, combining technology, task-sharing and training programs to improve healthcare delivery.

Prior signature initiatives include EMcounter (a customizable, portable digital surveillance tool, the latest iteration of which was used at the world’s largest mass gathering, the Kumbh Mela in India) and Voices, a crowd-sourced, online disaster response analysis tool. In 2018, in collaboration with Professor Caroline Buckee (Epidemiology), he co-led the Hurricane Maria Mortality Study.