The Blair and Georgia Sadler Fellowship at Health Care Without Harm

Thanks to a generous gift from Blair and Georgia Sadler, Health Care Without Harm established the annual Blair and Georgia Sadler Fellowship in 2022, providing an opportunity for emerging clinical health leaders who want to work on equitable, climate-smart health care in their hospitals and communities.

Each year, Health Care Without Harm will select an annual cohort of early-career clinicians for this fellowship and connect them with each other, internal and external subject matter experts, and our partner health systems to support their ideas and growth. The Blair and Georgia Sadler Fellowship participants will be equipped with tools for climate and sustainability-related education, organizing, communications, research, and leadership that they can put to use throughout their careers.

Fellows receive a full scholarship to attend CleanMed and a $1,000 grant to complete a project that aims to demonstrate scalable solutions that can be shared with our health care network, broader academic circles, and the general public.

Fellows will have an advisory group at Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth for project support, and will be supported in writing an article or op-ed for local press or a media site about the need for health care to focus on climate, health, and equity. In addition, fellows will be encouraged to submit articles for publication in select journals and present work at conferences. Upon completion, these leaders will join a cohort of past fellows.

“The next generation of clinical health professionals want to be prepared to care for patients in a changing climate, from gaining an understanding of how climate change impacts health, to acquiring knowledge about opportunities to reduce health care’s climate footprint, and learning how to prepare for disruptions in patient care due to extreme weather events. The Sadler Fellowship is an exciting opportunity to support and mentor the next generation of clinical sustainability leaders and provide them with the tools and knowledge to advocate for more sustainable and equitable health care.”

⁠— Amy Collins, Medical Director of Physician Engagement and Education, Health Care Without Harm

Applications for the 2023 Fellowship are now open. 
Please review the requirements before applying. 

Apply by Jan. 31, 11:59 p.m. PT. 
Any questions contact Dr. Amy Collins

Please support the next generation of health care sustainability leaders by making a donation to the Climate action fund for health professionals.


Meet the 2022 Sadler Fellows

Priya Dave, a medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Masters of Bioethics student at Harvard Medical School was selected for her commitment to environmental and energy justice and ensuring the transition to decarbonization is realized in a just manner and does not disproportionately burden the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities.

For her project, she will be creating a climate justice speaker series and health professional curriculum including content about energy justice, green space ethics, and the link between redlining and climate change.

“I am thrilled for the opportunity to attend CleanMed and work on climate justice awareness through the Emerging Physician Leader Award and Sadler Fellowship. Taking a justice lens is vital to ensuring our climate change initiatives consider and include the health and wellbeing of vulnerable communities. I am particularly excited to collaborate with voices not traditionally included to develop a climate and health justice curriculum and educational resources.”

— Priya Dave

Jacquelyn Piraquive, M.D., M.S., an otolaryngology-head and neck surgery resident at Boston Medical Center, was selected for her combined interests in advocacy, public health, research, and sustainable health care, along with her commitment to advancing a culture of climate-smart surgery at her institution and in the otolaryngology community.

For her research project, she will quantify the amount of open but unused disposable items in two common head and neck surgeries – thyroidectomy and endoscopic sinus surgery – to raise awareness about the financial, environmental, and public health implications of excess waste in the operating room.

“I am incredibly honored and look forward to the mentorship and potential networking opportunities offered through CleanMed to learn from like-minded individuals committed to delivering climate-smart health care. Surgeons are in a unique position to lead sustainability efforts through judicious use of resources, equipment, and supplies. Through my research, I hope to raise awareness and empower other surgeons to incorporate environmentally responsible practices in the operating room to elevate the quality and delivery of our care.”

— Jacquelyn Piraquive, M.D., M.S.

Peter Trinh, M.D, M.B.A., an internal medicine and primary care resident at Brigham & Women's Hospital, was selected for his commitment to building a culture of cost-effective, patient-centered, climate-smart health care by reducing low value, wasteful clinical practices.

For his project, he will use a team-based approach to reduce low-value, unnecessary lab tests on two general internal medicine teaching units and perform an analysis of the cost and carbon footprint of inpatient lab tests.

“This is an incredible honor. I truly believe that sustainable change in health care must address team behaviors and organizational culture, and I'm excited to engage in this hard work with the support of the Health Care Without Harm Physician Network. I am very much looking forward to CleanMed 2022 and learning vital lessons from this community that I can share and apply at my institution.”

— Peter Trinh, M.D, M.B.A.

Carter White, M.S., a medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, was selected for his commitment to reducing medical waste and promoting sustainable surgery, along with his co-leadership of Second-Breath, a student-led program that collects unused medical supplies and redistributes them free of charge to individuals, communities, and international organizations in need.

For his project, he will be expanding Second-Breath with the goals of being able to accept and redistribute larger quantities of unused medical supplies and generating data to allow the organization to better serve its communities and partners.

“I am incredibly honored. The financial and professional support these distinctions provide will allow the Second-Breath team to dramatically expand our environmentally- and fiscally-conscious, community-oriented approach to reducing medical waste. I am excited to connect with and learn from my colleagues and mentors at the CleanMed conference.”

— Carter White, M.S.