Joseph Leanza, MD MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Emergency Medicine

MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
MPH, University of Pennsylvania
BA, Johns Hopkins University

I am an emergency medicine physician, public health practitioner, and the Director of Global Health at the BU School of Medicine.

My academic focus is in global health. In particular, I work on projects concerning emergency medicine specialty development and medical care during humanitarian emergencies. I am currently involved in initiatives in Iraq, Ukraine, and Pakistan and have previously worked in Uganda, Bangladesh, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Ecuador, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. I am also involved with WHO working groups to conceptualize new approaches to humanitarian care in conflict settings.

My additional academic interests include:
-medical education
-rethinking the teaching and practice of global health, with an emphasis on bidirectional learning and cultural humility
-the intersections between climate change, urbanization, human migration, and health

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

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  1. Patterson JL, Bryan RT, Turconi M, Leiner A, Plackett TP, Rhodes LL, Sciulli L, Donnelly S, Reynolds CW, Leanza J, Fisher AD, Kushnir T, Artemenko V, Ward KR, Holcomb JB, Schmitzberger FF. Life Over Limb: Why Not Both? Revisiting Tourniquet Practices Based on Lessons Learned From the War in Ukraine. J Spec Oper Med. 2024 Mar 13. PMID: 38300880
  2. Dozois A, González Marqués C, Thilakasiri K, Adeyeye AA, Leanza J, Rybarczyk M, Depp T, Wieland T, Karim N, Muchatuta M, Ali F, Amer A, Garbern SC, Patel S. A toolkit for decolonizing global emergency medicine education. Frontiers in Education. 2023; 8. View Publication
  3. Kivlehan SM, Hexom BJ, Bonney J, Collier A, Nicholson BD, Quao NSA, Rybarczyk MM, Selvam A, Rees CA, Roy CM, Bhaskar N, Becker TK. Global emergency medicine: A scoping review of the literature from 2021. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 Oct; 29(10):1264-1274. PMID: 35913419; DOI: 10.1111/acem.14575;
  4. Trehan I, Kivlehan SM, Balhara KS, Bonney J, Hexom BJ, Pousson AY, Quao NSA, Rybarczyk MM, Selvam A, Nicholson BD, Bhaskar N, Becker TK. Global emergency medicine: A scoping review of the literature from 2020. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 11; 28(11):1328-1340.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34310782; DOI: 10.1111/acem.14356;
  5. Trehan I, Kivlehan SM, Balhara KS, Hexom BJ, Pousson AY, Quao NSA, Rybarczyk MM, Selvam A, Bonney J, Bhaskar N, Becker TK. Global Emergency Medicine: A Review of the Literature From 2019. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 Jan; 28(1):117-128. PMID: 32772445; DOI: 10.1111/acem.14107;
  6. Rice B, Leanza J, Mowafi H, Thadeus Kamara N, Mugema Mulogo E, Bisanzo M, Nikam K, Kizza H, Newberry JA, Strehlow M, Kohn M. Defining High-risk Emergency Chief Complaints: Data-driven Triage for Low- and Middle-income Countries. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Dec; 27(12):1291-1301. PMID: 32416022; PMCID: PMC7818254; DOI: 10.1111/acem.14013;
  7. Holscher CM, Leanza J, Thomas AG, Waldram MM, Haugen CE, Jackson KR, Bae S, Massie AB, Segev DL. Anxiety, depression, and regret of donation in living kidney donors. BMC Nephrol. 2018 Sep 04; 19(1):218. PMID: 30180815; PMCID: PMC6122576; DOI: 10.1186/s12882-018-1024-0;
  8. Luo X, Leanza J, Massie AB, Garonzik-Wang JM, Haugen CE, Gentry SE, Ottmann SE, Segev DL. MELD as a metric for survival benefit of liver transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2018 May; 18(5):1231-1237. PMID: 29316310; PMCID: PMC6116532; DOI: 10.1111/ajt.14660;
  9. Massie AB, Leanza J, Fahmy LM, Chow EK, Desai NM, Luo X, King EA, Bowring MG, Segev DL. A Risk Index for Living Donor Kidney Transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2016 Jul; 16(7):2077-84. PMID: 26752290; PMCID: PMC6114098; DOI: 10.1111/ajt.13709;

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Bar chart showing 9 publications over 7 distinct years, with a maximum of 2 publications in 2018 and 2020


2018 University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine: Outstanding Administrative Duties
2016 American Society of Transplantation: American Transplant Congress Young Investigator Award
2015-2016 Doris Duke Foundation: Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellow
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Global Health
Emergency Medicine
Medical Education
Climate Change
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