Ep 86: Effects of Climate Change on Dermatology and Medicine

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Medicine meets Mother Nature.

Tune into this episode about the effects of climate change on the specialty of Dermatology and more broadly, medicine. Our guest today is Eva Rawlings Parker, M.D. Dr. Parker is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is President of the Nashville Dermatologic Society and Vice President of the Williamson County Medical Society. Dr. Parker practices general and complex medical dermatology, inpatient dermatology, as well as cosmetic dermatology at Vanderbilt. Dr. Parker’s academic interests include the health effects secondary to climate change, global health, HIV dermatoses, and tropical skin disease. She also provides volunteer dermatologic care to immigrant, refugee, and underserved populations in Nashville, TN at Siloam Health and the Shade Tree Clinic. As well, she provides volunteer telehealth consultation services in Kenya through The Addis Clinic, has taught internationally in resource-limited settings, and is an external supervisor and mentor at the Regional Dermatology Training Centre in Moshi, Tanzania. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Denver which fueled her interest in how environmental impacts and climate alterations affect health.

She is a staunch advocate for both climate justice and health care sustainability, actively promoting broader education on the health impacts caused by climate change.

Resources Mentioned in Episode:

Planetary Health Report Card
https://phreportcard.org/

CDC Climate Change and Human Health
https://www.cdc.gov/climateandhealth/effects/default.htm

Climate Resources for Health Education Initiative
https://www.publichealth.columbia.edu/research/global-consortium-climate-and-health-education/climate-resources-health-education-initiative

Medical Students for a Sustainable Future
https://ms4sf.org/

Episode produced by: Lauren Hekman

Episode recording date: 4/24/22