Michael VanRooyen, MD, MPH is the Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. He is also Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University and the Lavine Family Professor of Humanitarian Studies at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  Dr. VanRooyen has worked as an emergency physician with numerous relief organizations in over thirty countries affected by war and disaster, including Somalia, Bosnia, Rwanda, Iraq, North Korea, Darfur-Sudan, Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

In his FIX18 lecture, Dr. VanRooyen explains why advocating for family leave isn’t just the job of the female physician and shares his experience creating a new parental leave policy for his department.  ”