Part of the working group of leaders in global surgery representing major institutions which Kletjian Foundation collaborates with on a regular basis.

Dr. Susan Briggs

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Susan Briggs is a Senior Surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS), Boston, Massachusetts. She is also an Affiliate Faculty in the HMS Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Program in Global Surgery. Dr. Briggs received her MD from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine.  She completed her surgical training at MGH and obtained an MPH in International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Briggs is Director of the International Trauma and Disaster Institute @ MGH, a center of excellence in trauma and disaster education.


Dr. Briggs has been President of the Panamerican Trauma Association, Vice-President of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST) and President of Boston Surgical Society.  She is the Editor of the American Journal of Disaster Medicine and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Trauma and other trauma and disaster journals. She is the Editor of the First and Second Editions of Advanced Disaster Medical Response, Manual for Providers and is author of many publications in trauma and disaster medicine, including the Harvard online CME course in Disaster Medicine.


Dr. Briggs has been active, both nationally and internationally, in trauma and disaster relief activities with the United States Government and non-profit organizations such as Project Hope and the American Refugee Committee.  Currently she is the Supervising Medical Officer (Team Commander) of one of the US Government’s Specialty Disaster Medical

Assistance Teams, the International Medical Surgical Response Team (IMSuRT).  She has participated in numerous national and international disasters, including the Armenia earthquake (Russia), the World Trade Center terrorist attack (New York), the Bam, Iran earthquake, Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana) and the Haiti earthquake. 


Dr. Briggs has received numerous awards for her academic and humanitarian achievements, including the American Red Cross Clara Barton Humanitarian Award, the National Disaster Medical System Outstanding Achievement Award (US Government), the National Library of Medicine (NIH) exhibition (“Changing the Face of Medicine)” honoring women physicians, the New England Women’s Leadership Award, the New England Surgical Society’s Nathan Smith Distinguished Service Award, the 2009 Nina Starr Braunwald Achievement  Award (Association of Women Surgeons), the 2013 Project Hope Global Partner Award and the ADL Woman of Valor Award. In 2014, the MGH Department of Surgery established an endowed Fellowship in Global Surgery in recognition of Dr. Briggs’s achievements at MGH and humanitarian relief efforts throughout the world. In 2015, Dr. Briggs received the American College of Surgeons International Surgical Volunteerism Award for her disaster and humanitarian work. She was awarded the Gusi Peace Price (Phillipines) and the Zhejiang West Lake Friendship Award (China) in 2015.  Dr. Briggs was awarded the MGH Global Health Humanitarian Service Award in 2016.  

She was selected to give one of the named lectures of the American College of Surgery, the Scudder Oration on Trauma, at the 2016 annual meeting. Dr. Briggs was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Carmella R. and Steven C. Kletjian Endowed Chair in Global Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Learn more about Dr. Briggs and the Global Surgery Initiative at MGH here: