Center for Digital Health

Megan Ranney MD, MPH, FACEP

Founding Director, Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, Academic Dean, Brown University School of Public Health, Warren Alpert Foundation Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Dean and Director of Brown Institute for Translational Sciences, Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice
Research Interests Social Media, Digital Intervention, Design, and Evaluation, Wearables and Digital Phenotypes


Megan Ranney MD MPH is a practicing emergency physician, researcher, and advocate for innovative approaches to health. Her work focuses on the intersection between digital health, violence prevention, and population health.  

She is the founding Director of the Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health, as well as the Academic Dean for the Brown University School of Public Health. She is also Chief Research Officer for the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (, the country's only non-profit committed to reducing firearm injury through the public health approach, and a founding partner of, dedicated to matching donors to health systems in need of protective equipment. She is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Aspen Health Innovators Fellowship Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. 
She graduated from Harvard University summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History of Science in 1997. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire prior to attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in NYC. She graduated with AOA status and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award from the Gold Humanism Society on graduation. She completed internship, residency, and chief residency in Emergency Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Injury Prevention Research and a Master of Public Health, at Brown University.

She is currently the Warren Alpert Endowed Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is an editor for the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. She has previously served as an appointed member of HIMSS' mHealth Physician Taskforce, an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and chair of the Firearm Injury Research Technical Advisory Group for the American College of Emergency Physicians. She has been PI or Co-I over a dozen federally funded grants, all focused on technology-based interventions for high risk populations.

Her work has been featured by hundreds of media outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, the BBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Fox News.