PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Megan L. Ranney, M.D., M.P.H., an emergency medicine
physician and injury prevention researcher, was honored this week with the 2018
Bruce M. Selya Award for Excellence in Research at the Lifespan Annual Meeting.
She was nominated by Brian Clyne, M.D., in his capacity as Lifespan’s interim
physician-in-chief for emergency medicine and interim chair of emergency
medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
Ranney has distinguished herself in the field
of emergency mental health research and violent injury prevention, particularly
firearm injury prevention. She is an expert in non-partisan public health
research on firearm injury, and is among a group of physicians nationally
bringing the matter to the public’s attention. She is frequently interviewed by
local and national media outlets on the subject.
Dr. Ranney founded and directs the Emergency
Digital Health Innovation Program at Brown. She is an associate professor of
emergency medicine in the medical school, and of health services, policy and
practice in the School of Public Health. She has published widely, with well
over 100 scientific publications and 70 presentations at scientific meetings.
She serves as chief research officer for the
American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM) and has
held roles on numerous national and local task forces related to efforts to
stem gun violence, including co-chairing Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s
Task Force on Gun Violence.
Ranney earned her bachelor’s degree in the
history of science from Harvard College, then went on to earn her M.D. at
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She completed her
residency in emergency medicine at Brown and Rhode Island Hospital, earning a
master’s in public health from Brown during her residency.
The Lifespan Board instituted the award in
1999 to honor Judge Selya, chairman of the Lifespan Board from the creation of
Lifespan in 1994 until 1999. Lifespan recognizes Judge Selya’s “steadfast
commitment to academic medicine and his keen insight concerning the importance
of academic programs to quality health care at Lifespan.” The award is intended
to recognize a rising star in research, an independent investigator who has
demonstrated excellence through a record of high-quality peer-reviewed
publication and ability to attract research funding.
“With Dr. Ranney’s insight, commitment to
research, and passion, she has already made a significant impact on emergency
medicine,” wrote Dr. Clyne in his nomination letter. “I believe she is exactly
the kind of person who the Bruce Selya Research Award seeks to recognize.”