Dr. Ronak Patel is the founder and director of the Urbanization and Crises program at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in emergency medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Patel's research focuses primarily on the challenges and opportunities presented by rapid urbanization for humanitarian disasters and vulnerable populations. His research focuses on exposing risks and developing tools and interventions to mitigate and address these risks to health and development. He works through community based organizations (CBOs) to collect data and implement projects for marginal populations in urban slums. His past and current areas of geographic focus include India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Colombia, and Zimbabwe.