Skip to content

Our Team

Alister Martin

Senior Fellow and Professor of Practice

Dr. Alister Martin is an ER physician at Mass General Hospital, a Professor of Practice within the Bouvé College of Health Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Burnes Center for Social Change at Northeastern University.

Alister leads the Burnes Center partner program A Healthier Democracy, a nonprofit healthcare organizing incubator which leverages healthcare workers and healthcare settings as a place to build programs and movements that serve the needs of vulnerable patients. Through one of its flagship programs, Link Health, he has helped drive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal benefits into the pockets of low income patients in healthcare settings nationally. Through Vot-ER, a nonpartisan healthcare based voter registration initiative, he has organized over 50,000 healthcare providers and 700 hospitals to help non-urgent patients register to vote and make their voices heard on election day. He was the National Organizing Director at Get Waivered, a program that is converting our nation’s ERs into the front door for opioid addiction treatment and was instrumental in the organizing efforts resulting in the removal of the X waiver provision. He also co-founded GOTVax, an initiative aimed at leveraging a get out the vote framework to deliver vaccines directly to vulnerable communities via hyper-targeted vaccine pop up clinics.

Alister is a practicing Emergency Physician and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and was a former Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

He was a former Biden Administration appointee serving as an advisor in the Office of the Vice President under Kamala Harris as an appointed White House Fellow. He served as a former Health Policy Aide to Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Congressman Raul Ruiz of California. He leverages his background in politics, policy, and the field of behavioral economics to use healthcare settings as a place to build programs that serve the needs of vulnerable patients.

We use cookies to improve your experience on our sites. By continuing to use our sites, you agree to our Privacy Statement.