Geoff Capraro, MD, MPH is a board-certified, practicing pediatric emergency physician with Brown Emergency Medicine. His current research involves application of emerging computer vision technologies to improve monitoring and management of emergency conditions. His public health work involves designing and implementing public health interventions that empower citizens to intervene effectively and improve outcomes for individuals who are overdosing on opioids. He is a member of Brown Physicians Inc.'s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and recently completed a Brown EM DEI grant-supported collaboration with community groups to assure appropriate, equitable coronavirus vaccination in hardest-hit communities in RI.
Dr. Capraro is co-Director of the medical school's Scholarly Concentration in Medical Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. He greatly enjoys teaching, mentoring and learning from undergraduates, medical students, residents, and fellows. He has served as a mentor at Brown's Breakthrough Lab, Brown Hack Health, the COBRE on Opioids & Overdose, the Social Enterprise Greenhouse, and Brown Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Capraro co-founded NaloxBox, an organization whose mission is to improve the capacity of bystander rescuers to save the lives of people overdosing on opioids. NaloxBox first was supported by two RI Deptartment of Health mini-grants where Dr. Capraro collaborated with co-founder and RISD industrial designer, Dr. Claudia Rebola to design and deploy 58 NaloxBoxes throughout RI. Now NaloxBox is operated by RI DMAT, a non-profit with expertise in disaster preparedness and overdose education and naloxone distribution. The program has scaled nationally with 1,800 NaloxBoxes deployed to date.
Most recently Dr. Capraro has collaborated with Dean Oludurotimi Adetunji, Ana Bess Moyer Bell, and the Brown SciToons undergraduate team to produce an opioid overdose rescue trainng SciToon so that anyone, anywhere can learn the signs of overdose and the simple steps needed to save a life. Supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and Brown Emergency Medicine.