Emily Esmaili, D.O. was recently featured on medium.com with her op-ed, Work in Healthcare? Tell the Global Inequity Story Loudly, Publicly. She discusses child health disparities that used to only be seen after long flights and passport stamps, but are now visible in our local communities and across our nation. Dr. Esmaili is a 2019 graduate of the Global Health Pathway where she focused her attention on refugee child health. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health and a pediatrician practicing at Lincoln Community Health Center, serving low-income, immigrant and refugee children.
Congratulations to current Global Health Pathway resident, Dr. Shanti Narayanasamy, on winning the Dean's Research Award for Master's Students! Her project, entitled "Attending to Race: Exploring How Physicians and Medical Students Operationalize Race in Medicine", aims to conduct a Duke-wide survey and interviews of physicians and medical students to understand how race influences their clinical practices. Dr. Narayanasamy hopes to develop educational interventions on race and medicine and provide feedback to participating departments to support their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work. The award provides funding to be used towards the purchase of materials and supplies, degree completion and for research or conference travel.
Congratulations to longtime Duke-KCMC collaborator and partner Dr. Blandina Mmbaga on her role as Program Director of the newly formed Trauma Research Capacity Building in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania (TRECK) program. Along with GHP aluma Dr. Catherine Staton, Dr. Mmbaga will lead this program designed to train post-graduate students in injury prevention research and teach them about disabilities resulting from traumatic injuries in LMICs. Read the full story on the DGHI news page here.
Check out the latest issue of Magnify, the Duke School of Medicine's online magazine, featuring Dr. Colin Smith, Dr. Nathan Thielman and the Global Health Pathway. Click here to read about Dr. Smith, his work, and how the Global Health Pathway has been a conduit for his impact on the community.
Congratulations to Drs. Gerald Bloomfield, Waseem Akhter and Titus N'geno for their recently published commentary, "Global Health: Where do cardiologists fit in?" in the BMJ Heart. Dr. Jerry Bloomfield is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke, an HYC Faculty member and a 2012 GHP graduate. Dr. Titus N'geno is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke, a graduate of the MSc-GH program and a current cardiovascular fellow in the GHP. Dr. Waseem Akhter is a Clinical Associate in the Duke Department of Medicine and a graduate of the MSc-GH program.
Congratulations to Dr. Deng Madut on his recent appointment as Assistant Research Professor of Global Health at DGHI. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infection Disease. Dr. Madut completed the Duke Global Health Infectious Disease fellowship in 2019 and is a 2018 graduate of the Global Health Pathway at the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. He spent a year working in Moshi, Tanzania under the mentorship of Drs. Nathan Thielman and Matt Rubach where his research examined the barriers to effective care strategy implementation for those living with HIV, as well as infectious disease prevention. As a Duke Internal Medicine resident, he completed a global health elective rotation at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya in 2015. Read more about Dr. Madut…
Dr. Lauren Franz, a Global Health Pathway alumna and Duke Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was recently published in the journal Autism. Her work explored how telehealth has been an important tool for behavioral intervention during the COVID-19 pandemic in both the United States and South Africa. She and her team also looked at how telehealth may or may not be equitable and available to geographically and socio-economically diverse participant groups. By examining the short comings and the strengths of research by telehealth, Dr. Franz hopes to find more ways telehealth can work for families around the world and bridge the "digital divide".
Dr. Colin Smith, 5th year Medicine-Psychiatry and GHP resident, along with his mentors Dr. Nathan Thielman, Director of the Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows, and Dr. Jane Gagliardi, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are part of the team who were recently awarded the REACH Equity Center's Research, Education and Training grant. These awards, funded by the Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH), are intended to support early stage investigators who are especially interested in conducting health disparities research. Other members of this research team include Dr. Lori-Ann Daley and Dr. Lynette Staplefoote Boynton. Data shows that racial disparities exist in emergency psychiatric care settings and Black individuals are overrepresented in these settings. Black individuals are over diagnosed with psychotic disorders and are more…
Colin Smith, a 5th year Medicine and Psychiatry and Global Health Pathway resident, was quoted in a USA Today story on the phenomenon of COVID-induced psychosis. Colin's case report published in the BMJ on this topic is available here. Colin is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and has been interviewed for his work surrounding mental health and COVID-19 by WUNC. He is also the recipient of Duke's James H. Carter, Sr. Community Service Award in February 2021 for his work with mental health and homelessness at Durham's Lincoln Community Health Center, his efforts to set up and work in a COVID-19 field hospital and for volunteering with COVID-19 screenings for those facing homelessness in Durham. [caption id="attachment_301" align="alignnone" width="291"] Colin Smith, MD[/caption]
By Tony Pham, Global Health Pathway, Med/Psych, Nepal Seven months into my research year, high within the far-western regions of Nepal, and during a COVID-19 peak of which I had been blissfully unaware, a local community member and friend broke the inconvenient news—people were talking and everyone agreed I brought COVID-19 to their village. My research colleague and I hadn’t exhibited symptoms, but we could take a hint, and began the demoralizing descent back to the previous village, where they met us outside the border and encouraged us to continue our journey. Eventually, we found cellular coverage and, with it, new orders from our university, “return back immediately!” With a complete lock-down on our hands, we turned to our partners TPO Nepal, Duke, our Fogarty grant funders, and old familiar…