Dr. Jerry Bloomfield and his colleagues were recently featured in POZ magazine for their work on the REPRIEVE study, which showed that individuals on antiretroviral treatments and have heart disease risk scores in the low to moderate range still have cardiovascular abnormalities at three times the rate of the general population. Dr. Bloomfield, an Associate Professor of Medicine and an Associate Research Professor of Global Health, and his colleagues looked at data from more than 7,000 people from 120 clinics around the world. The hope for the REPRIEVE study is to find out if a statin medication will help reduce the risk for cardiovascular issues in those living with HIV. You can read the POZ article here and the study abstract in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome here.
Drs. Waseem Akhter, Jerry Bloomfield, and Titus Ngeno were recently featured in the Duke University School of Medicine's Magnify newsletter on their work to address the growing burden of cardiovascular health and care in low resource areas. From refugee camps in Syria to the hills of Western Kenya, these physician scientists are blazing new trails and calling for new methods to address heart health around the world. Read the Magnify article here.
Dr. Shanti Narayanasamy, a current Global Health Pathway trainee, was recently featured on the Duke Graduate School article for her research looking at how race plays a role in clinical practice at Duke. Dr. Narayanasamy is a Global Health and Infectious Disease fellow in the GHP. Click Read More to access the article.
Dr. Gayani Tillekeratne, a 2014 Global Health Fellowship Pathway graduate and current Assistant Professor of Medicine in Infectious Disease, spends six month a year in Galle, Sri Lanka as a faculty lead for the Duke-Ruhuna Research Collaborative. She recently returned from a trip there and offers insights into the deepening economic crisis affected the country. Click here to read the DGHI story.
Congratulations to the palliative care AMPATH Kenya team, led by Ken Cornetta of Indiana University which included Duke’s own Dr. Peter Kussin, for being named a Gold Winner by the John A. Hartford Foundation in their Tipping Point Challenge. The Challenge is a national competition whose aim is to spread ideas and solutions to address and improve health care delivery to those dealing with serious illnesses. The award acknowledges AMPATH’s role in the continuing growth of palliative care in Western Kenya through education, training, research and clinical care. Dr. Kussin will continue involvement in palliative care with the intensive care unit at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya.
On Friday, January 21, Drs. Jerry Bloomfield, Rebecca Lumsden and Titus N'geno presented Medicine Grand Rounds with their talk, "Impact in Global Cardiovascular Disease Research and Training: Duke's First 15 Years". You can watch Grand Rounds here: https://warpwire.duke.edu/w/zYAGAA/ Congratulations to Drs. Bloomfield, Lumsden and N'geno on a fantastic grand rounds discussion.
Congratulations to GHP alumnus Dr. Titus Ngeno and his team for their recent publication in the Annals of Global Health, entitled “Feasibility of Cardiac Rehabilitation Models in Kenya”. Due to the global prevalence and high morbidity of cardiovascular disease, especially in Kenya, Dr. Ngeno and his team of clinician-researchers from both Duke and Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya, set out to evaluate the feasibility of cardiac rehabilitation programs in Western Kenya. Cardiac rehabilitation is effective in improving cardiovascular disease symptoms and is adaptable to many settings. However, it is under-utilized. Dr. Ngeno and his team explored the ability of rehabilitation therapies to be deployed at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Kenya, as well as remotely by patients who live far away. Members of the team from Moi…
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.