Dorothy Dow, MD


Moshi, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

Dorothy Dow, MD

Associate Professor in Pediatric Infectious Disease
Associate Research Professor in Global Health

Dr. Dorothy Dow is an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Assistant Research Professor at Duke Global Health Institute.  She is co-site leader of the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center-Duke University Collaboration in Moshi Tanzania where she has lived and worked full time since 2011.

Her research focuses on prevention and treatment of pediatric HIV, primarily among adolescent and young adult with particular attention to the significant impact of mental health on antiretroviral therapy adherence and HIV outcomes. She was a former VECD Fogarty Fellowship participant, and received a Fogarty K01 in which she and her team designed and pilot tested a mental health and life skills intervention called Sauti ya Vijana (The Voice of Youth).  She received a R01 to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention across four regions of Tanzania. In addition she is co-director for the Duke CFAR clinical core, co-chair for the multi-country trial IMPAACT 2016.  Dr. Dow has been a critical research mentor, onsite trainee supervisor and capacity-building liaison for the Hubert-Yeargan Center.

Dr. Dow completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin and her medical school and residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. She came to Duke for her Pediatrics Infectious Disease fellowship and completed her Master of Science in Global Health at Duke.  She has remained on Duke faculty as a physician-scientist spending 80% time in Tanzania and 20% time working clinically at Duke University Hospital.

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