Residents and Fellows


Durham, NC

Duke Hospital

Emily Esmaili, DO, MA

Global Health Pathway Graduate

Duke University Medical Center


Emily Esmaili is a general pediatrician with extensive global health experience both locally and internationally. She completed the Global Health Pathway in 2019 and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health and a pediatrician at the Lincoln Community Health Center which serves mostly low-income, immigrant and refugee children. She sees refugee families for preventative and acute care visits. After residency at Wake Forest Medical Center, she worked in Laos for two years as country coordinator and pediatric faculty for a small volunteer-based NGO called Health Frontiers. She then moved to Rwanda to serve as visiting pediatric faculty through Yale University and the Human Resources for Health program. Over the one and a half years she was there, she helped start a “farm-to-bedside” nutrition program for hospitalized children, which she later established as a 501(c)(3) organization called Growing Health, Inc. After Rwanda, she returned to the US to earn her M.A. in Global Bioethics and Science Policy from Duke, with her master’s research on palliative care needs on a pediatric oncology ward in Mwanza, Tanzania. During the Global Health Pathway, she served as a team leader on a new Bass Connections project on Addressing Global Health Needs Among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County.