Emily Herfel, DO, Msc-GH, FACOOG


Kisumu County, Kenya

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital

Emily Herfel, DO, Msc-GH, FACOOG

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Assistant Research Professor of Global Health


Dr. Emily Herfel is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an Assistant Research Professor of Global Health (DGHI) at Duke University. She is also an affiliate of the Duke Center for Global Reproductive Health and a volunteer professor at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) in Moshi, Tanzania.

Dr. Herfel completed the Duke Global Health Pathway and her MSc-Global Health in 2022. She spent a year living in Kisumu, Kenya as an NIH Fogarty Fellow developing and implementing research on beliefs and stigma specific to cervical cancer screening, treatment, and prevention. During her time as a fellow, she began mentoring undergraduate research students. As an HYC partner, she serves as the co-leader in ob/gyn global curriculum development, including a supervisory role for Duke OBGYN trainees on their global elective and in capacity building in partnership with the OBGYN KCMC department. Currentlym Dr. Herfel’s roles are primarily clinical. She does have research interests in cervical cancer screening and treatment and women’s health education. She has begun to work in partnership with the global neonatology and surgery teams.

In her personal time, Dr. Herfel travels as a volunteer physician to Central and South America, with a new opportunity to southeast Asia.

Before her move to North Carolina, Dr. Herfel’s called Ohio home. She earned her undergraduate degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland and her osteopathic medical degree from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. Her OBGYN residency was at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.