Residents and Fellows


Moshi, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre

John Stanifer, MD, MSc-GH

Global Health Pathway Graduate
Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship Alumni

Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine


John W. Stanifer, MD, MSc is currently a Nephrologist practicing in Michigan. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health at Duke University (2014) and has a Master of Science in Global Health from Duke. During his global health residency, he lead multiple studies in Tanzania investigating the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease, cultural and social issues surrounding the care and prevention of kidney disease, and both qualitative and quantitative studies examining traditional medicine use, particularly as it related to chronic diseases. He was awarded a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship to support his research in Tanzania. After completing his residency and the GHP, he completed a Nephrology Fellowship at Duke and was Chief Fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). His work on kidney disease in low-income settings has been published in Lancet Global Health, PLoS One, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, BMC Nephrology, BMC Public Health, Seminar in Nephrology, and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology



After his global health residency, he returned to Duke to start clinical training in Nephrology. Since that time, his interests turned to local disparate populations. To implement the idea that “global is local too”, he put to use the skills, methods, and findings from his work in sub-Saharan Africa in order to begin studying health disparities among the Lumbee Indians, the largest American Indian tribe in the eastern US, residing primarily in Robeson County, NC. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship to fund his work with the Lumbee Indians, and since then, he has also leveraged many resources at Duke and the DGHI for this work, including leading a Student Research Training Program and a Bass Connections Project.

Dr. Stanifer is currently studying health disparities in kidney disease among particularly vulnerable populations, both globally and locally. 

GHP Project Related Publications

  • Stanifer, J.W., C.R. Cleland, G.J. Makuka, J.R. Egger, V. Maro, H. Maro, F. Karia, U.D. Patel, M.J. Burton, and H. Philippin, Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Complications of Diabetes in the Kilimanjaro Region: A Population-Based Study from Tanzania. PLoS One, 2016. 11(10): p. e0164428.

  • Stanifer, J.W., J.R. Egger, E.L. Turner, N. Thielman, U.D. Patel, e.K. Comprehensive Kidney Disease Assessment for Risk factors, and S. Attitudes, Neighborhood clustering of non-communicable diseases: results from a community-based study in Northern Tanzania. BMC Public Health, 2016. 16: p. 226.

  • Stanifer, J.W., B. Jing, S. Tolan, N. Helmke, R. Mukerjee, S. Naicker, and U. Patel, The epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Glob Health, 2014. 2(3): p. e174-81.

  • Stanifer, J.W., F. Karia, C.I. Voils, E.L. Turner, V. Maro, D. Shimbi, H. Kilawe, M. Lazaro, and U.D. Patel, Development and validation of a cross-cultural knowledge, attitudes, and practices survey instrument for chronic kidney disease in a Swahili-speaking population. PLoS One, 2015. 10(3): p. e0121722.

  • Stanifer, J.W., J. Lunyera, D. Boyd, F. Karia, V. Maro, J. Omolo, and U.D. Patel, Traditional medicine practices among community members with chronic kidney disease in northern Tanzania: an ethnomedical survey. BMC Nephrol, 2015. 16: p. 170.

  • Stanifer, J.W., V. Maro, J. Egger, F. Karia, N. Thielman, E.L. Turner, D. Shimbi, H. Kilaweh, O. Matemu, and U.D. Patel, The epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in Northern Tanzania: a population-based survey. PLoS One, 2015. 10(4): p. e0124506.

  • Stanifer, J.W., A. Muiru, T.H. Jafar, and U.D. Patel, Chronic kidney disease in low- and middle-income countries. Nephrol Dial Transplant, 2016. 31(6): p. 868-74.

  • Stanifer, J.W., U.D. Patel, F. Karia, N. Thielman, V. Maro, D. Shimbi, H. Kilaweh, M. Lazaro, O. Matemu, J. Omolo, D. Boyd, E.K. Comprehensive Kidney Disease Assessment for Risk Factors, and S. Attitudes, The determinants of traditional medicine use in Northern Tanzania: a mixed-methods study. PLoS One, 2015. 10(4): p. e0122638.

  • Stanifer, J.W., E.L. Turner, J.R. Egger, N. Thielman, F. Karia, V. Maro, K. Kilonzo, U.D. Patel, and K. Yeates, Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease in Northern Tanzania: A Community-Based Study. PLoS One, 2016. 11(6): p. e0156336.