Residents and Fellows


Barretos, Brazil

Barretos Cancer Hospital

Laura Musselwhite, MD, MPH

Global Health Pathway Graduate
Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship Alumni

Internal Medicine
Department of Medicine


Dr. Musselwhite completed the Global Health Internal Medicine Pathway in 2016. She received her MD at Duke and was awarded a Global Health Scholarship at Johns Hopkins University to pursue an MPH. She is currently a Gastrointestinal Oncologist at Levine Cancer Institute.

Prior to joining the GHP, her clinical experiences in low- and middle-income countries included Haiti, Kenya and Tanzania. While working there, she observed a lack of access to health care along the cancer continuum – from prevention and diagnosis to treatment and palliation. Cancer care inequities in low-regions of the world played an informative role in her transition to global oncology from HIV research.

As a Duke Global Health Resident and NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellow, Dr. Musselwhite focused on building a transdisciplinary research partnership between the Duke Global Cancer Program and Barretos Cancer Hospital in the state of São Paulo, Brazil, among the largest cancer hospitals in South America and one that provides free care to all patients. Dr. Musselwhite was awarded a Grand Challenges Explorations Grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a low-cost test for cervical cancer that women can easily perform at home. She is currently a Gastrointestinal Oncologist at Levine Cancer Institute.

GHP Project Related Publications:

  • Vidal, A.C., D. Skaar, R. Maguire, S. Dodor, L.W. Musselwhite, J.A. Bartlett, O. Oneko, J. Obure, P. Mlay, S.K. Murphy, and C. Hoyo, IL-10, IL-15, IL-17, and GMCSF levels in cervical cancer tissue of Tanzanian women infected with HPV16/18 vs. non-HPV16/18 genotypes. Infect Agent Cancer, 2015. 10(1): p. 10.

  • Musselwhite, L.W., B.B. Andrade, S.S. Ellenberg, A. Tierney, P.F. Belaunzaran-Zamudio, A. Rupert, M.M. Lederman, I. Sanne, J.G. Sierra Madero, and I. Sereti, Vitamin D, D-dimer, Interferon gamma, and sCD14 Levels are Independently Associated with Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome: A Prospective, International Study. EBioMedicine, 2016. 4: p. 115-23.

  • Musselwhite, L.W., C.M. Oliveira, T. Kwaramba, N. de Paula Pantano, J.S. Smith, J.H. Fregnani, R.M. Reis, E. Mauad, F.L. Vazquez, and A. Longatto-Filho, Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Cervical Cancer Screening and Outcomes. Acta Cytol, 2016. 60(6): p. 518-526.

  • Manion, M., B.B. Andrade, R. DerSimonian, W.J. Gu, A. Rupert, L.W. Musselwhite, J.G. Sierra-Madero, P.F. Belaunzaran-Zamudio, I. Sanne, M.M. Lederman, and I. Sereti, Country of residence is associated with distinct inflammatory biomarker signatures in HIV-infected patients. Journal of Virus Eradication, 2017. 3(1): p. 24-33.