GLOBAL HEALTH

Children’s Health

  • Sumi Ariely, assistant professor of the practice, global health. Work focuses on the relationship among cultural, social and biological influences on development, health decisions and outcomes in low-resource settings around the world. (919) 681-7944; sumi.ariely@duke.edu
  • Mary Story, professor of community and family medicine and global health. Research focuses on childhood obesity and adolescent nutrition, especially among disadvantaged or low-income communities. (919) 681-7716, mary.story@duke.edu
  • Kathryn Whetten, professor of public policy, nursing, community and family medicine and global health; director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. Has extensively researched the social and environmental factors that influence health-realted behaviors among orphaned and separated children in the United States and around the world. (919) 613-5470; k.whetten@duke.edu

Containing and Eradicating Infectious Diseases

  • Greg Gray, professor of medicine, global health, and environmental health. Has researched epidemiology of infectious diseases on five continents, focused on identifying risk factors for occupational and infectious diseases such as novel forms of influenza. (919) 684-1032; gregory.gray@duke.edu
  • Chris Plowe, professor of medicine and global health and director of the Duke Global Health Institute. Researches the molecular epidemiology of drug-resistant malaria and strategies for the eradication of malaria and other infectious diseases. (919) 684-1023; chris.plowe@duke.edu
  • Chris Woods, professor of medicine and global health; chief of Infectious Diseases Division for the Durham VA Medical Center. Studies epidemiology of emerging and pre-emerging infectious diseases in the developing world, including potential for interspecies transmission of pathogens; research focuses on development of novel diagnostic approaches for infectious diseases. (919) 668-7174; chris.woods@duke.edu

Global Health Innovation

  • Nimmi Ramanujam, professor of biomedical engineering and global health; director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies. Research focuses on low-cost innovations to imrpve the diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancer in the developing world. (919) 660-5307; nimmi.ramanujam@duke.edu
  • Krishna Udayakumar, associate professor of global health and medicine; director of the Global Health Innovation Center. Research focuses on generating evidence and support for the study, scaling and adaptation of health innovations and policy reforms globally. (919) 668-8585; ku@duke.edu
  • Lavanya Vasudevan, research scholar. Specializes in mobile technologies for health, particularly how  these technologies can improve maternal and child health outcomes in resource-limited settings. (919) 681-5908; lavanya.vasuvedan@duke.edu

Global Health Policy, Systems and Financing

  • Joy Noel Baumgartner, research professor of global health; director, Duke Global Health Evidence Lab. Research focuses on evaluation of programs and systems designed to improve health in low-resource settings. (919) 681-6382; joy.baumgartner@duke.edu
  • Michael Merson, professor of global health; vice president and vice president for global affairs; former director of the Duke Global Health Isntitute. Has written extensively on global health policy and administration; research focuses on disease prevention. (919) 681-7722; michael.merson@duke.edu
  • Manoj Mohanan, associate professor of public policy and assistant research professor of global health. Focuses on health and development economics, with a focus on health systems and health care quality improvement; also studies the role of subjective beliefs in health-realted behaviors. (919) 613-9263, manoj.mohanan@duke.edu
  • Gavin Yamey, professor of the practice of global health and public policy; director of the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health. Conducts research and policy analysis focused on global health policy, neglected diseases, pandemics and disparities in health.  (919) 613-6221; gavin.yamey@duke.edu

Health Effects of Environmental Change

  • Randy Kramer, professor of global environmental health. Research focuses on the effects of environmental quality on health, including how land use decisions affect biodiversity, infectious disease transmission and the health of rural communities. (919) 613-8072, kramer@duke.edu
  • William Pan, assistant professor of global environmental health. Research focuses on population, health and environmental interactions in developing countries, with particular interest in translational research directed toward sustainable development activities and global environmental health. (919) 684-4108; william.pan@duke.edu
  • Subhrendu Pattanayak, professor of public policy, environment and global health. Specializes in energy policy, environmental health and international cooperation on environmental policy; researches health effects of indoor air pollution from traditional cooking practices. (919) 613-9306; subhrendu.pattanayak@duke.edu
  • Junfeng (Jim) Zhang, professor of global and environmental health. Studies effects of air pollution on human health, as well as the potential benefits on health and climate of air-pollution control measures. (919) 681-7782; junfeng.zhang@duke.edu

HIV/AIDS

  • John Bartlett, professor of medicine and global health; co-director, Center for AIDS Research. Research focuses on the treatment and complications of HIV infection with particular focus on the developing world. (919) 681-8043; jab5@duke.edu
  • Kathleen Sikkema, professor of global health, psychology and neuroscience; director, Global Mental Health Initiative. Research focuses on mental health issues in HIV-positive communities; works on design and testing of mental health interventions for HIV patients. (919) 684-9073; kathleen.sikkema@duke.edu
  • Nathan Thielman, professor of medicine and global health. Research focuses on clinical and social issues that affect persons living with or at risk for HIV infection in low-resource settings. (919) 668-7174; n.thielman@duke.edu

 

Non-communicable diseases

  • Many faculty at Duke study the global impact and care of non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, injuries and mental health. To see specific areas of expertise, search by topic in the Duke Global Health directory.

Women’s Health and Maternal Health

  • Megan Huchko, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and global health; director of the Center for Global Reproductive Health. Research focuses on optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer among vulnerable women in settings where health disparities occur. (919) 613-5062; megan.huchko@duke.edu
  • Nimmi Ramanujam, professor of biomedical engineering and global health; director of the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies. Research focuses on low-cost innovations to imrpve the diagnosis and treatment of breast and cervical cancer in the developing world. (919) 660-5307; nimmi.ramanujam@duke.edu
  • Melissa Watt, associate professor of the practice of global health. Research focuses on addressing gender-specific health issues in sub-Saharan Africa, with specific attention to HIV, substance use and mental health. (919) 613-6126; melissa.watt@duke.edu