2012 - 2013 Fellows

The Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Global Health Fellowship Consortium (VECD) is pleased to announce the selection of the 2012 VECD Fellows. Funded by the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health this fellowship program, which is in its first year, provides year-long global health mentored research traineeships for 8-14 fellows annually. The first cohort of fellows includes two U.S. medical students, 9 U.S. post-doctoral fellows and 3 post-doctoral fellows from Haiti, Zambia, and Vietnam.

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1. Michael Bestawros, MD, MPH
Home Institution: Fellow, Cardiology, Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: University of Zambia, Zambia
Research Topic: Cardiovascular disease
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2. Takondwa Chidumayo, BScHB, MBcHB
Home Institution: Registrar, Internal Medicine, University of Zambia
Fellowship Site: University of Zambia, Zambia
Research Topic: Neurology, cardiovascular disease
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3. Ameeta Kalokhe, MD, MSc
Home Institution: Fellow, T32 Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Vaccinology, Emory University
Fellowship Site: National AIDS Research Institute, India
Research Topic: HIV, domestic violence, behavioral Health
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4. Timothy Love, MD
Home Institution: Resident and Research Fellow, General Surgery, Emory University
Fellowship Site: Myunsung Christian Medical Center, Soddo Christian Hospital, Ethiopia
Research Topic: Breast cancer, surgical outcomes
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5. Curtis O’Neal, MPH
Home Institution: MD/PhD Candidate, Medicine/Microbiology, Cornell University
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Haiti
Research Topic: TB/HIV diagnostics
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6. Paul Park, MD
Home Institution: Resident, Internal Medicine & Global Health Pathway, Duke University
Fellowship Site: Moi University, Kenya
Research Topic: Diabetes, chronic diseases, HIV co-morbidity
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7. Matthew Rubach, MD
Home Institution: Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Duke University
Fellowship Site: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania
Research Topic: Bacterial zoonoses
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8. Linda Severe, MD
Home Institution: Unit Chief, STI Unit, GHESKIO
Fellowship Site: GHESKIO, Haiti
Research Topic: STIs, health behavior
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9. Nida Shaikh, MS, RD
Home Institution: PhD Student, Emory University
Fellowship Site: B.L.D.E University, Bijapur, India
Research Topic: Child health and malnutrition, cardio-metabolic diseases
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10. Luke Smart, MD
Home Institution: Resident, Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Rochester
Fellowship Site: Bugando Medical Center, Tanzania
Research Topic: Hypertension and chronic kidney disease
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11. Steven Sumner, MD
Home Institution: Resident, Internal Medicine & Global Health Pathway, Duke University University
Fellowship Site: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania
Research Topic: Environmental Health, Injury Research
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12. Yuting Tan, BS (professional doctorate in medicine), MS
Home Institution: Assistant Researcher, Epidemiology, Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: Shanghai Cancer Institute, China
Research Topic: Liver cancer
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13. Gayani Tillekeratne, MD
Home Institution: Fellow, Global Health Pathway, Duke University
Fellowship Site: Ruhuna University, Sri Lanka
Research Topic: Febrile illness
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14. Ngoc Tran, MD, PhD, MS
Home Institution: Vice-Director, Danang Psychiatric Hospital
Fellowship Site: Danang Psychiatric Hopsital, Vietnam
Research Topic: Mental Health

15. Sky Vanderburg, M.D. candidate
Home Institution: Medical Student, Duke University
Fellowship Site: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, Tanzania
Research Topic: Febrile illness, Bacterial zoonoses, Global oncology
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