Allison Martin, MD, MPH

U.S. Fellow, VECD 2015-16

Home Institution: Vanderbilt University
Fellowship Site: University Teaching Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda
Research Topic: Cancer

Dr. Martin will spend her fellowship year at University Teaching Hospital in Kigali under the mentorship of Victor M. Zaydfudim, MD, MPH. Her research will focus on gastric cancer in adults of African descent: a comparison of Rwandans and African-Americans.

Dr. Martin began her training as a biochemistry major at the University of Louisville and went on to purse an MD from Vanderbilt University. As a third year medical student, she was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School and completed an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health. Following this experience, she spent six weeks examining critical care capacity at a hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. As a current general surgery resident at the University of Virginia, she continues to pursue various research interests and is an inaugural member of the Global Health Leadership Tract in Surgery. Dr. Martin recognizes the burden of disease treatable with surgery is clearly not being met in low- and middle-income countries and wishes to become a leader in increasing access to cancer screening and detection in order to expand access to cancer treatment in both the U.S. and abroad.

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