Cristina Costales, MD, MPH

U.S. Fellow

Home Institution: University of Southern California
Fellowship Site: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, Moshi, Tanzania
Research Topic: Post-mortem studies of invasive fungal infections among inpatients with severe febrile illness in northern Tanzania

Dr. Costales will spend her fellowship year at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre in Moshi under the mentorship of John Crump, MBChB, MD, DTM&H FRACP, FRCP, Mat-thew Rubach, MD, Ann Nelson, MD and Sherif Zaki, MD, MSc, PhD. Her research will focus on post-mortem studies of invasive fungal infections among inpatients with severe febrile illness in northern Tanzania.

Dr. Costales graduated from the inaugural class of Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine in 2015. This year, she completed her third year of residency training as a specialist in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at the Los Angeles County and the University of Southern California Medical Center. Her research interests during residency have focused on bone and joint infection diagnostics.   

During medical school, on a global health medicine rotation in rural Uganda, she encountered first-hand the tremendous need for diagnostic pathology and laboratory medicine services in a resource-limited setting. Her long-term research interests include development of efficient strategies to expand access to histopathology services and improve clinical laboratory quality assurance in low and middle-income countries.