Home Institution: Harvard School of Public Health
Fellowship Site: Mbarara Medical Center, Uganda
Research Topic: COPD and HIV
Dr. North will spend her fellowship year at Mbarara Medical Center in Mbarara under the mentorship of David Bangsberg, MD, MPH. Her research will focus on an epidemiologic study of prevalence, severity, and associated risks of COPD and HIV in Mbarara, Uganda.
Dr. North attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she was elected AOA and graduated with honors in 2008. She completed training in internal medicine at Cornell in 2011, during which she spent time as an Assistant Chief Resident at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She is currently completing her training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Harvard combined fellowship program, where she works with Dr. David Christiani and Dr. David Bangsberg at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. She is interested in the epidemiology of COPD among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and will be focusing her work this upcoming year on southwestern Uganda. Dr. North plans to extend her investigations to explore the interactions between household air pollution from biomass fuels and HIV infection on the prevalence and severity of lung disease in sub-Saharan Africa.