Johanna Halfon, MD

U.S. Fellow, VECD 2015-16


Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site: University Teaching Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda
Research Topic: OB/GYN

Dr. Halfon will spend her fellowship year at University Teaching Hospital in Kigali under the mentorship of Stephen Rulisa, MBChB, PhD. Her research will focus on maternal morbidity and mortality associated with timing of hysterectomy in post-cesarean section peritonitis.

Dr. Halfon has been focused on global women’s health throughout her medical career. She received the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship through Yale University while in medical school, spending a year in Accra, Ghana studying the relationship between HIV and malaria in pregnancy. She also received a Johnson and Johnson award as a medical student to work in the OBGYN wards of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. She completed her OBGYN training at Columbia-NY Presbyterian Hospital in 2014. She is currently an OBGYN Global Health Fellow at Duke University living in Kigali, Rwanda. She also does clinical OBGYN work in Moshi, Tanzania. Her focus is on issues surrounding maternal mortality in resource-limited environments, specifically infectious complications post-cesarean section. Dr. Halfon intends on maintaining a global health focus in her academic career and potentially pursuing a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship in the future.