Rebecca Lumsden, MD

U.S. Fellow

Home Institution: Duke University
Fellowship Site: Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya
Research Topic: Prevalence of hypertension among pospartum women with pre-eclampsia in Kenya: A prospective cohort study

Dr. Lumsden will spend her fellowship year at AMPATH/MTRH in Eldoret under the mentorship of Gerald Bloomfield, MD, MPH. Her research will focus on postpartum hypertension rates among women with preeclampsia in western Kenya. 

Dr. Lumsden is a third year Internal Medicine resident at Duke University and is currently obtaining a Master of Science in Global Health degree through the Global Health Pathway program. She received her undergraduate degree in anthropology and global health from Emory University and obtained her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She was awarded a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship (2014-2015) during which she lived in Eldoret, Kenya studying the epidemiology of rheumatic heart disease in western Kenya.

This formative experience sparked her career interest in women's health and cardiovascular disease. This early research found a high burden of rheumatic heart disease among young women and led her to design subsequent studies investigating pregnancy outcomes among women with cardiac disease in western Kenya, for which she received the Robert Califf Medicine Resident Research Award from Duke University.