Home Institution: Meharry Medical College
Fellowship Site: The National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China
Research Topic: HIV/AIDS
Dr. Bussell will spend his fellowship year at The National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, China in Beijing under the mentorship of Han-Zhu Qian, PhD and Ning Wang, MD. His research will focus on a pilot study of stepwise non-invasive screening for hepatitis C treatment eligibility with the aspartate aminotransferase-platelet ratio index (APRI) and the fibrosis-4 score (FIB-4)among persons with HIV/HCV co-infection in Kaiyuan, China.
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Bussell was a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya and Zambia. Following his passion for global health, he completed his medical degree at the Medical School for International Health in Israel. This unique medical school is a collaboration between Ben-Gurion University and Columbia Medical Center in New York. He pursued a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University in order to gain skills as a researcher. Dr.
Bussell completed his residency training in General Preventive Medicine (GPM). His recent publications include an article on male involvement in PMTCT and clinical characteristics of HIV in West Africa. He published the first known article on the population-wide hepatitis B prevalence in Nigeria. Dr. Bussell’s career goal is to be an infectious disease researcher at a major university.