Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director, Global Health Education; Section of Global Health & International Emergency Medicine
Years active at Yale: 2012-present
Dr. Agrawal is being recognized as a nationally and internationally recognized scholar and leader in global health and academic emergency medicine. With extensive, first-hand experience providing technical assistance and evaluations to international NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief, Dr. Agrawal has worked around the globe from Japan to Cameroon. She is a tireless advocate for improving health outcomes among the world’s most vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on refugees. She has partnered with major NGOs to assess health outcomes upon resettlement for pediatric refugees and helped design tools for refugee resettlement agencies to rapidly identify the health needs of new populations. Dr. Agrawal epitomizes the catchphrase, “Think globally-act locally.” As a board member of the Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS) of New Haven, she has developed a community-based research program designed to improve the linkage between refugees in the New Haven community and health and social services. Beyond her scholarly work, Dr. Agrawal is a formidable educator and clinician in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has mentored dozens of residents participating in the Yale/Stanford/Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars program, and has served as a faculty advisor to numerous residents and medical students. Dr. Agrawal is also an ardent advocate for women, serving as a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Women in Global Health Initiative, and she was recently elected president of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, where she has served as chair of the Global Health Committee and as Treasurer. In 2018 she received the AWAEM Momentum Award in recognition of her extraordinary services in moving the mission and values of AWAEM forward. Awardees have enhanced the recruitment, promotion, retention, and advancement of women in academic emergency medicine through individual support as well as organizational influence. At YSM, Dr. Agrawal is faculty coordinator of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Day Symposium and a faculty member at the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine.