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Pooja Agrawal

Associate Professor & Associate Director of Faculty Affairs & Sponsorship in the Department of Emergency Medicine; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Director, Global Health Education; Section of Global Health & International Emergency Medicine



Dr. Agrawal is an Emergency Medicine and Global Health specialist with a specific focus on refugees and other displaced populations. Her research focuses on the use of various field methodologies to study issues specific to forced migration and implement sustainable interventions to affect the challenges these populations face. In collaboration with international, national, and local community partners, she is currently conducting several projects that aim to better understand the physical and mental health impact of displacement on resettled populations in the US, create more effective programs to assist in the resettlement process by assessing health literacy, healthcare and insurance access, and long term health outcomes for refugees resettled in the US.

Dr. Agrawal holds a variety of national leadership roles. She is a Past-President of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, and an elected Member-at-Large of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). 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.

Dr. Agrawal is a graduate of Cornell University, received her MD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals. Dr. Agrawal is a graduate of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Agrawal holds faculty appointments in the Yale University School of Medicine, the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Education & Training

  • MPH
    Harvard School of Public Health (2012)
  • Fellow
    Brigham and Women's Hospital (2012)
  • Resident
    Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (2010)
  • MD
    Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (2006)
  • BA
    Cornell University (2000)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine (2011)

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