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Office of Global Health 

The Department of Internal Medicine’s Office of Global Health continues to focus on bilateral capacity-building and applied research, with the goal of improving the care of patients in resource-limited communities both in the United States and abroad through its numerous programs. 

Yale/Stanford Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Global Health Scholars Program 

This program provides career-changing experiences for medical residents and faculty who want to participate in patient care while seeking to expand their own understanding of human health and disease by experiencing the practice of medicine and medical education in resource-limited environments. This year, the program sponsored a total of 52 scholars selected nationally (19 from Yale) at the following sites: 15 in Uganda, 16 in South Africa, 16 in Rwanda, and five in Colombia. Forty of these scholars received a stipend from J&J. 

Training Initiatives 

Global Health sponsored 10 visiting faculty/chief residents for further training at YNHH. These included six physicians from Uganda (neurology, emergency medicine, and Ob/ Gyn); three physicians from Rwanda (a nephrologist who trained for 18 months and two chief residents); and one chief resident from Liberia (internal medicine). 

In addition, four medical students from the Makerere University School of Medicine in Uganda were hosted as part of an ongoing exchange program. 

The seven-year Human Resources for Health project in Rwanda that involved eight medical schools, including YSM, concluded in June 2019. The project included physicians in internal medicine, pediatrics, Ob/Gyn, and public health, and resulted in triple the number of enrolled medical students and the development of nine additional residency programs. 

New Projects/Programs 

Development of Domestic Global Health Collaborations 

The office is developing rural health collaborations in Grundy County, Tennessee, and at an Indian Health Service (IHS) Clinic in Chinle, Arizona. To support the Grundy collaboration, Nick Pumilia, MD, was recruited to spend six months at this site working with local health care leaders to develop a partnership that would better respond to the need of the community. This site, as well as the Chinle site, are now available for Yale residents to undertake clinical rotations. 

A group of former trainees from Uganda meet with current U.S.-based J&J Scholars; Rabin (far right); MUYU administrators; Pericles Lewis, vice president and vice provost for Global Strategy (center); and Eddie Mandhry from the Office of International Affairs (fifth from the right).
A group of former trainees from Uganda meet with current U.S.-based J&J Scholars; Rabin (far right); MUYU administrators; Pericles Lewis, vice president and vice provost for Global Strategy (center); and Eddie Mandhry from the Office of International Affairs (fifth from the right).

International Alliances 

The work in Liberia is funded by the World Bank, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Academy of Science. Highlights of the program include the restructuring of the A.M. Dogliotti School of Medicine curriculum, led by Kristina Talbert-Slagle, PhD, with support of YSM’s Center for Teaching and Learning. The school is located in Monrovia. This new model of training will be implemented for the entering 2020 class. In collaboration with the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences, a certificate program in health management was inaugurated, which trained 20 mid-level managers this past year. In addition, a program to train specialists in infectious diseases headed by Onyema Ogbuagu, MBBCh, FACP, in collaboration with the University of Jos School of Medicine in central Nigeria, was inaugurated in the past year. 

In collaboration with the YNHH Office of Graduate Medical Education as well as the Hospitalist Program, chief residency positions were created in Global Health. These individuals worked clinically for the hospitalist service for six months of the year in addition to serving in New Haven-based teaching roles within the residency programs. They then spent six months at a Global Health partner site as clinicians and teachers. These slots were filled by two graduates: Pumilia, who worked in Tennessee; and Kevin O’Laughlin, MD, who worked in Uganda. This model is under evaluation. 

The Global Health and Equity Distinction Pathway (GHEDP), one of four distinction pathways in the department, is led by Tracy Rabin, MD, MS. It had a successful year with 26 residents from our three training programs participating. 

The office hosted the Ninth Annual Global Health Day in March, exploring the role of academic institutions in global health with representation from the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing, and the newly formed YIGH. The fourth annual Continuing Education in Refugee Health program (“Physical and Mental Health of Refugees: Supporting Families”) concluded the day.

The Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation 

The Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE) is a world-renowned outcomes research center that improves health and health care through targeted research and evaluation projects that combine scholarship and service to have positive effects on policy and people’s lives. CORE is involved in projects with government agencies, including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration, health systems, insurers, industry and patient groups. 

In June 2019, among other accomplishments, CORE, with the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the BMJ launched a preprint server to foster collaboration and improve research transparency. For decades the medical community has struggled to disseminate new information. medRxiv [pronounced “med-archive”] enables authors to share research findings and receive feedback on their work before submitting it to a journal. Joseph Ross, MD, MHS, medRxiv co-founder and a professor of medicine and of public health, is a leader on this project together with Harlan Krumholz, MD, the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine (Cardiology), the Director of CORE. In its first months, the server received hundreds of manuscripts from researchers across the world.

Many of the projects run by PATR focus on kidney disease and injury.
Photo by Harold Shapiro
Many of the projects run by PATR focus on kidney disease and injury.

The Program of Applied Translational Research (PATR)

The Program of Applied Translational Research (PATR) applies the discoveries generated in the lab and preclinical experiments to the creation of clinical studies and the design of clinical trials. Current work by PATR encompasses various kidney diseases and injuries ranging from biomarker discovery and validation to interventional data science and analytics. One large project the PATR team is currently working on is a six-center randomized trial to improve outcomes for patients with acute kidney injury (AKI). AKI affects 15% of hospitalized patients and is associated with a 10-fold increase in the risk of mortality. Through the Electronic Alerts for Acute Kidney Injury Amelioration (ELAIA-1) study, the team is analyzing whether an electronic AKI alert can improve outcomes. To date, more than 5000 patients have been enrolled in what is the largest study of this type ever conducted. Another PATR project is highlighted in the Section of Nephrology update. The team comprises physicians and scientists; it has been led by F. Perry Wilson, MD, since July 2018.

Clinician-educator Shyoko Honiden, MD, MS, directs the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine fellowship program.
Photo by Harold Shapiro
Clinician-educator Shyoko Honiden, MD, MS, directs the Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine fellowship program.


In addition to the programs detailed above, Department of Internal Medicine faculty are involved in the following programs: 


Education & Training 

  • Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program 
  • Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship 
  • Advanced Endoscopy Fellowship 
  • Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship 
  • Advanced Transplant Hepatology Fellowship 
  • Allergy & Immunology Fellowship 
  • Biopsychosocial Approach to Health Clerkship 
  • Cardiovascular Research Training 
  • Echocardiography Fellowship 
  • Endocrinology Fellowship 
  • Electrophysiology Fellowship 
  • General Cardiology Fellowship 
  • Geriatric Medicine Fellowship 
  • Geriatric Research Fellowship 
  • Global Health Scholars Program 
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship 
  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship 
  • Internal Medicine Subspecialty Critical Care Fellowship 
  • Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program 
  • Investigative Medicine Training Program 
  • Investigational Training Program in Gastroenterology 
  • Investigational Training Program in Hepatology 
  • Leadership in Internal Medicine Fellowship 
  • Medical Education Fellowship Program 
Lieping Chen, MD, PhD, and Roy Herbst, MD, PhD, are part of the lung cancer SPORE within the Section of Medical Oncology.
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Lieping Chen, MD, PhD, and Roy Herbst, MD, PhD, are part of the lung cancer SPORE within the Section of Medical Oncology.
  • Medical Oncology-Hematology Fellowship 
  • National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) 
  • Nuclear Cardiology Fellowship 
  • Palliative Care and End of Life Curriculum 
  • Program for Humanities in Medicine 
  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship 
  • Rheumatology Fellowship 
  • Skills Curriculum 
  • Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program 
  • Wednesday Evening Clinic 
  • Yale Office-Based Medicine Curriculum 
  • Yale Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program 
  • Yale Investigative Medicine PhD Program 
  • Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Fellowship Program 
  • Yale Physician Assistant Online program (Yale PA Online) 
  • Yale Physician Assistant program 
  • Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program 
  • Yale Traditional Medicine Residency Program 

Research 

  • Aging Conferences 
  • Atopic Dermatitis, Pattern Recognition TLR and NOD-Like Receptors & Lyme Disease 
  • Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale 
  • Clinical Epidemiology Research Center 
  • Comprehensive Evaluation of Risk Factors in Older Patients with AMI (SILVER-AMI) 
  • Developmental Therapeutics Research Program 
  • Diabetes Research Center (DRC) 
  • Immune Profiling 
  • Inflammation and Innate Immunity 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program 
  • Insulin Resistance Intervention after Stroke Trial (IRIS) 
  • Inter-cellular Communication by Nanovesicle Exosomes 
  • In Vivo Imaging Facility 
  • Lyme Disease 
  • Microbiome Research in Systemic Autoimmune Diseases 
  • Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities and Education (PRIME) Center 
  • play2Prevent (p2P) Lab 
  • Research in Addiction Medicine Scholars (RAMS) Program 
  • STRIDE Study 
  • The George M. O’Brien Kidney Center at Yale 
  • Transitions Clinic Network 
  • Translational Research Office (Yale Cancer Center) 
  • Veterans Aging Cohort Study (VACS) 
  • Yale Academic Hospitalist Program 
  • Yale Cancer Center Research Programs 
  • Yale Cardiovascular Clinical Research (YCVRG) 
  • Yale Cardiovascular Research Center (YCVRC) 
  • Yale Center for Clinical Investigation 
  • Yale Center for Disability and Disabling Disorders 
  • Yale Center for Healthcare Innovation, Redesign and Learning (CHIRAL) 
  • Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology (YCIO)
  • Yale Center for the Study of Polycystic Kidney Disease 
  • Yale Center for X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (YCX-LH) 
  • Yale Core Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (YCCMD) 
  • Yale Drug Use, Addiction, and HIV Research Scholars (DAHRS) Program 
  • Yale Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) 
  • Yale Liver Center 
  • Yale Lupus Program 
  • Yale Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center (YMMPC) 
  • Yale Occupational and Environmental Health Program 
  • Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) 
  • Yale Program in Addiction Medicine 
  • Yale Program for Biomedical Ethics 
  • Yale Program for Medicine, Spirituality, & Religion 
  • Yale Rheumatic Diseases Research Core Center 
  • Yale Translational Imaging Research Center (YTRIC) 
  • Yale University-Mayo Clinic Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation 
Randy Luciano, MD, PhD, cares for a patient in the Nephrology Clinic at the Yale Physicians Building.
Photo by Harold Shapiro
Randy Luciano, MD, PhD, cares for a patient in the Nephrology Clinic at the Yale Physicians Building.

Patient Care 

  • Acute Kidney Injury Program
  • Adult Congenital Heart Program
  • Advanced Heart Failure Program
  • AIDS Care Program 
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome 
  • Aspirin Desensitization Program 
  • Autoimmune Diseases Related to Cancer Immunotherapy 
  • Cardio-Oncology Program 
  • Cardiovascular Genetics Program 
  • Chronic Kidney Disease Program 
  • Colon Cancer Program 
  • COPD Program 
  • CV Imaging Program 
  • Dorothy Adler Geriatric Assessment Center 
  • Echocardiography 
  • Electrophysiology 
  • Fatty Liver Disease Program 
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Program 
  • Glomerular Diseases/Glomerulonephritis Program 
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program 
  • Inherited Cardiovascular Disease 
  • Interventional Cardiology Service 
  • Interventional Endoscopy Program 
  • Lupus Program 
  • Lysosomal Disease Program 
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit 
  • Metabolic Health & Weight Loss Program 
  • Myositis Program 
  • Neurobehavioral Cardiovascular Service 
  • Northeast Medical Group Yale New Haven Geriatric Services 
  • Nuclear Cardiac Imaging program 
  • Occupational and Environmental Lung Diseases 
  • Pancreas Disease Program 
  • Peripheral Vascular Cardiac Program 
  • Pulmonary Function Lab 
  • Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program 
  • Refugee Health Program 
  • Rheumatoid and Inflammatory Arthritis 
  • Scleroderma Program 
  • Thoracic Interventional Program (TIP) 
  • Thoracic Oncology Program 
  • Transition Program for Young Adults 
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic 
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System Primary Care 
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System Inpatient and Outpatient Geriatric Consultation 
  • Viral Hepatitis Program 
  • Winchester Chest Clinic 
  • Yale Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center 
  • Yale Autoimmune and Cholestatic Liver Disease Program 
  • Yale Bone Center 
  • Yale Center for Asthma and Airway Disease 
  • Yale Center for Asylum Medicine 
  • Yale Center for Restorative Care (CRC) 
  • Yale Center in Sleep 
  • Yale Diabetes Center 
  • Yale Endocrine Neoplasia Clinic 
  • Yale-ILD Center 
  • Yale Infectious Disease Clinic 
  • Yale Internal Medicine Associates 
  • Yale Multidisciplinary Thyroid Clinic 
  • Yale Primary Care Center–York Street Campus 
  • Yale Medicine/Pediatrics Clinic 
  • Yale Medicine Cardiology 


For more information, visit the Department of Internal Medicine.