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Pooja Agrawal

Associate Professor 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.

Currently Dr. Agrawal holds a variety of leadership roles. 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. 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 an Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education in the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine. 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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