Joy is inspired by innovations that address gaps in access to high-quality care. As an Entrepreneur-in-Residence, she is the co-founder/CEO of Pluto Health, a company focused on improving patient access and care through a health platform that bridges siloed real world data (RWD). She previously served as Chief of Digital Health and Strategy for the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Through previous public health work in Africa and Asia, she developed innovations focused on improving access to health services that were used for clinical trials, which then lead to her founding ChatrHealth, a health tech organization dedicated to developing patient safety and communication tools deployed across both academic and private health system settings. She has also worked with Health 2.0, directing a program that paired large industry leaders with health tech startups. Joy is an alumni of Pomona College, where she studied anthropology and neuroscience, and a previous Fulbright Scholar. She received a Masters of Public Health from Yale, focusing on global health management, an MD with distinction from UCSF, where she completed the global health pathways concentration, and completed the management and leadership residency program at Duke.
Blen Biru is a Research Associate at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) and Innovations in Healthcare. Blen provides support in research, analysis, project management and technical activities, primarily on the Launch and Scale Speedometer initiative; Blen also supports the Clergy Health initiative within the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI). Prior to starting her position at GHIC, she worked for the Evidence Lab at DGHI, evaluating a USAID maternal and health portfolio. She received her Master’s of Science in Global Health at DGHI and her bachelor’s degree at Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in Biological Sciences and French.
Lisa brings years of experience in the start-up, growth, and profitable leadership of dynamic enterprises within the pharmaceutical, biotech, and health care industries. Prior to joining Duke, Lisa was Senior Manager of Portfolio Analysis for Talecris Biotherapeutics, where she was responsible for defining research and development strategies by evaluating business cases for several new product and lifecycle management opportunities. She has collaborated on several start-up companies in senior housing, and health and wellness, and co-founded Clinexus, a start-up clinical research company. Her experience also includes senior roles in health care investing and divestiture, consulting for Accenture and managing physician practices.
Lisa graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Economics and Pre-Medical Studies and earned her MBA from Duke’s Fuqua Business School.
Kate is a Research Analyst at GHIC/IiH team. She collaborates with and contributes to the planning, organizing, and implementation of research undertaken by the Evaluating Saving Lives at Birth (ESL@B) team. She has lived and worked overseas in Ecuador, Peru, Kenya, Malaysia and Bangladesh.
Kate earned her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health and a certificate in Emergency Management. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from Elon University.
Favorite country visited: Kenya. I got to go camping in the Masai Mara National Reserve during the annual migration.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: The multidisciplinary collaboration among the team and global partners is tackling some of the most world’s most pressing public health problems.
Katie is a Research Associate at IiH, currently supporting project monitoring and evaluation for the Pfizer Global Health Innovation Grant program and the evaluation phase of the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) project.
Katie received her Master of Public Health degree from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, with a concentration in Health Behavior and a certificate in Global Health. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from UNC.
Favorite country visited: Ecuador. Gorgeous landscapes and wonderful people!
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: I am excited to be a part of a team working hard to promote global health equity and improve access to healthcare for underserved populations around the world.
Dr. Don Goldmann has decades of experience in helping health care systems and clinical teams improve the quality, safety, and value of the care they provide to their patients. He brings an uncommonly broad, clinical, scientific, and academic background to this work.
As Chief Scientific Officer, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Dr. Goldmann focuses on deepening the credibility of improvement and implementation science by forging relationships with key scientific, academic, and health services research organizations. He has experience across the translational research continuum (bench science, epidemiology, clinical trials, and implementation research). He has participated in the development of numerous quality measures, especially in pediatrics and infection prevention. He lectures and writes on the value of quality indicators in value-based payment, benchmarking, and improvement. He advances the rigor of IHI's results-oriented work by deploying sound project design and program evaluation methods appropriate for the context in which improvement initiatives are conducted. Dr. Goldmann advocates for integration of improvement science and HIT/technology to accelerate progress towards vibrant and effective learning health systems, clinical decision support, and population health and equity.
Dr. Goldmann explores new ways to teach, bringing promising innovations to in-person and distance-learning. He is lead faculty for a IHI/HarvardX Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Practical Improvement Science and is leveraging the MOOC in a large national collaborative to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing – an HHS and global priority. He is Co-director for the Harvard-Wide Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program he founded (funded since 1994 via NRSA T32 Training Grants). He leads a Harvard College General Education course that explores how infectious diseases lead to social injustice and influence history, art, and literature.
Dr. Goldmann has a keen interest in helping clinical teams integrate rigorous quality improvement into their routine work, while mitigating clinician burnout and liberating the intrinsic motivation that clinician bring to health care. He is particularly devoted catalyzing sustainable improvement in under-resources settings globally and in engaging medical trainees in quality improvement.
Dr. Goldmann has served as Chair of the AHRQ National Advisory Council and the Board of AcademyHealth, and he is Vice-Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation. He also serves on a number of advisory committees and boards, including the National Quality Forum’s Primary Care and Chronic Illness Standing Committee. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Jonathan is a member of Duke-Margolis' Global team, which collaborates closely with Innovations in Healthcare and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, researching international models of accountable care, health financing, global health innovation, and payment and delivery reform. Primary and secondary research and statistical analysis are the focus of much of his work.
Jonathan holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas and BA in Philosophy and International Relations from Northwestern University.
Favorite Country traveled to: Taiwan or New Zealand - I can't decide!
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: I think it's exciting to see how innovative approaches, economical tools, and next generation technologies can be both developed adn applied in resource constrained settings to solve critical healthcare issues.
Juliana is a global health specialist passionate about the use of innovative, evidence based methods to improve health care. At Innovations in Healthcare, she cultivates key relationships to enhance broader health care ecosystem development in Africa, while managing programmatic activities that provide in depth and specialized support to the Innovation in Healthcare office and SEAD program in Nairobi. Prior to joining IiH, Juliana worked for Clinton Health Access Initiative in Kenya; Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Foundation, and the Institute of Human Virology, both in the USA. She has a wealth of experience in providing technical and analytical support to both the public and the private sector to scale up the adoption of new diagnostic technologies/treatments to improve health care outcomes in developing countries.
In addition to having a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Hong Kong, she has a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, both from Northern Michigan University. While in Hong Kong, she served as a Rotary Goodwill Ambassador.
Favorite activity/hobby outside of work: I enjoy physical activity outdoors with family and friends. My favorite activities include walking, hiking, cycling, dancing, inline skating, e.t.c.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: Progressive, disruptive, and evidence based innovations that increase access to quality health care, excite me! Working at IiH is an opportunity to collaborate with a global team of change makers who are equally passionate about health care innovation. IiH brings the right people together to achieve what could not be achieved individually-To ensure that lifesaving interventions have a wider reach through scale.
Jessica is a Program Operations Manager at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center where she helps manage many programs and initiatives. She has more than 15 years of experience managing and executing various programs and events.
Jessica speaks German and Spanish and has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As a Program Analyst at GHIC/IiH, Victoria works on multiple projects in fields ranging from family planning to infectious disease to policy analysis. Victoria is motivated by the diverse ways innovation can reduce health disparities worldwide, especially given the complex socioeconomic and cultural determinants that impact vulnerable populations. In particular, she has experience in maternal and child health, mental health, and the intersection of health and the humanities.
Arthur is a Senior Manager at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare. He is responsible for the development, planning, and delivery of a broad spectrum of the global programs. The program topics include health program assessment and strengthening for hospitals and other health organizations, and customized executive leadership and management training for health professionals around the world. Arthur has been leading the organization’s efforts in the partnership development, and design and implementation of programs across China, where he has established and managed the relationships with many senior government officials, hospital executives, corporate management team, and academic institution leaders. In his previous role as a consultant at Duke Health, Arthur managed a portfolio of global business leads and successfully converted several business opportunities into completed projects.
Arthur is fluent in Mandarin. He received his Bachelor’s in Accounting from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan Flagler Business School.
Zabarle Kollie is a program analyst at the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare where he has contributed to projects like Accelerating Saving Lives at Birth, funded by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Kollie has years of experience in research and data gathering contributing to a series of research projects.
Before joining Innovations in Healthcare, he received his Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Favorite activity/Hobby outside of work: Playing Futbol, Football, Soccer
Favorite country traveled to: I’ve only traveled to the U.S. from my home country of Liberia, but if I were to pick a country to visit it would be England because of the football atmosphere and my favorite club team Chelsea FC resides in London!
Why I am passionate about innovations in Healthcare: I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare because of the people these health innovations serve and the lives that are saved due to the launch and scale of health innovations globally.
Emily McAndrew is a program analyst with the DGHIC/IIH team. In her role on the team, Emily is supporting business development in China as well as the ACS project. Emily has a passion for helping people, and finding the newest and most efficient ways to do this, as seen in her diverse experience all the way from working in communications/data visualization at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to working as a fellow at a non-profit innovations accelerator in Chattanooga.
Before joining the team, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Why I am passionate about Healthcare: I have always been interested in healthcare but unsure on how to contribute on the non-technical side. I am passionate about making sure that everyone has access to the basic fundamental right of affordable healthcare and exploring the innovative ways in which we can reach this goal together.
Favorite country I’ve traveled to: I studied and worked in Chile for 5 months, so I feel an immense connection and pride for that travel experience. I lived 2 minutes from the beach, and I will never be that tan again. But I also want to say Peru- because getting to go into the rainforest and eat fresh mango and watch giant river otters was an experience like no other.
In her role as a program Associate for Africa, Eunice supports innovators in Africa to achieve scale by connecting them to key stakeholders such as peer innovators, partners and funders. Prior to joining Innovations in Healthcare and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, Eunice worked as a fund lead for an early stage fund in Kenya that invests in innovative early stage startups in the technology sector. She was responsible for the recruitment of investee companies into the fund, startup coaching as well as fundraising for the fund. Eunice has over 5 years’ experience working with startups using technology in different sectors such as health, agriculture, logistics among others.
Eunice is a graduated of United States International University – Africa with a degree in International Business Administration with a concentration in Management.
Dzidzai is an Associate in Research at IiH/GHIC. She provides research support for the Launch and Scale Speedometer project. Her upbringing in Zimbabwe has fueled her passion to help vulnerable populations everywhere live healthier lives. She is passionate about Africa, maternal and child health, and also about combining research with action.
Before coming to IiH/GHIC, Dzidzai received her Master of Public Health degree from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Health and Environment with a minor in Medical Anthropology from UNC.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: I am excited to be a part of the good work of making the launch and scale-up of innovative global health interventions more efficient and accessible.
As Regional Director, Patricia leads multiple initiatives across Sub-Saharan Africa for Innovations in Healthcare and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, including SEAD East Africa. In this role she is building partnerships in East Africa with funders, universities, corporations and SEAD innovators in an effort to strengthen the local ecosystem for innovation. Patricia is an accomplished health professional and has experience working with a wide range of stakeholders across Kenya. Prior to joining Innovations in Healthcare, Patricia worked with Futures Group, a global health consulting company. Patricia’s previous work experience spans the breadth of the health care value chain and she has experience in health systems strengthening, health insurance and clinical practice in the private and public sectors.
Patricia holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi and an Executive MBA from Strathmore University. She is the inaugural recipient of the St. Edmunds Social Innovation scholarship from Cambridge University where she is undertaking a Masters in Social Innovation.
Something most people don’t know about me: I have been bungee jumping off a 60 meter crane.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: When I was 15 years old, I made up my mind to work in health. Once I started practice as a general practitioner in a resource constrained rural hospital, I saw challenges that my training as a doctor could not fully address. I knew that I had to contribute to changing this situation so that my patients, who were often poor small scale farmers or traders , could have access to dignified, affordable quality care. Global Health provides a wonderful platform to collaboratively work to improve healthcare quality and access, reduce disparities and deal with emerging health challenges that affect us all.
Ernesto Ortiz is a Peruvian physician based at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and the Duke Global Health Innovation Center (DGHIC). He got a master’s in public health degree from the University of Iowa, and has experience in public health, epidemiology and research with a strong focus on work in underserved areas of Peru and Latin America. He has been at DGHI since 2012. Previously, he worked at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-6) in Peru conducting research on tropical infectious diseases in Peru and other LatAm countries. At Duke, his research has been focused on the human-environment interaction and its impact in human health (i.e. exposure to heavy metals, zoonotic diseases, chronic diseases, etc.) in the Peruvian Amazon.
Ernesto also has vast experience engaging and working with all the levels of the public health system in Peru and LatAm, including engaging with public health stakeholders (Ministries of Health, Regional and Local Authorities, Policy Makers, Public and Private Institutions, NGO’s, Communities, etc.).
He is passionate about Peru, and also about translating research into improving people's health.
Favorite activity/hobby: Spending time with family and friends, play and watch tennis, soccer (football), and sports in general.
Sowmya is a sociologist and social demographer with experience in the monitoring and evaluation of health programs in low and middle income countries, with a major focus on reproductive health and family planning programs. Within the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, she manages a portfolio of innovations-focused grants to improve health systems and access to healthcare, as well as conducts evaluation research to build the evidence base to inform decisions for healthcare programs and policies. She has expertise in global reproductive, maternal and child health, social scientific and evaluation research, and fertility and family planning, and has published in journals such as Demography, Population and Development Review, and Population Research and Policy Review.
Prior to joining the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare , Sowmya was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill). She has a Master’s in Public Policy from the Sanford School of Public Policy, and a PhD in Sociology with specializations in Medical Sociology and Population Studies, from Duke University.
Why I am passionate about IiH: As a social science researcher, I have been committed to understanding global health disparities. Knowing that reducing inequities requires creative and collaborative solutions, I am excited about deploying a combination of business, policy, and analytical strategies to address global health challenges.
Diana Silimperi is an international public health pediatrician, epidemiologist and global health thought- leader. She brings 35 years of global experience leading the planning, design and implementation of integrated healthcare service delivery and health system strengthening programs in more than 50 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Dr. Silimperi has specialized in the implementation of maternal, newborn and child health programs, infectious disease and global health security, and more recently non-communicable disease programs, working with both the public and private sectors. She is a recognized leader in health program management, health system strengthening and the total market approach to achieve universal health care. She has deep experience in healthcare quality improvement, community-based frontline health workers, and healthcare delivery to vulnerable populations, from those living in fragile states to the urban poor.
Dr. Silimperi earned both her B.S. in Zoology/Psychology and her M.D. from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her Pediatric residency at the University of Washington, where she developed an ethno-pediatric learning program and established a refugee clinic focused on the needs of refugees and immigrants from Southeast Asia. Dr. Silimperi also spent a year in Sweden as a Rotary Scholar and in Taiwan as one of the first Luce Scholars. She served as an EIS Officer in the CDC’s Arctic Investigation Lab, followed by several years in the tundra of Alaska, as the Medical Director of the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation. Silimperi began her international career at Johns Hopkins, working in Bangladesh at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research. Prior to joining Duke’s faculty, her career focused on the practice of global health in the context of LMICs, and she has lived or directly worked in more than 30 countries. Over a span of several decades, she held country level and international technical or management leadership positions in several large development companies, and for the last 12 years held positions of executive management at Management Sciences for Health and Abt Associates, where she served as the Senior Vice President for Global Health.
Throughout her career she has been an advocate for the special needs of the most vulnerable populations, and the integral role of community-based health workers to bridge the gap between families, communities and the health system. She has been a leader in key public health strategies from Integrated Management of Childhood Illness to quality improvement and collaborative learning, and more recently, the role of frontline health workers in non-communicable disease care and global security.
Dr. Silimperi joined Duke Global Health Institute in April 2019 as a Visiting Professor of the Practice of Global Health, where she will work closely with the Education team to strengthen course offerings and learning experiences to better prepare graduates aimed at global health practitioner careers. Part of her time is spent in the Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, where she provides both technical and strategic input to programs, catalyzes interaction between GHIC/IiH and other Centers in the Institute around innovation and data science, supports training and capacity building opportunities for students and innovators, and assists in expanding new business opportunities.
Melissa supports the development and implementation of both Innovations in Healthcare (IiH) and Duke Global Health Innovation Center (GHIC) communication strategies and supports innovator outreach. In her role, Melissa manages communication needs across both organizations, including social media, management of websites and member platforms, and supports the execution of large events, conferences, webinars and any other events hosted by IiH and GHIC to support IiH’s mission.
Before joining Innovations in Healthcare, Melissa worked as the Global Communications Officer for the University of Virginia. Melissa received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Sociology with a minor in Fitness from the University of Pittsburgh.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: I am proud to be a part of the Innovations in Healthcare team and collaborate with unique innovators whose mission is to improve the lives of people around the world. Working in such a collaborative and creative space has enabled me to continue learning while working together towards a shared goal.
Favorite country traveled to and why: My favorite place that I have traveled to is Colombia. I felt like I was walking in a painting because the streets are filled with the most colorful buildings, flowers, and fruits that I had ever seen. Colombia will always have a special place in my heart because it is where my fiancé’s family is from and also where he proposed!
Terri directs the overall finance, accounting, and operations functions of the organization, establishing and implementing effective budget and business models, financial analyses, and effective internal controls, practices and standards in finance and human resources. She is a key member of senior management working to ensure the financial integrity of the organization across all grants, projects, and activities. She provides strategic counsel on matters of fiscal agency and responsibility, and on operational feasibility of new work and mission-related opportunities.
Prior to joining Innovations in Healthcare, Terri worked for 11 years as the Chief Financial Officer for MDC, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization headquartered in Durham. MDC’s mission is to help organizations and communities close the gaps that separate individuals from opportunities through research and program demonstrations. Prior to joining MDC, Terri worked at Nortel Networks, a world-wide telecommunications company headquartered in the Research Triangle Park. While at Nortel, Terri held a variety of senior management positions within the Finance and Accounting organization, supporting sales and marketing, customer service, manufacturing, and general accounting services, both in the RTP and in Atlanta, Georgia.
Terri holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Elon University and continued coursework in accounting at Georgia State University. She recently completed the Non-Profit Management certificate program at Duke University.
Favorite place I've traveled: Spain. I spent some time in Malaga which is located along the southern coast of Spain. The weather, the food, wine, coffee, the people, and the city itself were all fabulous! I loved how everyone was laid back and not much like the workaholics we tend to be in the United States.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: I am passionate about IIH because I believe that a person’s mental and physical well-being is vitally important to his or her success. Sharing best practices and scaling health solutions globally is an exciting opportunity for us to help others thrive.
Ben Spain is Grants & Contracts Administrator for Innovations in Healthcare. Prior to joining the team, he was the Associate Director of Enrollment Services for the master’s programs at the Nicholas School of the Environment. He is the former Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Ben is returning to his passion for healthcare. Early in his career, he was the Associate Executive Director of an eastern North Carolina assisted living facility.
Ben was born in North Carolina and has mostly resided in the state throughout his life. He received his BS in Management with a minor in Health Science from Clemson University and has taken graduate coursework at NC State University.
Favorite activities/hobbies: Grilling, golfing, boating and, most recently, creating videos on his iPhone.
Why I am passionate about IiH: Almost immediately after graduating from college, I began working in healthcare administration. I instantly recognized the privileged position I was in to be able to perform ADLs independently, to choose my own health insurance/healthcare provider, and autonomously make choices about what I would do each day. Unfortunately, human health is largely a privilege, and certainly not always regarded as a right. It is therefore imperative that those of us who are able seek ways to help those less fortunate gain access to health services. I strongly believe navigating life is difficult enough without the worries associated with inaccessible healthcare (or access to subpar healthcare). By contributing the skills I have, I can support the highly qualified team at IiH as well as our innovator network. I’m passionate about IiH because I’m aligned to its mission.
Judd is the Senior Manager, Business Development and Partnerships for Innovations in Healthcare. In his role, Judd works with our partner organizations to identify opportunities to combine resources and bring them to bear on important global health challenges. Judd brings more than 20 years or business development and innovation management experience to IiH. Prior to IiH, Judd was Director of New Venture Development for the Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative where he worked with faculty, students and university partners to build and improve programs that foster innovation and enable the translation of important new discoveries into the service of society. Judd is also an entrepreneur, himself. In 2010, he co-founded CancerGuide Diagnostics, a life science company focused on development and commercialization of novel molecular diagnostic assays that enable oncologists and their patients to make individualized treatment decisions.
Judd received a BS in mechanical engineering from Duke University, an MS from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where he was a Thomas Keller Scholar.
Favorite Activity/Hobby: My golden retriever, Annabelle, and I are certified as a Pet Therapy team. Every week we spend time visiting with patients at Duke, residents at assisted living facilities, or Caring House (residential support for Duke Cancer Center patients and their families). Its therapeutic for everyone involved.
Andrea leads a portfolio of global innovation programs focused on evaluation, scaling, and adaptation of healthcare innovations to address critical access and quality challenges. Her research and implementation work drive evidence-based recommendations for scaling transformative models of care, adapting models into new contexts, and facilitating system change. She is the research lead for the Launch and Scale project’s COVID-19 workstream, analyzing global data on vaccines, partnerships, and therapeutics to combat the pandemic. She led design and research for the USAID-funded Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke (SEAD) and the development of several publications for the recent evaluation of the Saving Lives at Birth program, with USAID and GCC.
Before joining Duke University in 2012, Taylor was on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she conducted research on health and economic policy innovation. Prior to this, she worked for the US Department of Health and Human Services, where she co-designed programs to build capacity for mental health policy and care delivery in countries coming out of violent conflict. She holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration (social work) from the University of Chicago.
Dr. Krishna Udayakumar is the founding Director of the Duke Global Health Innovation Center, focused on generating deeper evidence and support for the study, scaling, and adaptation of health innovations and policy reforms globally. He is also Executive Director of Innovations in Healthcare, a non-profit co-founded by Duke, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum, leading the organization’s work to curate and scale the impact of transformative health solutions globally.
At Duke University, Dr. Udayakumar holds the rank of Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine, and is Associate Professor at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. His work has been published in leading academic journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Health Affairs, and Academic Medicine.
Born in Bangalore, India, Dr. Udayakumar spent his childhood in Virginia, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with distinction. He received both an MD and an MBA (with a concentration in Health Sector Management) from Duke University, where he was a Fuqua Scholar. Dr. Udayakumar completed his residency training in internal medicine at Duke and served as Assistant Chief Resident at the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty of Duke University.
Why I am passionate about Innovations in Healthcare: As a physician I have dedicated my career to making a positive difference in people’s health and lives. Recognizing that we have shared challenges around the world in improving the quality, access, and affordability of healthcare, I am excited about our work in finding the best healthcare innovations around the world, and building a strong community to learn from and support each other. We have the opportunity for lasting impact by helping to scale and replicate the best solutions in healthcare.
As an Assistant Director of Programs for the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Innovations in Healthcare, Elina oversees a portfolio of programs that aim to increase access to health in low- and middle-income countries. She recently co-developed an impact measurement framework for pharmaceutical industry-led access to medicine programs. Elina also directs a project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that aims to identify key drivers behind uptake of lifesaving global health interventions. Her project experience has taken her to Kazakhstan, China, India, and Kenya.
Prior to joining Duke University in September 2016, she worked for more than a decade on non-communicable disease prevention, population health, and global workplace health promotion projects with U.S. government institutions (CDC and Department of Defense), multinational corporations, and health systems. She began her career in health working in the national advocacy office of the American Heart Association in Washington, DC. Elina received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.