Harvard Global Health Institute Awards Five Burke Global Health Fellowships

Cambridge, MA – The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) has announced five Burke Global Health Fellowships for 2020-21. The Fellowship, made possible by Harvard alumna Katherine States Burke, AB ’79, and her husband T. Robert Burke, supports the global health research and training efforts of Harvard junior faculty. The Burke Global Health Fellowship serves as a career catalyst, coming at a critical juncture in faculty’s academic development. A Burke Fellowship gives some of Harvard’s most impactful junior faculty the freedom to focus on important work that will transform global health.

Since its start in 2009, the Burke Fellowship has supported 38 Harvard junior faculty at pivotal stages of their careers. Applicants across disciplines apply for one-year research or curriculum development awards, worth up to $75,000 or $25,000, respectively. Proposals are reviewed by a committee of established Harvard global health faculty and leaders. Previous recipients have been promoted to tenured faculty and have received key research independence and career development awards from the NIH. A full list of the current and past Burke Fellowship recipients can be found here.

The 2020 Burke Global Health fellows are:

Adeline A. Boatin, MD, MP

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Matthew Bonds, PhD

Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and co-founder & scientific director of PIVOT

Dhruv S. Kazi, MD, MSc, MS

Associate Director of the Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology and Director of Cardiac Critical Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Attending Physician in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dylan Tierney, MD, MPH

Instructor in Medicine in the Division of Global Health Equity and the Division of Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

“The Burke Global Health Fellowship provides critical support for some of the most talented junior faculty at Harvard, providing them an opportunity to pursue work that will improve global health at a critical juncture in their career. This year’s awardees span a broad range of critical issues, from addressing the critical needs of obstetrical care in sub-Saharan Africa, and improving one of the most under-resourced health systems in the world, through work in Madagascar, to addressing the impact of climate change on Mumbai’s health system, designing an intervention to improve outcomes among critically ill patients in low-income nations, and developing innovative approaches to facilitate the delivery of high-quality TB care for people in Lima, Peru. This fellowship provides a platform for these innovative scholars, who come from a range of institutions across Harvard, and who provide important insights about the ways to move forward on critical global health issues. This work would not be possible without the generous and ongoing support of Kathy and Bob Burke, whose commitment to the long-term improvement of global public health through investments in our most promising faculty is hard to overstate. We are so deeply grateful for their support of these scholars,” said HGHI Associate Faculty Director, Ingrid Katz.

About HGHI

The Harvard Global Health Institute leverages the expertise and resources across Harvard and beyond to pioneer solutions to the biggest challenges in human health through the creation, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge. Collaboration within Harvard’s community of students, faculty, researchers, and staff allows HGHI to pursue multi-sectoral engagement that leads to the creation of sustainable health outcomes in low-, middle-, and high-income countries. HGHI is committed to using our platform to train the next generation of leaders and push the status quo with evidence-based knowledge and tools.