Global Women’s Health Fellowship Current Fellows

First Year Fellow

Maria Nardell, MD

Dr. Nardell is a first-year fellow in the Global Women's Health Fellowship of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nardell's passion for global health stems from a belief in social justice at the heart of medicine, grounded in experiences in South Africa, Rwanda, India, Namibia, Kenya and the greater Cambridge/Somerville area. Her current research, with mentor Ingrid Katz, MD, MHS, studies antiretroviral treatment initiation among young adults newly diagnosed with HIV in South Africa. Previous international research includes investigations of nutritional challenges among vulnerable populations in Rwanda. Domestically, Dr. Nardell has studied the effects of Massachusetts healthcare reform on safety net hospitals. She co-founded and co-leads the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Global Health Initiative to organize speaker events, provide mentorship and connect trainees and students to global opportunities in order to inspire and support global health involvement in the CHA community.

 

Second Year Fellow

Cynthia Young, MD 

Dr. Young is a second-year fellow in the Global Women's Health Fellowship of the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, an Infectious Disease physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. her current research focuses on understanding the intersections among HIV, gender-based violence and mental health. Her current research is mainly in Uganda where she has analyzed data from a longitudinal cohort of women living with HIV to understand the burden and correlates of intimate partner violence in this population. Dr. Young has a long standing interest in the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on women's health, and her goal is to develop and test gender-based violence interventions within the HIV care system, to reduce HIV transmission, optimize HIV treatment, and improve the health of women and their families. 

 

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