2020 Leadership Journey Project: Capacity-building East African women clinician scientists – a program of Kenyan Doctors USA (KEDU)
Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DTM&H is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale University. She completed the Global Health and International Emergency Medicine fellowship in the DEM in 2015, also matriculating with a Master of Science and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at that time. Her research interests center on: Non-Communicable Diseases, barriers to care, and community-based interventions with a particular focus on Africa. Some past honors include: the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Augustine D’Orta Award for outstanding community and grassroots involvement, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associate and the 2014 Harambe Pfizer Fellow Award for social entrepreneurship, the 2016 University of Nebraska Outstanding International Alumnus award, the 2018 Young Physician award of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the 2019 Yale School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine for clinical excellence and compassionate care.
She has held several leadership positions including with: the American Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Global Emergency Medicine Academy, and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) and the Women Leaders in Global health Leadership conference. She is also a founding member of the Yale Network for Global Noncommunicable Disease (NGN). She has served on a number of NIH panels related to global NCD topics, and has lectured both nationally and internationally on the same.
She most recently was a senior contributor to the Kenya Ministry of Health, leading a WHO-validated national cross-sectional study assessing burden and risk factors for NCDs. Finally, she was selected as one of twenty Yale Public Voice Fellows for 2015-2016 from across campus with more than 20 publications in outlets such as Time, Huffington Post, Medium, and The Hill since that time.