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Emily R Smith

Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine
310 Trent Drive, Room 302, Durham, NC 27708


Emily Smith, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Duke University with research interests including children’s global surgery, poverty metrics, health economics, and global health policy. As an epidemiologist, she has worked with her in-country partners at the Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland for the past 5 years on projects related to children’s surgical care, including defining the epidemiologic burden, assessing poverty trajectories among families with a child’s surgical need, geospatial analyses, and healthcare infrastructure. Prior to DGHI, her work at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) involved utilizing epidemiological methods, mathematical modeling techniques and cost-effectiveness research to determine effectiveness of various testing strategies among HIV exposed infants in sub-Saharan Africa.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine · 2021 - Present Emergency Medicine, Clinical Science Departments
Assistant Research Professor of Global Health · 2022 - Present Duke Global Health Institute, University Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 2016 Ph.D.
University of South Carolina, Columbia · 2006 M.S.P.H.
Wayland Baptist University · 2003 B.S.