Bloomfield Joins DGHI Leadership

Global cardiology professor will guide institute's research program.

Gerald Bloomfield

Published January 9, 2023, last updated on January 10, 2023 under Around DGHI

Gerald Bloomfield, M.D., a cardiologist and an associate professor of medicine and global health, has been named associate director for research at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI).

A graduate of DGHI’s pathway program for medical residents. Bloomfield has led research and capacity-building projects to promote cardiovascular health in several low-resource settings, including a long-standing research program in Kenya, as well as projects in the U.S. South.

“Jerry is a skilled cardiologist and cardiovascular researcher who is engaged in work to address health disparities both here in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa, He brings passionate commitment to health equity to this role, and we are fortunate indeed to have him in the leadership at DGHI,” said DGHI director Chris Beyrer, M.D.

The associate director for research oversees DGHI’s research activities, implementing strategies to increase DGHI’s research funding and advance health equity through collaborative research with global partners. Bloomfield will also play a key role in mentoring junior faculty throughout the grant preparation and submission process and ensuring compliance with university and agency regulations.

Bloomfield succeeds Wendy Prudhomme O’Meara, Ph.D., who became DGHI’s deputy director on Jan. 1. His appointment is effective immediately.

“With Jerry’s addition to DGHI’s leadership, I think we have a team so well suited to lead DGHI into it’s next period of success,” Beyrer added. “These are mission driven people with great values and real commitment.”