Emily Esmaili

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Health

Emily Esmaili is a general pediatrician with extensive global health experience both locally and internationally. After residency at Wake Forest Medical Center, she worked in Laos for two years as country coordinator and pediatric faculty for the NGO Health Frontiers. She then moved to Rwanda to serve as visiting pediatric faculty through Yale University and the Human Resources for Health program. Over the one and a half years she was there, she also helped start a "farm-to-bedside" nutrition program for hospitalized children, which she later established as a 501(c)(3) organization called Growing Health, Inc. After Rwanda, she returned to the US to earn her M.A. in Global Bioethics and Science Policy from Duke, with her master's research on palliative care needs on a pediatric oncology ward in Mwanza, Tanzania. Dr. Esmaili also began working for Lincoln Community Health Center in East Durham, which serves mostly low-income, immigrant and refugee families. Dr. Esmaili soon began a dedicated refugee child health clinic through Lincoln, where she currently sees refugee families for preventive and acute care visits. To compliment her clinical work, she completed a research fellowship in refugee child health through Duke's Center for Global Health, during which she also helped lead a new Bass Connections project on Addressing Global Health Needs Among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County. She is now co-leading an ambitious outreach effort focusing on the social needs of children 0-5 in refugee and immigrant families in the community post-COVID, funded by the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation. She continues to volunteer for humanitarian efforts both locally and globally, whenever possible.