Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Carolina Solis, MD, MPH

General Surgery

Department of Surgery


Dr. Carolina Solis left the Global Health Fellowship Pathway in 2013. She spent a year in Nicaragua conducting surgical outcomes research, for which she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and French from Yale University and her MD from Harvard Medical School. After completing medical school, she came to Duke University Medical Center to start her General Surgery residency. After her second year, she returned to Boston to complete an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Global Health.
During her year in Nicaragua as a Duke Global Health Fellow, Dr Solis studied surgical outcomes in patients undergoing emergency abdominal surgery in Leon and Matagalpa. Dr Solis hopes to pursue an Acute Care Surgery Fellowship and go into academics while still focusing global health and surgery. She is interested in quality improvement and surgical education in the developing world. 
Her interest in Global Health began as an undergraduate at Yale doing Hookworm research in a basic science laboratory, which exposed her to a disease that disproportionately affects people in the developing world. In medical school, she then traveled to Nicaragua to conduct an intestinal prevalence study. This experience was particularly important to her as she was able to witness first hand the impact that research could have population health. Her study showed a high prevalence of intestinal parasites, which motivated a local NGO to install water filters in some of the communities affected with the high prevalence rates. It was at this point that Dr. Solis decided to return to Nicaragua to continue doing public health work.

Representative publications:

​Solis CV, Chang Y, De Moya MA, Velmahos GC, Fagenholz PJ. Free Air on Plain Film: Do We Need a Computed Tomography Too? Journal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock. 2014;7(1):3-8.

Madenci AL, Solis CV, De Moya MA. Central Venous Access by Trainees: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of the Use of Simulation to Improve Success Rate on Patients. Simulation in Healthcare. 2014;9(1):7-14.

Solis C, León P, Sanchez N, Burdic M, Johnson L, Warren H, Iddriss A, McQueen K. Nicaraguan surgical and anesthesia infrastructure: survey of Ministry of Health hospitals. World J Surg. 2013 Sep;37(9):2109-21. doi: 10.1007/s00268-013-2112-8. 

Hwabejire JO, Kaafarani HM, Imam AM, Solis CV, Verge J, Sullivan NM, Demoya MA, Alam HB, Velmahos GC. Excessively Long Hospital Stays After Trauma Are Not Related to the Severity of Illness: Let's Aim to the Right Target! JAMA Surg. 2013 Oct 1;148(10):956-61. doi: 10.1001/jamasurg.2013.2148.

LeBrun, Chackungal, Chao, Knowlton, Linden, Notrica, Solis, McQueen. Prioritizing Essential Surgery and Safe Anesthesia for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Surgical Capacities of 78 District Hospitals in 7 Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Surgery. 2013 Oct 11.