Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Carolina Solis, MD, MPH

Global Health Pathway Graduate

General Surgery

Department of Surgery

Summary

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. 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.

GHP Project Related Publications:

  • Solis, C., P. Leon, N. Sanchez, M. Burdic, L. Johnson, H. Warren, A. Iddriss, and K. McQueen, Nicaraguan surgical and anesthesia infrastructure: survey of Ministry of Health hospitals. World J Surg, 2013. 37(9): p. 2109-21.

  • LeBrun, D.G., S. Chackungal, T.E. Chao, L.M. Knowlton, A.F. Linden, M.R. Notrica, C.V. Solis, and K.A. McQueen, Prioritizing essential surgery and safe anesthesia for the Post-2015 Development Agenda: operative capacities of 78 district hospitals in 7 low- and middle-income countries. Surgery, 2014. 155(3): p. 365-73.