Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Emily Esmaili, DO, MA

Global Health Fellow


Duke University Medical Center


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 a small volunteer-based NGO called 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 children. Dr. Esmaili soon began a dedicated refugee child health clinic through Lincoln, where she currently sees refugee families for preventive and acute care visits. As part of her fellowship in refugee child health, she will serve as a team leader on a new Bass Connections project on Addressing Global Health Needs Among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County.