Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

John Stanifer, MD, MSc-GH

GHP Graduate

Internal Medicine

Department of Medicine


John W. Stanifer, MD, MSc is currently a Medical Instructor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health at Duke University (2014) and has a Master of Science in Global Health from Duke. During his global health residency, he lead multiple studies in Tanzania investigating the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease, cultural and social issues surrounding the care and prevention of kidney disease, and both qualitative and quantitative studies examining traditional medicine use, particularly as it related to chronic diseases. After completing his residency and the GHP, he completed a Nephrology Fellowship at Duke and was Chief Fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). His work on kidney disease in low-income settings has been published in Lancet Global Health, PLoS One, Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, BMC Nephrology, BMC Public Health, Seminar in Nephrology, and the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology



After his global health residency, he returned to Duke to start clinical training in Nephrology. Since that time, his interests turned to local disparate populations. To implement the idea that “global is local too”, he put to use the skills, methods, and findings from his work in sub-Saharan Africa in order to begin studying health disparities among the Lumbee Indians, the largest American Indian tribe in the eastern US, residing primarily in Robeson County, NC. In 2015 he was awarded the prestigious American Kidney Fund Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship to fund his work with the Lumbee Indians, and since then, he has also leveraged many resources at Duke and the DGHI for this work, including leading a Student Research Training Program and a Bass Connections Project.

Dr. Stanifer is currently studying health disparities in kidney disease among particularly vulnerable populations, both globally and locally. 

Representative Publications

Stanifer JW, Chartyan D, White J, Lokhnygina Y, Cannon C, Blazing M. Comparative efficacy of ezetimibe plus simvastatin combined therapy vs. simvastatin monotherapy for individuals with reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate. JASN [submitted].

Stanifer JW, Cleland R, Makuka GJ, Egger J, Maro V, Maro H, Karia F, Patel UD, Burton MJ, Philippin H. Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Complications of Diabetes in the Kilimanjaro Region: A Population Based Study from Tanzania. PLoS One 2016 [submitted].

Stanifer JW, Kilonzo J, Wang D, Su G, Mao W, Zhang L, Zhang L, Nayak-Rao S, and Miranda JJ. Traditional Medicines and Kidney Disease in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Opportunities and Challenges. Seminars in Nephrology 2016 [In Press].

Lunyera J, Wang D, Maro M, Karia F, Boyd D, Omolo J, Patel UD, and Stanifer JW. Traditional Medicine Practices Among Community Members with Diabetes Mellitus in Northern Tanzania: An Ethnomedical Survey. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2016; 16:282. Doi: 10.1186/s12906-016-1262-2.

Stanifer JW, Anand S, Thomas B. Clinical Nephrology Research in Low-Resource Settings: Opportunities, Priorities, and Challenges for Young Investigators: Proceedings from the 10th Conference on Kidney Disease in Disadvantaged Populations in Cape Town, South Africa; March 2015. Clinical Nephrology 2016; Doi: 10.5414/CNP86S110.

Stanifer JW; Elizabeth L Turner, Joseph Egger, Francis Karia, Venance Maro, Nathan Thielman, Kajiru Kilonzo, Uptal D Patel, and Karen Yeates. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Associated with Chronic Kidney Disease in Northern Tanzania: A Community-Based Study. PLoS One 2016; 11(6): e0156336. DOI: 10.1371/journal/pone.0156336.

Sharma A, Khan JS, Stanifer JW, Seth P. The Importance of Global Health Experiences During Clinical Training. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2016; 67(21): 2558-2558. Doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2016.02.076.

Stanifer JW, Joseph R Egger, Elizabeth L Turner, Nathan Thielman, and Uptal D Patel. Neighborhood clustering of non-communicable diseases: results from a community-based study in Northern Tanzania. BMC Public Health 2016; 31(6):868-874. Doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfv466.

Stanifer JW and Lunyera J, Ingabire P, Etolus W, Bagasha P, Egger J, Patel UD, Mutungi G, and Kalyesubula R. Prevalence and Correlates of Proteinuria in Kampala, Uganda: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Survey. BMC Research Notes 2016; 9:97, DOI: 10.1186/s131104-016-1897-6.

Stanifer JW, Muiru A, Jafar T, Patel UD. Chronic Kidney Disease in Low-Income Countries. Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation 2016; 0: 1-7. Doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfv466.

Lunyera J, Mohottige D, von Isenberg M, Jeuland M, Patel UD, and Stanifer JW. Chronic Kidney Disease of Uncertain Etiology: A Systematic Review. CJASN 2015; 11. Doi: 10.2215/CJN.07500715.

Stanifer JW and Lunyera J, David Boyd, Francis Karia, Venance Maro, Justin Omolo, and Uptal Patel. Traditional Medicine Practices among Community Members with Chronic Kidney Disease in Northern Tanzania: An Ethnomedical Survey. BMC Nephrology 2015; 16:170. DOI: 10.1189/s12882-015-0161y.

Stanifer JW, Venance Maro, Joseph Egger, Francis Karia, Nathan Thielman, Elizabeth Turner, Dionis Shimbi, Humphrey Kilaweh, Oliver Matemu, Uptal Patel. The Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease in Tanzania: A Population-Based Survey from sub-Saharan Africa. PLoS One 2015; 10(4): e0124506.

Stanifer JW, Uptal Patel, Francis Karia, Nathan Thielman, Venance Maro, Dionis Shimbi, Humphrey Kilaweh, Matayo Lazaro, Oliver Matemu, Justin Omolo, David Boyd. “Determinants of Traditional Medicine Use in Northern Tanzania: A Mixed-Methods Study.” PLoS One 2015; 10(4): e0122638.

Stanifer JW, Francis Karia, Corrine Voils, Elizabeth Turner, Venance Maro, Dionis Shimbi, Humphrey Kilaweh, Matayo Lazaro, Uptal Patel. Development and Validation of a Cross-Cultural Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Survey Instrument for Chronic Kidney Disease in a Swahili-Speaking Population.” PLoS One 2015; 10(3): e0121722.

Stanifer JW. A Peculiar Type of Dypsnea: Kussmaul, Cheyne-Stokes, and Biot Respirations. Historia Medicinae 2015; 3(1): e22. Published online: Jan 2015. ISSN. 1946-3316.

Stanifer JW. Virchow’s Triad: Kussmaul, Quincke, and von Recklinghausen. Journal of Medical Biography 2014; Published online: 21 Mar 2014. DOI: 10.1177/0967772103520101.

Stanifer JW, Bocheng Jing, Scott Tolan, Nicole Helmke, Romita Mukerjee, Saraladevi Naicker, Uptal Patel. “Chronic Kidney Disease in sub-Saharan Africa: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” The Lancet Global Health 2014; 2(3): e174-181.

Inrig, Julia, Robert Califf, Asba Tasneem, Radha Vegunta, Christopher Molina, JW Stanifer, Karen Chiswell, and Uptal Patel. “The Lanscape of Clinical Trials in Nephrology: A Systematic Review of” Am. J of Kidney Disease. 2013 Dec; 13: S0272-6386.

Stanifer JW, Ronald George, Robert Keenan and E. Wayne Massey. What Started This? Debilitating Longitudinally-Extensive Myelitis. Am Journal of Medicine. 2012 Nov; 125(11):1071-3.

Stanifer JW, Rheema Metha, N. Mettu, Jeff Sanders, and Nippon Setji. Muehrcke's Lines as a Diagnostic Clue to Increased Catabolism and Severe Systemic Disease State. Am J Med Sci. 342(4): 331, Oct 2011.

Luqman, Ashar; JW Stanifer; Asif Siddiqui, Omer M, Naseer A, Wall BM. “Calcium Oxalate Monohydrate Crystals: A clue to Ethylene Glycol Poisoning” Am J Med Sci.  341(4):338, April 2011.

Adeboye A.A. , B. J. Borkowski, JW Stanifer, B. R. Stair, K. T. Weber. Hypokalemia, Hypomagnesemia, and a metabolic alkalosis with QTc prolongation and arrhythmias.  A Case series of the Gitelman Syndrome. Journal of Investigative Medicine. Vol. 59, Number 2: 372-373, Feb 2011.

Whitted AD, Stanifer JW, Dube P, Borkowski BJ, Yusuf J, Komolafe BO, Davis RC, Jr., Soberman JE, Weber KT. A dyshomeostasis of electrolytes and trace elements in acute stressor states: impact on the heart. Am J Med Sci.  340(1):48-53. July 2010.

Stanifer JW, Ahmad K, Davis RC, Soberman JE, Weber KT; Hypokalemia and Hypomagnesemia with Prolonged QTc or Atrial Fibrillation in Hospitalized Patients. Journal of Investigative Medicine.  Vol. 58:444. Feb. 2010.

Stanifer JW, Yussuf J, Ahmad K, Weber KT.  Chronic Atrial Fibrillation and Prolonged QTc Interval in a Patient with Gitelman Syndrome. Journal of Investigative Medicine. Vol. 58, Feb. 2010.