Meet Our Residents & Fellows

A Program in Partnership With Duke Global Health Institute

Rebecca Lumsden, MD

Global Health Resident

Internal Medicine

Department of Medicine


Rebecca is currently an internal medicine resident at Duke. She is completed her undergraduate training at Emory University in anthropology and global health and received her medical degree from University of Massachusetts Medical school. Prior to entering medicine, she worked in Cape Town, South Africa on an NIH-funded clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of a peer mentor model for pregnancy women on improving maternal, child health outcomes (mother-to-child-transmission of HIV, fetal alcohol syndrome, childhood malnutrition). This opportunity stimulated her interest in global health and developed a foundation for clinical research. During medical school, she was awarded a Doris Duke International Research Fellowship, and spent a year living in Eldoret, Kenya, where she researched the epidemiology of rheumatic heart disease in western Kenya, under the mentorship of Jerry Bloomfield and Wendy O’Meara. Her Doris Duke experience led her to subsequently design and conduct a study investigating the burden of cardiac disease among pregnant women in western Kenya, together with a Together with a team of collaborators from Duke, University of Toronto, and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (Kenya), she has helped to facilitate the development of coordinated, multidisciplinary clinical care for high risk women with cardiac disease at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.

As part of the Global Health Residency Program, she plans to return to Kenya to explore the link between pre-eclampsia and cardiovascular disease and mechanisms for early disease prevention through linkage and retention to care.


Lumsden, RH, Akwanalo C, Chepkwony S, Kithei A, Omollo V, Holland TL, Bloomfield GS, O’Meara WP. Clinical and geographic patterns of rheumatic heart disease in outpatients attending cardiology clinic in western Kenya. Int J Cardiol. 2016; 223: 228-235.

Lumsden, RH and Bloomfield GS. The Causes of HIV-Associated Cardiomyopathy: A Tale of Two Worlds. BioMed Research International, vol. 2016, Article ID 8196560, 9 pages, 2016.

Bloomfield GS, Alenezi F, Barasa FA, Lumsden R, Mayosi BM, Velazquez EJ. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Heart Failure in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. JCHF.2015;3(8):579-590.

Lumsden, R.  2012.  “Medical Student Volunteerism: The ‘Other’ Perspective.”  In: American Physician Scientist Association Newsletter, E. Noch, D. Nielson, and Q. Jelani, eds. Vol 6 (3). Online print.