Faculty Take on New Global Health Roles

Drs. Holly Muir and Brad TaicherThe Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) has appointed Duke Anesthesiology’s Drs. Holly Muir and Brad Taicher as affiliate faculty to help continue its vision of academic excellence to meet the global health challenges of today and tomorrow to achieve health equality worldwide.

“The Duke Global Health Institute is comprised of groups of individuals who dedicate time to improving the lives of others around the globe. I have great admiration for these folks. I am honored to now be included as a member in this institute,” says Dr. Muir.

“It’s an honor to be nominated,” says Dr. Taicher. “I believe it’s important that the faculty in the School of Medicine are actively engaged in collaborating with DGHI on our initiatives. The title itself is a symbol of that opportunity.”

Both Dr. Muir and Dr. Taicher are actively involved in the Department of Anesthesiology’s Global Health Program and are committed to traveling abroad on yearly global health missions. For Dr. Taicher, this new role allows him to be a resource for Duke students studying global health and interested in learning more about his mission trips in Guatemala. He says it also allows him access to DGHI resources which could allow him to bring students, interested in research projects, to collaborate with he and his team in Guatemala.

“Both our team and the “Duke Guatemala Project,” as well as the students and faculty at DGHI, are all interested in accomplishing the same goals. Having this faculty appointment formalizes our relationship and provides us an opportunity to move forward with that collaboration,” says Dr. Taicher.

For Dr. Muir, she believes the value in her new role with the DGHI is the sharing of knowledge and experiences. “This appointment affords me many new opportunities, including the opportunity to teach in the master’s program. I can interact with Duke global health masters and undergrad students by creating opportunities to participate in our projects. Additionally, the DGHI sponsors visiting lecturers from whom great knowledge can be gained.”

Duke Anesthesiology’s Dr. Yemi Olufolabi is also an affiliate faculty member of the DGHI. It was established in 2006 as a university-wide institute dedicated to developing and employing new models of education and research that bring together international partners and discover innovative solutions to global health challenges. It’s mission is to “reduce health disparities in our local community and worldwide.” To learn more about DGHI, visit https://globalhealth.duke.edu/.

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