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Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Christine Ngaruiya

Faculty Affiliate
King Center on Global Development

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Stanford School of Medicine

Global and Population Health Research Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford School of Medicine

Editorial Board Member (NCD Section Co-editor)
PLOS Global Public Health

Consortium of Universities for Global Health Research Committee

Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DTM&H is an Associate Professor in the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), and the Population and Global Health Research Director for the department.

Previously she was on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale University. She completed the Global Health and International Emergency Medicine fellowship in the Yale DEM in 2015, while also matriculating with a Master of Science and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests center on: noncommunicable diseases, barriers to care, community-based participatory research and implementation science with a particular focus on Africa.

Some past honors include: the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Augustine D’Orta Award for outstanding community and grassroots involvement, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associate and the 2014 Harambe Pfizer Fellow Award for social entrepreneurship, the 2016 University of Nebraska Outstanding International Alumnus award, the 2018 Young Physician award of the Global Emergency Medicine Academy at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the 2019 Yale School of Medicine Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine for clinical excellence and compassionate care, being selected as 1 of 25 US Schmidt Futures International Strategy Forum fellows in 2023, and as 1 of 30 National Academy of Sciences US-Africa Frontiers in STEM fellows in 2024.

She has held several leadership positions including with: the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) as current co-chair of the Research Committee, the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) and WomenLift Health. She was also a founding member of the Yale Network for Global Noncommunicable Disease (NGN). Her work has been funded by Yale University, the NIH, Gates Foundation, World Bank, the American Psychiatric Association, among others. She has served on a number of NIH panels related to global NCD topics, and has lectured both nationally and internationally on the same.

She is the global NCD section editor for PLOS Global Public Health, and also a fervent writer in the non-traditional sphere on global NCDs. To that end, she was selected as one of twenty Yale Public Voice Fellows for 2015-2016 from across campus with more than 20 publications in outlets such as Time, Huffington Post, Medium, and The Hill on the topic.