Explore Global Health Podcast

with Dr. Rob Murphy, MD

Examine the world of global health through the voices of the experts.

From remote clinics in Africa to laboratories at Northwestern University, there is a community of people around the world who are passionate about understanding and improving global health. On the Explore Global Health podcast you will meet these people, hear their stories and gain a deeper understanding of what is needed to achieve equitable and sustainable healthcare and lower the risk of disease around the world.

Hosted by Dr. Rob Murphy, Executive Director of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Havey Institute for Global Health, episodes will spotlight the inspiring narratives and ideas of individuals who are dedicated to making a positive impact on global health.

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Featured Episodes

Lessons Learned from Pandemics with Carlos del Rio, MD

Carlos del Rio, MD, didn’t set out to launch a career in global health, but while training to be a cardiologist in the 1980s, the AIDS epidemic took hold and forever changed the way he approached medicine and his career. In this episode, Dr. del Rio talks with Dr. Murphy about his path from medical school in his home country of Mexico, to his many leadership positions in global health and at Emory University School of Medicine. He also explains how the HIV/AIDS and COVID-19 pandemics offer many lessons for the next generation of people interested in global health.
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Combating Global Cancer Burden Attributed to Infections with Robert Breiman, MD

Robert Breiman, MD, FIDSA, FASTMH, is an internationally known researcher whose career in global health, infectious diseases, and epidemiology has taken him around the world and into many leadership roles within the Centers for Disease Control. Today, he is combining his many skills and interests to address the growing cancer burden in Africa, by establishing the Infectious Diseases and Oncology Research Institute at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Implementation Science in Global Health with Nadia Sam-Agudu, MD

In this episode, Nadia Sam-Agudu, MD, Director of the Global Pediatrics Program at the University of Minnesota Medical School, talks about her career as a physician-scientist in global health. From a childhood in Ghana that inspired her to pursue a career in medicine to becoming a driving force in the field of implementation science in global health, Sam-Agudu talks about her unique journey and what inspires her work.
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The Path to Global Neurosurgery with Sandi Lam, MD, MBA

Sandi Lam, MD, MBA, is a Lurie Children’s world renowned specialist in the areas of epilepsy surgery and neurovascular surgery and a leader in building capacity for a sustainable program to elevate pediatric epilepsy care in Uganda. But her path into medicine and global health wasn’t linear. In this episode, Lam talks about how a career in sales with a technology startup led her down the path she is on today and how she is working to change global pediatric epilepsy care through collaboration and innovation.
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Transforming Healthcare in Rwanda with Agnes Binagwaho, MD, PhD

Agnes Binagwaho, MD, PhD, is a Rwandan pediatrician and former Minister of Health of Rwanda. She was recently recognized and celebrated with an Honorary Doctor of Science from Northwestern University for her work in building an equitable health system in the years after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In this episode, she talks about her path in medicine and as a leader in global health and what led her to this moment in her career.

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An Anthropologist's Career in Global Health with Sera Young, PhD

During a research experience in Mali, West Africa her junior year of college, Sera Young, PhD, then a budding anthropologist, realized the importance of biomedical global health research. In this episode, Young shares her career journey and explains why it's important to be able to shift gears when needed, to ensure your research is asking the right questions and having the greatest impact.
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Proximity Matters in Global Health with Hema Magge, MD

From a young age, Hema Magge, MD, knew she wanted to make an impact on the lives of children and families. Today, Magge is a Senior Program Officer, Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this episode, she describes her career journey thus far and why she says proximity to the people you serve matters in global health pursuits.

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Investigating Long Covid in Africa and South America with Gina Perez-Giraldo, MD

With expertise in treating and studying people with Long COVID syndrome, Gina Perez-Giraldo, MD, joins Dr. Murphy to talk about how she is extending this work into low- and-middle income countries in Africa and South America, where there has been very little investigation into Long COVID.
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Carving a Niche in Global Health with Satish Gopal, MD, MPH

Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, Director of the Center for Global Health at the National Cancer Institute, joins Dr. Murphy to discuss his path into global health, the impactful niche of cancer care and research in Malawi, embarking on this career path with his family, and offers career advice for students and trainees interested in making a difference in global health. 

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Improving Global Health Across Disciplines

Dr. Keith Martin, founding executive director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), talks with Dr. Murphy about his career in medicine and politics and why he thinks reforming academia can help solve some of the great challenges facing our world today.
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How to Make Global Health News

Brian Simpson and Dayna Kerecman Myers of Global Health Now join Dr. Murphy to share practical advice for global health students, faculty, and researchers on how to work with journalists to bring their research and global health insights to a wider audience.
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Global Health Work in Tanzania with Precious Akanyirige

Precious Akanyirige, MD, MPH, is interested in using implementation science and capacity-building to provide more accessible, high-quality care, both in the U.S. and internationally. In this episode, she talks about her very recent experience in Africa and why she chooses to pursue global health experiences.
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Improving Global Access to Neurosurgery

Roxanna Garcia, MD, MPH, talks about the state of global neurosurgery, her time as a Fogarty Global Health Training Program fellow, working on projects related to neurosurgery and her goals for advancing not only neurosurgical care, but neurointensive care, internationally.
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How New COVID Testing Technology Can Improve Global Health

Sally McFall, PhD, co-developer of DASH, joins Rob Murphy, MD, to discuss the details of this homegrown technology. McFall is a research professor of biomedical engineering at Northwestern Engineering and director of the Research Center for Innovation and Global Health Technologies at Northwestern.
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Infectious Disease Control in Nigeria

Sade Ogunsola, FAS, former Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos in Nigeria and Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the College of Medicine at the University of Lagos, joins Dr. Murphy to discuss innovative programs and systems in Nigeria that have proven to be effective in preventing and controlling infectious diseases such as HIV, Ebola and COVID-19.
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Population Aging and Global Health

June McKoy, MD, MPH a Northwestern Medicine Geriatric Medicine Specialist, joins Dr. Rob Murphy on this episode to talk about this phenomenon and what students and trainees need to know to address the needs of older people here in the U.S. and around the world.
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Getting to Know Our Host

Robert Murphy, MD is a physician, professor, mentor and host of this podcast, but how did he find his way to medicine, becoming an expert in global health along the way? In this episode, we turn the tables on Dr. Murphy to find out more about his background and career.
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Global Health Research During Medical School

Maya Jackson-Gibson, a Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine medical student, reflects on her travels to Africa as a Fogarty Global Health fellow and what it takes to balance medical school and global health research.
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A Career in Global Cardiovascular Health

Mark Huffman, MD, MPH, Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Global Health Center at Washington University, shares highlights from his career in working in global health and details projects he has led to bring affordable cardiovascular disease prevention to low to medium-income countries.
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Ethics and Global Health Travel

Judith Lasker, PhD author of Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering and co-founder of Advocacy for Global Health Partnerships talks about the differences between sustainable global health programs and volunteer fly-in medical missions.
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