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Center for Global Health:Introduction/Background

About the Director of the Center for Global Health

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Dr. Akpinar-Elci received her MD in 1991 from Dokuz Eylul University, School of Medicine in Izmir, Turkey. Her residency training in Pulmonology was completed in 1997 at the Chest Diseases and Surgery Training and Research Hospital, in Izmir, Turkey. She also completed her fellowship on Occupational Medicine in Ankara, Turkey. In 2004 Dr. Akpinar-Elci received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, LA.

After completing her degrees, she worked as a staff physician in Asthma Clinic in Chest Diseases and Surgery Training Research Hospital, Turkey. During her career Dr. Akpinar-Elci worked for NIH, CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), East Carolina University, Agromedicine Institute. In her last position, she was an Associate Professor and Environmental and Occupational Health Track Director at St George's University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in Grenada. She was also a director of WHO Collaborating Center for Environmental and Occupational Health.

Dr. Akpinar-Elci has clinical and field research experience in public health and pulmonary medicine. She has been the recipient of several awards including: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bullard-Sherwood Research to Practice award, 2008; East Carolina University Division of Health Sciences, Author Recognition Award 2006; On-the-Spot-Award of Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service for commitment, initiative, and hard work under difficult circumstances in 2002 and 2006. She intensively published scientific articles and book chapters on Occupational and Environmental Health and pulmonary medicine.