GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change
Dr. Kwan (MD, MPH) is a cardiologist and global health researcher developing expertise in the intersection between these two fields. His research stems from experience in the field in rural Rwanda and Haiti since 2008 in collaboration with local Ministries of Health and the non-governmental organizations Partners In Health and Zanmi Lasante. His research has helped determine that heart failure in rural Rwanda and Haiti is generally from endemic causes (as opposed to coronary heart disease) and a leading cause of hospitalization. In addition, his team demonstrated that nurse-directed management improves control of blood pressure for patients with hypertension and improves symptoms for those with heart failure.
In completing his Master in Public Health coursework at the Harvard School of Public Health, he has learned techniques in study design and quantitative methods. While a Fellow in the Research Career Development Program in Vascular Medicine (K12, NIH/NHLBI) he continued his academic pursuits with projects in Haiti, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Jordan. He is one of the principal authors of the implementation guide and clinician handbook The Partners In Health Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic Non-Communicable Diseases. He continues to serve as an Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases at Partners In Health in Boston, Haiti and Rwanda.
Biochemistry, November 2, 2004
Biochemistry, June 3, 2003