GLOBAL HEALTH & SOCIAL MEDICINE
Program in Global Surgery and Social Change
Dr. Gita Mody’s research efforts are focused in improving access to and quality of thoracic surgical care domestically and globally. She has extensive experience in researching and practicing in low resource settings around the globe. Also, as a member of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Dr. Mody contributes to teaching pre-doctoral and post-doctoral global surgery trainees at Harvard. She is also serving as a faculty mentor for students and residents engaged in global surgery research in India.
Her commitment to global surgery initiatives has awarded her numerous honors and prizes including Best Scientific Presentation for her work in Haiti, Simplified Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in the Disaster Relief Setting. This project was presented at the Posters of Exceptional Merit Session for the 2010 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in Washington, D.C. She has also been honored by the Minister of Health in Rwanda to be chosen to co-lead the Strengthening Rwanda Surgery committee.
In Peru, Dr. Mody is conducting several research projects related to improving the surgical care of marginalized patients with tuberculosis. Her current project is a survey of providers on “Referral patterns to surgery for patients with tuberculosis”. A second project on “Outcomes of Pulmonary resection for patients with Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis” extends Dr. Mody’s domestic research to better characterize modifiable patient risk factors to improve surgical outcomes to patients who need pulmonary resection due to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. Dr. Mody expects this preliminary work to inform a proposal for an NIH new investigator project on the role and timing of surgery in MDRTB treatment.
Dr. Mody is also currently conducting an IRB approved study on the quality of surgical care in Sergio E. Bernales Hospital, a secondary level hospital that serves the urban poor outside of Lima, in partnership with Socios En Salud. She is mentoring two global surgery research fellows on this quality-improvement research project, which will be extended to next academic year as it forms the basis for the development of a surgery research core with Socios En Salud.
Ostomy/wound management, December 1, 2008
Urology, April 2, 2008
Journal of thoracic imaging, November 1, 2005
Radiology, June 21, 2005