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Robert Riviello, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Associate Professor of Surgery

Dr. Riviello is the medical director of the metabolic support service and an associate surgeon with the Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care and Emergency General Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also the chair of the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and the Kletjian Distinguished Chair in Global Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Riviello received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, his master’s degree from the Harvard School of Public Health and his medical degree from the University of California. He completed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University. He completed the Fulbright International Fellowship in Global Surgery at Centro Evangelico de Medicina do Lubango in Angola and a research fellowship in global surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Center for Surgery and Public Health. He completed an acute care and burn surgery fellowship, as well as an anesthesia critical care medicine fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Division of Trauma, Burns, and Critical Care
75 Francis Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Dr. Riviello is a member of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. He is contributing to the establishment of global surgery as a field of scholarship. He has published papers on academic needs and curricula related to surgical training in developing countries, training surgical residents for careers in academic global surgery, surgical conditions and approaches to care in low- and middle-income countries, and other important subjects, such as a study of the impact of the 2010 earthquake on pediatric surgical delivery in Haiti. Also among Dr. Riviello’s scholarly contributions is a chapter on “Surgery in the Tropics” in Hunter’s Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Disease. Furthermore, he co-authored two chapters, one on infectious disease and one on burns, in Global Surgery and Anesthesia Manual: Providing Care in Resource-limited Settings (JG Meara, CD McClain, SO Rogers, DP Mooney, CRC Press, December 12, 2014).

Dr. Riviello is co-principal investigator of the clinical contribution of HMS-affiliated hospitals to the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program (HRH), a novel capacity–building program involving physicians from several universities across the United States. He helped to launch Harvard Medical School’s participation in this program in 2012 and is involved in ongoing management including annual recruitment of HMS faculty and building the administrative infrastructure to support faculty development in Rwanda.

Surgical Training Throughout Africa: A Review of Operative Case Volumes at Multiple Training Centers.
Authors: Authors: Parker RK, Topazian HM, Ndegwa W, Chesang P, Strain S, Thelander K, Parker AS, Riviello R.
World J Surg
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Validating the Global Surgery Geographical Accessibility Indicator: Differences in Modeled Versus Patient-Reported Travel Times.
Authors: Authors: Rudolfson N, Gruendl M, Nkurunziza T, Kateera F, Sonderman K, Nihiwacu E, Ramadhan B, Riviello R, Hedt-Gauthier B.
World J Surg
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Operative Case Volume Minimums Necessary for Surgical Training Throughout Rural Africa.
Authors: Authors: Parker RK, Topazian HM, Parker AS, Mwachiro MM, Strain S, White RE, Thelander K, Riviello R.
World J Surg
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Diagnosing Post-Cesarean Surgical Site Infections in Rural Rwanda: Development, Validation, and Field Testing of a Screening Algorithm for Use by Community Health Workers.
Authors: Authors: Cherian T, Hedt-Gauthier B, Nkurunziza T, Sonderman K, Gruendl MA, Nihiwacu E, Ramadhan B, Gaju E, Nahimana E, Habiyakare C, Ntakiyiruta G, Matousek A, Riviello R, Kateera F.
Surg Infect (Larchmt)
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A Randomized Cross-Over Trial Focused on Clinical Breast Exam Skill Acquisition Using High Fidelity versus Low Fidelity Simulation Models in Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Murthy SS, Ntakiyiruta G, Ntirenganya F, Ingabire A, Defregger SK, Reznor G, Lipitz S, Troyan SL, Raza S, Dunnington G, Riviello R.
J Surg Educ
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Prehospital epidemiology and management of injured children in Kigali, Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Dworkin M, Nsengimana V, Rosenberg A, Scott J, Riviello R, Krebs E, Umuhoza C, Ntaganda E, Uwitonze JM, Kabagema I, Dushime T, Jayaraman S.
Emerg Med J
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Accuracy of Resident-Performed Point-of-Care Lung Ultrasound Examinations Versus Chest Radiography in Pneumothorax Follow-up After Tube Thoracostomy in Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Shumbusho JP, Duanmu Y, Kim SH, Bassett IV, Boyer EW, Ruutiainen AT, Riviello R, Ntirenganya F, Henwood PC.
J Ultrasound Med
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Does insurance protect individuals from catastrophic payments for surgical care? An analysis of Ghana's National Health Insurance Scheme at Korle-Bu teaching Hospital.
Authors: Authors: Okoroh J, Sarpong DO, Essoun S, Riviello R, Harris H, Weissman JS.
BMC Health Serv Res
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Perioperative Management and Outcomes After Cesarean Section-A Cross-Sectional Study From Rural Rwanda.
Authors: Authors: Mazimpaka C, Uwitonze E, Cherian T, Hedt-Gauthier B, Kateera F, Riviello R, El-Khatib Z, Sonderman K, Gruendl M, Habiyakare C, Hakizimana S, Kayitesi D, Nkurunziza T.
J Surg Res
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Framework for developing a national surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia plan.
Authors: Authors: Sonderman KA, Citron I, Mukhopadhyay S, Albutt K, Taylor K, Jumbam D, Iverson KR, Nthele M, Bekele A, Rwamasirabo E, Maongezi S, Steer ML, Riviello R, Johnson W, Meara JG.
BJS Open
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