Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brown! Sponsored by Brown Emergency Medicine and affiliated with the Brown University Alpert Medical School as well as Brown School of Public Health. The two-year academic fellowship boasts a wealth of research mentoring opportunities, robust interdepartmental collaboration, and a rich clinical and teaching experience, both domestically and abroad. 

Brown Universities Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship Continuing, Adapting and Growing during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Brown Universities Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship will continue to accept  applications for the coming 2021 academic year. Although the approach to training in global emergency medicine has been reshaped by the COVID-19 pandemic our fellowship is growing and adapting as we continue to train highly skilled global health physicians and collaborate with partners from around the world to advance scientific knowledge and enhance care delivery.  

For example, in collaboration with humanitarian organization Project Hope, our fellows have assisted with the creation and implementation of COVID-19 preparedness and response training program that has scaled up healthcare workforces in over 10 countries with more than 4000 front-line practitioners trained (Link here: Project Hope []). 

If you have considered a career as a global health practitioner, consider the dynamic fellowship opportunities that are available through Brown Universities Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship.

COVID-19 and Global Emergency Medicine

As the landscape of global health has changed during 2020, the the division of Global Emergency Medicine has adapted to actively engage in COVID-19 response both within and outside of the United States. Our division faculty and fellows have help lead response activities in our health system in Rhode Island developing field hospitals and policy approaches and executed key research to advance the understanding fo how best to respond to COIVD-19.  Globally our division has partnered with humanitarian organizations to develop and deliver training to response personnel in over 20 countries from around the world, resulting in training of over 20,000 frontline providers. Read more here :  



Meet Our Fellows

Sonya Naganathan, MD

Dr. Sonya Naganathan received her MD from The University of Toledo College of Medicine & Sciences in Toledo, Ohio and completed her residency training at Washington University in St. Louis prior to joining Brown EM. She is currently an MPH candidate at Brown's School of Public Health. Her fellowship activities include teaching and involvement in various research studies with the EM residency at the University Teaching Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda; additionally, she is working with faculty at Brown EM and Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya to develop an E-FAST ultrasound triage protocol. She served on the Lifespan alternative care site steering committee during the COVID-19 response, developing clinical and operational protocols for the site. Through our partnership with Project Hope, she developed and delivered a virtual COVID-19 preparedness curriculum that has since reached over 44 countries. Her other interests lie in humanitarian supply chain logistics and operations, disaster preparedness, and critical care in resource limited settings. 

Ramu Kharel, MD

Dr. Ramu Kharel is a Global Emergency Medicine Fellow in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brown University.  He completed his emergency medicine from Emory University. He went to medical school at UT Southwestern and received his MPH from Harvard University. Dr. Kharel has a focus in health system strengthening and emergency system strengthening in rural settings. His public health focus has been on advancing public education for hand washing. Dr. Kharel also has an interest in disaster response, and has helped rebuild healthcenters after the Nepal earthquake through a NGO he founded. His current research focus is on strengthening emergency care systems. He currently practices emergency medicine in Providence, Rhode Island.


Austin Lee, MD

Dr. J. Austin Lee is a fellow in Global Emergency Medicine at Brown University and he is an attending physician in emergency medicine at Miriam Hospital in Rhode Island. He obtained his MPH with a focus in global health from George Washington University and spent several years working on a variety of projects at the Sabin Vaccine Institute focused on neglected tropical infections and typhoid. Dr. Lee attended medical school at Indiana University, and was chief resident in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia. Dr. Lee is primarily interested in growing and strengthening the speciality of emergency medicine in developing contexts. He has worked in both public health and clinical medicine in a number of different regions around the world.


We are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 program:

***To apply please send us your CV and three letters of recommendation and your letter of intent, by email to [email protected].

EM Fellowship Application Form V2021.pdf

Wendy Wesley - GEM Fellowship Coordinator
Naz Karim MD, MHA, MPH
Director | Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Adam R. Aluisio, MD, MSc, DTM&H
Associate Fellowship Director | Division of Global Emergency Medicine 


Please note that although application materials should be sent directly via email, to the recipients listed above, applicants must also register with the National Residency Match Program (NRMP []) as Global Emergency Medicine fellowship positions will be matched through NRMP process.