Rachel T. Moresky, MD, MPH is Associate Professor in The Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Program on Forced Migration and Health, and Associate Professor at The Columbia University Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as an Honorary appointee at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. During the past twenty years, Dr. Moresky has integrated her expertise in engineering, emergency medicine, and health systems towards improving health outcomes for people living in low-resource health settings, predominantly in low-income countries. Dr. Moresky's team utilizes implementation research to enhance primary care systems' integration with complex adaptive emergency care systems to improve health outcomes. In 2004 Dr. Moresky founded The Columbia University sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems Program, which collaborates with national and local governments, universities, and NGOs in India, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Honduras, and Cambodia. Using implementation research, cascading capacity building, and data-driven policy development, the partnerships improve both access and health outcomes for underserved communities. Currently, under the direction of the Ghana Health Service, CRS, and the University of Ghana, Dr. Moresky's team is a partner in the USAID-supported Implementation Research Acute Care and Emergency Referral Systems (ACERS) Program to improve EmONC outcomes in rural Ghana. Dr. Moresky is also supporting The Program on Forced Migration and Health, World Bank-funded "Big Questions in Forced Displacement and Health": Building the Evidence on Health System Strengthening in Protracted Displacement. In 2006, Dr. Moresky founded The Columbia University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, a program that mentors attending Emergency Physicians in humanitarian action, disaster response, and health systems implementation research in resource-limited health settings. The Fellowship has produced global health leaders who have assumed leadership roles at organizations such as the WHO, WHO Global Health Cluster, IRC, MSF, IMC, CDC, Ethiopian Ministry of Health, and Emergency Medicine programs worldwide. More recently, the fellows have been working on wide-ranging projects such as The sidHARTe-supported University of Rwanda College of Medicine and Health Sciences Emergency Medicine Residency Program, clinical mentors for the International Rescue Committee's Chad and Cox's Bazar COVID-19 response, and working in Ghana on the ACERS consortium implementation research programming.
BS, 1991, Brown University
MD, 1998, Technion Faculty of Medicine
MPH, 2003, Harvard School of Public Health
Faculty, Global Health Initiative
Associate Professor, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
Director, sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems Program, Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health
Founding Director, sidHARTe - Strengthening Emergency Systems Program
Founding Director, Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Associate Professor , Emergency Medicine Department, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S)
Honors & Awards
Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, Global Emergency Medicine, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award
Areas of Expertise
Child Health and Development, Infant Mortality, Community-Based Healthcare, Disparities / Inequalities in Health, Injury Prevention, Underserved Populations, Violence, Global Health, Refugee Health, Rural Health, Health Systems Strengthening, Healthcare Workers, Public Health Infrastructure, Epidemics, Infectious Disease, Maternal Health, Prenatal/Perinatal Care, Health Worker Education, Physician Education
Lau LS, Samari G, Moresky RT, Casey SE, Kachur SP, Roberts LF, Zard M. COVID-19 in humanitarian settings and lessons learned from past epidemics. Nat Med. 2020 May;26(5):647-648. doi: 10.1038/s41591-020-0851-2. PMID: 32269357.
Hall KS, Samari G, Garbers S, Casey SE, Diallo DD, Orcutt M, Moresky RT, Martinez ME, McGovern T. Centring sexual and reproductive health and justice in the global COVID-19 response. Lancet. 2020 Apr 11;395(10231):1175-1177. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(20)30801-1. PMID: 32278371; PMCID: PMC7146687.
Roy CM, Bollman EB, Carson LM, Northrop AJ, Jackson EF, Moresky RT. Assessing the Indirect Effects of COVID-19 on Healthcare Delivery, Utilization, and Health Outcomes: A Scoping Review. Eur J Public Health. 2021 Mar 23:ckab047. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/ckab047. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33755130.
Zard M, Lau S , Bowser D , Fouad F, Lucumi D, Samari, G , Harker, A , Shepard D, Zeng Wu, Moresky, R , Audi , N; Greene C , Kachur P. (2021)"Leave No-one Behind: Ensuring Access to COVID-19 vaccines for Refugee and Displaced Populations (NMED-PI111699)", Nature Medicine
Kannan, V. C., Tenner, A., Sawe, H. R., Osiro, M., Kyobe, T., Nahayo, E Rasamimanana, N.G, S. Kivlehan & Moresky, R. (2020). Emergency care systems in Africa: A focus on quality. African Journal of Emergency Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7723896/
Broccoli, M.C., Moresky, R., Dixon J., Muya, I., Taubman, C., Wallis, L.A. & Calvello Hynes, E.J. (2018). Defining quality indicators for emergency care delivery: findings of an expert consensus process by emergency care practitioners in Africa. BMJ: Accepted.
Wilson, P. T., Baiden, F., Brooks, J. C., Morris, M. C., Giessler, K., Punguyire, D., Apio, G., Agyeman-Ampromfi, A., Lopez-Pintado, S., Sylverken, J., Nyarko-Jectey, K., Tagbor, H. & Moresky, R.T. (2017). Continuous positive airway pressure for children with undifferentiated respiratory distress in Ghana: an open-label, cluster, crossover trial. The Lancet Global Health, 5(6): e615-e623.
Moresky, R.T., Bisanzo, M., Rubenstein, B.L., Hubbard, S.J., Cohen, H., Ouyang, H., Duber, H.C. & Marsh, R.H. (2013). A Research Agenda for Acute Care Services Delivery in Low- and Middle-income Countries. Academic Emergency Medicine, 20(12): 1264 -71.
Wilson, P.T., Morris, M.C., Biagas, K.V., Otupiri, E. & Moresky, R.T. (2013). A Prospective, Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure in Children with Acute Heterogeneous Respiratory Distress Presenting to a Developing Country's Emergency Ward. The Journal of Pediatrics, 162(5): 988-92.
Moresky, R.T., Eliades, M.J., Bhimani, M.A., Bunney, E.B. & Van Rooyen, M.J. (2001) Preparing international relief workers for health care in the field: An evaluation of organizational practices. Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine, 16(4): 257-262.