Miriam Rabkin, MD

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (In ICAP) and Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center
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Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Epidemiology (In ICAP) and Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BA, 1988 Harvard College
  • MD, 1992 Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • MPH, 2002 Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Research Interests

  • Chronic disease
  • Community Health
  • Global Health

Selected Publications

Rabkin M, Fouad FM, El-Sadr W. Chronic diseases in protracted emergencies: lessons from HIV for a new health imperative. Global Public Health 2016 doi: 10.1080/17441692.2016.1176226
Rabkin M, Goosby E, El-Sadr WM. Lessons from HIV: How to Provide Prevention, Care and Treatment to the Millions with Cardiovascular Disease. Scientific American 2014.
Michaels-Strasser S, Rabkin M, Lahuerta M, Harripersaud K, Sutton R, Ahoua L, Ngalamulume B, Franks J, El-Sadr WM. Innovating to confront Ebola in Sierra Leone: The Community Care Center Model. Lancet Global Health 2015 Jul;3(7):e361-2. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00045-5.  PMID: 26087982
Saito S, Howard AA, Chege D, Ellman TM, Ahoua L, Elul B, Rabkin M. Monitoring quality at scale: implementing quality assurance in a diverse, multicountry HIV program. AIDS 2015 Jul;29 Suppl 2:S129-36. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000713.PMID: 26102623
Kruk ME, Jakubowski A, Rabkin M, Elul B, Friedman M, El-Sadr W PEPFAR programs linked to more deliveries in health facilities by African women who are not infected with HIV.   Health Affairs 31(7)  2012
Toro PL, Rabkin M, Flam R, El-Sadr W, Donahue M, Chadwick E, Abrams EJ.  Training multidisciplinary teams to deliver high-quality HIV care to families in resource-limited settings: the MTCT-Plus Initiative experience.  J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care   May 12  2012
Rabkin M, El-Sadr W.  Why reinvent the wheel? Leveraging the lessons of HIV scale-up to confront non-communicable diseases Global Public Health   2011
Rabkin M, Nishtar S.  Scaling up chronic care systems: leveraging HIV programs to support non-communicable disease services.  J Acquire Immune Defic Syndr  57 S87-90 2011
Rabkin M, El-Sadr WM, De Cock KM The impact of HIV scale-up on health systems: a priority research agenda. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 52 S3-S5 2009
Nash D, Elul B, Rabkin M, Tun M, Saito S, Becker M, Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha H. Strategies for more effective monitoring and evaluation systems in HIV programmatic scale-up in resource-limited settings: implications for health systems strengthening J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 52 S59-S63 2009

Global Health Activities

Global Health Security: Confronting Ebola in Sierra Leone: In mid-2015, ICAP launched a five-year CDC-funded project in Sierra Leone. Aimed at bridging the acute response to the Ebola epidemic with longer-term health systems strengthening interventions, the project will include: an external assessment of current infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts; technical assistance for monitoring, evaluation, and strategic information; and support for quality improvement (QI) activities.

Quality Improvement Capacity for Impact (QICIP): This multi-country initiative, funded by HRSA, will support training and capacity building for quality management of HIV programs in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as diverse quality improvement (QI) initiatives.

Changing Health Needs of Refugees in the 21st Century: In partnership with colleagues at the American University in Beirut and faculty from the Forced Migration and Health program at MSPH, this project explores the changing health needs of refugees, with a focus on Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.