Rushina Cholera is a general pediatrician and health services researcher. Her research is dedicated to promoting health and health equity for children and their families by addressing social drivers of health. Using interdisciplinary approaches, she aims to examine the etiologies and impacts of social and health inequities from early childhood, and develop cross-sector community-driven interventions across the practice, policy, and health systems levels. Dr. Cholera practices clinically as a pediatric hospitalist and in the newborn nursery.
Rushina completed the MD/PhD program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her graduate work was in Epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health where she studied psychosocial barriers to healthcare utilization among HIV-infected people in South Africa. She completed her pediatrics residency at UNC Chapel Hill prior to joining Duke for the National Clinician Scholars Program.