Alba Amaya-Burns

Adjunct Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University

Alba Amaya-Burns, MD, MSc, worked as Associate Professor of Global Health at Duke Kunshan University, and Associate Professor of the Practice at Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University (06/2014-06/2017). An experienced public health leader, and educator, Dr. Amaya-Burns has applied her knowledge of global health practice to large scale health promotion efforts in Latin America, the United States, and currently in China. This included a successful infectious diseases program in El Salvador (USAID’s $9 million portfolio + $27 million from the Global Fund, as key member of El Salvador’s Country Coordinating Mechanism, 01/2000-12/2004). She has focused her attention on reducing health disparities in Latin America, the United States, and globally, by training future health professionals, health workers and faculty from high, low and middle income countries, in the areas of global health (cross-cutting health challenges). She also is a member of the International Organization of Migration / World Health Organization (IOM/WHO) Scientific Committee of the Global Consultation on Migration Health, and member of the International Society of Bioethics. She has received a number of awards, including the Induction into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (USA, 2011). Between 2009 and 2014 she served as a member of the University of Florida’s College of Public Health Faculty Excellence Committee. She also earned several awards from the Universidad de El Salvador, the City of Los Angeles, CA, and USAID. Dr. Amaya-Burns is a medical doctor (M.D.) by training (Universidad Nacional de Nicaragua and Universidad de El Salvador), and earned her MSc. in Clinical Tropical Medicine from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London University.