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Sonya Sunhi Shin, MD, MPH
Associate Physician, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
Global Health Equity
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: One Brigham Circle

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Research Narrative:

Dr. Shin's research and clinical experience has focused on community-based solutions to promote global health equity. She has implemented and studied community-based initiatives to address complex health issues including multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, HIV, and pediatric developmental delay in Peru. Much of her research has focused on measuring the impact of community health worker programs on clinical and psychosocial outcomes among vulnerable patients living with chronic diseases. Dr. Shin established a community-based 501(c)3 to address health disparities in the Navajo Nation, and served as the founding Executive Director for ten years. This organization, Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE), continues to work closely with BWH on collaborative research and mentored opportunities Navajo and non-Navajo research trainees. Dr. Shin's research has embraced community-based participatory methods and strategies for implementation and scale to achieve the greatest possible impact, particularly by generating an evidence base of best practices and by fostering the next generation of global health professionals.



Harvard School of Public Health, 2004, MPH
Harvard Medical School, 1998, MD

First Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Award, American College of Physicians

Other Professional Activities:
Board Member, Navajo Nation Human Research Review Board

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Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Nelson AK, Miller AC, Munoz M, Rumaldo N, Kammerer B, Vibbert M, Lundy S, Soplapuco G, Lecca L, Condeso A, Valdivia Y, Atwood SA, Shin SS. CASITA: a controlled pilot study of community-based family coaching to stimulate early child development in Lima, Peru. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2018; 2(1):e000268.

2. McLaughlin MM, Franke MF, Muñoz M, Nelson AK, Saldaña O, Cruz JS, Wong M, Zhang Z, Lecca L, Ticona E, Arevalo J, Sanchez E, Sebastián JL, Shin S. Community-Based Accompaniment with Supervised Antiretrovirals for HIV-Positive Adults in Peru: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. AIDS Behav. 2018 01; 22(1):287-296.

3. King C, Atwood S, Brown C, Nelson AK, Lozada M, Wei J, Merino M, Curley C, Muskett O, Sabo S, Gampa V, Orav J, Shin S. Primary care and survival among American Indian patients with diabetes in the Southwest United States: Evaluation of a cohort study at Gallup Indian Medical Center, 2009-2016. Prim Care Diabetes. 2018 06; 12(3):212-217.

4. King C, Goldman A, Gampa V, Smith C, Muskett O, Brown C, Malone J, Sehn H, Curley C, Begay MG, Nelson AK, Shin SS. Strengthening the role of Community Health Representatives in the Navajo Nation. BMC Public Health. 2017 04 21; 17(1):348.

5. Gampa V, Smith C, Muskett O, King C, Sehn H, Malone J, Curley C, Brown C, Begay MG, Shin S, Nelson AK. Cultural elements underlying the community health representative - client relationship on Navajo Nation. BMC Health Serv Res. 2017 01 09; 17(1):19.

6. Mitnick CD, White RA, Lu C, Rodriguez CA, Bayona J, Becerra MC, Burgos M, Centis R, Cohen T, Cox H, D'Ambrosio L, Danilovitz M, Falzon D, Gelmanova IY, Gler MT, Grinsdale JA, Holtz TH, Keshavjee S, Leimane V, Menzies D, Migliori GB, Milstein MB, Mishustin SP, Pagano M, Quelapio MI, Shean K, Shin SS, Tolman AW, van der Walt ML, Van Deun A, Viiklepp P. Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment failure detection depends on monitoring interval and microbiological method. Eur Respir J. 2016 10; 48(4):1160-1170.

7. Muñoz M, Nelson A, Johnson M, Godoy N, Serrano E, Chagua E, Valdivia J, Santacruz J, Wong M, Kolevic L, Kammerer B, Vega C, Vibbert M, Lundy S, Shin S. Community-Based Needs Assessment of Neurodevelopment, Caregiver, and Home Environment Factors in Young Children Affected by HIV in Lima, Peru. J Int Assoc Provid AIDS Care. 2017 Mar/Apr; 16(2):161-167.

8. Ahmad Khan F, Gelmanova IY, Franke MF, Atwood S, Zemlyanaya NA, Unakova IA, Andreev YG, Berezina VI, Pavlova VE, Shin SS, Yedilbayev AB, Becerra MC, Keshavjee S. Aggressive Regimens Reduce Risk of Recurrence After Successful Treatment of MDR-TB. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 07 15; 63(2):214-20.

9. Miller AC, Nelson AK, Livchits V, Greenfield SF, Yanova G, Yanov S, Connery HS, Atwood S, Lastimoso CS, Shin SS. Understanding HIV Risk Behavior among Tuberculosis Patients with Alcohol Use Disorders in Tomsk, Russian Federation. PLoS One. 2016; 11(2):e0148910.

10. Velásquez GE, Cegielski JP, Murray MB, Yagui MJ, Asencios LL, Bayona JN, Bonilla CA, Jave HO, Yale G, Suárez CZ, Sanchez E, Rojas C, Atwood SS, Contreras CC, Santa Cruz J, Shin SS. Impact of HIV on mortality among patients treated for tuberculosis in Lima, Peru: a prospective cohort study. BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Feb 01; 16:45.