Welcome to the Neighborhood!

Welcome! I’m so glad you’re here. I’m Dr. Emily Smith, an Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor at Duke University. I’m also known as the Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist over on FB on social media (with over 105,000 followers on FB), and write frequently about the intersection of COVID-19, equity, and faith through the lens of “Love thy Neighbor” at Substack. Friendly Neighbor Epidemiologist (substack.com)

This work has been featured at in TIME Magazine, Christianity Today, the Washington Post, and NPR (see Media tab for others).

When I’m not blogging, my research interests include pediatric global surgery, health economics, health systems strengthening in low-income countries, capacity building and surgical service scale-up modeling. Currently, her research takes place in Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Somaliland and Latin America. I’m a member of the Global Initiative for Children’s Surgery and serves on the steering committee of the largest longitudinal cohort study on pediatric congenital anomalies, Global PaedSurg.

I received my PhD in epidemiology from the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-CH and an MSPH from the University of South Carolina.

Thanks for visiting!

Disclaimer Notice:
The writings and lectures on this website represent my own.