Maegan DiracAssistant Professor
Maegan Ashworth Dirac, MD, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Health Metrics Sciences and of Family Medicine. As the Global Burden of Disease Lead on Reproductive, Genitourinary and Digestive Disease estimation, she leads a talented and diligent team of trainees and professional staff in estimating the burden of health loss due to diverse conditions such as: maternal disorders, sexually transmitted infections, infertility, urinary tract infection, viral hepatitis and inflammatory bowel disease. Her clinical areas of interest include evidence-based medicine, migrant health, outpatient gynecological procedures, the transition to parenthood, health-promoting behaviors for families with children, and complex care of patients living with more than one chronic condition. She obtained her MD and her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Washington and completed her residency at Swedish Family Medicine – First Hill. Her research prior to coming to IHME focused on respiratory infections: a case-control study of environmental risk-factors for Mycobacterium avium complex lung disease, investigation of a respiratory outbreak of Mycobacterium abscessus in cystic fibrosis patients, and an exploration of patient and provider attitudes toward point-of-care testing for acute respiratory tract infections in primary care.
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