Ngaruiya brings focus on health disparities from Kenya to Nebraska to Yale

Dr. Christine Ngaruiya of Yale, with colleagues.

In her home country of Kenya, Dr. Christine Ngaruiya has lost family members and loved ones to diseases and afflictions that, in many cases, were preventable — like complications of diabetes and heart disease.

These cases have informed her passions in medicine. Ngaruiya, assistant professor in emergency medicine at Yale School of Medicine, advocates in both her medical practice and her writing for increased access to health care for marginalized populations and for more action on non-communicable diseases, which have eclipsed infectious disease as the leading cause of death around the world.