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Alexander M Vu, D.O., M.P.H.

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Director of International Emergency Medicine

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Male

Languages: English, Vietnamese

Expertise: Emergency Medicine

Background

Alexander Vu is an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine and at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of International Health.

He is director of the Johns Hopkins International Emergency Medicine and Public Health Fellowship. He has affiliations with the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights and with the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. His work and research are focused on developing measurement methods and interventions to improve health outcomes of displaced populations.

He is principle investigator on several current studies: 1) National HIV Surveillance among at risk populations in Afghanistan; 2)Use of Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) as an alternative assessment method to measure impact of health interventions and health outcomes in conflict affected West Darfur, Sudan; 3) Development of health information system to track health outcomes of Tibetan refugees living in India and Nepal; 4) Comparing LQAS to cluster sampling in monitoring and evaluation of  an HIV/AIDS prevention program directed at youths in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda; 5) Determination of the affect of social desirability on reporting of sexual practices among youth in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda.

He and his colleagues at the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response are currently collaborating with the UNHCR Public Health and HIV/AIDS Division of Program Support to analyze the UNHCR Health Information System database to understand, monitor and report on the global health outcomes of all refugees living in camps operated and supported by UNHCR. His previous work includes assessment and development of interventions to improve the emergency health system in Iraq, Kurdistan (Northern Iraq), and Azerbaijan.

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Titles

  • Director of International Emergency Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • DO, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (1996)

Residencies

  • Henry Ford Hospital / Internal Medicine (2000)
  • Henry Ford Hospital / Emergency Medicine (2003)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Emergency Medicine / Emergency Medicine (2004)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Vu is principle investigator on several current studies:

  1. National HIV Surveillance among at risk populations in Afghanistan;
  2. Use of Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS) as an alternative assessment method to measure impact of health interventions and health outcomes in conflict affected West Darfur, Sudan;
  3. Development of health information system to track health outcomes of Tibetan refugees living in India and Nepal;
  4. Comparing LQAS to cluster sampling in monitoring and evaluation of  an HIV/AIDS prevention program directed at youths in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda;
  5. Determination of the affect of social desirability on reporting of sexual practices among youth in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda.

Selected Publications

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Jacquet GA, Vu A, Ewen WB, Hansoti B, Andescavage S, Price D, Suter RE, Bayram JD. Fellowships in international emergency medicine in the USA: a comparative survey of program directors' and fellows' perspectives on the curriculum. Postgrad Med J. 2014 Jan;90(1059):3-7. doi: 10.1136/postgradmedj-2012-131714. Epub 2013 Aug 20. PMID: 23964131 [PubMed - in process]

Vu A, Duber HC, Sasser SM, Hansoti B, Lynch C, Khan A, Johnson T, Modi P, Clattenburg EJ, Hargarten S. Emergency care research funding in the global health context: trends, priorities, and future directions. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Dec;20(12):1259-63. doi: 10.1111/acem.12267. PMID: 24341581 [PubMed - in process]

Wirtz AL, Glass N, Pham K, Aberra A, Rubenstein LS, Singh S, Vu A. Development of a screening tool to identify female survivors of gender-based violence in a humanitarian setting: qualitative evidence from research among refugees in Ethiopia. Confl Health. 2013 Jun 12;7(1):13. doi: 10.1186/1752-1505-7-13. PMID: 23758886

Jacquet GA, Bayram JD, Ewen WB, Hansoti B, Andescavage S, Price D, Suter RE, Vu A. Improving knowledge and process for international emergency medicine fellowship applicants: a call for a uniform application. Emerg Med Int. 2013;2013:737391. doi: 10.1155/2013/737391. Epub 2013 Feb 21. PMID: 23533764

Vu A, Tran N, Pham K, Ahmed S. Reliability of the Marlowe-Crowne social desirability scale in Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, and Uganda. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2011 Dec 2;11:162. doi: 10.1186/1471-2288-11-162. PMID: 22136357

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