Mentor: Andrew Schoenfeld, MD, MS
Elzerie de Jager, MBBS(Hons), PhD Candidate, is the lead fellow at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Originally from South Africa, Dr. de Jager attended medical school at the James Cook University (JCU) in Australia, graduating with an academic medal and first-class honors by thesis. During her medical training, she interned at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Switzerland and completed international surgical terms in rural areas of Fiji and Thailand. After medical school she started her clinical training, completing her internship year whilst commencing her PhD at JCU. Her PhD examines disparities in surgical care for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians. At the CSPH, she contributes to the American College of Surgeons Metrics for Equitable Access and Quality in SURgery (MEASUR) project under the leadership of Dr. L.D. Britt. She also examines complex public health issues in the United States, and her research on firearm injuries has been cited in the United States House Judiciary Committee, as well as in various state firearm legislation amicus briefs. Dr. de Jager received the 2017 Avant Doctor in Training Research Grant, has contributed to eleven WHO technical reports, and has presented her work both nationally and internationally.