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I am an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in the Centre for Primary Care and Health Services Research and a general practitioner in Greater Manchester. I am interested in addressing inequities within access to healthcare. I applied a community-based participatory research approach and multiple qualitative methods during my PhD to describe longstanding access problems and critique policy in UK general practice. In subsequent research, we have applied a definiton of access as 'human fit' and an understanding of a paradox of access problems, from my PhD, to develop the OATH (Optimising Access Through Human fit) Resource Set.  


I am from the US and moved to England in 2014 to undertake my PhD.  I was a practicing family physician and health services researcher in the US.  

I completed both my undergraduate degree in History of Science/History of Medicine and my medical degree at Yale University in 2004 and 2009, respectively. During medical school I was a summer intern at the World Health Organization in Geneva, and undertook clinical, research, and public health experiences in England, the Netherlands, Uganda, and El Salvador.  

I completed residency training in family medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2012. During residency I was a visiting scholar at the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care.  Following residency, I was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at Yale, earning a Master of Health Science degree in 2014.  

I began my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2014 under the supervision of Kath Checkland, Simon Bailey, and Heather Waterman, and was sponsored by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) Greater Manchester. I established a community-based research team in Tameside and Glossop to partner with on all aspects of the research. The PhD, Understanding Access to General Practice, was a case study to understand issues of access to general practice from multiple perspectives. I completed my PhD in 2020.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Understanding Access to General Practice, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 10 Sept 2020

Master of Science, Yale University

Award Date: 26 May 2014

Doctor of Medicine, Yale University

Award Date: 25 May 2009

Bachelor of Arts, History of Science/History of Medicine, Yale University

Award Date: 24 May 2004

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Healthier Futures


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