Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH

Member-at-Large Yale School of Medicine


Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. She is a graduate of Cornell University and received her MD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency (BWH/MGH), where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. Dr. Agrawal is a graduate of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She holds faculty appointments in the Yale University School of Medicine and the Yale Center for Asylum Medicine, and is on the Board of Directors of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, a refugee resettlement agency in New Haven, CT.

Dr. Agrawal has established a national reputation in responding to complex humanitarian emergencies with a specific focus on refugee health and gender disparities. As an educator, she lectures extensively on gender disparities in medicine, humanitarian assistance, refugee resettlement, and refugee health. Dr. Agrawal’s research is focused on refugees and other displaced populations, with an emphasis on health disparities and health outcomes directly related to forced migration. She is currently investigating health literacy, healthcare access, long term health outcomes, and the impact of COVID of resettled refugees in the US, as well as the impact of limited English proficiency on the ability to access acute care services.

Dr. Agrawal has been active in SAEM since residency. She is a recent Past President of the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), dedicated to enhancing the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in Emergency Medicine. Prior to that she served as Treasurer and Chair of the Global Health Committee within AWAEM. She has been a member of many other Academies, Interest Groups and Committees within SAEM. Dr. Agrawal is a recipient of the Momentum Award  from AWAEM and the Yale Women’s Housestaff Organization Outstanding Mentor Award.