Dr. Rachel Spitzer has worked clinically in maternal health in a variety of settings in Africa and Asia, in particular in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a trainee, she worked primarily in Zimbabwe where she participated in some research looking at causes of maternal death locally and clinical trials in prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.
She pursued these interests through a Master's of Public Health with a concentration in International Health at Harvard University and now works as an Ob/Gyn at the University of Toronto where she is Academic Coordinator of Global Health Initiatives in the department. This initiative is primarily involved in a large, multi-university North American collaboration in Eldoret, Kenya called the AMPATH program, where the University of Toronto leads the Reproductive Health Initiative. The program focuses on clinical care, education and research in reproductive health. Dr. Spitzer coordinates trainee rotations (medical students and residents) both to and from Eldoret and, along with a Kenyan colleague, co-coordinates the reproductive health research program. It is a large project reliant on a large team of involved individuals.
Dr. Rachel Spitzer