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Grace Chan, Ph.D., M.D.

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Harvard CollegeBA
Johns Hopkins School of Public HealthMPH
Harvard Medical SchoolMD
Boston Children's HospitalResidency
Johns Hopkins School of Public HealthPhD
International Centre of Diarrheal Disease Research, BangladeshPost-doc

Dr. Chan’s work focuses on global perinatal and pediatric epidemiology. She leads the HaSET research program for maternal and child health. Together with colleagues, she has established a field site in rural Ethiopia with a cohort of women and their children.

Ongoing research projects and interests focus on:
- Surveillance of maternal and child morbidity and mortality to improve disease estimates
- Risk prediction and causal modeling for pregnancy complications and adverse birth outcomes
- Development and testing of newborn care packages to improve survival of preterm and low-birth weight babies
- Etiologies of neonatal sepsis and antimicrobial resistance

Dr. Chan also serves as an attending physician in the Division of Medical Critical Care at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also an honorary faculty member at St Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has mentored students and fellows as an academic advisor and dissertation committee member.

Available: 09/01/22, Expires: 12/31/22

The RA will have the opportunity to contribute to a mixed-methods study on the impact of conflict on the health services in Ethiopia. We are conducting in-depth interviews with key informants and focus group discussions with community members to assess the level of recovery after the conflict and the pandemic, to identify major challenges in that process, and outline potential solutions. The qualitative RA will focus on overseeing transcription of interviews and discussions, leading qualitative analysis and writing of final study results. The RA will collaborate closely with HaSET team members on the data analysis and interpretation of findings. The RA is expected to have experience in qualitative study design, data collection methods and analysis, including such as thematic analysis, content analysis and narrative analysis, as well as working knowledge of Atlas.ti or NVivo software.

Maternal and Childhood Mortality Surveillance in Ethiopa
Soma Weiss, 01/02/19 - 05/28/20

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  1. Debere MK, Haile Mariam D, Ali A, Mekasha A, Chan GJ. Factors associated with small-for-gestational-age births among preterm babies born <2000 g: a multifacility cross-sectional study in Ethiopia. BMJ Open. 2022 11 22; 12(11):e064936. PMID: 36414292; PMCID: PMC9685265.
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  2. Debere MK, Haile Mariam D, Ali A, Mekasha A, Chan GJ. Survival status and predictors of mortality among low-birthweight neonates admitted to KMC units of five public hospitals in Ethiopia: Frailty survival regression model. PLoS One. 2022; 17(11):e0276291. PMID: 36355701; PMCID: PMC9648734.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Incremental costs of scaling up kangaroo mother care: Results from implementation research in Ethiopia and India. Acta Paediatr. 2022 Aug 19. PMID: 35983749.
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  4. Carvalho MJ, Sands K, Thomson K, Portal E, Mathias J, Milton R, Gillespie D, Dyer C, Akpulu C, Boostrom I, Hogan P, Saif H, Ferreira A, Nieto M, Hender T, Hood K, Andrews R, Watkins WJ, Hassan B, Chan G, Bekele D, Solomon S, Metaferia G, Basu S, Naha S, Sinha A, Chakravorty P, Mukherjee S, Iregbu K, Modibbo F, Uwaezuoke S, Audu L, Edwin CP, Yusuf AH, Adeleye A, Mukkadas AS, Zahra R, Shirazi H, Muhammad A, Ullah SN, Jan MH, Akif S, Mazarati JB, Rucogoza A, Gaju L, Mehtar S, Bulabula ANH, Whitelaw A, Roberts L, Walsh TR. Antibiotic resistance genes in the gut microbiota of mothers and linked neonates with or without sepsis from low- and middle-income countries. Nat Microbiol. 2022 09; 7(9):1337-1347. PMID: 35927336; PMCID: PMC9417982.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  5. Sands K, Carvalho MJ, Spiller OB, Portal EAR, Thomson K, Watkins WJ, Mathias J, Dyer C, Akpulu C, Andrews R, Ferreira A, Hender T, Milton R, Nieto M, Zahra R, Shirazi H, Muhammad A, Akif S, Jan MH, Iregbu K, Modibbo F, Uwaezuoke S, Chan GJ, Bekele D, Solomon S, Basu S, Nandy RK, Naha S, Mazarati JB, Rucogoza A, Gaju L, Mehtar S, Bulabula ANH, Whitelaw A, Walsh TR. Characterisation of Staphylococci species from neonatal blood cultures in low- and middle-income countries. BMC Infect Dis. 2022 Jul 01; 22(1):593. PMID: 35790903; PMCID: PMC9254428.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  6. Estifanos AS, Haile Mariam D, Fikre A, Kote M, Tariku A, Chan GJ. Implementation science to design, test and scale up effective Kangaroo Mother Care in Oromia region, Ethiopia. Acta Paediatr. 2022 Jun 12. PMID: 35691617.
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  7. Bekele C, Bekele D, Hunegnaw BM, Van Wickle K, Gebremeskel FA, Korte M, Tedijanto C, Taddesse L, Chan GJ. Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on utilisation of facility-based essential maternal and child health services from March to August 2020 compared with pre-pandemic March-August 2019: a mixed-methods study in North Shewa Zone, Ethiopia. BMJ Open. 2022 06 03; 12(6):e059408. PMID: 36437538; PMCID: PMC9170798.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  8. Chan GJ, Goddard FGB, Hunegnaw BM, Mohammed Y, Hunegnaw M, Haneuse S, Bekele C, Bekele D. Estimates of Stillbirths, Neonatal Mortality, and Medically Vulnerable Live Births in Amhara, Ethiopia. JAMA Netw Open. 2022 06 01; 5(6):e2218534. PMID: 35749113; PMCID: PMC9233235.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Bekele D, Hunegnaw BM, Bekele C, Van Wickle K, Tadesse F, Goddard FGB, Mohammed Y, Unninayar S, Chan GJ. Cohort Profile: The Birhan Health and Demographic Surveillance System. Int J Epidemiol. 2022 05 09; 51(2):e39-e45. PMID: 34751768; PMCID: PMC9082789.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  10. Milton R, Gillespie D, Dyer C, Taiyari K, Carvalho MJ, Thomson K, Sands K, Portal EAR, Hood K, Ferreira A, Hender T, Kirby N, Mathias J, Nieto M, Watkins WJ, Bekele D, Abayneh M, Solomon S, Basu S, Nandy RK, Saha B, Iregbu K, Modibbo FZ, Uwaezuoke S, Zahra R, Shirazi H, Najeeb SU, Mazarati JB, Rucogoza A, Gaju L, Mehtar S, Bulabula ANH, Whitelaw AC, Walsh TR, Chan GJ. Neonatal sepsis and mortality in low-income and middle-income countries from a facility-based birth cohort: an international multisite prospective observational study. Lancet Glob Health. 2022 05; 10(5):e661-e672. PMID: 35427523; PMCID: PMC9023753.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Lee AC, Abate FW, Mullany LC, Baye E, Berhane YY, Derebe MM, Eglovitch M, Fasil N, Olson IE, Kidane WT, Shiferaw T, Shiferie F, Tsegaye F, Tsegaye S, Yibeltal K, Chan GJ, Christian P, Isanaka S, Kang Y, Lu C, Mengistie MM, Molina RL, Stojanov MD, Van Dyk F, Tadesse AW, Wondale AT, Wylie BJ, Worku A, Berhane Y. Enhancing Nutrition and Antenatal Infection Treatment (ENAT) study: protocol of a pragmatic clinical effectiveness study to improve birth outcomes in Ethiopia. BMJ Paediatr Open. 2022 01; 6(1). PMID: 36053580.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  12. Chan GJ, Hunegnaw BM, Van Wickle K, Mohammed Y, Hunegnaw M, Bekele C, Goddard FGB, Tadesse F, Bekele D. Birhan maternal and child health cohort: a study protocol. BMJ Open. 2021 09 28; 11(9):e049692. PMID: 34588249.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Baye E, Abate FW, Eglovitch M, Shiferie F, Olson IE, Shifraw T, Kidane WT, Yibeltal K, Tsegaye S, Derebe MM, Isanaka S, Wylie BJ, Molina RL, Chan GJ, Worku A, Mullany LC, Worku A, Berhane Y, Lee ACC. Effect of birthweight measurement quality improvement on low birthweight prevalence in rural Ethiopia. Popul Health Metr. 2021 09 22; 19(1):35. PMID: 34551768.
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  14. Mony PK, Tadele H, Gobezayehu AG, Chan GJ, Kumar A, Mazumder S, Beyene SA, Jayanna K, Kassa DH, Mohammed HA, Estifanos AS, Kumar P, Jadaun AS, Hailu Abay T, Washington M, W/Gebriel F, Alamineh L, Fikre A, Kumar A, Trikha S, Ashebir Gebregizabher F, Kar A, Bilal SM, Belew ML, Debere MK, Krishna R, Dalpath SK, Amare SY, Mohan HL, Brune T, Sibley LM, Tariku A, Sahu A, Kumar T, Hadush MY, Gowda PD, Aziz K, Duguma D, Singh PK, Darmstadt GL, Agarwal R, Gebremariam DS, Martines J, Portela A, Jaiswal HV, Bahl R, Rao Pn S, Tadesse BT, Cranmer JN, Hailemariam D, Kumar V, Bhandari N, Medhanyie AA. Scaling up Kangaroo Mother Care in Ethiopia and India: a multi-site implementation research study. BMJ Glob Health. 2021 09; 6(9). PMID: 34518203; PMCID: PMC8438727.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Thomson KM, Dyer C, Liu F, Sands K, Portal E, Carvalho MJ, Barrell M, Boostrom I, Dunachie S, Farzana R, Ferreira A, Frayne F, Hassan B, Jones E, Jones L, Mathias J, Milton R, Rees J, Chan GJ, Bekele D, Mahlet A, Basu S, Nandy RK, Saha B, Iregbu K, Modibbo F, Uwaezuoke S, Zahra R, Shirazi H, Syed NU, Mazarati JB, Rucogoza A, Gaju L, Mehtar S, Bulabula ANH, Whitelaw A, van Hasselt JGC, Walsh TR. Effects of antibiotic resistance, drug target attainment, bacterial pathogenicity and virulence, and antibiotic access and affordability on outcomes in neonatal sepsis: an international microbiology and drug evaluation prospective substudy (BARNARDS). Lancet Infect Dis. 2021 12; 21(12):1677-1688. PMID: 34384533.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  16. Solomon S, Akeju O, Odumade OA, Ambachew R, Gebreyohannes Z, Van Wickle K, Abayneh M, Metaferia G, Carvalho MJ, Thomson K, Sands K, Walsh TR, Milton R, Goddard FGB, Bekele D, Chan GJ. Prevalence and risk factors for antimicrobial resistance among newborns with gram-negative sepsis. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0255410. PMID: 34343185; PMCID: PMC8330902.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  17. Chan GJ, Daniel J, Getnet M, Kennedy M, Olowojesiku R, Hunegnaw BM, Unninayar S, Taddesse L, and Bekele D. Gaps in maternal, newborn, and child health research: a scoping review of 72 years in Ethiopia. Journal of Global Health Reports. 2021; 5:e2021033. View Publication.
  18. Sands K, Carvalho MJ, Portal E, Thomson K, Dyer C, Akpulu C, Andrews R, Ferreira A, Gillespie D, Hender T, Hood K, Mathias J, Milton R, Nieto M, Taiyari K, Chan GJ, Bekele D, Solomon S, Basu S, Chattopadhyay P, Mukherjee S, Iregbu K, Modibbo F, Uwaezuoke S, Zahra R, Shirazi H, Muhammad A, Mazarati JB, Rucogoza A, Gaju L, Mehtar S, Bulabula ANH, Whitelaw A, Walsh TR. Characterization of antimicrobial-resistant Gram-negative bacteria that cause neonatal sepsis in seven low- and middle-income countries. Nat Microbiol. 2021 04; 6(4):512-523. PMID: 33782558; PMCID: PMC8007471.
    Citations: 31     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  19. Chan GJ, Getnet M, Olowojesiku R, Min-Swe T, Hunegnaw B, Bekele D. Scoping review protocol on maternal, newborn and child health research in Ethiopia. BMJ Open. 2020 07 02; 10(7):e034307. PMID: 32616486.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Medhanyie AA, Alemu H, Asefa A, Beyene SA, Gebregizabher FA, Aziz K, Bhandari N, Beyene H, Brune T, Chan G, Cranmer JN, Darmstadt G, Duguma D, Fikre A, Andualem BG, Gobezayehu AG, Mariam DH, Abay TH, Mohan HL, Jadaun A, Jayanna K, Kajal FNU, Kar A, Krishna R, Kumar A, Kumar V, Madhur TK, Belew ML, M R, Martines J, Mazumder S, Amin H, Mony PK, Muleta M, Pileggi-Castro C, Pn Rao S, Estifanos AS, Sibley LM, Singhal N, Tadele H, Tariku A, Lemango ET, Tadesse BT, Upadhyay R, Worku B, Hadush MY, Bahl R. Kangaroo Mother Care implementation research to develop models for accelerating scale-up in India and Ethiopia: study protocol for an adequacy evaluation. BMJ Open. 2019 11 21; 9(11):e025879. PMID: 31753865.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Uwemedimo OT, Lewis TP, Essien EA, Chan GJ, Nsona H, Kruk ME, Leslie HH. Distribution and determinants of pneumonia diagnosis using Integrated Management of Childhood Illness guidelines: a nationally representative study in Malawi. BMJ Glob Health. 2018; 3(2):e000506. PMID: 29662688; PMCID: PMC5898357.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    
  22. Chan G, Bergelson I, Smith ER, Skotnes T, Wall S. Barriers and enablers of kangaroo mother care implementation from a health systems perspective: a systematic review. Health Policy Plan. 2017 Dec 01; 32(10):1466-1475. PMID: 28973515; PMCID: PMC5886293.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Chan GJ, Bergelson I, Smith ER, Skotnes T, Wall S. Barriers and enablers of kangaroo mother care implementation from a health systems perspective: a systematic review. Health Policy and Planning. 2017. View Publication.
  24. Bekele D, Ahmed M, Ibrahim A, Kedir S, Chan G. Profile and outcomes of women with pregnancy-related acute kidney injury requiring dialysis at a center in Ethiopia. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2017 Aug; 138(2):138-141. PMID: 28485834.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Smith ER, Bergelson I, Constantian S, Valsangkar B, Chan GJ. Barriers and enablers of health system adoption of kangaroo mother care: a systematic review of caregiver perspectives. BMC Pediatr. 2017 01 25; 17(1):35. PMID: 28122592.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Mosha D, Liu E, Hertzmark E, Chan G, Sudfeld C, Masanja H, Fawzi W. Dietary iron and calcium intakes during pregnancy are associated with lower risk of prematurity, stillbirth and neonatal mortality among women in Tanzania. Public Health Nutr. 2017 03; 20(4):678-686. PMID: 27819215; PMCID: PMC5387760.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Chan GJ, Silverman M, Zaman M, Murillo-Chaves A, Mahmud A, Baqui AH, Boyd TK. Prevalence and risk factors of chorioamnionitis in Dhaka, Bangladesh. J Perinatol. 2016 12; 36(12):1039-1044. PMID: 27629373.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Chan GJ, Valsangkar B, Kajeepeta S, Boundy EO, Wall S. What is kangaroo mother care? Systematic review of the literature. J Glob Health. 2016 Jun; 6(1):010701. PMID: 27231546.
    Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Muhihi A, Sudfeld CR, Smith ER, Noor RA, Mshamu S, Briegleb C, Bakari M, Masanja H, Fawzi W, Chan GJ. Risk factors for small-for-gestational-age and preterm births among 19,269 Tanzanian newborns. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 05 17; 16:110. PMID: 27183837.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Boundy EO, Dastjerdi R, Spiegelman D, Fawzi WW, Missmer SA, Lieberman E, Kajeepeta S, Wall S, Chan GJ. Kangaroo Mother Care and Neonatal Outcomes: A Meta-analysis. Pediatrics. 2016 Jan; 137(1). PMID: 26702029; PMCID: PMC4702019.
    Citations: 120     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Chan GJ, Labar AS, Wall S, Atun R. Kangaroo mother care: a systematic review of barriers and enablers. Bull World Health Organ. 2016 Feb 01; 94(2):130-141J. PMID: 26908962; PMCID: PMC4750435.
    Citations: 46     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Reisman J, Martineau N, Kairuki A, Mponzi V, Meda AR, Isangula KG, Thomas E, Plotkin M, Chan GJ, Davids L, Msemo G, Azayo M, Nelson BD. Validation of a novel tool for assessing newborn resuscitation skills among birth attendants trained by the Helping Babies Breathe program. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015 Nov; 131(2):196-200. PMID: 26283225.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Chan GJ, Lee AC, Baqui AH, Tan J, Black RE. Prevalence of early-onset neonatal infection among newborns of mothers with bacterial infection or colonization: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Infect Dis. 2015 Mar 07; 15:118. PMID: 25886298; PMCID: PMC4364328.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  34. Chan GJ, Stuart EA, Zaman M, Mahmud AA, Baqui AH, Black RE. The effect of intrapartum antibiotics on early-onset neonatal sepsis in Dhaka, Bangladesh: a propensity score matched analysis. BMC Pediatr. 2014 Apr 17; 14:104. PMID: 24742087.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Flynn JT, Ng DK, Chan GJ, Samuels J, Furth S, Warady B, Greenbaum LA. The effect of abnormal birth history on ambulatory blood pressure and disease progression in children with chronic kidney disease. J Pediatr. 2014 Jul; 165(1):154-162.e1. PMID: 24698454; PMCID: PMC4074552.
    Citations: 16     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Chan GJ, Modak JK, Mahmud AA, Baqui AH, Black RE, Saha SK. Maternal and neonatal colonization in Bangladesh: prevalences, etiologies and risk factors. J Perinatol. 2013 Dec; 33(12):971-6. PMID: 23989196.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  37. Chan GJ, Lee AC, Baqui AH, Tan J, Black RE. Risk of early-onset neonatal infection with maternal infection or colonization: a global systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2013 Aug; 10(8):e1001502. PMID: 23976885.
    Citations: 50     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  38. Chan GJ, Baqui AH, Modak JK, Murillo-Chaves A, Mahmud AA, Boyd TK, Black RE, Saha SK. Early-onset neonatal sepsis in Dhaka, Bangladesh: risk associated with maternal bacterial colonisation and chorioamnionitis. Trop Med Int Health. 2013 Sep; 18(9):1057-1064. PMID: 23822861.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  39. Chan GJ, Parco KB, Sihombing ME, Tredwell SP, O'Rourke EJ. Improving health services to displaced persons in Aceh, Indonesia: a balanced scorecard. Bull World Health Organ. 2010 Sep 01; 88(9):709-12. PMID: 20865077.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Chan GJ, Moulton LH, Becker S, Muñoz A, Black RE. Non-specific effects of diphtheria tetanus pertussis vaccination on child mortality in Cebu, The Philippines. Int J Epidemiol. 2007 Oct; 36(5):1022-9. PMID: 17646186.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Glass RJ, Chan G, Rentz D. Cognitive impairment screening in second offense DUI programs. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2000 Dec; 19(4):369-73. PMID: 11166501.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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