Global health

Bhutanese cardiologist adds techniques to take home

Global Health Scholars in Medicine at Washington University
Robert Boston

Henish A. Bhansali, MD, instructor in medicine, Victor G. Davila-Roman, MD, professor of medicine, and Yeshey Penjore, MD, review a heart echocardiogram at the Center for Advanced Medicine.

Yeshey Penjore, MD, a cardiologist from the National Referral Hospital in Thimpu, Bhutan, recently spent two months training at the School of Medicine as part of the Global Health Scholars in Medicine Program, a Department of Medicine initiative designed to expand global health education during residency.

While in St. Louis, Penjore attended continuing medical education courses and worked alongside Washington University cardiologists. Now he can provide improved echocardiograms in Bhutan, where there is a high prevalence of congenital heart disease. With that technology, he will be able to better diagnose and treat patients with rheumatic heart disease and mitral valve disorder.

The Global Health Scholars in Medicine Program also provides mentors and role models and creates sustainable, long-lasting partnerships with global partners to improve care for the underserved.





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