Ernesto Ortiz

Ernesto Ortiz

Senior Manager, Programs

Ernesto is a Peruvian physician based at the Duke Global Health Institute and the Global Health Innovation Center . Previously, he worked at the U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit (NAMRU-6) in Peru conducting research on tropical infectious diseases in Peru and other LatAm countries. At Duke, his research has  focused on the human-environment interaction and its impact on human health (i.e., exposure to heavy metals, zoonotic diseases, chronic diseases, etc.) in the Peruvian Amazon.

Ernesto has experience in public health, epidemiology, and research with a strong focus on work in underserved areas of Peru and Latin America. He has worked with all levels of the public health system in Peru and LatAm, including engaging with public health stakeholders including Ministries of Health, regional and local authorities, policy makers, public and private institutions, NGOs, and community organizations. He is passionate about Peru, and also about translating research into improving health for all.

Ernesto earned his Master’s degree in public health degree from the University of Iowa.