Craig Spencer, M.D. ’08, M.P.H., is a Doctors Without Borders volunteer.
Dr. Spencer is an assistant professor of Medicine and Population and Family Health at Columbia University Medical Center, and director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York.
He contracted the Ebola virus in October 2014 while working for six weeks with Ebola patients in the west African nation of Guinea. He recovered, and now uses his notoriety to advocate for the understanding and treatment of epidemic diseases in developing nations.
After graduating from the WSU School of Medicine, the Redford, Mich., native completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the New York Hospital of Queens in Flushing, N.Y. He was selected as an International Fellow of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University, where he received his master’s of Public Health degree in Forced Migration and Refugee Health at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Dr. Spencer also has provided medical care in Caribbean, Central America and east African nations. His interest in international emergency medicine was sparked while traveling to the Dominican Republic with the School of Medicine’s World Health Student Organization. He divides his time between providing clinical care in New York and working internationally as a field epidemiologist in public health, and has been involved in numerous projects measuring access to medical care and human rights in Africa and Southeast Asia.