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Rinn Song, MD, MPH

Department: Medicine
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Hospital Title: Assistant in Medicine
Academic Title: Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
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Research Overview

Dr. Song's research focuses on global health, particularly pediatric TB and TB/HIV in high-burden settings. He is specifically interested in improved approaches to TB screening and TB diagnosis among children with and without HIV. He is currently working on a pediatric TB diagnostic study in Kenya, in collaboration with the CDC, to assess promising and novel emerging diagnostic tools for both TB disease and TB infection. Dr. Song has been previously involved in clinical and epidemiologic research studies on pediatric TB in various countries in sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia, South America and in the Pacific. His research work has lead to revised WHO guidelines on TB screening among children with HIV.

About Rinn Song

Rinn Song, MD MPH is an Instructor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in pediatrics. Dr. Song earned his undergraduate medical degree from the Humboldt University in Berlin/Germany and his medical degree from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich/Germany. Dr. Song also obtained a Doctorate in Medicine with a focus on health services research from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. He trained as a resident in pediatrics at New York University. Dr. Song then completed further training in applied epidemiology and public health as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the CDC, where he was working in the International Research and Programs Branch of the Division of TB Elimination. Subsequently, he completed training in pediatric infectious diseases at Children's Hospital Boston, where he joined the division as faculty in 2012. He received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2012.

Key Publications

  • Brostrom R, Fred D, Heetderks A, Desai M, Song R, Haddad M, Wada R, Bamrah S: Islands of hope: building local capacity to manage an outbreak of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in the Pacific. Am J Public Health. 2011 Jan;101(1):14-8.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Two Simultaneous Outbreaks of Multidrug Resistant Tuberculosis --- Federated States of Micronesia, 2007—2009. MMWR. March 20, 2009 / 58(10); 253-256
  • Song R, El-Buseidy H, Ali Mwanzi S, Mwalinu M, Mandaliya K, Shikely K, Essajee S: Efficacy of highly active antiretroviral therapy among treatment-naive HIV positive children in Kenya”. Pediatrics. 2007 Oct;120(4):e856-61. Epub 2007 Sep 10.

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