Dr. Julie Varughese
Areas of Expertise:
- Infectious disease
- Controlling disease outbreaks in challenging settings – Ebola, cholera, etc.
- Medical needs of disaster survivors
- Health worker safety in the developing world
- Short-term medical missions – improving impact and sustainability
As AmeriCares medical officer, Dr. Julie Varughese is responsible for increasing access to quality medicine for low-income patients in more than 90 countries. She shapes health programs to enhance patient care, provides medical oversight and reviews offers of donated products from over 200 pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, ensuring the contributed items are used safely and effectively by AmeriCares health care partners around the globe. The world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicines and supplies, AmeriCares delivers more than $500 million in quality medical products annually for patients in need.
Julie also oversees AmeriCares Medical Outreach program, which supplies medical products to U.S.-based health care professionals traveling overseas to provide primary care services and surgeries for patients in desperate need. One of AmeriCares longest standing programs, it supplies medicines for more than 1,000 medical mission trips annually and offers educational and training resources for medical volunteers.
Since joining AmeriCares in 2015, Julie’s work has taken her to Cambodia, El Salvador, Haiti, India and Tanzania, where she led a cholera treatment and prevention training program for local health workers.
Julie is board certified in infectious disease, internal medicine and pediatrics. She was previously a Clinical Infectious Disease Attending at Norwalk Medical Group and Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut, and worked in Norwalk Community Health Center’s HIV clinic. Julie also participated in medical missions to India and South Africa, researched breastfeeding practices and infant health in Ecuador, and worked in primary care and school-based health education in Guatemala prior to joining AmeriCares.
Julie earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and a medical degree from Rush University in Chicago, Ill., where she completed her residency training. She also completed an infectious disease fellowship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY.