An award-winning physician-scientist in the Rockville, Md., area, Dr. Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo positively impacted the lives of people suffering from Chagas heart disease earlier in her career. Internationally, she is known for having identified one of the major components in the pathogenesis of sudden cardiac death in individuals with that condition. For her tremendous work, she received the highest award in the Brazilian medical field, the Carlos Chagas Award (1986). In addition, she is known for establishing a regional health care training center in Central America to help educate health care professionals working in the community. Since 2013, she has held the position of senior scientific adviser to the director of the division of geriatrics and clinical gerontology at the National Institute on Aging.
Since arriving in the United States in 1990, Dr. Correa-de-Araujo has made a tremendous impact in the health care field. She decided to come to the U.S. for postdoctoral training and situated herself at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the third largest Institute of the National Institutes of Health. She then completed a fellowship in cardiovascular pathology through the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Subsequently, she held high profile positions at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including director of women’s health & gender-based research at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; director, Office of the Americas Region (in the Office of Global Health Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services) where she also served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services Delegate to the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission; and deputy director for the former Office on Disability, also in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, where she led implementation of a specific component of section 4302 of the Affordable Care Act.
Outside of her work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Correa-de-Araujo previously excelled as a professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and clinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy Experiential Learning Program. Back in her native Brazil, she served as an assistant professor at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, as well as a chief pathologist of the University Hospital and associate professor and chair of the Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine at the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro School of Medicine. Dr. Correa-de-Araujo earned a Doctor of Medicine from the Federal University of Bahia School of Medicine (1980). Afterward, she attended the University of São Paulo School of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto, where she held her residency training in anatomic pathology and subsequently earned a Master of Science in human pathology (1986) and a PhD in morphology and cellular biology (1988).
A distinguished leader in her field, Dr. Correa-de-Araujo has been recognized nationally and globally for her unrivaled contributions. Most recently, in 2016, she was bestowed with the Certificate of Commendation by the Office of Minority Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) honored Dr. Correa-de-Araujo with the Outstanding Committee Service Award in 2012 and 2015. Today, Dr. Correade- Araujo remains actively involved in her community as a member or liaison to numerous other professional and patient advocacy organizations. She has authored numerous scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as chapters in medical books.
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