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Linnea Capps Honored With APHA Edward G. Barsky Award


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Dr. Linnea Capps Family and Social medicine Albert Einstein College of Medicine Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY
Linnea Capps, MD

December 1, 2014 - BRONX, NY - Dr. Linnea Capps, Associate Professor of Clinical, was given the Edward G. Barsky award at the 2014 Health Activist Dinner during the American Public Health Association national conference in New Orleans on November 16, 2014. The award is named for an American physician who organized hundreds of doctors and nurses to support those fighting to save the Spanish Republic from the dictatorship of Francisco Franco during the Spanish civil war. The award is given to someone who has done important work in advocacy for global health.

A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, Dr. Capps began her career as a National Health Service Corps physician in the Harlem Primary Care Network. She subsequently received a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She worked as a volunteer in community health in El Salvador for two years and then became the medical director of the Ambulatory Care Network Corporation of the Presbyterian Hospital and joined the faculty of Columbia University. She later returned to Harlem Hospital, where she initially worked as part of the Harlem AIDS Treatment Group, a unit of the Community Program for Clinical Research in AIDS. She then became the chief of the Division of General Medicine, then Associate Director of the Department of Medicine and the Residency Program Director. In addition, she was the coordinator of the 3rd year medicine clerkship for Columbia students at Harlem. She completed the Montefiore/Einstein/NYU Certificate Program in Bioethics and Medical Humanities in 2004 and served as chair of the Ethics Committee of Harlem Hospital.

Dr. Capps has continued working in global health, volunteering in El Salvador, Mexico and Uganda. She is currently the president of Doctors for Global Health. Her academic interests include global health, health and human rights and teaching clinical skills and clinical reasoning.

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