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Dr. Bales developed a passion for traveling during his undergraduate studies at DePauw University where he was able to assist with service projects in Quito, Ecuador and then later returned to Ecuador to study abroad with an ecology and conservation program. He went on to assist with primary care development with a project in Calnali, Mexico at the Indiana University School of Medicine as well as rotating in Eldoret, Kenya at Moi University in his 4th year of medical school. In residency at the University of Cincinnati Dr. Bales had the opportunity to serve with Project Medishare at Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti during his 3rd and 4th years of residency. He then came to Vanderbilt for a global health fellowship during which he completed the Gorgas Course in Tropical Medicine. During his fellowship he worked the Emergency Medicine Residency in Guyana focusing on resident education, local faculty development and POCUS development. Additionally he focused his fellowship efforts on sepsis research at University Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia and assisted with trauma education and development in Ukraine. He has gone on to finish an ultrasound fellowship while at Vanderbilt and co-found an US education and development non-for-profit, Global Sounds Project, with fellow faculty member Dr. Jordan Rupp. His global health research interests are centered around point of care ultrasound in resource limited settings. 


Brian Bales, MD, DTMH

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

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