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Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP has been appointed Co-Director of the Global and Border Health Program.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Sommer Aldulaimi, MD, FAAFP has been appointed Co-Director of the Global and Border Health Program.  She will co-direct the program with Dr. Jerry Koleski ensuring that the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson remains a destination of choice for medical students, residents and faculty interested in Global and Border Health. 
 
Dr. Aldulaimi grew up in Tucson and completed both her undergraduate degree in physiology (2007) and her medical degree at the University of Arizona (2011).  She stayed at the University of Arizona for residency, completing her training at the South Campus Family Medicine Program, with her last year as Chief Resident.  Dr. Aldulaimi has a special interest in global health and caring for underserved populations.  She created and implemented a global health track at her residency program, working with mentors and residents to develop a robust curriculum.  Dr. Aldulaimi was one of the first graduates of this track, and it has recently been recognized as an example for other programs nationally.  After residency Dr. Aldulaimi joined the faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  Her many leadership roles have included: Director of Rural Health for the South Campus program, Co-Director of the SC Residency Global Health Track, and the Associate Program Director of the South Campus Residency.
 
Dr. Aldulaimi is a full-spectrum family physician, practicing outpatient primary care, inpatient medicine, and obstetrics including deliveries.  She has continued to be active in global health since medical school and has experience working in Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, and Tanzania.  She also has brought education programs to some of these countries including a neonatal resuscitation program in Tanzania.  Her clinical and educational work domestically focuses on care of refugees, border health, and other underserved populations.
 
Nationally, she is the Chair Elect for the Society for Family Medicine’s Global Health Educators Collaborative and is working with the American Academy of Family Physicians on Global Health Curriculum Development and on Border Health initiatives.
 
Dr. Aldulaimi’s passion is training learners to work in underserved areas both domestically and abroad, and she is very excited to be able to further her passions through the position of co-Director of Global and Border Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.