2018 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program

Julia Kravchenko

M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke University


Dr. Kravchenko is an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. She studies the role of multiple factors in disease risks, disease incidence, prevalence and patients’ survival with a focus on the role of environmental factors such as air and water quality and extreme temperatures. She works within the Environmental Health Scholars Program of Duke University’s School of Medicine which investigates the relationships between health, environmental, and medical care data in North Carolina and the U.S. She also does Medicare-based and Medicare-linked large health data analysis of cancer and chronic non-cancer disease incidence, progression, treatment effectiveness and survival among older U.S. adults, as well studies the role of comorbidities in cancer patients in treatment choice and patients’ survival.

Dr. Kravchenko is currently evaluating how improving air quality in North Carolina impacts respiratory, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular morbidity and mortality: i.e., in what degree cumulative effects of federal and North Carolina acts and regulations were beneficial for the health of residential populations.

She is also researching the health of residential populations living in close proximity to Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in North Carolina, and the health of people living in close proximity to coal ash pits in North Carolina,

Dr. Kravchenko received her M.D. degree from Minsk State Medical University in Belarus and her Ph.D. at the Belarussian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education.