Satasuk Joy Bhosai, MD, MPH

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Central California, then the San Francisco Bay area

Where did you attend college/university?
Pomona College

What did you do, or where did you go, next?
Fulbright Scholarship in Thailand - worked at a hospice and cancer center for ~1.5 years, then I earned a Master's in Public Health at Yale University. My concentration was management and global health.

Where did you attend medical school?
University of California, San Francisco

What are your career goals?
Patient safety and figuring out ways to deliver quality care

Duke has a wealth of innovative programs that are non-traditional such as the MLPR and Global Health Pathways program, allowing you flexible time to explore interests in health care.

About the Duke program

What were you looking for in a residency program?
A supportive program that would nurture my growth as a physician. Having started a company (ChatrHealth), some programs did not embrace the idea of being very passionate about something in a non-academic setting. Duke has been tremendously supportive so far in helping me think about ways where I could combine my passions within an academic medicine program. This was truly unique insofar that they have non-traditional programs that allow you to "grow a career" in medicine. Duke has a wealth of innovative programs that are non-traditional such as the MLPR and Global Health Pathways program, allowing you flexible time to explore interests in health care. That is truly unique about Duke!

What are the strengths of the Duke program?

  • Incredibly supportive faculty
  • The best global health programs
  • Variety of patient populations; I requested working at the VA for outpatient clinic as I felt that it was important to serve and learn from this special population.

What has surprised you most about Duke?
I had admired the program from afar and each day has only confirmed how amazing this place is. The faculty have become people that I genuinely admire, which makes going to work so much more rewarding. The patient census is incredibly challenging and complicated as Duke gets cases from all over the region. However, it makes for great learning and training. The best part is that it feels like a family here. Everyone helps to take care of each other. I have left the hospital many times, thinking how thankful I am to be part of place where you are interacting with so many incredible human beings on a constant basis. That's something truly special.

What is a funny or memorable experience from your time at Duke?
There are too many to count!

About Duke University and Durham

Where did you choose to live, and why?
In an old textile factory that has been renovated into lofts near downtown. Large brick lofts with concrete floors. Each loft has office space where I have set up an office and painting area.

What do you like to do outside of medicine?
Photography, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking (every week), painting, cooking.

Based on your life, what advice would you give about moving to Durham?
There is lots to do in Durham, coming from SF I was worried I would be a little bored, but there is so much variety in terms of food and events. Everyone tries to go out when they can.

Parting thoughts?
Find a place that will foster what you are passionate about and be confident that you can be happy. Environment is key. Work can be hard enough, so it's essential to have role models you admire all around you and a team that is fun to be around.


Bunya, VY, Bhosai, SJ, Heidenreich, AM, Kitagawa, K, Larkin, GB, Lietman, TM, Gaynor, BD, Akpek, EK, Massaro-Giordano, M, Srinivasan, M, Porco, TC, Whitcher, JP, Shiboski, SC, Criswell, LA, Shiboski, CH, and Sjögren's International Collaborative Clinical Alliance (SICCA) Study Group, . "Association of Dry Eye Tests With Extraocular Signs Among 3514 Participants in the Sjögren's Syndrome International Registry." American journal of ophthalmology 172 (December 2016): 87-93.

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Hirabayashi, K, Bhosai, J, Hsia, YC, Qiu, M, and Lin, SC. "Natural Progression of Optic Nerve and Visual Field Parameters in Young Myopes." September 2016.


Estopinal, CB, Ausayakhun, S, Ausayakhun, S, Jirawison, C, Joy Bhosai, S, Margolis, TP, and Keenan, JD. "Access to ophthalmologic care in Thailand: a regional analysis." Ophthalmic epidemiology 20, no. 5 (October 2013): 267-273.

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Amza, A, Kadri, B, Nassirou, B, Yu, SN, Stoller, NE, Bhosai, SJ, Zhou, Z, McCulloch, CE, West, SK, Bailey, RL, Keenan, JD, Lietman, TM, and Gaynor, BD. "The easiest children to reach are most likely to be infected with ocular Chlamydia trachomatis in trachoma endemic areas of Niger." PLoS neglected tropical diseases 7, no. 1 (January 10, 2013): e1983-.

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Bhosai, SJ, Lin, CC, Greene, J, Bloomer, MM, and Jeng, BH. "Rapid corneal adrenochrome deposition from topical ibopamine in the setting of infectious keratitis." Eye (London, England) 27, no. 1 (January 2013): 105-106. (Letter)

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Bhosai, SJ, Amza, A, Beido, N, Bailey, RL, Keenan, JD, Gaynor, BD, and Lietman, TM. "Application of smartphone cameras for detecting clinically active trachoma." The British journal of ophthalmology 96, no. 10 (October 2012): 1350-1351. (Letter)

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Bhosai, SJ, Bailey, RL, Gaynor, BD, and Lietman, TM. "Trachoma: an update on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment." Current opinion in ophthalmology 23, no. 4 (July 2012): 288-295. (Review)

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Bhosai, SJ, Sinthusake, T, Miwa, S, and Bradley, E. "Factors affecting patient access in Thailand: understanding delay in care seeking for patients with cancer." Global public health 6, no. 4 (January 2011): 385-397.

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