Robert A. Malkin

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Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering

Professor Malkin is interested in medical instrumentation in the developing world.

Dr. Malkin is also the founder of Engineering World Health and the Global Public Service Academies. These unique study abroad programs allow undergraduates (EWH) and high school students (GPSA) to study and work in developing world healthcare settings. Dr. Malkin also conducts research and development focused on medical equipment in the developing world.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Professor of the Practice in the Department of Biomedical Engineering
Contact Information:
Education:

  • Ph.D. Duke University, 1993
  • M.S. Duke University, 1990
  • B.S. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1984

Research Interests:

Professor Malkin's work on medical instrumentation in the developing world has been supported by Engineering World Health, The National Institutes of Health, The American Heart Association, The Whitaker Foundation, the National Science Foundation and other organizations. The DHT-Lab runs educational programs such as the EWH Summer Institute and formal classes and provides research and product development opportunities for undergraduates interested in developing world healthcare technology.

Engineering World Health Summer Institute is a unique study abroad program that allows undergraduates to study and work in developing world hospitals. Dr. Malkin and his associates have helped hospitals in Sudan, Nigeria, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone and many other places. If you came to this site looking for high school programs, consider visiting the Global Public Service Academies a non-Duke program run by Dr. Malkin.

Specialties:

Design
Engineering Management
Social entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Medical Instrumentation
Engineering Education

Courses Taught:
  • BME 195FS: Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World (GE)
  • BME 290: Intermediate Topics (GE)
  • BME 354L: Biomedical Electronic Measurements II
  • BME 354L: Introduction to Medical Instrumentation
  • BME 394: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 462L: Design for the Developing World ( DR or GE)
  • BME 462L: Design for the Developing World (DR)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • EGRMGMT 591: Special Readings in Engineering Management
  • GLHLTH 390: Special Topics in Global Health Studies

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Malkin, RA; Whittle, C, Biomedical Equipment Technician Capacity Building Using a Unique Evidence-Based Curriculum Improves Healthcare, Journal of Clinical Engineering, vol 39 no. 1 (2014), pp. 37-44 [10.1097/JCE.0000000000000008] [abs].
    • Whittle, C; Malkin, R, Capacity Building for Medical Equipment Technicians Improves Healthcare, Journal of Clinical Engineering, vol 39 no. 3 (2014), pp. 142-147 [10.1097/JCE.0000000000000047] [abs].
    • Malkin, R; Beer, KVO, Diffusion of novel healthcare technologies to resource poor settings, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol 41 no. 9 (2013), pp. 1841-1850 [10.1007/s10439-013-0750-5] [abs].
    • Malkin, R; Beer, KVO, Diffusion of Novel Healthcare Technologies to Resource Poor Settings, Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2013), pp. 1-10 [10.1007/s10439-013-0750-5] [abs].
    • Malkin, R; Beer, KVO, Diffusion of novel healthcare technologies to resource poor settings, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, vol 41 no. 9 (2013), pp. 1841-1850 [10.1007/s10439-013-0750-5] [abs].