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
  • Professor of the Practice of Global Health
Contact Information:

  • 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.


Engineering Management
Social entrepreneurship
Medical Instrumentation
Engineering Education

Courses Taught:
  • BME 195FS: Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World (GE)
  • BME 290: Intermediate Topics (GE)
  • BME 354L: Introduction to Medical Instrumentation
  • BME 462L: Design for the Developing World (DR)
  • BME 493: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)
  • BME 494: Projects in Biomedical Engineering (GE)

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Malkin, Robert and Keane, Allison, Evidence-based approach to the maintenance of laboratory and medical equipment in resource-poor settings., Med Biol Eng Comput (2010) [20490939], [doi] [abs].
    • R.A. Malkin, V. Anand, Design and Testing of a Novel Phototherapy for the Developing World, IEEE EMB Magazine, vol 29 no. 2 (2010), pp. 37-43.
    • Malkin, Robert A., Barriers for medical devices for the developing world., Expert Rev Med Devices, vol 4 no. 6 (2007), pp. 759--763 [18035940], [doi].
    • Malkin, Robert A., Technologies for clinically relevant physiological measurements in developing countries., Physiol Meas, vol 28 no. 8 (2007), pp. R57--R63 [17664669], [doi] [abs].
    • Malkin, Robert A., Design of health care technologies for the developing world., Annu Rev Biomed Eng, vol 9 (2007), pp. 567--587 [17430083], [doi] [abs].