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Ja'Pel Sumpter, MD, MPH

Ja'Pel Sumpter, MD, MPH
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Why did you chose Duke for residency training?

I chose Duke for residency because of it's nurturing culture and ground breaking clinical research/practice. 

What are your career interests?

In the future, I envision becoming a physician who will use Ob/Gyn as a platform in bridging women globally by serving as an advocate in promoting gynecological surgery and women’s health as an integral part of international health. I hope to join forces with global leaders in building a system that will help developing countries become more grounded in providing sustainable care for women.

What are your hobbies?

spending time with family, reading, home improvement projects


Education & Training


Winston-Salem State University

Medical School

Medical University of South Carolina


Awards & Honors


  • John Gibbons Award, 2014
  • Semi-finalist at Medical University of South Carolina Research Symposium, 2011
  • Winner of Winston-Salem State Research Symposium, 2010
  • Inductee of Phi Lambda Upsilon National Chemistry Honor Society, 2010
  • Inductee of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, 2009
  • Winner of HBCU-UP National Conference, 2008
  • Present National Gates Millennium Scholar, 2006


Publications & Presentations


Population, Family and Reproductive Health                                                                            
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Intimate Partner Violence and Contraception Behavior
Advisor: Dr. Anne Burke
Maternal and Child Health                                                                                                        
Baltimore City Health Department, Baltimore, MD
Fetal- Infant Mortality Review 
Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Regenold
Drug Abuse Research Training                                                                                                   
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Differences in Impulsivity Among Drug-Dependent Populations
Advisor: Dr. Karen Hartwell