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Elizabeth D. Drugge, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Elizabeth Drugge headshotsAssistant Professor, Public Health
Director of Early Career Applied Research Support (ECARS), Public Health
Director of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM), Statistics, Epidemiology Curricular Theme, Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Pharmacology


After completing her post-doctoral fellowship, Elizabeth Drugge, Ph.D., M.P.H. '12, transitioned to independent research in dermatology where she worked on the development, implementation, and assessment of a novel system for automated skin cancer detection. During this time, she mentored medical students on research projects, including a DeBakey scholar, and contributed to clinical research and public health endeavors related to skin cancer screening. In addition, Dr. Drugge held adjunct appointments in the NYMC Departments of Epidemiology and Physical Therapy, in the School of Health Sciences and Practice, and the Department of Pharmacology, in the School of Basic Medical Sciences, before joining the Epidemiology Division of the Department of Public Health.

As a member of the American Heart Association, American Academy of Dermatology, and American Public Health Association, Dr. Drugge continues to explore and contribute to the advancement of evidence-based research. She is most rewarded by her work with students of all disciplines, supporting them to develop the skills and confidence to impact the world of healthcare that lies ahead.


  • B.A., Science, Technology and Society, Cornell University 
  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • M.P.H. '12, Epidemiology, New York Medical College
  • Fellowship, Pharmacology, New York Medical College

Honors and Awards

  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health at NYMC
  • DeBakey Scholar Mentor
  • Stamford Hospital Research Day First Place for presentation on Skin Cancer Screening


Dr. Drugge has over 20 peer-reviewed, scientific articles in academic journals such as Circulation Research, Science, American Journal of Physiology, Journal of Pharmacological and Experimental Therapeutics, and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and has presented her research at national meetings, including American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), American Heart Association Scientific Session (AHA), and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Her early work in cardiac electrophysiology focused on the mechanism by which sympathetic innervation regulates the chronotropic response of cultured cardiac myocytes. Dr. Drugge's post-doctoral fellowship, under the direction of John C. McGiff, M.D., explored regulatory mechanisms related to arachidonic acid in cultured renal and corneal cells with unique transport properties.

Dr. Drugge's current research interests include identifying blood pressure regulatory mechanisms that contribute to salt-sensitive hypertension related to gender and race using data from the DASH-Sodium Clinical Trial. She also continues to work on several research projects related to skin cancer detection using innovative technologies and systems of care to identify associations between risk factors and outcomes. The goal of these studies is to eliminate access barriers, address disease disparities, and deliver telehealth services.

Dr. Drugge’s Researchgate Website

Professional Services

  • Research Strategy Task Force
  • Medical School Interviewer
  • Medical School Research Day Judge
  • SDL/CRE Facilitator, SOM
  • EBM Journal Club Facilitator

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction and Advanced Epidemiology
  • Seminar in Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • DPT Biostatistics/Epidemiology