Michael Drasher

Michael Drasher

Michael Drasher



• BA: Anthropology, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
• Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program: Columbia University in the City of New York

Year in Program G3

Thesis Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Stillo, PhD, Anthropology

Research Interests

As an Activist Anthropologist Drasher’s research concerns maternal mortality in Port Loko, Sierra Leone describing the interrelatedness of mineral extractive industries, colonialism, and socio-economic pressures placed on young women to bear children in rural contexts. His work is also applied in Detroit toward elucidating structural violence resulting in maternal mortality rates for black women 4.5 times higher than white women.

Drasher is investigating mobile medical units as an intervention to alleviate barriers to care and aspires to inform the design and implementation of emergency medicine via naval hospital ships capable of deploying overland vehicles and energizing cities suffering blackout conditions.

This work has future implications for the design of resilient, modular aerospace medical bays and innovating medical technologies in both maritime and extraterrestrial environments for the improvement of not only the quality but access to healthcare service-delivery on Earth.


Honors and Awards

• 2022 Graduate Research Symposium 3-Minute Thesis Competition Winner, Wayne State University.
• 2022 Bolger-Rottenberg Award, Wayne State Anthropology
• 2017-2018 Kevin J. And Edith Sullivan Scholarship-Columbia University
• 2014 Neil C. Tapen Prize-University of Minnesota



• Almeida A, Adjuntsov M, Bushura W, Delgado E, Drasher M, Fernando-Pancho M, Gasane M, Ianoşi MV, Lessem E, Musah A, Răduţ Ş, Sánchez Ríos CH, Soe KS, Venkatesan N, Villegas VV, Stillo J. Hear us! Accounts of people treated with injectables for drug-resistant TB. Public Health Action. 2021 Sep 21;11(3):146-154. doi: 10.5588/pha.21.0031. PMID: 34567991; PMCID: PMC8455027.

• Philips K, Dadlez N, Fazzari M, Samuel S, Southern W, Heo M, Azad N, Drasher M, Rinke ML. Effect of Real-Time Feedback Devices on Primary Care Patient Experience Scores: A Cluster-Randomized Trial. J Patient Exp. 2021 Feb 26;8:2374373521996957. doi: 10.1177/2374373521996957. PMID: 34179376; PMCID: PMC8205333.

• Rinke ML, Bundy DG, Heo M, Saiman L, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Rosenberg RE, DeLaMora P, Mirhaji P, Drasher M, Klein E, Obaro-Best O, Ford WJH, Zarowin D, Peshansky A, Oyeku SO. Pediatric surgical site infection (SSI) following ambulatory surgery: Incidence, risk factors and patient outcomes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Aug 11:1-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.279. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34376267.

• Rinke ML, Oyeku SO, Heo M, Saiman L, Zachariah P, Rosenberg RE, DeLaMora P, Rabin B, Mirhaji P, Klein E, Ford WJH, Obaro-Best O, Drasher M, Peshansky A, Balem KA, Bundy DG. Pediatric ambulatory catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs): Incidence, risk factors, and patient outcomes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 Aug;41(8):891-899. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.204. Epub 2020 Jun 5. PMID: 32498724.

• Rinke ML, Oyeku SO, Ford WJH, Heo M, Saiman L, DeLaMora P, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Rosenberg RE, Mirhaji P, Obaro-Best O, Drasher M, Klein E, Peshansky A, Bundy DG. Costs of ambulatory pediatric healthcare-associated infections: Central-line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTIs), and surgical site infections (SSIs). Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 Nov;41(11):1292-1297. doi: 10.1017/ice.2020.305. Epub 2020 Sep 3. PMID: 32880250.

• Rinke ML, Heo M, Saiman L, Bundy DG, Rosenberg RE, DeLaMora P, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Mirhaji P, Ford WJH, Obaro-Best O, Drasher M, Klein E, Peshansky A, Oyeku SO. Pediatric Ambulatory Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Pediatrics. 2021 Jan;147(1):e20200524. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-0524. Epub 2020 Dec 18. PMID: 33386333.

• Ford WJH, Bundy DG, Oyeku S, Heo M, Saiman L, Rosenberg RE, DeLaMora P, Rabin B, Zachariah P, Mirhaji P, Klein E, Obaro-Best O, Drasher M, Peshansky A, Rinke ML. Central Venous Catheter Salvage in Ambulatory Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections. Pediatrics. 2021 Dec 1;148(6):e2020042069. doi: 10.1542/peds.2020-042069. PMID: 34814175.

• Cancedda C. Strengthening Health Systems while Responding to a Health Crisis: Lessons Learned by a Nongovernmental Organization during the Ebola Virus Disease Epidemic in Sierra Leone. The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2016-10-15;214:S153-S163.

• Drasher, Michael. Packet Alcohol Delivers a Serious Hangover in Sierra Leone. VICE News, 31 May 2014, news.vice.com/article/packet-alcohol-delivers-a-serious-hangover-in-sierra-leone.

• Kelly JD, Barrie MH, Mesman AW, Karku S, Quiwa K, Drasher M. Anatomy of a Hotspot: Chain and Seroepidemiology of Ebola Virus Transmission, Sukudu, Sierra Leone, 2015-16. The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Volume 217, Issue 8, 28 March 2018.

• Kelly JD, Richardson ET, Drasher M, Barrie MB, Karku S. Food insecurity and Ebola Virus-Related Outcomes: Food Insecurity as a Risk Factor for Outcomes Related to Ebola Virus Disease in Kono District, Sierra Leone: A Cross-Sectional Study. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 19 March 2018.

• Richardson ET, Kelly JD, Sesay O, Drasher MD, Desai IK, Frankfurter R, Farmer PE, Barrie MB. The Symbolic Violence of ‘Outbreak’: A Mixed Methods, Quasi-Experimental Impact Evaluation of Social Protection on Ebola Survivor Wellbeing. Social Science and Medicine 2017.

Other Information

Conferences Attended: 

  • 2022 Midwest Association of Graduate Schools
  • 2016 International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance
  • 2016 Consortium for Universities for Global Health

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