Matthew Dasco, MD


ABOUT THE SELECTED IMAGE: COMPARTMENTS | The locker is kind of part of my life. This has been part of my ritual: I’d come in with my bag, scan a badge, exchange my mask, go upstairs, change into scrubs, get in my COVID shoes… I took that picture at the end of the day, I won’t say I was burned out, but I was close. I looked at this clump of scrubs and COVID shoes on the floor and a mask, I’d taken it off and just thrown it on top, and it was like shedding my skin. All of us are compartmentalized in some way. And in medical practice you learn how to compartmentalize yourself and different people deal with it in different ways.

Matthew Dasco, MD

Dr. Dacso received his B.A. in Music from McGill University, his M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch, and his M.Sc. in Development Studies from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies.

Over the past 20 years he has done global health related work in Argentina, Peru, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. From 2009-2011 he lived in Gaborone, Botswana, where he worked with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership to enhance medical education, develop non-communicable disease treatment guidelines, and provide care for patients affected by HIV, TB, and chronic medical diseases.

Dr. Dacso is currently a primary care clinician-educator and an associate professor in the department of internal medicine at University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). He serves as Director of Academic Partnerships in the UTMB Center for Global and Community Health and directs its 4-year global health track. In this role, Dr. Dacso provides mentorship and supervision to a variety of learners participating in international health electives while working with host partners to advance collaborative programs that benefit their sites.

He has published peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts in the areas of interprofessional global health education, ethics of short-term global health experiences, and global health preparation/mentorship, His current areas of work include research capacity strengthening for emerging epidemics, global health leadership training, and developing immersive, innovative, interprofessional global and community health experiences.

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