Andrea Summer, MD

Andrea Summer, MD
Professor of Pediatrics, MUSC

RT 280P
135 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC 29456


MD, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)
MS, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Biography and Research Interests
Dr. Summer is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics where she is Co-Director for the MUSC International Adoption Clinic, Director of the MUSC Pediatric Travel Medicine Clinic, and program director of the Global Health Certificate Program and the Global Health Track for pediatric residents. Summer is a member of several professional societies including the International Society of Travel Medicine and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Her research interests include understanding the medical and developmental issues of internationally adopted children and improving access to health care for underserved children.

Project Involvement
Arusha, Tanzania
Dr. Summer is the Director for the Pediatric Residency Elective at Selian Hospital in Arusha, Tanzania. This program allows residents to participate in electives at Selian Hospital, allowing trainees the opportunity to develop autonomy in medical decision-making, increase cross-cultural competencies and to learn to work in an area with limited resources.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras
With the assistance of Dr. Kenton Holden in the Department of Neurology and Pediatrics and Dr. James McElligott in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Summer developed a pilot telemedicine network in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to facilitate educational exchange and to improve access to primary and specialty pediatric care for underserved populations. The network integrates technologies between rural and urban sites in Honduras with those at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Tamil Nadu, India
Dr. Summer served as an advisor for a research project with Sarah Logan, PhD and medical student Vasanth Kuppuswamy (Class of 2017) to determine the impact of a home-visit and counseling program developed by the NGO Pallavaram Children’s Medical Center, Inc on infant health and well being. The study was conducted in the Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu and was designed to evaluate research process and to look at trends in outcomes.  After the successful pilot, a much larger study is now planned to evaluate the effect of this home-based counseling program on exclusive breastfeeding rates, growth, diarrheal illness and developmental outcomes.

Selected Publications

  1. McElligott JT, Naaktgeboren C, Makuman-Massa H, Summer AP, Deal JL. Prevalence of Intestinal Protozoa in Communities along the Lake Victoria Region of Uganda. Int J Infect Dis, 2013;17:e658-9.
  2. Miller BS, Spratt EG, Himes JH, Condon D, Summer A, Papa CE, Brady KT. Growth failure associated with early neglect: pilot comparison of neglected US children and international adoptees. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab, 2015; 28(1-2):111-5.
  3. Durón RM, Hesse H, Salavarría N, Summer A, Holden K. Perspectivas de la telemedicine como una alternativa para la atencion en salud en Honduras. Innovare, 2016;5(1):49-55.
  4. Haston J, Fowler S, Summer A. Giardiasis treatment challenges in a pediatric international adoption clinic. Clinical Pediatrics, Jan. 1, 2017 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28056536.
  5. Brooks M, Holden KR, Durón RM, McElligott JT, Summer A. Feasibility of developing a pediatric telehealth network in Honduras with international consultation support. Rural Remote Health, 2017 Apr-Jun (2):3965.
  6. Samra JA, Hagood NL, Summer A, Medina MT, Holden KR. Clinical features and neurological complications of children hospitalized with chikungunya virus in Honduras. J Child Neurol, 2017 32(8):712-16.
  7. Williams SA, Browne B, Reed S, Taylor S, Summer A, Kanter J. Prevalence of Sickle Cell Disease among Newborns in St Vincent and the Grenadines: A Retrospective Study. West Indian Med J; in press.