Andrea Summer, MD

Andrea Summer, MD
Associate 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 an Associate 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. 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 is developing 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 is serving as an advisor in a research project with Sarah Logan, PhD and medical student Vasanth Kuppuswamy 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 is being conducted in the Krishnagiri District of Tamil Nadu and will evaluate the effect of the home-based counseling program on immunization rates, exclusive breastfeeding rates, growth, and hospitalizations for respiratory and diarrheal illness.

Related Media

Selected Publications

  1. 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.

  2. 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’l Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2013;17:e658-9.

  3. Oswald CB, Summer AP, Fischer PR. Relapsing Malaria in an Adolescent Following Travel to Mozambique. Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease, 2007; 5:254-55.