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Emerging Scholar

Eugenia (Gina) South

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

About

Gina South is a physician-scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on neighborhood effects on health and safety in urban environments. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence cardiovascular and mental health, substance use, and violent crime. She completed a randomized trial of vacant lot greening, including a study of ambulatory heart rate to investigate the impact of an urban blight intervention on toxic stress. Dr. South completed her Medical Degree at Washington University School of Medicine in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar between 2010-2012. She is currently in her final year of residency training. During residency, she served as a founding executive board member for the Alliance of Minority Physicians, a collaborative effort between University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Selected Publications

Branas CC, Kondo MC, Murphy SM, South EC, Polsky D, MacDonald JM. "Urban blight remediation as a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence." American Journal of Public Health. Accepted for publication August 4, 2016.

Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ. "The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study." American Journal of Epidemiology. Accepted for Publication on Sept 12, 2016

Garvin EC. Op-ed. “Cleaner, greener and healthier.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011. November 18.

Garvin E, Branas C, Keddems S, Sellman J, Cannuscio C. "More than just an eyesore: local insights and solutions on vacant land and urban health." J Urban Health 90(3):412-26, 2013. PMID: 23188553

Garvin EC, Cannuscio CC, Branas CC. "Greening vacant lots to reduce violent crime: a randomized controlled trial."  Inj Prev 19(3):198-203, 2013. PMID: 22871378

South EC, Kondo MC, Cheney RA, Branas CC. "Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: A walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate." Am J Public Health. 2015 May;105(5):909-13. PMID: 25790382

Kondo MD, South EC, Branas CC. "Nature-based strategies for improving urban health and safety. J Urban Health." Accepted for publication July 16, 2015. 

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Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

About

Gina South is a physician-scientist in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on neighborhood effects on health and safety in urban environments. More specifically, she is interested in understanding the ways in which the physical attributes of where people live, work, and play influence cardiovascular and mental health, substance use, and violent crime. She completed a randomized trial of vacant lot greening, including a study of ambulatory heart rate to investigate the impact of an urban blight intervention on toxic stress. Dr. South completed her Medical Degree at Washington University School of Medicine in 2008 and her Masters of Science in Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar between 2010-2012. She is currently in her final year of residency training. During residency, she served as a founding executive board member for the Alliance of Minority Physicians, a collaborative effort between University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Selected Publications

Branas CC, Kondo MC, Murphy SM, South EC, Polsky D, MacDonald JM. "Urban blight remediation as a cost-beneficial solution to firearm violence." American Journal of Public Health. Accepted for publication August 4, 2016.

Kondo MC, South EC, Branas CC, Richmond TS, Wiebe DJ. "The association between urban tree cover and gun assault: a case-control and case-crossover study." American Journal of Epidemiology. Accepted for Publication on Sept 12, 2016

Garvin EC. Op-ed. “Cleaner, greener and healthier.” Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011. November 18.

Garvin E, Branas C, Keddems S, Sellman J, Cannuscio C. "More than just an eyesore: local insights and solutions on vacant land and urban health." J Urban Health 90(3):412-26, 2013. PMID: 23188553

Garvin EC, Cannuscio CC, Branas CC. "Greening vacant lots to reduce violent crime: a randomized controlled trial."  Inj Prev 19(3):198-203, 2013. PMID: 22871378

South EC, Kondo MC, Cheney RA, Branas CC. "Neighborhood blight, stress, and health: A walking trial of urban greening and ambulatory heart rate." Am J Public Health. 2015 May;105(5):909-13. PMID: 25790382

Kondo MD, South EC, Branas CC. "Nature-based strategies for improving urban health and safety. J Urban Health." Accepted for publication July 16, 2015. 

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