Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH

Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH

Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH, is Lead Pediatrician in Botswana for the Global Health Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Background

Tonya completed her pediatric residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in 2004. She then worked in Afghanistan for 18 months in an NGO run hospital before returning to a primary care practice serving the North Philadelphia population. Since 2008 Tonya has been based in Botswana where she is the research director for the Botswana-UPenn Partnership and CHOP’s lead pediatrician on the ground in Botswana. Tonya is both an expert general pediatric and HIV/TB clinician as well as a public health specialist. As the pediatric lead in Botswana, Tonya has a number of key roles including being the in-country mentor for CHOP residents doing electives in Botswana, mentoring the Botswana-based CHOP Global Health fellow, being involved with many of the pediatric projects happening in Botswana, teaching the University of Botswana pediatric residents and medical students and serving on several Botswana Ministry of Health committees dealing with child health.

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

Internship

Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

Pediatrics - St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

World Medical Mission Post-residency International Fellow - Cure International Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan

Board Certification

Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MPH - University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Titles and Academic Titles

Lead Pediatrician in Botswana, Global Health Center

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2016

Stillson CH, Okatch H, Frasso R, Mazhani L, David T, Arscott-Mills T, Matlhare M, Steenhoff AP.: "That's when I struggle" … exploring challenges faced by caregivers of children with tuberculosis in Botswana. International Journal of TB and Lung Disease 20(10): 1314-1319, October 2016.

Enane LA, Lowenthal ED, Arscott-Mills T, Matlhare M, Smallcomb LS, Kgwaadira B, Coffin SE, Steenhoff AP: Loss to follow-up among adolescents with tuberculosis in Gaborone, Botswana. International Journal of TB and Lung Disease  20(10): 1320-1325, October 2016.

Arscott-Mills T, Kebaabetswe P, Tawana G, Mbuka DO, Makgabana-Dintwa O, Sebina K, Kebaetse M, Mokgatlhe L, Nkomazana O. Rural exposure during medical education and student preference for future practice location - a case of Botswana. Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2016 Jun 10;8(1):e1-6. doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v8i1.1039. PMID: 27380783.

Arscott-Mills T, Kebaabetswe P, Tawana G, Mbuka DO, Makgabana-Dintwa O, Sebina K, Kebaetse M, Mokgatlhe L, Nkomazana O. Rural exposure during medical education and student preference for future practice location - a case of Botswana.  Afr J Prim Health Care Fam Med. 2016 Jun 10;8(1):e1-6. doi: 10.4102/phcfm.v8i1.1039. PMID: 27380783.

2015

Kelly MS, Wirth KE, Steenhoff AP, Cunningham C, Arscott-Mills T, Boiditswe, S, Patel M, Shah S, Finalle R, Makone I, Feemster K: Treatment Failures and Excessive Mortality Among HIV-exposed, Uninfected Children with Pneumonia. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 4(4): e117-26, December 2015.

Pernica JM, Steenhoff AP, Welch H, Mokomane 4, Quaye I, Arscott-Mills T, Mazhani L, Lechiile K, Mahony J, Smieja M, Goldfarb DM.: Correlation of Clinical Outcomes With Multiplex Molecular Testing of Stool From Children Admitted to Hospital With Gastroenteritis in Botswana Ped Infect Dis J ahead of print online May 16 2015.

Kelly, M. S., Smieja, M., Luinstra, K., Wirth, K. E., Goldfarb, D. M., Steenhoff, A. P., Arscott-Mills, T., Cunningham, C. K., Boiditswe, S., Sethomo, W., Shah, S. S., Finalle, R., Feemster, K. A.: Association of respiratory viruses with outcomes of severe childhood pneumonia in Botswana. PLoS One 10(5): e0126593, 2015.

Kelly, M. S., Wirth, K. E., Madrigano, J., Feemster, K. A., Cunningham, C. K., Arscott-Mills, T., Boiditswe, S., Shah, S. S., Finalle, R., Steenhoff, A. P.: The effect of exposure to wood smoke on outcomes of childhood pneumonia in Botswana. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 19(3): 349-55, 2015.

2014

Matthew S. Kelly, Kathleen E. Wirth, Tonya Arscott-Mills, Jaime Madrigano, Marek Smieja, Coleen Cunningham, Kristen Feemster, Andrew P. Steenhoff: The effect of exposure to wood smoke on treatment outcomes for childhood pneumonia in Botswana. Abstract PD-517-3001 at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Barcelona, Spain October 2014.

Firth J, Lijinsky C, Arscott-Mills T, Phelps BR, Powell C. : Improving estimates of the burden of childhood TB: Diagnostic algorithms and age-disaggregated reporting. Abstract EP-130-01 at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Barcelona, Spain October 2014.

Firth J, Lijinsky C, Arscott-Mills T, Phelps BR, Powell C. : Decentralization of ART care through Option B+: An opportunity to Improve IPT uptake for children? Abstract PD-512-30 at the 45th Union World Conference on Lung Health, Barcelona, Spain October 2014.

LaCourse, S. M., Chester, F. M., Preidis, G., McCrary, L. M., Arscott-Mills, T., Maliwichi, M., James, G., McCollum, E. D., Hosseinipour, M. C.: Use of Xpert for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis in severely malnourished hospitalized Malawian children. Pediatr Infect Dis J 33(11): 1200-2, 2014.