John Farrar, MD, PhD

John T. Farrar, M.D., M.S.C.E., Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology with a secondary appointment in Anesthesiology.  He is board certified in Neurology with a subspecialty in Pain Medicine and a PhD in Epidemiology.  In 1988 he became involved in the international clinical research training sector, first in New Delhi, India with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and then in Philadelphia, as Deputy Executive Director of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN) Program. In 1993 he joined the standing faculty of the University of Pennsylvania as Assistant Professor of Neurology.  During this initial period as a faculty member, Dr. Farrar continued a near full-time administrative role as the Deputy Director of INCLEN.

Currently, Dr. Farrar’s major research interests include the development of new methodologies to improve the conduct and analysis of large therapeutic clinical trials in pain and symptom management.  Other interests include: pharmacoepidemiological studies using large databases; functional neuroimaging studies of the neurological manifestations of pain related disease; and studies of complementary and alternative therapies.  In addition, he is the Academic Director for the Graduate Programs in Epidemiology. Email:jfarrar@mail.med.upenn.edu

Farida Kerouani, MA ICP

Born and raised in Paris, France and of Algerian descent, Farida Kerouani holds a Masters degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University of Virginia, USA.  With over 10 years of experience in education, management, and training, she has spent the last seven years at the international level.  Currently, she is the PAHO Internship and Practicum Coordinator, responsible for coordinating and promoting the program at national and international universities.  While pursuing her bachelor degree in Business Administration at Strayer University of Virginia, USA, she worked as a career center assistant helping students with their career goals and with securing internships and jobs.  Before moving to the States, Ms. Kerouani worked in the private sectors in Brazil and France. Email: kerouanf@paho.org

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Carrie Kovarik, MD

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD is an Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, and Infectious Diseases at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the Head of Dermatology for the Bostwana-UPenn Partnership, coordinates the dermatology consultation program for the Princess Marina Hospital and outreach clinics, and is the primary dermatology consultant for the Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) in Africa.  Dr. Kovarik has created both an internet based and mobile/cellular teledermatology consult service in Africa (africa.telederm.org), which is a collaborative effort between BIPAI, the American Academy of Dermatology, twelve African countries, and several other institutions.  Recently, the teledermatology website was translated into Spanish (latinoamerica.telederm.org), and programs are underway to expand teledermatology services to Central America and the Caribbean.  Dr. Kovarik has started an initiative in global health at the University pf Pennsylvania, and she is the director of the Penn Dermatology Global Health Program. Email: carrie.kovarik@uphs.upenn.edu

Steve Larson, MD, Assistant Dean, Global Health Programs, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Maureen McCunn, MD

Dr. Maureen McCunn recently joined the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a trauma anesthesiologist and intensivist who completed her fellowship training with a concentration in resuscitation at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center of the University of Maryland. Dr. McCunn served as Medical Director of the Neurotrauma ICU and as Physician Director of Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies while on faculty at Shock Trauma. Her degree in international public policy from the Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington has facilitated her work in Egypt, India, and Vietnam, with a focus on global trauma care.

Dr. McCunn’s work on the NIH/Fogarty Grant for the Egyptian Ministry of Health, Trauma and Injury Training Program led to the development of the STEPS (Sequential Trauma Education ProgramS) material. She collaborates with two working groups of the WHO: the Global Collaboration for Blood Safety, and the Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care. Maureen’s most recent concentration is in evaluating the role of gender in team leadership and dynamics during trauma resuscitation. Email: maureen.mccunn@uphs.upenn.edu

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Michael Nguyen, MD

Dr. Nguyen is a member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and an officer in the United States Public Health Service.  He is currently on a 2-year assignment at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health where his duties include disease surveillance, outbreak investigations and epidemiologic research on the varicella vaccine.  Most recently, he led a CDC team deployed to Nigeria to investigate an epidemic of acute renal failure that was associated with medication contaminated with diethylene glycol.  He completed his pediatrics residency at Washington University in St. Louis, and his medical school and undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester. Email: gge7@cdc.gov

Jean Willam Pape, MD

Dr. Pape is Director of GHESKIO Centers (Haitian Study Group on Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) in Haiti, and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in New York. 

A graduate of Columbia (BS) and Cornell (MD), after specializations in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, he joined the Cornell faculty before returning to his native Haiti in 1980. He initiated in Haiti a comprehensive program for the management of children with diarrhea and dehydration reducing the in-hospital mortality rate for diarrhea at the largest hospital from 40% to <1% within one year. In 1982 the program was extended nationally with Dr. Pape’s unit serving as the national training center. This initiative is mostly credited for the marked reduction in national infantile mortality from 144/1,000 in 1980 to 54/1,000 in 2004.

Dr. Pape and colleagues were the first to recognize AIDS in the developing world. In 1982 they created GHESKIO which has been instrumental in the national decrease in HIV prevalence from 6.2% in 1993 to 2.2% in 2006 and in the provision of care, including ART, nationwide. 

Dr. Pape is internationally known for his work in infectious diseases. He has been awarded many national and international awards including the highest scientific recognition by Haiti (Audain award) and France (Legion of Honor). He is also a member of The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences of the USA. Email: jwpape@gheskio.org

Wendy Voet, MPH

Wendy Voet, MPH, has over 15 years of experience working in public health in both domestic and international settings.  She has worked in direct service as a counselor for Planned Parenthood and as a Peace Corps volunteer in a rural medical health facility in Niger, West Africa. Wendy also has extensive experience as a trainer.  She has been a Technical Trainer for the Peace Corps, Sexuality Educator and Trainer for Planned Parenthood of New York City, and she also trained family planning professionals in China for SIECUS. She expanded her work in international health at Johns Hopkins Programs in International Reproductive Health (JHPIEGO Corporation) supervising several training and health services improvement programs in East and Southern Africa and Haiti for 5 years. In 2006/2007, she was the Director for the CDC-funded Region III Infertility Prevention Project based in Philadelphia. In addition, from 2004-2007 she was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Drexel University of School of Public Health teaching Community Health Education and Prevention, Program Planning and Evaluation, and Community Assessment. Email: wvoet@exchange.upenn.edu

Last updated:  November 10, 2011

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