Kechi Anah, MD, MPH

Kechi Anah, MD, MPH is the HIV/AIDS Technical Specialist for Africare, an international NGO focused on improving the quality of life of people in Africa.

Since joining the organization, she has been instrumental in the development of several health and HIV/AIDS projects and provides technical support, leadership and supports the strategic direction and effective implementation of state-of-the-art community based HIV projects in Africa, with special emphasis on care and treatment programs.

Dr. Anah is the project Director for Africa’s PEPFAR-funded comprehensive HIV/AIDS project that provides prevention and treatment education, counseling and testing, care and treatment (including the provision of ART, management of TB/HIV and provision of support) services to people infected and affected by HIV in South Africa.

Prior to joining Africare, she worked in various capacities with Pathfinder International and BASICS II.  She obtained her medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria and a Masters of Public Health degree, with a concentration in International health from Boston University, Massachusetts. Email: kanah@africare.org

Michele Barry, MD, FACP

Michele Barry, MD, FACP is a Professor of Medicine and Global Public Health at Yale University where she is the Director of Yale's Office of International Health. She also serves as the health consultant for the Ford Foundation overseas programs.  As co-director for over 20 years of Yale/Johnson and Johnson Physician Scholar Award program she has sent over 800 physicians overseas to underserved areas.  As a past President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene she led an educational initiative in tropical medicine and traveler’s health which culminated in diploma courses in tropical medicine both in the U.S. and overseas, as well as a U.S. certification exam.  Dr. Barry is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Science where she served on a task force to develop options to mobilize a volunteer U.S. Global Health Service Corps for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. – Michele Barry, MD, FACP, Yale Univ. School of Medicine, 333 Cedar St., PO Box 208025, New Haven, CT 06520-8025, Tel: 203-688-2476, Fax: 203-785-6978, Email: michele.barry@yale.edu

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Scott Bartlett, MD

Scott Bartlett, MD is the Director of the Craniofacial Program at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and is Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at CHOP. His focus is on research efforts on the integration of clinical and basic science research in craniofacial developmental biology.  Clinical specialties are craniofacial surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, facial reconstruction following skin cancer removal, pediatric plastic surgery, facial palsy reconstruction. Email:scott.bartlett@uphs.upenn.edu

Charles Branas, PhD

Charles Branas, PhD works to improve health and healthcare and is recognized for his innovative studies to reduce gun violence and enhance emergency medical care. As Co-Director of the Penn Cartographic Modeling Laboratory, much of his work incorporates human geography and spatial interactions. He is regularly invited to speak before local, national and international audiences and sits on various boards and scientific panels at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institutes of Health, the American Trauma Society, the American Public Health Association, and elsewhere.  As principal investigator of several federally-funded studies, Dr. Branas often leverages science to dispel popular myths and inform public policy. His research has been covered by numerous news outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, and the UK Guardian. Most recently, his work on the risk of being shot in big cities and small towns, as well as the Philadelphia Gun and Alcohol Study, have made news and informed the debate over “gun control”. Other prominent research that Dr. Branas directs includes a study of emergency medical care in the US and its implications for homeland security.  Before coming to Penn, Dr. Branas trained and conducted research work at both the Johns Hopkins and University of California, Berkeley Schools of Public Health. He also concurrently trained as an emergency medical services provider with the Philadelphia and Baltimore Fire Departments and worked for the US Public Health Service. He was born and currently lives in Philadelphia. Email: cbranas@mail.med.upenn.edu

Rodney R. Finalle, MD

Rodney R. Finalle, MD is Founder and Director of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Alliance for International Medicine (CHOP-AIM). Dr Finalle is a pediatrician, and the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital’s Primary Care Center at Cobbs Creek a comprehensive primary care facility in Philadelphia.  He is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. As a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP) he serves on the AAP Section on International Child Health.  Dr. Finalle was the past Clinical Director of Global Health Ministry where he guided and provided health care to children in under developed nations of the Caribbean, Central and South America.

Dr. Finalle completed his pediatric training at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  His international work has included extensive work in Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.  Dr. Finalle has worked collaboratively with less developed countries, and through the Alliance for International Medicine he has developed a model which partners a US based tertiary academic health center with a health system in a resource scarce country.  The AIM program has successfully modeled an interdisciplinary approach utilizing physicians, nurses, and nurse practitioners, residents and medical students to improve children’s health in a population of migrant Haitians living in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. Email: finalle@email.chop.edu

Pierce Gardner, MD

Pierce Gardner, MD is  a consultant for International Clinical Scholars Program at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, and  Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the medical school at Stony Brook University, New York.

For nine years Dr Gardner served as the liaison representative of the American College of Physicians to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). He also served in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at CDC where he was the Chief of the Central Nervous System Viral Surveillance Unit. Dr Gardner has done extensive international work and has been a consultant for the World Health Organization and CDC.

Dr. Gardner has published more than 125 articles, reviews, and books, primarily dealing with immunization issues and health issues of international travel. He has a long interest in adult immunization, and has served as editor of the most recent edition of the "Guide for Adult Immunization" published by the American College of Physicians and Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Dr. Gardner graduated from Harvard Medical School and trained in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington and at Case Western Reserve. Dr. Gardner did his fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His major academic appointments have been at Harvard Medical School, the University of Chicago, and Stony Brook University. Email: gardnep@mail.nih.gov

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Stephen Gluckman, MD

Stephen Gluckman, MD is Professor of Medicine and a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  He then trained in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Gluckman has also had a particular interest in International Medicine and has provided care and taught in many countries in a number of different capacities.  He has worked and taught at mission hospitals in Liberia and India.  He has taught, and evaluated HIV and other public health programs for CARE international in Afghanistan, Haiti and Tanzania.  He has taught for Health Volunteers Overseas in Kenya and Uganda.  He has taught HIV care in China at the request of the Chinese Medical Association.  For the past six years he has been working in Botswana helping the government to organize and implement a national HIV treatment and prevention program.  In addition, he has developed an International Medicine elective for University of Pennsylvania medical residents and medical students and this past January has helped establish an internship for Botswana medical student. Email: stephen.gluckman@uphs.upenn.edu

Steven Larson, MD

Marjorie Muecke, PhD, RN, FAAN

Marjorie Muecke, PhD, RN, FAAN joined the University of Pennsylvania in September 2006 as Assistant Dean, Global Health Affairs, and Associate Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership, at the School of Nursing where she also is Adjunct Professor in Family & Community Health. Until June 2006 she was Professor in the Dept of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing, University of Washington (UW) where she held adjunct professorships in Anthropology and in Health Services, and served on the International Health Program faculty.  She is past Director (2000-4), Southeast Asia Center and Studies Program at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies.  She is P.I. of the ChiangMai Family Health Research Project, which is a long-term longitudinal study, begun in 1973, of urban youth and their families as they grew up in Thailand’s period of policy-driven “development” and efforts to improve reproductive health.  As Program Officer in Reproductive Health for the Ford Foundation, New York, 1993-98, she was responsible for the Foundation’s portfolios addressing HIV/AIDS-related stigma, and for increasing principles, perspectives and methods of the social sciences and ethics in the reproductive health activities of developing countries. Email: muecke@nursing.upenn.edu

Neal Nathanson, MD

Edward J. O’Neil, Jr. MD

Edward J. O’Neil, Jr. MD earned his Medical degree from George Washington University, and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center. Dr. O’Neil completed the three-year Kellogg National Leadership Program, studying leadership, international development, and politics. In 1998, he founded the non-profit organization Omni-Med, which focuses on health volunteerism and ethical leadership. To date, over 100 physicians have gone abroad through Omni Med’s innovative, cooperatively designed programs in Belize, Guyana, and Kenya. Omni Med also compiles data on global health service opportunities, making it easier for anyone so interested to serve. Dr O’Neil is the author of two books published by the American Medical Association in 2006, Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service. Dr Paul Farmer, who wrote the foreword to Awakening Hippocrates, described it as “magisterial.” Dr. O’Neil is a practicing emergency physician at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Email: ejoneil@comcast.net

Steve Sammut, MBA

Steve Sammut, MBA is Senior Fellow, Wharton Health Care Systems and Entrepreneurship, and Venture Partner, Burrill & Company, a San Francisco based life science merchant bank. At the Wharton School he teaches venture capital management, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, biotechnology entrepreneurship, intellectual property strategy, and private equity in emerging markets, and a special seminar on private sector participation in international health.

Mr. Sammut previously held the positions of Vice President of Development of Teleflex Incorporated where he created and managed acquisitions and alliances, and at S.R. One, Ltd., GlaxoSmithKline’s venture capital fund. He was also Managing Director of Access Partners, a venture fund focused on formation of companies around university technologies and capitalized by corporate strategic investors, and was Managing Director of the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Sammut has been involved in the creation or funding of nearly 40 biotechnology, Internet, and information technology companies globally. He is on numerous Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of major corporations venture capital-backed companies, multilateral banks and NGOs. Email: smsammut@wharton.upenn.edu

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