Current CGH Scholars

Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH

Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH

Scholar

Botswana

HIV/AIDS | Tuberculosis | Pediatrics

BIO STATEMENT: I am a pediatric global health practitioner. Since 2008 I have been working in Botswana with the University of Pennsylvania. My roles have involved training health care workers on TB and HIV and pediatrics; assisting in Botswana health policy making in the areas of TB/HIV and providing clinical care for pediatrics, TB and HIV. Currently I am also the Botswana-UPenn Partnership… Read More

Rinad Beidas, PhD

Rinad Beidas, PhD

Associate Scholar

Zambia | Mozambique

Implementation research | Evidence-based Practices

BIO STATEMENT: I am an implementation scientist and clinical psychologist whose primary career goals are to (1) improve behavioral health and the quality of behavioral health services for traditionally underserved patients; and (2) advance the study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice to improve the quality and… Read More

Hannah Bergbower, RN, BSN, MPH

Hannah Bergbower, RN, BSN, MPH

Associate Scholar

Malawi | Tanzania

Maternal Child Health | Capacity-building | Neonatal and Maternal Mortality

BIO STATEMENT: Hannah Bergbower, RN BSN MPH graduated from Lakeview College of Nursing in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, from Indiana University in 2012 with a Master of Public Health, and completed a two-year fellowship in Global Clinical Education from Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health in 2016. She has worked as a registered nurse in emergency department… Read More

Kevin Braat, MD

Kevin Braat, MD

Associate Scholar

Zambia | Guyana

Clinical care

BIO STATEMENT: Kevin Braat, MD, graduated from Bucknell University with a BA in Chemistry in 1994, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 1989 and completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Kevin is currently a partner with ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP and practices general otolaryngology in Southampton, New York. For more than… Read More

Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, PhD, DVM, MSPH

Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, PhD, DVM, MSPH

Scholar

Peru | Brazil

Epidemiology | Public Health | Tropical diseases | OneHealth

BIO STATEMENT: I am an instructor in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine, and the scientific director of the Zoonotic Disease Research Lab (Penn and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Peru). I study the eco-epidemiology of tropical diseases. My current research uses canine rabies as a system model to understand how the social and… Read More

Susan Coffin, MD, MPH

Susan Coffin, MD, MPH

Scholar

Botswana | Zambia | Egypt | China | India | Ghana | Greece | Vietnam

Pediatrics | Infectious disease | Infection control | Pandemic influenza

BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Coffin has served as an international consultant and trainer for infection prevention and control programs, including pandemic influenza preparedness, in various developing countries, including Egypt, China, Ghana, Greece, Botswana, and Vietnam. Dr. Coffin’s research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections in international and domestic… Read More

Torrey A. Creed, PhD

Torrey A. Creed, PhD

Scholar

Rwanda | China | Canada | Mongolia

Evidence-based Practices | Mental health

BIO STATEMENT: As Director of the Beck Community Initiative, I lead a team of doctoral-level experts in strategies for the implementation of evidence-based practices (particularly cognitive behavior therapy or CBT) in under-resourced communities. Domestically, we focus on Medicaid-funded community mental health centers in Philadelphia (primarily), Texas, Massachusetts, and Delaware. Globally, I… Read More

Kassa Darge, MD, PhD

Kassa Darge, MD, PhD

Scholar

South Africa | Brazil | Ethiopia

Pediatric Radiology

BIO STATEMENT: Since 1991, I have been involved in various international outreach activities. Initially, my focus was on tropical pediatrics, but later on I switched my work to pediatric radiology education. In 2008, I established the collaboration between the Departments of Radiology at CHOP and Addis Ababa University with the objective of supporting the radiology residency program in pediatric… Read More

Bege Dauda, PhD

Bege Dauda, PhD

Associate Scholar

Africa

Consent in research | Human heredity and health | Medical ethics

BIO STATEMENT: My interest in global health revolves around my involvement in global health research and development. I have been working on topics that are relevant to the improvement of global health, particularly in resource limited countries. As a scholar coming from a developing country (Nigeria), my research has been focused on how to improve research capacity in, improve ethical conduct in… Read More

Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH

Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH

Scholar

Botswana | India

Global Oncology | HPV | Radiation oncology

BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Grover is interested in addressing the growing global cancer burden by focusing on public health endeavors and cost-effective clinical initiatives to improve access to care and outcomes of care in developing countries. Since 2011, she has been working with the Botswana-UPENN partnership, strengthening the oncology program in Botswana. She moved full-time to Botswana in 2014. In… Read More

Yoonhee Patricia Ha, MSc, MPhil

Yoonhee Patricia Ha, MSc, MPhil

Associate Scholar

Botswana | Ghana

Technology in Low Resource Settings | Public Health

BIO STATEMENT: Yoonhee P. Ha, MSc, MPhil, is an MD-PhD candidate in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics. She completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University and graduate studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include public health in resource-limited settings, behavioral insights, and technology. Read More

Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS , PhD

Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS , PhD

Associate Scholar

Greece

International Medical Education

BIO STATEMENT: My main interest comes from working with diseases and groups that are international in cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation. I have been pa t of global committees mostly as a clinician for these groups. I also have grown up, trained and worked in other countries, so have more interest in reaching out. Finally, I am a past president and still involved of a philanthropic… Read More

Ari Ho-Foster, BSc, MSc

Ari Ho-Foster, BSc, MSc

Scholar

South Africa | Botswana | Zambia | Canada | Malawi | Tanzania | Mozambique | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Lesotho | Namibia | Pakistan

HIV/AIDS | Tuberculosis | Healthcare Access | Mental health | Gender violence

BIO STATEMENT: My academic interests are in furthering the use epidemiological methods to improve the health of populations. This includes mentorship and practice in generating evidence to improve our understanding of risk factors for disease, access/linkage to diagnosis and care, program evaluation, and effective communication of evidence to improve program implementation. I have worked in 12… Read More

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD

Carrie L. Kovarik, MD

Scholar

Botswana | Guatemala | Malawi | Tanzania | Ghana | Swaziland

HIV/AIDS | Healthcare Access | Telemedicine | Informatics

BIO STATEMENT: I have an interest in access to health care, telemedicine, informatics, and HIV-related skin disease. I have created the Penn Dermatology Global Health program, through which I work to provide clinical care and education in underserved communities. I have implemented numerous innovative telemedicine programs in underserved communities in the US and globally using mobile phones,… Read More

Michael Z. Levy, PhD

Michael Z. Levy, PhD

Scholar

Peru

Chagas disease | Disease ecology

I study the interface of insects, pathogens & people. I founded the UPenn/UPCH Zoonotic Disease Laboratory in Arequipa, Peru in 2004 and have led a number of studies on Chagas disease in that city. Recently I've begun studying bugs closer to home--bed bugs. Read More

Paul Lu, MD

Paul Lu, MD

Scholar

Botswana | Tanzania

Capacity-building | International Medical Education

BIO STATEMENT: My primary scholarly interests include global health and medical education. Locally, I helped to develop and pilot a global health pre-departure training course for PSOM. Through this course, I help prepare students for the diverse challenges experienced during a global health elective. Internationally, I travel to Botswana for 4 weeks per year to teach local medical students and… Read More

Shannon Marquez, PhD, MEng

Shannon Marquez, PhD, MEng

Associate Scholar

South Africa | Rwanda | Zambia | Brazil | Ethiopia | Nigeria | China | Malawi | India | Ghana | Gambia | Senegal | Mali | Liberia | Sierra Leone | Equatorial Guinea | Cameroon | Mozambique | Uganda | Zimbabwe | Swaziland | Lesotho | Japan | United Kingdom | France | Cuba

Maternal Child Health | Capacity-building | Global water | sanitation | & hygiene

BIO STATEMENT: My research and practice has been in the field of global environmental health; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); sustainable solutions to address the environmental burden of disease and health disparities in developing countries; and health systems strengthening and capacity-building in global health. Currently, I serve as the Director of the Dornsife Global Development… Read More

Ryan J. McAuley, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAP

Ryan J. McAuley, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAP

Associate Scholar

South Sudan | Egypt

Humanitarian assistance | Refugee health | Disaster response | Health and human rights

BIO STATEMENT: Ryan graduated Cum Laude from Furman University in 2004 and completed medical school at East Tennessee State University in 2009. He also completed an MPH with a concentration in Humanitarian Assistance at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2008. Ryan finished Med-Peds residency training at UPenn/CHOP in 2013 and returned as an alumnus Chief Resident for the… Read More

Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT

Kevin Osterhoudt, MD, MSCE, FAAP, FAACT, FACMT

Associate Scholar

United States

Pediatrics | Environmental health | International Medical Education

BIO STATEMENT: As one of only 21 medical toxicologists certified by the American Board of Pediatrics since 2001, and as a former member of the Executive Committee of the AAP Council on Environmental Health, Dr. Osterhoudt is deeply committed to the environmental health of children worldwide. The World Health Organization estimates that 26% of pediatric deaths are attributable to modifiable… Read More

Hansel J. Otero, MD

Hansel J. Otero, MD

Scholar

Ethiopia | Liberia | Pakistan | Sudan | Angola | Yemen

Pediatric Radiology | International Medical Education

BIO STATEMENT: I practiced medicine as a general practitioner in Venezuela and as an emergency response physician with Doctors without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in refugee, malnutrition and armed conflict settings in Liberia, Sudan, Angola, Pakistan and Yemen from 2002 to 2009. Since becoming a pediatric radiologist, I have participated in educational pediatric radiology missions to… Read More

Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, MD, MPH

Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, MD, MPH

International Scholar

Guatemala

Implementation research | Community health | Non-communicable disease

BIO STATEMENT: Alejandra is the Research Director and an investigator at FUNSALUD, an NGO focused on providing primary healthcare, conducting public health research and building local capacity for research. Alejandra is interested in identifying determinants across the life course to prevent and manage non-communicable diseases. She is passionate about implementing culturally-appropriate and… Read More

Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD

Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD

Scholar

South Africa | United States | Indonesia | Malawi | India | Ghana | Vietnam | Malaysia | Morocco | South Korea

BIO STATEMENT: Jennifer Prah Ruger is a leading scholar of global and domestic health policy and public health. She conducts theoretical and empirical studies of health equity to reduce global and national health inequities with a focus on the most impoverished populations worldwide, especially women and children. Dr. Ruger’s scholarship has scrutinized the existing global health architecture to… Read More

Heather Schofield, PhD

Heather Schofield, PhD

Scholar

India

BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Schofield is an economist studying development, health, and behavioral economics. Two primary ongoing areas of research include the role of health human capital (nutrition, pain management, adequate sleep) in economic productivity, cognitive function, and decision-making and the role of financial and social incentives in promoting healthy behaviors. Dr. Schofield completed her… Read More

Lawrence Shulman, MD

Lawrence Shulman, MD

Scholar

Haiti | Botswana | Rwanda

Implementation research | Delivery infrastructure | Global Oncology

BIO STATEMENT: I am Deputy Director for Clinical Services, and Director, Center for Global Cancer Medicine in the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn. I am a practicing medical oncologist with a specialization in breast cancer. I have worked with Paul Farmer's organization, Partners In Health, in Rwanda and Haiti since 2011, helping to lead the establishment of cancer programs at both sites. Since… Read More

Andrew P. Steenhoff, MBBCh, DCH

Andrew P. Steenhoff, MBBCh, DCH

Scholar

Botswana | Dominican Republic | Ethiopia | Nigeria

HIV/AIDS | Tuberculosis | Partnerships | Pediatrics

BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Andrew Steenhoff MBBCh, FAAP trained at the Univ. of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. After completing pediatric residencies at Chris-Hani Baragwanath Hospital & Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, he did Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), then was based in Botswana for 7.5 years as Associate Country Director & Research… Read More

Boris Striepen, PhD

Boris Striepen, PhD

Scholar

United States

Tropical diseases | OneHealth | Diarrheal disease | Malnutrition

BIO STATEMENT: Boris Striepen studied biology in Bonn and Marburg and after a postdoc in Philadelphia joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 2000. In 2017 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania. Boris is an expert in the cell and molecular biology of apicomplexan parasites. His current research focus is the parasite Cryptosporidium, a leading global cause of diarrheal disease in… Read More

Jordan W. Swanson, MD, MSc

Jordan W. Swanson, MD, MSc

Scholar

Madagascar | Nicaragua | Philippines | Indonesia | Jordan | Paraguay | Guatemala | Honduras

Global Surgery | Evidence-based Practices | Human-Centered Program Design

BIO STATEMENT: My innovation and research initiatives are focused principally on how surgical care can be better adapted to low-resource settings, through design of clinical devices and techniques, locally-driven leadership and team capability strengthening, and reorienting care pathways appropriate to local contexts and resources. I previously worked and lived in Nicaragua, collaborating with… Read More

Jessica Taaffe, PhD

Jessica Taaffe, PhD

Associate Scholar

South Africa | Belarus | Romania | Georgia | Azerbaijan | Moldova

HIV/AIDS | Malaria | Tuberculosis | Global Health Security | Public Health | OneHealth

BIO STATEMENT: I am global health and science professional, with a mission to advance global health through scientific practice, communication, and policy/advocacy. My biomedical expertise is in HIV and malaria immunopathogenesis, including in non-human primates. I specialize in the evaluation, translation, and dissemination of scientific evidence for global health policy and practice, and I have… Read More

Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD

Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD

Scholar

India | Uganda | Zimbabwe | Kenya

HIV/AIDS | Non-communicable disease | Health economics | Nutrition

BIO STATEMENT: Professor Thirumurthy’s interests lie at the intersection of economics and public health. His research seeks to design and evaluate interventions to promote health behaviors in low-income settings, particularly eastern and southern Africa. His work has focused on medication adherence, HIV prevention and treatment, and behaviors related to maternal and child health. He has led… Read More

Matthew Winterton, MD

Matthew Winterton, MD

Associate Scholar

Madagascar

Global Surgery | Healthcare Access | Technology in Low Resource Settings | Orthopedics

BIO STATEMENT: I am a faculty member as a Lecturer in Foreign Languages at the Penn Language Center, where I founded and have taught Malagasy, the indigenous language of Madagascar, for the past 5 years. Our program has grown to 2 faculty members and about 70 students across 5 classes, spanning Beginning through Advanced Malagasy; we recently had 3 Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) fellows… Read More

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