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    • Princess Ruhama Acheampong, PhD

      Princess Ruhama Acheampong, PhD

      International Scholar

        Lecturer, Health Promotion and Education, School of Public Health | Kwame Nkrumah University of Science of Technology (KNUST)

      Nutrition | Public Health | Informal settlements | Maternal Child Health | M-health | Non-communicable disease


      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Princess Ruhama Acheampong is a Lecturer at the School of Public Health of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. Having been motivated to find the ‘whys’ of losing her 5-year-old brother to anaemia due to malaria, Princess developed a passion for pursuing Nutrition and Public Health. Princess has since been involved in improving maternal and… Read More

    • Nahreen H. Ahmed, MD, MPH

      Nahreen H. Ahmed, MD, MPH


        Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Technology in Low Resource Settings | Critical care | Radiology

      Bangladesh | Colombia | Yemen | United States | Peru

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a second generation Bangladeshi-American, born in the US but with close ties in Dhaka, Bangladesh where I have paired with Dhaka Medical College and Hospital in a teaching endeavor in the area of Critical Care Ultrasound and curriculum development. My current role at HUP is not only in the area of clinical activities in Critical Care but also the role of faculty instructor in… Read More

    • Davis Elias Amani, MD

      Davis Elias Amani, MD

      International Scholar

        Research Fellow and Tutorial Assistant | Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

      Road Traffic Injuries | Disease Surveillance | Cancer epidemiology | Outbreaks

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: A low uptake of research for policy changes fuelled my interests in my new niche, dissemination research where I envision to promote stakeholders’ engagement and collaboration in addressing contemporary health challenges through generating and utilizing local evidence. In Tanzania and at MUHAS in particular, I have been engaged in overseeing capacity building courses and workshops… Read More

    • Marietta Ambrose, MD, MPH, FACC

      Marietta Ambrose, MD, MPH, FACC


        Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Cardiovascular Disease

      Haiti | Vietnam | United States | Jamaica

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a cardiologist with additional training in advanced cardiovascular imaging and women’s health, and an interest in improving global cardiovascular health. I am the director of Penn Cardiology International (University of Pennsylvania Cardiology Division’s International Outreach Section), and I lead its effort to contribute to improving global cardiovascular health. We develop… Read More

    • Tomas Andersen, MD, MPH

      Tomas Andersen, MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

      Vision impairment | Eye care | Preventable Blindness

      Botswana | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Tomas Andersen is a medical intern at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He pursued public health training during medical school to combine his long-standing interest in community engagement with his clinical interest in ophthalmology. For his MPH capstone project, he created a survey to screen for vision-related quality of life in homeless populations. Dr Andersen also spent… Read More

    • Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH

      Tonya Arscott-Mills, MD, MPH


        Research Director | Botswana-UPenn Partnership

      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

    • Sania Ashraf, PhD

      Sania Ashraf, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Research Scientist

      Maternal Child Health | Infectious disease | Health Behavior

      Bangladesh | India

      BIO STATEMENT: As a global health epidemiologist, Dr. Ashraf uses mixed research methods to design, test and evaluate the impact of context-specific interventions in low-income communities to improve health outcomes. Her research specializes in childhood diseases, and water, sanitation, hygiene (WASH) focused studies. Currently, her research is using a community based randomized trial to… Read More

    • Stephen Avery, PhD

      Stephen Avery, PhD


        Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology | University of Pennsylvania

      Radiology | Quality Improvement

      Tanzania, United Republic of | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: My goal is to develop a USA/Africa Radiation Oncology Core (ROC) dedicated to Research Education/training in Radiation oncology in Africa and providing desperately needed quality assurance tools for patient safety and research collaborations for cancer control. The establishment of such an ROC will significantly increase research/education capacity and ensure radiation/patient… Read More

    • Sila Bal MD, MPH

      Sila Bal MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology | Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

      Vision impairment | Eye care

      Ecuador | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: I was taught to see the world through a global perspective from a very young age and was fortunate to spend time working with NGOs during my undergraduate years. This soon translated into my passion for medicine and I continued to work with international groups during medical school. This background led to my pursuit of an MPH with a concentration in global health and I hope to… Read More

    • Timothy Becker, MD

      Timothy Becker, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician

      Adolescent health | HIV/AIDS | substance abuse | Mental health | Immigrant health

      Botswana | Chile | Liberia

      BIO STATEMENT: Tim Becker is a psychiatry resident in the global mental health track at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has longstanding interests in understanding social and cultural determinants of health and improving access to quality health services. During medical school at Penn, he spent two research blocks in Botswana, initially developing a head trauma database, and later… Read More

    • Rinad Beidas, PhD

      Rinad Beidas, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Chair and Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor of Medical Social Science at Northwestern University

      Implementation research | Evidence-based Practices

      Mozambique | Zambia

      BIO STATEMENT: Rinad S. Beidas, PhD, is Chair and Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor of Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Previously, Dr. Beidas served as founding Director of the University of Pennsylvania Implementation Science Center at the Leonard Davis Institute (PISCE@LDI) from 2017-2022. Dr. Beidas’s research leverages insights from… Read More

    • Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC

      Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC

      Associate Scholar

        Adjunct Associate Professor | Tufts University School of Medicine

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

      Bangladesh | Malawi | New Zealand | Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: Hannah Bergbower, MSN, MPH, CNM, WHNP-BC is a double-board certified Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife with a special focus on inequities and the social and behavioral determinants of public health. She currently provides full scope midwifery and women's health care services at Dekalb OB GYN Affiliates in Atlanta, Georgia. She has spent most of the last decade focusing on… Read More

    • Kevin Braat, MD

      Kevin Braat, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Physician | ENT and Allergy Associates, LLP

      Clinical care

      Guyana | Zambia

      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

    • Kent D. Bream, MD

      Kent D. Bream, MD


        Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Community Health | University of Pennsylvania

      Health Disparities | International Medical Education | Diabetes | Community health | Community Engagement | Non-communicable disease

      Guatemala | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Bream is a family physician who works in collaborative research, education, and clinical projects locally and globally with particular attention to underserved communities. He is known for productive and trusting professional relationships with the political, organizational, and social leaders building bridges between academia and communities. His approach focuses on the… Read More

    • César Augusto Briceño, MD

      César Augusto Briceño, MD


        Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology | University of Pennsylvania

      Medical Education | Surgical Instruction

      Brazil | Chile

      Bio statement: Dr. Briceño has set up educational collaborations with universities and professional societies in Chile, Colombia, Brazil and Peru. He has helped to train multiple students, residents and fellows from Latin America and has facilitated the formation of research collaborations. He is primarily interested in surgical education, and has been invited to speak and perform live surgery… Read More

    • Merrian J. Brooks, MD

      Merrian J. Brooks, MD


        Director of Pediatrics and Research at Botswana UPenn Partnership; Attending Physician of Adolescent Medicine Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

      global health equity | Health Equity | professional research development | Health Disparities | global adolescent health


      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Brooks is a graduate of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and holds a master in clinical sciences on comparative research and health disparities from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a residency in pediatrics from Cooper University Hospital and a clinical fellowship in adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. During her… Read More

    • Julianne E. Burns, MD, MSCE

      Julianne E. Burns, MD, MSCE

      Associate Scholar

        Attending Physician | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Vaccines | Epidemiology | Infectious disease | Pediatric Oncology

      Dominican Republic | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Julianne Burns, MD, MSCE is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellow at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at UC San Diego and conducted her residency in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. While an undergraduate, she interned at the Pan American Health Organization, where she analyzed global immunization… Read More

    • Erwin H. Calgua Guerra, MD, MSCE

      Erwin H. Calgua Guerra, MD, MSCE

      International Scholar

        Director of Research | University of San Carlos’s School of Medicine

      Non-communicable disease | Epidemiology | Medical ethics | HIV/AIDS | Gender violence | Malnutrition


      BIO STATEMENT: Erwin’s collaborative research efforts cover a wide range of topics including non-communicable diseases (NCDs), violence, malnutrition, adolescent health, stem cells, HIV and medical ethics. He is a tenured research faculty member and Director of Research at the University of San Carlos’s School of Medicine (the largest Public University in Guatemala) and holds research management… Read More

    • Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, PhD, DVM, MSPH

      Ricardo Castillo-Neyra, PhD, DVM, MSPH


        Assistant Professor | University of Pennsylvania

      OneHealth | Epidemiology | Public Health | Tropical diseases

      Guatemala | Peru

      BIO STATEMENT:I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, & Informatics in Perelman School of Medicine, and the scientific director of the Zoonotic Disease Research Lab (Penn and Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia). I study the eco-epidemiology of tropical diseases and use canine rabies as a system model to understand how the social and spatial features of… Read More

    • Rosa Chemwey Ndiema, MB ChB, MMed

      Rosa Chemwey Ndiema, MB ChB, MMed

      International Scholar

        Physician | Kenyatta National Hospital

      HIV/AIDS | Maternal Child Health | Reproductive health


      BIO STATEMENT: Maternal Health is my specialty and more specifically improving the quality of health care to women in Africa. Currently, as a chair of Reproductive Health Quality Assurance committee we regularly monitor both medical and non-medical processes that impact on quality maternal health and continuously brainstorm on ways to improve. Overall, this links with Global Health in an attempt… Read More

    • Youhai Harry Chen, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.B

      Youhai Harry Chen, Ph.D., M.Sc., M.B

      International Scholar

        Emeritus Professor of Pathology | Shenzehen Institute of Advanced Technology

      Medical Education | Pharmaceutical Education


      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Chen received his M.B. and M.Sc. from Shandong University, and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba, Canada. After a postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. He was a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine until 2020. In 2021, he became Chair Professor and Dean of School of… Read More

    • Kenechukwu Chudy Onwugaje MBBS, MPH, MS

      Kenechukwu Chudy Onwugaje MBBS, MPH, MS

      Associate Scholar

        Gastroenterologist/Interventional Endoscopist | BJC Healthcare System

      Health Systems Strengthening | Digestive Diseases | Global Endoscopy

      Nigeria | Rwanda

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Chudy-Onwugaje is a gastroenterologist currently pursuing advanced endoscopy training at HUP. His interests lie in the advancement of global digestive health equity and are particularly focused on expanding access to gastrointestinal endoscopy in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the co-investigator of a project supported by the University of Maryland President’s Global Impact Fund to… Read More

    • Ryan Close, MD, MPH

      Ryan Close, MD, MPH


        Medical Officer | Indian Health Service

      Pediatrics | Iron deficiency | Immunization policy

      Dominican Republic | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Global Health is an interaction between poverty and morbidity. Particular diseases that afflict the disenfranchised vary geographically, but impoverished persons everywhere share high rates of morbidity and mortality, particularly from illness that is preventable in the “general public”. I focus on novel, sustainable means to address common morbidities in these communities –… Read More

    • Susan Coffin, MD, MPH

      Susan Coffin, MD, MPH


        Professor of Pediatrics | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Pandemic influenza | Pediatrics | Infectious disease | Infection control

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

      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

    • Jennifer Elizabeth Cohn, MD, MPH

      Jennifer Elizabeth Cohn, MD, MPH


        Clinical Assistant Professor

      Innovation | HIV/AIDS | Access to health products | Tuberculosis | Market dynamics | Viral Hepatitis

      Cameroon | China | India | Kenya | Ethiopia | Nigeria | Philippines | Sri Lanka | Thailand | Uganda | Vietnam | Zimbabwe

      BIO STATEMENT - Dr. Jennifer Cohn is an infectious disease physician with a focus on improving access to and uptake of effective health products and models of care in low- and middle-income countries. She currently serves as the Global Access Leader for the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP), and is a clinical associate professor of Infectious Diseases and Scholar at… Read More

    • Corrado Cancedda MD, PhD

      Corrado Cancedda MD, PhD


        Director | Botswana- Upenn Partnership

      Health Equity | Capacity-building | Academic Partnerships | Human Resources for Health | Sustainability | Health Systems Strengthening | Antimicrobial Resistance

      Botswana | Lesotho

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Corrado Cancedda is Director of the Botswana University of Pennsylvania Partnership and Strategic Advisor for Academic Partnerships at the Center for Global Health of the Perelman School of Medicine, at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his current position, he was Associate Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr… Read More

    • Kumarasen Cooper, MD, PhD.

      Kumarasen Cooper, MD, PhD.


        Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

      Teaching | Surgical Pathology

      South Africa

      BIO STATEMENT: I have spent two months/year since 2016 at University of Botswana (under umbrella of UB-Penn Partnership) teaching and training residents at UB. Since April 2017, seven Penn Pathology residents, one medical student and one pathology assistant, have accompanied me and teaching UB residents. In addition i have performed clinical work (signed out surgical pathology cases with… Read More

    • Torrey A. Creed, PhD

      Torrey A. Creed, PhD


        Assistant Professor of Psychiatry | University of Pennsylvania

      Sustainability | Evidence-based Practices | cognitive behavioral therapy | Mental health | fidelity | Health Equity

      Rwanda | Haiti

      BIO STATEMENT: As founder of the Penn Collaborative for CBT & Implementation Science, I lead a team of experts in the development and evaluation of strategies to implement and sustain evidence-based mental health practices (particularly cognitive behavior therapy) in under-resourced communities. Domestically, we focus on Medicaid-funded community mental health systems. Globally, I serve as Health… Read More

    • Farouk Dako, MD, MPH

      Farouk Dako, MD, MPH


        Assistant Professor - Department of Radiology

      Imaging | Artifical Inteligence | Radiology Education | Enterprise Advancement


      BIO STATEMENT: I have worked in global radiology for over 5 years with focus in Nigeria, mainly through RAD-AID International. I am interested in advancing radiology in underserved areas and increasing radiology's role in global health promotion Read More

    • Kassa Darge, MD, PhD,DTMP, FSAR, FESUR

      Kassa Darge, MD, PhD,DTMP, FSAR, FESUR


        Radiologist-in-Chief | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

      Pediatric Radiology

      Brazil | Ethiopia | South Africa

      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

        Postdoctoral Fellow | Saint Joseph's University

      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

    • Maryann Delea, MPH, PhD

      Maryann Delea, MPH, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Postdoctoral Fellow | Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

      Global water | Epidemiology | sanitation | Tropical diseases | & hygiene | Environmental health

      Ethiopia | India | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Maryann is a social epidemiologist who combines theory with epidemiological methods to elucidate relationships between socio-structural factors and health and development outcomes. She is particularly interested in leveraging such evidence to design effective programming and policy solutions. She aims to: 1) improve health and contribute to development by investigating factors… Read More

    • Nicholas J. Diamond, JD, LLM, MBE

      Nicholas J. Diamond, JD, LLM, MBE

      Associate Scholar

        Director and Global Health Practice Leader | Crowell & Moring International

      United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Nicholas J. Diamond, J.D., LL.M., M.B.E. is an expert on global and U.S. health law, policy, and ethics. He currently works at Avalere Health, an advisory firm in Washington, DC, where his clients include biopharmaceutical companies, health insurers, advocacy organizations, and private equity firms. Concurrently, Nick is also: an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law, a… Read More

    • Brian Samuel Englander, MD

      Brian Samuel Englander, MD


        Chairman, Department of Radiology, Pennsylvania Hospital

      Breast cancer | Women's health

      Egypt | Haiti | Israel | Mongolia | Romania | Sri Lanka | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT:I am a diagnostic radiologist, with sub-specialization in breast imaging and intervention. I have a particular interest in addressing women's health inequities regionally and globally. I am Chair of the Department of Radiology at Pennsylvania Hospital. As a 2018 Eisenhower Fellow (USA), I visited Mongolia and Israel to understand cultural, religious, and ethnic barriers to health… Read More

    • Tara Marie Friebel, MPH

      Tara Marie Friebel, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania

      Epidemiology | Global Oncology


      BIO STATEMENT: I received my MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and subsequently worked at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, I was involved with studies of genetics, risk factors, early detection and prevention efforts to reduce the morbidity and mortality of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer. Currently I am a PhD candidate in Epidemiology focusing my dissertation… Read More

    • Michael Glick, DMD

      Michael Glick, DMD


        Executive Director for the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health

      Oral Health


      BIO STATEMENT: Michael Glick is Professor and Executive Director, Center for Integrative Global Oral Health, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Glick has authored more than 300 publications, including original research articles, editorials, and book chapters, and has written, edited and co-edited 10 textbooks. Dr. Glick is the immediate past Dean, School of Dental… Read More

    • Robert Gross, MD, MSCE

      Robert Gross, MD, MSCE


        Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

      smoking cessation | HIV/AIDS | Delivery of Care | STIs | substance use


      Bio statement: Director, International Core, Penn CFAR. HIV clinical investigation and clinical research training. Read More

    • Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH

      Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH


        Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Oncology | HPV | Radiation oncology

      Botswana | India | South Africa | Zambia

      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

        MD-PhD Candidate | University of Pennsylvania

      Public Health | Technology in Low Resource Settings

      Ghana | Botswana

      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

    • Ha Minh Thuy, MD

      Ha Minh Thuy, MD

      International Scholar

        Curriculum Development Manager | VinUniversity

      clinical medicine | Medical Education | health sciences | internal medicine


      BIO STATEMENT:Dr Ha Minh Thuy currently serves as Curriculum Development Manager for MD program in the College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity. After graduation in 2011, Dr Thuy had experiences working in the Oncology department in both local and international hospitals. Within this current position, Dr Thuy has considerable contribution in designing the curriculum for MD program including… Read More

    • Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS , PhD

      Denis Hadjiliadis, MD, MHS , PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Associate Professor of Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      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

    • Muge Haseki, PhD

      Muge Haseki, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Post Doc at Penn Law School

      Technology in Low Resource Settings | Law | Telemedicine

      United States | Nepal

      BIO-STATEMENT Müge Haseki is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at Penn Law, and working on a project that partially focuses on the evaluation and assessment of technology-based health initiatives in LMICs in the Global South. She is particularly interested in the structural inequalities in accessing to and using of technology-based interventions… Read More

    • Norrisa Adriana Haynes, MD, MPH

      Norrisa Adriana Haynes, MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Cardiology Fellow

      Non-communicable disease | Golbal Cardiovascular Health


      BIO ATTACHED: Norrisa Haynes MD, MPH is a third year cardiology fellow at UPenn. Dr. Haynes attended Yale for undergrad and Columbia University for medical school and internal medicine residency. She obtained her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. Through Partners in Health (PIH), Dr. Haynes worked at Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais (HUM), in Haiti. She worked as a junior attending for… Read More

    • Ryan C. Henrici, MD, PhD

      Ryan C. Henrici, MD, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Lecturer| University of Pennsylvania

      Sickle Cell Disease | Malaria | Capacity-building | Infectious disease

      United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Uganda

      BIO STATEMENT:Neglected diseases affect millions of people each year, inflicting enormous public health and economic cost to developing nations. In many cases, antimicrobial drug resistance and non-communicable comorbidities multiply these costs and complicate global efforts to improve child and adult health. I work at the intersections of biology, drug development, and clinical medicine with a… Read More

    • Meredith Rose Hickson, MD

      Meredith Rose Hickson, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Pincus Global Health Fellow | Global Health Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Pediatric Critical Care | Health Systems Strengthening | Implementation Science | Pediatric Hospital Medicine

      Botswana | Uganda | Senegal

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Hickson graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed a pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She started working in global health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, where she supported rural health facilities and community health workers as a Preventative Health Educator. During medical school, Dr. Hickson was an… Read More

    • Ari Ho-Foster, BSc, MSc

      Ari Ho-Foster, BSc, MSc

      International Scholar

        Assistant Programme Director | University of Botswana Faculty of Medicine - Research and Graduate Studies Office

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


      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

    • John Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI

      John Holmes, PhD, FACE, FACMI


        Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology | University of Pennsylvania

      Injury Prevention | Epidemiology | Disease Surveillance | Capacity-building | Informatics

      Botswana | Italy | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: John H. Holmes, PhD, is Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics. He is Associate Director of the Penn Institute for Biomedical Informatics and chairs the Doctoral Program in Epidemiology. He has mentored pre- and post-doctoral students at Penn, University of Botswana, and Universities of Pavia and Verona,… Read More

    • Joseph N Jarvis, MSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, DTM

      Joseph N Jarvis, MSc, MBBS, MRCP, PhD, DTM


        Professor of Tropical Medicine and International Medicine | London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

      Meningitis | Epidemiology | Immunology | HIV/AIDS | Clinical Trials | Opportunistic Infections | Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)

      Botswana | France | Malawi | Tanzania, United Republic of | Uganda | Zimbabwe | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | South Africa

      BIO STATEMENT: I am an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher based full time in Botswana, where I have been working for the Botswana-Upenn Partnership since February 2014. My primary research interest is in HIV-related opportunistic infections, in particular those affecting the central nervous system (CNS). I have recently completed a phase II clinical trial exploring novel… Read More

    • Michelle J. Johnson, PhD

      Michelle J. Johnson, PhD


        Associate Professor (PSOM) and Secondary Faculty Appointment - SEAS Bioengineering


      Botswana | Costa Rica | Italy | Mexico | Jamaica

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Johnson directs the Rehabilitation Robotic Research and Design Laboratory, which specializes in the design, development, and therapeutic use of novel, affordable, intelligent robotic assistants for rehabilitation in high and low-resource environments. The lab emphasizes the use of neuroscience, robotics and sensors to support functional recovery in adults and children with… Read More

    • Atul A. Kalanuria, MD, FACP, MHCI

      Atul A. Kalanuria, MD, FACP, MHCI

      Associate Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Anesthesia and Critical Care | University of Pennsylvania

      Neurology | Brain and Spinal Diseases

      India | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a neuro-intensivist at Penn, and I specialize in the management of acute brain and spine diseases. The outcome of acute neurological diseases such as stroke and traumatic brain and spine injuries depends heavily on the care given within the first few hours. The exploration of the scope of practice and ability of providers to care for such patients in resource scare… Read More

    • Vinay Kampalath, MD, DTMH

      Associate Scholar

        Fellow | Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

      Humanitarian assistance | Refugee health

      Bangladesh | Lao People's Democratic Republic | South Africa | Botswana | India | Jordan | Greece | Sierra Leone | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Vinay N. Kampalath is a fellow in pediatric emergency medicine and global health at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has engaged in patient care, clinical education, and public health work in Laos, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Jordan, Greece, Botswana, South Africa, and Sierra Leone. His specific interests include humanitarian crises, refugee health, and providing… Read More

    • Jonathan Kantor, MD, MSCE, MA

      Jonathan Kantor, MD, MSCE, MA


        Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology | University of Pennsylvania

      Telemedicine | Medical Education | Artifical Inteligence

      France | Haiti | South Africa | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | United States

      BIO STATEMENT:Dr Jonathan Kantor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Perelman School of Medicine. Jonathan is editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology International, the author/ editor of four textbooks published by McGraw-Hill, and the author of over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. Born in South Africa and educated in… Read More

    • Daniel Kantor, MD, FAAN

      Daniel Kantor, MD, FAAN

      Associate Scholar

        President Emeritus, Florida Society of Neurology

      Health outcomes | Health economics | Patient advocacy | Neurology | Standardization of care across different health systems


      BIO STATEMENT: Daniel Kantor, MD, FAAN is President Emeritus of the Florida Society of Neurology. After studying Literary Theory and Computer Science & Engineering at Penn, he enrolled in the charter class of the Ben-Gurion University -- Columbia University Collaboration in Global Health & Medicine. After completing Neurology residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, he chose to remain… Read More

    • Debbie Kantor APRN, MSN

      Debbie Kantor APRN, MSN

      Associate Scholar

        Founder and CEO of Hero Medical | Co-Founder of Constant Connection

      Acute Care | Mental health | Head Injury | Triage

      Australia | Israel | Kenya

      Debbie Kantor APRN, MSN is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner trained at Penn, where she sat on the Clinical Faculty of the Penn School of Nursing from 1999-2005. She is the Founder and CEO of Hero Medical, a MedTech company tackling the prehospital care of head injuries and stroke. According to WHO, Traumatic Brain Injury is the leading cause of trauma-related death and disability around the… Read More

    • Iliana V. Kohler, PhD

      Iliana V. Kohler, PhD


        Associate Director | Population Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania

      Aging | Mental health | Cognition | Non-communicable disease | Health Systems Strengthening

      Burkina Faso | Malawi | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: I am social demographer interested in the demographic, health and social aspects of aging in low and middle income contexts. My approach to study global health, aging and mortality is based on the life-course perspective and in several projects and publications in collaboration with other researchers we have shown the long legacy of early childhood factors on health outcomes in… Read More

    • Carrie L. Kovarik, MD

      Carrie L. Kovarik, MD


        Professor of Dermatology | University of Pennsylvania

      Informatics | HIV/AIDS | Healthcare Access | Telemedicine

      Botswana | Guatemala | Malawi | Tanzania, United Republic of | Peru | Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

      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

    • Priti Lal, MD

      Priti Lal, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Director of GU Pathology, Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Bladder and Kidney Cancer | Global Oncology | Medical Education | Prostate Cancer


      BIO STATEMENT: As part of the CGH community, my primary interest is teaching and mentoring students from countries in Africa who have an interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the current diagnostic and molecular tools as applied to prostate, kidney, and bladder cancer. Dr. Lal is the Director of GU Pathology, Associate Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine | University of… Read More

    • Krzysztof Laudanski, MD, PhD, MA, FCCM

      Krzysztof Laudanski, MD, PhD, MA, FCCM

      Associate Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care | University of Pennsylvania

      Brain drain | Protocol development

      Brazil | China | Croatia | South Africa | Tanzania, United Republic of | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: I have been interested in global health for several years. I participated on several clinical, research and supportive appointments in Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam, People Republic of China, Tanzania and Croatia. My research focus on the mechanism preventing "brain drain" from the low-income countries. I specifically study mechanisms how the transfer of knowledge occur and what… Read More

    • Linh Cu Le MD, PhD

      Linh Cu Le MD, PhD

      International Scholar

        Vice Dean - College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

      Adolescent health | Reproductive health | Injury Prevention | Cancer epidemiology

      China | India | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr Linh worked almost 17 years at Hanoi University of Public Health and dedicatedly contributed to the delivery of the very first Master and Doctoral program of Public Health in Vietnam as well as capacity building and health sciences education reform at national scale. Dr Linh joined Vinmec – the leading private healthcare system in Vietnam in 2014, and played an instrumental role… Read More

    • Joseph Leanza, MD

      Joseph Leanza, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Global Emergency Medicine Fellow | Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

      Climate Change | Emergency Medicine | Medical Education | Humanitarian Response

      Bangladesh | Pakistan | Iraq

      BIO STATEMENT: Joseph Leanza is an Emergency Medicine physician at the University of Pennsylvania with an interest in emergency medicine systems, disaster and humanitarian response, education, and environmental health. Within the NGO Global Response Management, he is the project lead for emergency medicine specialty and EMS systems development in Federal Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan. He also works… Read More

    • Shaun Wen Huey Lee

      Shaun Wen Huey Lee

      International Scholar

        Associate Professor | Monash University School of Pharmacy

      Tuberculosis | Quality Use of Medicine

      Vietnam | Malaysia

      BIO STATEMENT: Shaun Lee is a pharmacist by profession and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Pharmacy at Monash University Malaysia. His research is highly interdisciplinary and uses methods from the social sciences, public health, clinical medicine, and epidemiology. His current research focuses on population health, in relation to how public interventions can have an… Read More

    • Michael Z. Levy, PhD

      Michael Z. Levy, PhD


        Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Biostatistics and Epidemiology | University of Pennsylvania

      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

    • Pranee Liamputtong, PhD

      Pranee Liamputtong, PhD

      International Scholar

        Professor of Behavior Sciences | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences

      Australia | Iraq | Jamaica | Japan | Malaysia | Thailand | United States | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a medical anthropologist and have interests in the health of women, children, immigrants, refugees, older people, and transgender individuals. I am interested in issues relating to motherhood, reproductive health, sexuality, sexual health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and the global pandemic. I have undertaken many research projects with refugee and immigrant women… Read More

    • Renyu Liu, MD, PhD

      Renyu Liu, MD, PhD


        Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, and Neurology, University of Pennsylvania | Co-Chair of the World Stroke Organization Taskforce for Prehospital Care (WSOTPC)


      China | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Liu is a physician scientist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine. One of Dr Liu’s primary interests is to reduce prehospital delays for stroke victims world-wide by working with a global multi-disciplinary team. After successfully implementing his novel Stroke education strategy, Stroke 120 in China… Read More

    • Elizabeth Dawn Lowenthal, MD,MSCE

      Elizabeth Dawn Lowenthal, MD,MSCE

        Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Epidemiology | University of Pennsylvania

      HIV/AIDS | Pediatrics

      Botswana | Dominican Republic

      BIO STATEMENT: After living in Botswana from 2004-2008 and serving as the Clinic Director of the Botswana-Baylor Children's Clinical Centre of Excellence at that time, I came to Penn for Epidemiology training and stayed here as faculty of the medical school. I am now Research Director for Global Health at CHOP and I have active research in Botswana and the Dominican Republic. I mentor numerous… Read More

    • Paul Lu, MD

      Paul Lu, MD


        Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Capacity-building | International Medical Education

      Botswana | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Paul Lu’s clinical and research interests are focused on medical education and global health. Locally, he co-directs the PSOM Global Health Pre-Departure Training Course for health professional students interested in global health electives. Internationally, he supports the VinGroup-Penn Alliance and has helped develop both undergraduate and graduate medical education… Read More

    • Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, DDS

      Kevin Sheng-Kai Ma, DDS

      International Scholar

        Lecturer and Research fellow

      Adverse drug reactions | Epidemiology | Infectious disease | Environmental health

      Taiwan, Province of China

      BIO STATEMENT:Dr. Ma leads clinical studies at National Taiwan University, Taiwan using population-based cohort registry and multi-national intramural databases. His main research interests include infectious diseases and adverse drug reactions. As a previous scholar at Penn, he keeps close collaborations with faculty at Penn. Through integrating sociodemographics, lifestyle survey, environmental… Read More

    • Shannon Marquez, PhD, MEng

      Shannon Marquez, PhD, MEng

      Associate Scholar

        Dean of Global Engagement & Professor | Columbia University

      gender equity and social inclusion | Maternal Child Health | capacity building and health-systems strengthening | Global water | livelihood and resilience | sanitation & hygiene

      Brazil | Cameroon | China | Cuba | Equatorial Guinea | France | Ethiopia | Gambia | Ghana | India | Japan | Lesotho | Liberia | Mali | Malawi | Mozambique | Nigeria | Rwanda | Senegal | Sierra Leone | South Africa | Switzerland | Uganda | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Zambia | Zimbabwe

      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

    • Yehoda Martei, MD, MSCE

      Yehoda Martei, MD, MSCE


        Assistant Professor of Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Oncology

      Botswana | Ghana | Uganda

      BIO STATEMENT: I am an attending physician in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at Penn. My research focuses on evaluating and improving access to cancer medicines and treatment outcomes in breast cancer patients in sub Saharan Africa, and assessing the impact of access to essential medicines for cancer treatment in low- and middle- income countries, on clinical outcomes among cancer patients.… Read More

    • Sergio N. Martinez, MD

      Sergio N. Martinez, MD

      International Scholar

        Director of Clinical Education | Universidad Francisco Marrqouin

      Bioethics | Global Surgery | Chronic Diseases | Orthopedics | Trauma


      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Sergio Martinez is an orthopedic surgeon and the Director of Clinical Education at the Universidad Francisco Marrqouin (UFM) in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Early in Medical school, he was exposed to professionals practicing in different health systems at a local and international level. A global health conscience quickly became part of his everyday thinking and throughout all… Read More

    • Yohana Mashalla, MD, PhD

      Yohana Mashalla, MD, PhD

      International Scholar

        Professor of Biomedical Science | University of Botswana

      Monitoring & Evaulation | Program management | Leadership

      Angola | Botswana | Malawi | South Africa | Namibia | Tanzania, United Republic of | Zambia | Zimbabwe

      BIO STATEMENT: Currently I am the Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences involved in teaching, providing service and research and the Co-Director of the Afya Bora Consortium. The curricula for training of doctors, nurses and public health specialists in sub Saharan Africa are compact and do not prepare graduates to lead large global health programs in the region. We developed the Afya Bora Consortium… Read More

    • Monica Matsumoto, MD

      Monica Matsumoto, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

      Supply Chain Development | Refugee health | Radiology Education | Interventional Radiology

      Jordan | Peru

      BIO STATEMENT: I am an interventional radiology resident and part of the Radiology Health Equity Track. I started working in international health as an undergraduate at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, followed by a Fulbright Fellowship in Jordan, and then decided to pursue medicine as a tool to make a positive impact on people around the world. I want to build upon my… Read More

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

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


        Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

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


      BIO STATEMENT: Ryan's global health interests focus on vulnerable populations, refugee and migrant health, disaster response, and medical education in developing settings. From 2014-2018, Ryan completed several missions with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan and Egypt. From 2019-2021, Ryan was based in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of the Vingroup-Penn Partnership and… Read More

    • Cramer A. McCullen, MD, MPH

      Cramer A. McCullen, MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

      HIV/AIDS | Health Systems Strengthening | Health Equity

      Guatemala | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: I believe that health and poverty are intertwined and that health is essential for the development of individuals, communities and countries. As such, I have spent significant time in Central America working on HIV surveillance, product development, and qualitative research to address health disparities for patients on the "borders", both physical and social, patients with… Read More

    • Mooketsi Molefi, MB ChB, MSCE

      Mooketsi Molefi, MB ChB, MSCE

      International Scholar

        Lecturer | University of Botswana Faculty of Medicine

      Epidemiology | Health Informatics | Biostatistics


      BIO STATEMENT: As a young academician and researcher, I aspire to grow professionally. My area of focus has largely been around HIV/AIDS particularly Cryptococcal disease research at clinical trials level. I have done some TB work with colleagues. Through this opportunity I would like to expand my scope to morbidity measures such as quality of life assessment for patients living with HIV/AIDS, TB… Read More

    • Billy Morara Tsima, MD

      Billy Morara Tsima, MD

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer and Family Physician | University of Botswana

      Basic Life Support/Resuscitation | HIV/AIDS | Mental health | Maternal Child Health


      BIO STATEMENT: As a family physician, my practice of medicine involves providing medical care to a wide variety of people. Serving in primary care settings provides a unique opportunity to interact with undifferentiated patients from different backgrounds. It became evident early in my exposure to this situation that equity in health is important and addressing it is an ongoing effort requiring a… Read More

    • Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya, PhD

      Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya, PhD

      International Scholar

        Lecturer | Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology

      Nutrition | Epidemiology | Biostatistics | HIV/AIDS | Environmental health

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: I have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), a Masters of Medical Sciences (Tohoku University,Japan) and a PhD in Theoretical Epidemiology (Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Japan). Right after my first degree I was employed by the UW PEPFAR-funded International Training and Education Center for Health - ITECH in Tanzania as a Curriculum… Read More

    • Maham N. Munawar, DO, MS

      Maham N. Munawar, DO, MS

      Associate Scholar

        Global Health Fellow - Penn Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship | University of Pennsylvania

      capacity building and health-systems strengthening | Nutrition | Emergency Medicine | Women's health

      Pakistan | Bangladesh | Iraq

      BIO STATEMENT: Maham is from Texas and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Science as well as her medical degree at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency training at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois. Her academic interests include, but are not… Read More

    • Pranay Nadella, MPhil

      Pranay Nadella, MPhil

      Associate Scholar

        MD Candidate | University of Pennsylvania

      Healthcare Policy | Community health | Health Systems Strengthening

      India | Tanzania, United Republic of | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a medical student at the University of Pennsylvania and I received my Masters in Epidemiology from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. My passions are for improved healthcare delivery and health system strengthening in under-resourced settings. Specifically, I am interested in how the social determinants of health impede access to healthcare and how… Read More

    • Nhung Thi Nguyen

      Nhung Thi Nguyen

      International Scholar

        Physiology Faculty | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences

      Phosphate toxicity | Mitochondrial-related disease | Metabolic disease | Vascular Calcification


      BIO STATEMENT: I am Dr. Nhung Thi Nguyen, currently I am a lecturer in Physiology of the College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity. I have spent for more than 5 years doing research in Physiology to discover the potential therapeutic target for several metabolic diseases. My research concentrates on the toxicity high serum phosphate, particularly in the development of vascular calcification in… Read More

    • Huyen Thi Hoa Nguyen, PhD, RN

      Huyen Thi Hoa Nguyen, PhD, RN

      International Scholar

        Associate Professor | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences, Nursing

      Mental health | Chronic Diseases | Women's health

      Australia | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Huyen Nguyen has more than 15 years teaching in nursing field. With her research interests in chronic diseases, mental health and women's health, she has joined a number of national and international research projects. Currently, Dr Huyen is working as a nurse researcher and lecturer at VinUniversity, Vietnam. While joining in teaching nursing students, Dr Huyen has obtained a… Read More

    • Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla MPH

      Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla MPH

      Associate Scholar

        MD Candidate | University of Washington

      Health Disparities | Epidemiology | Medical Education | Medical anthropology | Neurological Surgery | Immigrant health

      Guatemala | Mexico

      BIO STATEMENT: Edwin Nieblas-Bedolla is a medical student at the University of Washington. He is originally from Mexico. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona before pursuing graduate studies in public health at the University of Pennsylvania. He hopes to facilitate access to neurosurgical care for medically underserved communities and contribute to scientific… Read More

    • Abass M. Noor, MD

      Abass M. Noor, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

      Diagnostic Imaging | International Medical Education | Health Equity | Health Disparities

      Botswana | Ethiopia | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Abass Noor, MD is a Somali-American resident in Diagnostic Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noor completed his undergraduate education at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and received his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, RI). Given his experiences as a refugee from Somalia, Dr. Noor has long held… Read More

    • Joseph Nwadiuko, MD, MPH

      Joseph Nwadiuko, MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

      Refugee health | Health Systems Strengthening

      Mexico | South Africa | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Joseph Nwadiuko is a General Internal Medicine Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Having worked in 8 nations, his broad interest is in the intersection of global health systems, physician and patient migration, and behavioral economics. He has been published in JAMA, The Lancet, spoken at the State Department and USAID, and is an consultant for the World Bank Migration and… Read More

    • Obadia Venance Nyongole, MD

      Obadia Venance Nyongole, MD

      International Scholar

        Instructor of Medicine - Infectious Disease | University of Pennsylvania

      Health Systems Strengthening | Medical Education | Genitourinary Oncology

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: For the past fifteen years, my research focus has been on the delineation of dynamics of health systems, Medical education, surgical and urological conditions, developing evidence-based guidelines on improving quality of health services, prevention and control strategies. I have provided technical expertise and leadership roles in various programs/projects in Tanzania, and… Read More

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

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

      Associate Scholar

        Medical Director | The Poison Control Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

      Pediatrics | Environmental health | International Medical Education

      United States

      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


        Director of International Pediatric Radiology Education and Outreach | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

      Pediatric Radiology | International Medical Education

      Ethiopia | Botswana | Malawi | Argentina | Peru

      BIO STATEMENT:Currently, I serve as the director of global education of outreach for the radiology department at CHOP and the Outreach lead of the World Federation of Pediatric Imaging and coordinate additional educational projects and teleradiology services for partners throughout the world. As a pediatric radiologist, I have also participated in educational pediatric radiology projects in… Read More

    • Alex Oyengo Otieno, MPH

      Alex Oyengo Otieno, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice | Arcadia University

      Teaching | Health and human rights | Peace and Conflict | Sustainability | Policy

      Botswana | Kenya | South Africa | Nigeria | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Alex Oyengo Otieno is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Arcadia University. He is interested in global health policy with a focus on health and human rights, sustainable development and peace and security. He is particularly interested in the role of international higher education in contributing to public narrative on global health… Read More

    • Michael Owens, MD

      Michael Owens, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Emergency Physician | Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

      Emergency Medicine | Public Health | Medical Education | Disaster response | Infectious disease

      Angola | Vietnam | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Owens is an Emergency Physician at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, Director of the Navy’s Global Health Fellowship, and Assistant Professor at the USU and EVMS. He received his MPH from the University of Massachusetts and CEM from IAEM. His is the current Medical Director for the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Medical Response Team. Dr. Owens recent duties include directing… Read More

    • Ellis Owusu-Dabo, MB ChB, PhD

      Ellis Owusu-Dabo, MB ChB, PhD

      International Scholar

        Professor | Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

      Tuberculosis | Infectious disease | Diabetes


      BIO STATEMENT: As a scientist, public health consultant, and lecturer, Prof. Ellis Owusu-Dabo’s expertise is mainly in population genomics of type II diabetes and Tuberculosis in low-income settings. Over the last decade, he has gained extensive experience in teaching and research at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He has successfully secured funding and led… Read More

    • Giacomo Maria Paganotti, PhD

      Giacomo Maria Paganotti, PhD


        Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases | University of Pennsylvania

      Breast cancer | HIV/AIDS | Pharmacogenetics | Malaria | HPV

      Botswana | Cameroon

      BIO STATEMENT: My role in Botswana is to lead the Botswana-UPenn Partnership molecular laboratory (2014 to date). The main stakeholders are faculties and students from the local University of Botswana (Health Sciences, Biology, Medicine). In addition, we have collaborations with Penn, University of South Carolina, Duke University, McMaster University, the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy)… Read More

    • Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, MD, MPH

      Alejandra Paniagua-Avila, MD, MPH

      International Scholar

        Adjunct Fellow | Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania

      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

    • Brianna E. Parsons VMD, MSEd

      Brianna E. Parsons VMD, MSEd

      Associate Scholar

        Lecturer in Sustainable Agriculture | School of Veterinary Medicine - New Bolton Center

      Gambia | Botswana

    • Jennifer Prah, PhD

      Jennifer Prah, PhD


        Professor of Health Equity, Economics, and Policy | University of Pennsylvania

      India | Ghana | Indonesia | Malawi | Morocco | United States | Korea, Republic of | South Africa | Vietnam | Senegal

      BIO STATEMENT: Jennifer Prah 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. Prah’s scholarship has scrutinized the existing global health architecture to… Read More

    • Madiha Raees, MD

      Madiha Raees, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

      Neurocritical Care | Malaria | Implementation Science | Pediatrics | Brain Injury


      BIO:Madiha Raees, MD joined the Division of Critical Care Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as an attending physician and clinical instructor in summer 2021. Outside of her clinical work in pediatric intensive care unit, she has a deep interest in optimizing healthcare provision for children in variably resourced regions. She is currently studying proposed biomarkers of brain… Read More

    • Jesse M. Raiten, MD


        Associate Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care | University of Pennsylvania

      Anesthesiology and Critical Care | Quality Improvement

      Malaysia | Nepal | Rwanda

      BIO STATEMENT: My work in global health focuses on educational development and capacity building in anesthesiology and critical care in Africa and Asia, most recently in Rwanda, Nepal and Malaysia. I strive to collaborate with local physicians and health care providers to improve quality of care and operational flow in the operating rooms and intensive care units, develop quality assurance… Read More

    • Aaron Richterman, MD, MPH

      Aaron Richterman, MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Instructor of Medicine - Infectious Disease | University of Pennsylvania


      BIO STATEMENT: Aaron Richterman, MD, MPH is a physician-scientist specializing in infectious diseases, and an Instructor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to complete the Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where his clinical and research focus… Read More

    • Michael N. Rubenstein, MD

      Michael N. Rubenstein, MD


        Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology | University of Pennsylvania

      Low-resource Settings | Medical Education | Neurology

      Tanzania, United Republic of | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Michael Rubenstein has traveled to Northern Tanzania twice annually for the last decade to provide neurological education to community caregivers at a rural clinic as well as to provide care to neurological patients in the district of Karatu, Tanzania. He has worked with the Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME), a non-profit, NGO that provides healthcare to this… Read More

    • Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH

      Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH


        Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

      Education | Emergency Care Systems | Development

      Pakistan | Bangladesh

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH is working to develop Global Emergency Medicine programming for residents, fellows, and faculty within the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine. Throughout her career, her work in Global Emergency Medicine has involved research, education, clinical care, and/or… Read More

    • Julia R. Schiff, MD,MPH

      Julia R. Schiff, MD,MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

      Humanitarian Emergencies | Infectious disease | Environmental health | Medical Education

      United States | Ghana | Pakistan

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Julia Schiff is an Internal Medicine physician and current Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Pennsylvania and has an MPH in Global Health. Her interests include the intersections of complex humanitarian emergencies, climate change/natural disasters, and the impact on human health including infectious diseases and trauma burden. She has been involved in projects,… Read More

    • Heather Schofield, PhD

      Heather Schofield, PhD


        Assistant Professor, Medical Ethics and Health Policy | University of Pennsylvania

      India | Bangladesh

      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

    • Alex Shpenev, PhD

      Alex Shpenev, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Postdoctoral Fellow | Populations Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania

      India | Russian Federation | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: A demographer and sociologist with a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA in Statistics from the Wharton School, Dr. Shpenev teaches the MBDS elective Statistical Reasoning for Behavioral Science. Since coming to Penn, his interests have included understanding the educational gradient in health and mortality, specifically at the intersection with the sociology of the… Read More

    • Lawrence Shulman, MD

      Lawrence Shulman, MD


        Professor of Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Oncology | Delivery infrastructure | Implementation research

      Botswana | Greece | Haiti | Rwanda

      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

    • Zarrin Seema Sididqui, MD, PhD

      Zarrin Seema Sididqui, MD, PhD

      International Scholar

        MD Program Director | College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

      Mental health | Women's health

      Australia | Pakistan | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Siddiqui is leading the MD Program at VinUniversity. She is a Psychiatrist with a PhD in Medical Education. Her career started as a medical educator at the WHO Collaborating Centre in the EMRO region followed by British Council and AusAID Fellowships. Before joining VinUniversity, she worked as assessment lead at the University of western Australia for 16 years. Dr. Siddiqui… Read More

    • Ian S. Soriano FACS, FASMBS, FPALES

      Ian S. Soriano FACS, FASMBS, FPALES

      Associate Scholar

        Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery | University of California San Francisco, ACS-NSQIP Surgeon Champion and APP Lead Physician at UCSF-Parnassus

      Laparoscopic Surgery | Robotic Surgery


      BIO STATEMENT: I completed medical school in the Philippines and migrated to the US in 2000. After surgical residency and fellowship, I have collaborated with surgeons in the Philippines and Southeast Asia on education and training in laparoscopic and robotic surgery for the past 12 years. My joint appointment at the University of the Philippines since 2012 allowed me to participate in… Read More

    • Juan Manuel Sotelo, MD, PhD, MPH

      Juan Manuel Sotelo, MD, PhD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        PAHO/WHO Director Subregional Program for Central American and the Dominican Republic

      Multilateral and Bilateral Technical Cooperation | Strategic Planning | Resource Mobilization | Universal Health

      Argentina | Barbados | Bolivia (Plurinational State of) | Brazil | Chile | El Salvador | Guatemala | Honduras | Mexico | Tunisia

      BIO STATEMENT:Juan Manuel Sotelo is a senior international public health professional who has devoted his career to promoting equity, development, and universal health. An experienced director of national and cross-national programs throughout South and Central America and the Caribbean, he has overseen the political, technical, and managerial aspects of PAHO/WHO operations in Bolivia, Mexico,… Read More

    • David A. Spiegel, MD

      David A. Spiegel, MD


        Attending Surgeon | Division of Orthopaedics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Global Surgery | Orthopedics | Pediatrics

      China | India | Iran (Islamic Republic of) | Iraq | Mongolia | Pakistan | Nepal | Somalia

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Spiegel has been active in surgical care in LMICs for > 20 years, mainly in Nepal at the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Basra In Basra, Iraq. He has served on national committees (POSNA, AAOS) concerning service/teaching in LMICs. He served as a consultant for WHO in Mongolia/Somalia, was on the… Read More

    • Lucía Isabel Stavig, PhD, MAA

      Lucía Isabel Stavig, PhD, MAA

      Associate Scholar

        Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Latin American and Latin Studies | University of Pennsylvania

      Women's health | Reproductive Justice | Indigenous Health


      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Lucía Isabel Stavig Postdoctoral Fellow “Dispossessions in the America" in CLALS I am broadly interested in Indigenous health, reproductive health policy, reproductive justice, and Indigenous futures. Currently, I am involved in the rehabilitation of Mosoq Pakari Sumac Kawsay/A New Dawn for Good Living, an Indigenous women-run healing center outside Cusco, Perú, that serves… Read More

    • Andrew P. Steenhoff, MBBCh, DCH

      Andrew P. Steenhoff, MBBCh, DCH


        Attending Physician | Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital

      Partnerships | HIV/AIDS | Tuberculosis | Pediatrics

      Ethiopia | Botswana | Dominican Republic | Nigeria

      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


        Mark Whittier and Lila Griswold Allam Professor of Microbiology and Immunology | University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

      Malnutrition | Tropical diseases | OneHealth | Diarrheal disease

      United States

      BIO STATEMENT:Boris grew up in Ruhrort where the German rivers Rhine and Ruhr meet, an industrial area then dominated by coal and steel. He studied biology at the universities of Bonn and Marburg and conducted undergrad research on liver flukes in Bonn and Nagana in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Boris earned a PhD summa cum laude for work on parasite biochemistry with Ralph Schwarz, was a postdoc… Read More

    • Tausi Suedi, MPH

      Tausi Suedi, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Adjunct Professor of Global Health | Towson University

      Adolescent health | Maternal Child Health | Child Health | Community health | Reproductive health

      Rwanda | Somalia | Tanzania, United Republic of | Uganda

      BIO STATEMENT: Ms. Tausi Suedi is a passionate, culturally diverse, multilingual, and experienced global public health leader with more than 15 years of global health experience. Her focus areas in global health are rooted in purposeful and collaborative efforts to improve and strengthen quality of health services, resources, and information provided and delivered to benefit women, newborns,… Read More

    • Bruno Fokas Sunguya, MD, MSc, PhD

      Bruno Fokas Sunguya, MD, MSc, PhD

      International Scholar

        Director of Research and Publications

      Nutrition | HIV/AIDS | Maternal Child Health | Non-communicable disease

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Sunguya is a Senior lecturer of Public Health Nutrition, and the Director of Research and Publications at MUHAS., and a Visiting Associate Professor of Kumamoto University (Japan). His research areas include Nutrition, Adolescent, Maternal and Child Health, and HIV/AIDS, conducted and disseminated widely in more than 60 papers, and chapters. He serves as an Associate Editor for… Read More

    • JaBaris Demond Swain, MD, MPH

      JaBaris Demond Swain, MD, MPH


        Clinical Associate Surgeon

      Public Health | Global Surgery | Cardiothoracic Surgery

      Haiti | Rwanda

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Swain is a cardiothoracic transplant surgeon-scientist and global health scholar with a dedicated focus on humanitarian cardiac surgery, cardiology education and global public health. His work focuses exclusively on augmenting access to clinical education and care delivery for cardiovascular diseases within resource-limited settings such as Rwanda and Haiti. He has lived in… Read More

    • Jordan W. Swanson, MD, MSc

      Jordan W. Swanson, MD, MSc


        Linton Whitaker Endowed Chair of Craniofacial Surgery | Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

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

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

      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

        Global Health and Science Consultant

      Malaria | global health diplomacy | Public Health | Tuberculosis | OneHealth | Global Health Security | HIV/AIDS | Capacity-building

      Azerbaijan | Belarus | Georgia | Moldova, Republic of | Romania | South Africa

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Jessica Taaffe is on a mission to advance global health through science. A microbiologist by training, her biomedical expertise is in infectious disease, with a focus on HIV and malaria immunopathogenesis in human and non-human primates. After earning her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and post-doctoral work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious… Read More

    • Andrew W. Taylor-Robinson, PhD

      Andrew W. Taylor-Robinson, PhD

      International Scholar

        Professor of Microbiology and Immunology | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences

      Immunology | Arboviruses | Epidemiology | Dengue | mosquito-transmitted diseases | Malaria | Antimicrobial Resistance | Infectious disease | Infection Control & Prevention

      Australia | Bangladesh | Ethiopia | India | Indonesia | Iraq | Nepal | Malaysia | Nigeria | Pakistan | Philippines | Sri Lanka | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Vietnam

    • Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD

      Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD


        Associate Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy | University of Pennsylvania

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

      India | Kenya | Uganda | Zimbabwe

      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

    • Agin G. Thomas, MD

      Agin G. Thomas, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

      Mental health | Wellness Programs

      United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Agin Thomas is currently a fourth year chief resident in the Penn Department of Psychiatry. He is interested in exploring global mental health initiatives and establishing programs that would allow other trainees to address the global mental health crisis.  Dr Thomas has a strong interest in wellness, as well. He is the co-founder of Penn’s Psychiatry Residency Wellness… Read More

    • Duong Thi Bich Thuan

      Duong Thi Bich Thuan

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer, Biochemistry | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences

      Herbal Medicine | Global Cardiovascular Disease | Cancer epidemiology | Oxidative Stress


      BIO STATEMENT: Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Biochemistry, College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity, Hanoi Vietnam Read More

    • Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD

      Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD


        David and Lyn Silfen Professor, Genetics and Biology | University of Pennsylvania

      Genomics | Population Genetics

      Ethiopia | Kenya | Tanzania, United Republic of | Botswana | Cameroon

    • Uamunovandu Tjinjeka, MD

      Uamunovandu Tjinjeka, MD

      International Scholar

        Lecturer | University of Botswana, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery

      craniosynostosis | Pediatric Plastic Surgery | Cleft Palate & Lip


      Bio:A cleft lip and palate programme doesn't exist in Botswana. Children born with these conditions go untreated or rely on humanitarian surgeons for help, which is often discontinuous and insufficient. As Botswana's first plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I'm compelled to start a comprehensive cleft unit. Given the magnitude of this problem, it is an issue I cannot address alone. Therefore, I… Read More

    • Maurizio Trevisan MD, MS

      Maurizio Trevisan MD, MS

      International Scholar

        Dean of Health Sciences | VinUniversity

      Epidemiology | Chronic Diseases | Disease Prevention

      Vietnam | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr Maurizio Trevisan is the Dean of Health Sciences at VinUniversity. He is a cardiovascular disease epidemiologist interested in ways to prevent CVD through changes in life style habits. He has been engaged in a number of international epidemiological collaborative studies. In his current position in Vietnam, he is focused on Chronic Disease prevention in a country in transition… Read More

    • Cesar Ugarte-Gil, MD, MSc, PhD

      International Scholar

        Assistant Professor | Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

      COVID-19 | HIV/AIDS | Tuberculosis | Tropical Medicine


      BIO STATEMENT: In the last 15 years, after finishing medical school at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), I worked in Tuberculosis (TB) research, participating at the Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt (IMTAvH) at the UPCH in several TB diagnostic and epidemiological studies. I hold a MSc in Epidemiology from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in… Read More

    • Amelia Van Pelt, PhD, MPH

      Amelia Van Pelt, PhD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Postdoctoral Fellow in Implementation Science | Northwestern University

      Low-resource Settings | Epidemiology | Infectious disease | Vaccines

      United States | Nigeria | Zambia

      BIO STATEMENT: Amelia E. Van Pelt, Ph.D., MPH, is a postdoctoral fellow in Implementation Science at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. She holds additional appointments as an Associate Scholar in the Penn Center for Global Health and at the Center for Public Health Initiatives. Dr. Van Pelt holds a BA in Spanish & Global Health, Culture, and Society, a certificate in… Read More

    • Laura Vanderbloemen, PhD

      Laura Vanderbloemen, PhD

      International Scholar

        Assistant Professor | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences

      Healthy and Active Ageingg | Refugee health | Mental health | Child Health

      United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr Laura Vanderbloemen is Assistant Professor in the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at VinUniversity in Vietnam. She is co-PI for the VinCohort Study, in partnership with Vinmec Healthcare. She leads the Epidemiology and Research Methods courses for the CHS. Before joining the Faculty she led Imperial College London’s Research Design team via a collaborative project led by… Read More

    • Angel Velarde Lopez, MD, MSCE

      Angel Velarde Lopez, MD, MSCE

      International Scholar

        Department Director of Research | Liga Nacional Contra el Cáncer

      Epidemiology | Global Oncology


      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Velarde’s medical expertise areas include epidemiology, statistics, pneumonia, and vitamin D. He received his medical degree from University of San Carlos School of Medicine. Through a scholarship from the NIH, he received a Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania where he was mentored by Dr. Brian L. Strom. He has worked for AbbVie and… Read More

    • Rohit Verma, PhD

      Rohit Verma, PhD

      International Scholar

        Provost | VinUniversity

      Wellness Programs | Quality Improvement | Healthcare Delivery | Patient Experience

      Vietnam | United States

      BIO STATEMENT: Professor Rohit Verma is the Provost of VinUniversity and Dean of External Relations and Singapore Tourism Board Distinguished Professor at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University. Throughout his career, Professor Verma has led several major research centers and programs, including serving as the Founding Executive Director, Cornell Institute for Healthy… Read More

    • Aasith Villavicencio Paz, MD

      Aasith Villavicencio Paz, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Infectious Disease Fellow | University of Pennsylvania

      Vaccine-preventable disease | Refugee health | Immigrant health | Women's health


      BIO STATEMENT: Aasith Villavicencio, MD, is a first-year Infectious Disease fellow at UPenn. Dr. Villavicencio attended Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Peru for undergrad and medical school including rotations at the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute. She later became a postdoctoral research fellow at UPCH. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the… Read More

    • Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD

      Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD


        Director, Injury Prevention Center | University of Michigan

      Emergency Medicine | Epidemiology | Injury Prevention | Healthcare Access | Trauma

      Botswana | Kenya | Poland | Tanzania, United Republic of | Zambia

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Wiebe is a professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine within the Medical School, as well as the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He holds positions on the Executive Committee of the Concussion Center and serves as a lead for the Data and Methods Core within the Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention (IFIP). Dr. Wiebe’s injury prevention… Read More

    • Victoria Leigh Williams, MD


        Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology | University of Pennsylvania

      International Medical Education | HIV/AIDS | Telemedicine | Healthcare Access | Albinism | Technology in Low Resource Settings

      Botswana | Tanzania, United Republic of | Nepal | South Africa | Congo, Democratic Republic of the

      BIO STATEMENT:Dr. Williams is a dermatologist with a broad interest in public health, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, albinism, healthcare access, medical education, and eHealth. She has worked in a variety of global health settings in Central/South America, Africa and Asia since 2008. She worked full-time in Botswana from 2016 – 2018 as the Site Director for Botswana UPenn Partnership’s… Read More

    • Matthew Winterton, MD

      Matthew Winterton, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

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


      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

    • Jing Zhao, MD, PhD

      Jing Zhao, MD, PhD

      International Scholar

        Neurologist | Minhang Hospital of Fudan University



      BIO STATEMENT: I am a neurologist at the Minhang Hospital Affiliated to Fudan University. I am mainly engaged in the acute treatment of stroke. Stroke is still the leading cause of death and disability in China. Ischemic stroke consists of about 80% of the all the stroke victims. While tPA and thromboectomy are available for ischemic stroke, however, thrombolytic therapy rate remains very low,… Read More