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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)

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

      Ghana

      BIO STATEMENT: Princess Ruhama Acheampong (PhD) is a Lecturer at the School of Public Health of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana. She teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students in Health Promotion, Public Health Nutrition, Community Health and Social and Behavioural Change Communication courses. She was currently listed as an International Scholar of… Read More

    • Henrietta Audrey Ohenewaa Afari, MD

      Henrietta Audrey Ohenewaa Afari, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Fellow, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Cardiovascular Disease | Women's health

      Ghana

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a first year cardiology fellow at UPenn. Throughout my training I have spent time providing clinical care and conducting research in rural and urban settings in Ghana and Uganda. Recognizing the growing and often disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease especially among vulnerable populations in these settings, I hope to pursue a career in global women’s… Read More

    • Nahreen H. Ahmed, MD, MPH

      Nahreen H. Ahmed, MD, MPH

      Scholar

        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

      Disease Surveillance | Cancer epidemiology | Outbreaks | Road Traffic Injuries

      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, MSEd

      Marietta Ambrose, MD, MPH, MSEd

      Scholar

        Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Cardiovascular Disease

      Haiti | Jamaica | Kenya

      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

    • Monika Arora, PhD, MSc

      Monika Arora, PhD, MSc

      International Scholar

        Vice President - Research | Public Health Foundation of India

      Non-communicable disease | Adolescent health | Implementation Science | Patient Engagement

      India | Nepal | Timor-Leste | Bhutan

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a public health scientist working in the area of preventing and managing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) through health promotion and health advocacy in India. I am Vice President (Research & Health Promotion) at PHFI and also President -NCD Alliance. Served as an Advocacy Committee Member- World Heart Federation and Co-Chair of the Global Research Network, Society for… Read More

    • Priya Arumuganathan, MD

      Priya Arumuganathan, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Global Emergency Medicine Fellow | University of Pennsylvania

      Health Equity | Rual Health | Emergency Care Capacity Building | EM Education and Training

      Pakistan | Ghana | Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Arumuganathan is from Harpers Ferry, WV and completed her medical school and residency training at West Virginia University. While there, she completed the Global Health Track, served as a Chief Resident, and conducted telestroke research within rural critical access hospitals. Her rural background and training have helped her to build a foundation for working in low-resource… 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

      Scholar

        Professor of Radiation Oncology | Hospital of the 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

        Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellow | Harvard

      Vision impairment | Eye care

      Ecuador | Jordan

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Sila Bal, MD, MPH is a cornea fellow at Harvard. She received her medical degree and Master's in Public Health from the University of Pennsylvania where she was awarded the United States Excellence in Public Health Award for her work on disparities in eye health both locally and globally. Her research interests include eye health disparities, the epidemiology of vision… Read More

    • Timothy Becker, MD

      Timothy Becker, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician

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

      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

    • Michael F. Beers, MD

      Michael F. Beers, MD

      Scholar

        Mayock-Cooper Professor of Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Healthcare Access | Immigrant health | Health Disparities | Healthcare Delivery

      United States

      BIO STATEMENT: A native Philadelphian, Dr. Beers received BA and MD degrees from PENN with GME training in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1993 he joined the PENN faculty as a physician scientist and received tenure in 2001. Since 2019, he has served as Faculty Moderator of United Community Clinic, a med… 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

    • Kent D. Bream, MD

      Kent D. Bream, MD

      Scholar

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

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

      Guatemala

      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

      Scholar

        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, DO, MS

      Merrian J. Brooks, DO, MS

      Scholar

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

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

      Botswana

      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

    • 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

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

      Guatemala

      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

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor | University of Pennsylvania

      Epidemiology | Public Health | Tropical diseases | OneHealth

      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

      Kenya

      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

      China

      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

    • Susan Coffin, MD, MPH

      Susan Coffin, MD, MPH

      Scholar

        Professor of Pediatrics | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Pediatrics | Infectious disease | Infection control | Pandemic influenza

      Botswana | Dominican Republic

      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

      Scholar

        Clinical Assistant Professor

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

      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

      Scholar

        Director | Botswana- Upenn Partnership

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

      Scholar

        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

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Psychiatry | University of Pennsylvania

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

      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

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Radiology | University of Pennsylvania

      Artifical Inteligence | Radiology Education | Enterprise Advancement | Imaging

      Nigeria

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a cardiothoracic radiologist and director of global and population health research in Radiology at Penn. I lead multiple community-engaged data-driven research projects in Philadelphia aimed at making health care delivery and cancer care more equitable. I led multiple research projects aimed at improving the understanding of cardiovascular disease and cancer manifestation in… Read More

    • Khue Kim Dang, MD

      Khue Kim Dang, MD

      International Scholar

        Senior Clinical Lecturer, College of Health Sciences| VinUniversity

      Global Surgery | Trauma | Medical Education

      Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: I have a profound interest in advancing medical education and healthcare systems in underserved regions. My affiliation with this esteemed program allows me to not only train the next generation of surgeons but also to contribute to the enhancement of surgical care in Vietnam. By fostering international collaboration, I aim to bridge gaps in medical education, promote best… Read More

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

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

      Scholar

        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

    • Vanessa C. Denny, MD, MS

      Vanessa C. Denny, MD, MS

      Associate Scholar

        Pediatric Critical Care Fellow | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Healthcare Access | Child Health | Implementation Science | Sepsis

      Ghana

      BIO STATEMENT: Vanessa Denny, MD MS is a pediatric critical care fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She is of Caribbean descent, first-generation Canadian. She has lived and worked on global health missions throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. As her mentored fellowship scholarly research project, she is studying the implementation of a novel “Hot… 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

      Scholar

        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

    • Yevhen Filonenko, PhD

      International Scholar

        Orthopedic & Trauma Surgeon - Orthopedic and Trauma Surgery Center, Vinnytsia

      Ukraine

      BIO STATEMENT: 16 years experience in orthopedy and trauma surgery, 2017 PhD degre in trauma surgery. Main interests are in spine, recon trauma, flap surgery, joint replacement. Trainings in Germany, Austria, Poland and other European countries From 2022 main time working in surgical treatment of victims of war. 1.5 years online consultations with expert surgeons from Penn team. Flap course… Read More

    • Tara Marie Friebel, MPH

      Tara Marie Friebel, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        PhD Candidate at the University of Pennsylvania

      Epidemiology | Global Oncology

      Botswana

      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

    • Gregory Ginsberg, MD

      Gregory Ginsberg, MD

      Scholar

        Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology | University of Pennsylvania

      Medical Education | Education | Global Endoscopy | Gastroenterology

      Tanzania, United Republic of | Ukraine

      BIO STATEMENT: Gregory G. Ginsberg, MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine where he is a member of the Gastroenterology Division, and the Abramson Cancer Center and Executive Director of Endoscopic Services for Penn Medicine. His clinical practice and research focus on the development, evaluation, and implementation of new techniques and… Read More

    • Michael Glick, DMD

      Michael Glick, DMD

      Scholar

        Executive Director for the Center for Integrative Global Oral Health

      Oral Health

      Israel

      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

      Scholar

        Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology

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

      Botswana

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

    • Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH

      Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH

      Scholar

        Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology | Director of Global Radiation Oncology | Oncology Lead Botswana-UPenn Partnership | University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine

      Global Oncology | HPV | Radiation oncology | Cervical Cancer

      Botswana | India | South Africa

      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

    • Elane M. Gutterman, PhD

      Elane M. Gutterman, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Adjunct Assistant Professor, Rutgers Global Health Institute, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey

      Healthcare Delivery | Health outcomes | Oncology

      Rwanda | Uganda | Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: As a health researcher, I conducted epidemiologic and health outcomes studies in US settings from academia and then as a pharma consultant. I transitioned to global health when I founded/directed a small consulting company engaged in data-based retrospective studies and prospective quality assurance assessments in several Eastern European and Latin American countries. In 2017, I… 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

      Medical Education | health sciences | internal medicine | clinical medicine

      Vietnam

      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

    • 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

        Assistant Professor | Yale Medicine

      Non-communicable disease | Golbal Cardiovascular Health

      Haiti

      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

      Malaria | Capacity-building | Infectious disease | Sickle Cell 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

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

      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

    • Lisa M. Hilmi, MPH, BSN-RN

      Lisa M. Hilmi, MPH, BSN-RN

      Associate Scholar

        Executive Director, CORE Group

      Refugee health | Global Health Security | Community health | Disaster Preparedness

      BIO STATEMENT: Lisa Hilmi is the Executive Director of CORE Group, based in Washington DC. CORE Group convenes the International Community Health Network, a community of practice fueled by more than 200+ member organizations and individual associates that are champions for community health. Lisa Hilmi has three decades of global health experience in over 25+ countries, addressing health… 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

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

      Botswana

      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

      Scholar

        Professor of Medical Informatics in Epidemiology | University of Pennsylvania

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

      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

    • Mohammad Jalloul, MD

      Mohammad Jalloul, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Radiology Research Scholar, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Health Equity | Radiology Education | Global Radiology

      Ethiopia | Botswana | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a research scholar in the Radiology department and a member of the Global Radiology Outreach and Education team at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. After obtaining my MD from the Lebanese University, I worked at the country's busiest public hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. This experience exposed me to the challenges faced by refugees in accessing adequate healthcare… Read More

    • Saurabh Jha, MBBS, MRCS, MS

      Saurabh Jha, MBBS, MRCS, MS

      Scholar

        Associate Professor of Radiology | University of Pennsylvania

      Global Radiology | Artificial Intelligence | Access to Medical Imaging | Health Policy

      Nepal

      BIO STATEMENT: I'm a cardiothoracic radiologist. Formerly, I trained in surgery in Britain and worked in a remote outpost in Australia, before transitioning to radiology and moving to the US. I'm interested in creative writing, imaging adoption, artificial intelligence, and health policy. I have travelled extensively in the hills of India, Nepal, and Tibet. I work with private industry and NGOs… Read More

    • Winston Branscomb Joe, MD

      Winston Branscomb Joe, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Diagnostic Radiology Resident | University of Pennsylvania

      Diagnostic Imaging | Point of Care Ultrasound | Global Radiology

      Botswana | Nepal

      BIO STATEMENT: Winston B. Joe is a PGY-4 UPenn Diagnostic Radiology resident and member of the Diagnostic Radiology Global Health Equity Track. Winston’s global health involvement has included community-lead partnerships in Sierra Leone, Africa which focused on improving access to primary care services. He recently traveled to Gaborone, Botswana, where he worked at Princess Marina Hospital… Read More

    • Michelle J. Johnson, PhD

      Michelle J. Johnson, PhD

      Scholar

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

      Neurorehabilitation

      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

    • Vinay Kampalath, MD, DTMH

      Vinay Kampalath, MD, DTMH

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics | University of Pennsylvania

      Humanitarian assistance | Refugee health | Emergency Care Delivery | Outbreak and Pandemic Response | Humanitarian Crises

      Bangladesh | Botswana | India | Jordan | Greece | Sierra Leone | Poland

      BIO STATEMENT: Vinay Kampalath is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania and an emergency medicine physician at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Kampalath completed his clinical training at the CHOP, MD at Brown University, and a DTM&H at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Kampalath has worked with WHO, the Global Health… Read More

    • Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD, MS

      Vinay M. Nadkarni, MD, MS

      Scholar

        Professor, Anesthesiology, Critical Care, and Pediatrics | University of Pennsylvanian

      Critical care | Emergency Medicine | Resuscitation Science

      India

      BIO STATEMENT: Professor of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pediatrics; President Society of Critical Care Medicine 2023-2024; International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation; World Health Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies; Founding Director of CHOP Academy for Resuscitation of Children and Pediatric Global Resuscitation Alliance. Recognized with AAP Distinguished… Read More

    • Jonathan Kantor, MD, MSCE, MA

      Jonathan Kantor, MD, MSCE, MA

      Scholar

        Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dermatology | University of Pennsylvania

      Telemedicine | Medical Education | Artifical Inteligence

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

      Nigeria

      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

      Mental health | Head Injury | Triage | Acute Care

      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

    • Megan Kassick, MD, MPH

      Megan Kassick, MD, MPH

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology | University of Pennsylvania

      Women's health | Implementation Science | Gynecologic Cancers | Cervical Cancer | Radiotherapy | Braachytherapy

      Zambia

      BIO STATEMENT: Megan Kassick, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Perelman School of Medicine, with a dedicated focus in global oncology. She is a member of the Women's Health Service and primarily treats patients with gynecologic and breast malignancies, and specializes in brachytherapy. Her academic interests include addressing global disparities in… Read More

    • Iliana V. Kohler, PhD

      Iliana V. Kohler, PhD

      Scholar

        Associate Practice Professor, Department of Sociology | University of Pennsylvania

      Mental health | Aging | Cognition | ADRD | Biomarkers

      Malawi | Ghana

      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

      Scholar

        Professor of Dermatology | University of Pennsylvania

      HIV/AIDS | Healthcare Access | Telemedicine | Informatics

      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

    • Shaon Lahiri, PhD, MPH

      Shaon Lahiri, PhD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Postdoctoral Researcher, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) Department | University of Pennsylvania

      Family Planning | PrEP uptake | Sanitation behaviors | tobacco use | intimate partner violence

      Kenya | India | China | Oman

      BIO STATEMENT: I am an interdisciplinary social and behavioral scientist working on several global health issues. I approach the field from the lens of the social determinants of health, health behavior theory, and a focus on understanding common social processes across multiple health outcomes related to sanitation, mental health, tobacco use, family planning use, intimate partner violence, and… Read More

    • Priti Lal, MD

      Priti Lal, MD

      Associate Scholar

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

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

      Botswana

      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

        Senior Consultant | Mayo Clinic

      Brain drain | Protocol development | Telemedicine

      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

      Reproductive health | Injury Prevention | Cancer epidemiology | Adolescent health

      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

      Emergency Medicine | Medical Education | Humanitarian Response | Climate Change

      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

    • Thabo Lenneiye, MBA, MSc, MArch

      Thabo Lenneiye, MBA, MSc, MArch

      Associate Scholar

        Managing Director, PennPraxis - Weitzman School of Design | University of Pennsylvania

      Implementation research | Evidence-based Practices | Informal settlements | Urban Planning

      Kenya | Zimbabwe

      BIO STATEMENT: Thabo Lenneiye is the managing director of PennPraxis, overseeing the operations, fundraising, business development, communications, and strategic planning of the organization. Previously, she was an architect at Gensler, where she was instrumental in setting up their Africa practice and worked directly for the CEO as support staff on the Obama Administration’s Presidential… Read More

    • Michael Z. Levy, PhD

      Michael Z. Levy, PhD

      Scholar

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

      Chagas disease | Disease ecology

      Peru

      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

    • Christina Slaw Cheok Liew, MBChB, MSc, PGDip, PhD Canidate

      Christina Slaw Cheok Liew, MBChB, MSc, PGDip, PhD Canidate

      International Scholar

        Assistant Professor, Assessments | College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

      International Medical Education | Telemedicine | Medical Education | Sleep Medicine

      Vietnam | Malaysia

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr Christina Liew, MBChB (UK), MSc (Mal), PGDip (Ire), PhD candidate (Med Education) is a medical simulationist with 15 years of teaching experience in clinical skills. Dr Liew is a Fellow of the International FAIMER Fellowship. She believes that medical simulation plays a vital role in addressing global health topics by offering a safe environment to train healthcare professionals… Read More

    • Renyu Liu, MD, PhD

      Renyu Liu, MD, PhD

      Scholar

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

      Stroke

      China | Nigeria

      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, MSEd

      Paul Lu, MD, MSEd

      Scholar

        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

      Epidemiology | Infectious disease | Environmental health | Adverse drug reactions

      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

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

      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

      Scholar

        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

    • Audrey Naledi Masizana, PhD

      Audrey Naledi Masizana, PhD

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer, Computer Science | University of Botswana

      Data Science Training in Health Care

      Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: As a HOD Computer Science , I have successfully led research projects including Microsoft sponsored Digital Inclusion call of 2006 and 2008, a project in the Health sector that led to the establishment of the e-Health research unit in 2012. The unit continues to engage in Health Informatics research and has fostered wide-reaching collaboration within and beyond, NGO’s such as… Read More

    • Paul J. Mather, MD

      Paul J. Mather, MD

      Scholar

        Professor of Clinical Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine

      Community Engagement | Medical Education

      Botswana | Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Physician Leader for Heart Failure Disease Management for the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the Director, Faculty Development, Division of Cardiology. He received the American Heart Association Lynn Smaha Award fo Excellence in 2019 and was named the… Read More

    • Monica Matsumoto, MD

      Monica Matsumoto, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania

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

      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

    • Kabelo Leonard Mauco, PhD, MSc

      Kabelo Leonard Mauco, PhD, MSc

      International Scholar

        Lecturer & Researcher | Karolinska Institute, Sweden

      Global Health Security | Digital Epidemiology

      Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: I have a PhD in digital health. My current research interests are on digital epidemiology and global health security. I am a Fulbright visiting scholar currently hosted by CHOP for the next 5 months. As a digital health researcher, my research interests focused on creating evidence and policies to guide the sustainable implementation of digital health in developing countries.… Read More

    • Jeffrey Mayne, MD

      Jeffrey Mayne, MD

      International Scholar

        Director of Admissions, VinUniversity College of Health Sciences MD Program

      International Medical Education | Medical Education | Faculty Development

      Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: As part of the VinUniversity-UPenn alliance, Dr. Mayne is the director of admissions for the MD program at VinUniversity in Hanoi, Vietnam, co-chair of the 4th year medical student class, and an instructor for the Internal Medicine residency program. Dr. Mayne graduated from New York University School of Medicine, where he also completed his residency in Internal Medicine. He… Read More

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

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

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

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

      Vietnam

      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

    • Suyash Mohan, MD

      Suyash Mohan, MD

      Scholar

        Associate Professor of Radiology & Neurosurgery | University of Pennsylvania

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

      South Africa

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Mohan is a physician-scientist with a research focus on clinical and translational applications of advanced neuroimaging techniques in the development of noninvasive imaging-based biomarkers for assessing brain tumor metabolism and response to therapy. His current National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute funded clinical trial (R01 CA262584-01) is utilizing… Read More

    • Mooketsi Molefi, MB ChB, MSCE

      Mooketsi Molefi, MB ChB, MSCE

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer | University of Botswana Faculty of Medicine

      Epidemiology | Health Informatics | Biostatistics

      Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Family Medicine & Public Health at the University of Botswana's Faculty of Medicine, my responsibilities are related to research, mentorship, and service. I have extensive research experience, including guiding students in research projects, serving as a Principal Investigator for NIH-funded trials, and conducting observational,… Read More

    • Billy Morara Tsima, MD

      Billy Morara Tsima, MD

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer and Family Physician | University of Botswana

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

      Botswana

      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

    • Sununguko Wata Mpoloka, PhD

      Sununguko Wata Mpoloka, PhD

      International Scholar

        Associate Professor | University of Botswana, Department of Biological Sciences

      Vaccines | Vaccine Research & Development

      Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Botswana, where I am involved in the teaching of both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as conducting research. My research is centered around Population Genetics, Vaccinology, and Molecular Genetics. I am currently the principal investigator in the H3Africa consortium… Read More

    • Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya, PhD

      Emmanuel Abraham Mpolya, PhD

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer | Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology

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

      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

    • Victoria Mui, MD

      Victoria Mui, MD

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology

      Global Surgery | International Medical Education | Bioethics | Medical Education | Maternal Health

      Vietnam | Uganda

      BIO STATEMENT: Victoria Mui, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Pennsylvania. Her international experience includes midwifery collaborations in Guatemala, surgical projects in Guyana, and a year-long faculty appointment at Gulu University in northern Uganda. She is a former MGH Global Health Clinical Fellow through Seed Global Health-Peace… 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

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

      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

    • Mohan S. Narasimhamurthy, MD

      Mohan S. Narasimhamurthy, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Pathology | Oncology | Training Laboratory Professionals

      Botswana | India

      BIO STATEMENT: I practiced pathology for nine years in Botswana in various capacities, including assistant program director of the pathology residency program at the University of Botswana and the National Health Laboratory. I was involved in developing a pathology residency program, laboratory accreditation, scaling up diagnostic services with the introduction of immunohistochemistry, and… Read More

    • Jackline E. Ngowi, MD

      Jackline E. Ngowi, MD

      International Scholar

        Physician Scientist, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences

      Tuberculosis | Non-communicable disease | Health economics | Sexual reproductive health

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Jackline Ngowi, a researcher at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), has interests in implementation science and health economics in Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and NCDs. She received the 2022 Early Career Research grant from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine. Dr. Ngowi serves as the program manager for the GROWNUTII/EPRENUT consortium at MUHAS and… Read More

    • Nhung Thi Nguyen

      Nhung Thi Nguyen

      International Scholar

        Physiology Faculty | VinUniversity College of Health Sciences

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

      Vietnam

      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

    • Abass M. Noor, MD

      Abass M. Noor, MD

      Scholar

        Director, of Global Radiology Outreach & Education, CHOP | Director, Health Equity Leadership Track Radiology Residency, University of Pennsylvania

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

      Botswana | Ethiopia | Nepal

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Noor is an attending physician in the Departments of Radiology at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He completed his undergraduate education at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and received his medical degree from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, RI). Given his experiences as a refugee from Somalia, Dr. Noor has… 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

      Scholar

        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

    • Michael Owens, MD

      Michael Owens, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Emergency Physician | Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

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

      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

        Vice- Chancellor & Professor | Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

      Tuberculosis | Infectious disease | Diabetes

      Ghana

      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

      Scholar

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

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

      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

    • 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

    • Andriy Pohorilyak, MD,PhD

      International Scholar

        Medical Doctor - Regional Adult Hospital | Zakarpattya, Ukraine

      Critical care | Trauma | Emergency Care Delivery | Microsurgery

      Ukraine

      BIO STATEMENT: I am interested in microsurgery, orthopedics and traumatology. I have a hobby of active recreation, cycling, and mountain sports. Read More

    • Jennifer Prah, PhD

      Jennifer Prah, PhD

      Scholar

        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

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

      Malawi

      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

    • Sarah Rapaport, MD

      Sarah Rapaport, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Orthopedic Surgery Resident | University of Pennsylvania

      Refugee health | Humanitarian Response | Surgical Systems Strengthening

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: I am an orthopedic surgery resident passionate about the intersection of surgical systems strengthening, sustainable international development, and refugee health. My current work is focused on assessing and improving access to surgery and musculoskeletal care among encamped refugees. I have previously worked on numerous projects aimed at improving neurosurgery outcomes in Uganda,… Read More

    • Aaron Richterman, MD, MPH

      Aaron Richterman, MD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Instructor of Medicine - Infectious Disease | University of Pennsylvania

      Haiti

      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

    • Kelsey Johnson Ripp, MD

      Kelsey Johnson Ripp, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Assistant Professor, Clinical Medicine & One Health | University of Global Health Equity

      International Medical Education | Health Equity | Medical Education | One Health | Planetary Health | Point of Care Ultrasound

      Rwanda

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Ripp is an assistant professor in the Divisions of Clinical Medicine and One Health at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) in Rwanda, as well as a hospitalist in the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Alaska. At UGHE, she leads the One Health/Planetary Health integration in the MBBS curriculum, co-directs the Internal Medicine clerkship, and is developing an… Read More

    • Michael N. Rubenstein, MD

      Michael N. Rubenstein, MD

      Scholar

        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

      Scholar

        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

    • Felipe Salgado Gil, MD

      Felipe Salgado Gil, MD

      International Scholar

        PhD Student & Ophthalmology Resident | University of Chile

      Public Health | Implementation Science | Artificial Intelligence | Ophthalmology

      Chile

      BIO STATEMENT: Ph.D. in Medical Sciences student and Ophthalmology Resident at University of Chile. I was a student assistant in Surgery for 4 years under the tutorship of Dr. Stefan Danilla. Along with Dr. Marlene Vogel, I conducted studies on thyroid eye disease at University of Chile’s Clinical Hospital. Currently, I am a basic and clinical researcher at Laboratory of Ocular and Systemic… Read More

    • Julia R. Schiff, MD,MPH

      Julia R. Schiff, MD,MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Resident Physician | Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

      Infectious disease | Environmental health | Medical Education | Humanitarian Emergencies

      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

    • Enrique Schisterman, PhD

      Enrique Schisterman, PhD

      Scholar

        Chair, Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics | University of Pennsylvania

      Epidemiology | Public Health | Reproductive health | Clinical Trials | Low Cost Interventions | Screening

      Chile

      BIO STATEMENT: I am Chair of the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania, and the editor in chief of the American Journal of Epidemiology. My focus is reproductive epidemiology and epidemiological methods working to improve study designs; to fuel new methods; and to solve analytical challenges in reproductive health. I am especially interested… Read More

    • Heather Schofield, PhD

      Heather Schofield, PhD

      Scholar

        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

        Senior Data research Scientist | Populations Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania

      India

      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

      Scholar

        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

    • Saad Siddiqui, MD

      Saad Siddiqui, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Fellow, Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health | University of Pennsylvania

      Maternal Child Health | Global Primary Care | Intimate Partner Violence Prevention

      Guatemala | Bolivia (Plurinational State of)

      BIO STATEMENT: My interest in global health began as a child observing two worlds and the inequity between them. Born in India, I moved to inner city Cleveland and then suburban Wisconsin. I studied biochemistry & South Asian Studies at UW-Madison, completed medical school at Loyola Stritch in Chicago with honors in bioethics, and trained in family medicine at Northwestern with a certificate in… 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

      Philippines

      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

        President, Development Outcomes Organization

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

      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

      Scholar

        Professor of Orthopedic Surgery | Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

      Global Surgery | Orthopedics | Pediatrics

      Iraq | Pakistan | Nepal

      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, MS, MA

      Lucía Isabel Stavig, PhD, MS, MA

      Associate Scholar

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

      Women's health | Reproductive Justice | Indigenous Health

      Peru

      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

      Scholar

        Medical Director, Global Health | Attending Physician, Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital | Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

      HIV/AIDS | Tuberculosis | Pediatrics | Partnerships | Global Child Health'

      Botswana | Dominican Republic | Cameroon | Ghana | South Africa

      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

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

      Tropical diseases | OneHealth | Diarrheal disease | Malnutrition

      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

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

    • Rachel Laadi Sulla, MBChB

      Rachel Laadi Sulla, MBChB

      International Scholar

        Medical Doctor, School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

      Mental health | Infectious disease | Non-communicable disease | Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health

      Ghana

      BIO STATEMENT: Rachel Laadi Sulla, a Ghanaian medical doctor, has vast experience in both rural and urban healthcare settings. In October 2022, she led a team that screened and educated over 200 women for breast cancer in Ghana's Bono region. Rachel currently works at KNUST-IVI Collaborative Center on a multinational multi-center study focusing on the epidemiological and economic impact of… Read More

    • Bruno Fokas Sunguya, MD, MSc, PhD

      Bruno Fokas Sunguya, MD, MSc, PhD

      International Scholar

        Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Consultancy

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

      Tanzania, United Republic of

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr. Sunguya is an Associate Professor of Public Health Nutrition, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Consultancy at MUHAS, Visiting Associate Professor (Kumamoto University Japan), and Honorary Senior Fellow (Oxford University). His research areas include Nutrition, Adolescent, Maternal and Child Health, and HIV/AIDS, conducted and disseminated widely in more than 100 papers,… Read More

    • JaBaris Demond Swain, MD, MPH

      JaBaris Demond Swain, MD, MPH

      Scholar

        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

      Scholar

        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

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

      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

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

      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

      Scholar

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

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

      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

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

      Vietnam

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

    • Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD

      Sarah A. Tishkoff, PhD

      Scholar

        Director, Center for Global Genomics and Health | David and Lyn Silfen University Professor

      Genomics | Population Genetics

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

    • Etsegenet Fetene Tizazu, MD, MS

      Etsegenet Fetene Tizazu, MD, MS

      Associate Scholar

        Neurologist | ChristianaCare, Department of Neurology

      International Medical Education | Telemedicine | Global Neurology | Health Care Delivery

      Ethiopia

      BIO STATEMENT: r. Tizazu is a first-generation Ethiopian-American working to advance the treatment of epilepsy in Ethiopia. She is an adult epileptologist and completed her neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her current work includes expanding access to neurologists via tele-neurology, forming a countrywide epilepsy curriculum and treatment guidelines… Read More

    • 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

      Botswana

      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

        Professor - Universita Campus BioMedico | Roma, Italy

      Epidemiology | Chronic Diseases | Disease Prevention

      Italy

      BIO STATEMENT: Dr Maurizio Trevisan is a Professor at Universita Campus Biomedico. 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

    • Quynh Truong, PhD, MSW, MPH

      Quynh Truong, PhD, MSW, MPH

      International Scholar

        Senior Lecturer, Health Policy | College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

      Mental health | Health Systems Strengthening | Health Equity | Palliative Care

      Vietnam | Thailand

      BIO STATEMENT: Passionate about global health, Dr. Quynh Truong, MPH, MSW, PhD is an esteemed educator and co-lead of MD program's research theme at VinUni, specializing in Health Policy, Palliative Care, and Clinical Social Work. With a PhD and a clinical-health-focused second Master's degree, Quynh is a pioneering figure in medical social work in Vietnam. She employs evidence-based public… Read More

    • Cesar Ugarte-Gil, MD, MSc, PhD

      Cesar Ugarte-Gil, MD, MSc, PhD

      Associate Scholar

        Assistant Professor, Epidemiology | University of Texas Medical Branch

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

      Peru

      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

    • Phuoc Van Le, MD, MPH

      Phuoc Van Le, MD, MPH

      International Scholar

        Vice Dean, Medical Education | College of Health Sciences, VinUniversity

      Health Disparities | Medical Education | Global Health Fellowship | Structural Competency

      Vietnam

      BIO STATEMENT: Prof. Le Van Phuoc graduated from Dartmouth College in 2000 with a double major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literatures. He then matriculated at Stanford Medical School where he earned his MD and MPH from UC Berkeley. He completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham… Read More

    • Amelia Van Pelt, PhD, MPH

      Amelia Van Pelt, PhD, MPH

      Associate Scholar

        Postdoctoral Fellow in Implementation Science | Northwestern University

      Epidemiology | Infectious disease | Vaccines | Low-resource Settings

      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

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

      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

      Guatemala

      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

    • Aasith Villavicencio Paz, MD

      Aasith Villavicencio Paz, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Infectious Disease Fellow | University of Pennsylvania

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

      Peru

      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

    • Dillan Villavisanis, MD

      Dillan Villavisanis, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Resident | University of Pennsylvania

      Cleft Palate & Lip | Craniofacial Surgery

      Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: Dillan is a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery resident at Penn and Co-Chair of the Young Leadership Board at Smile Train. His previous work has focused on cleft and craniofacial surgery epidemiology in Botswana supported by a grant from the Center for Human Appearance; development of a sustainable ambulatory surgery center in Jinja, Uganda; and cleft community engagement in Mexico… Read More

    • Dmytro Vinnytskyi, MD

      Dmytro Vinnytskyi, MD

      International Scholar

        Orthopedic Surgeon - Mukachevo Military Hospital

      Orthopedics | Trauma | Osteoplasty | Microsurgery | Arthroscopy

      Ukraine

      BIO STATEMENT: During the tragedy that befell Ukraine, its people and the entire democratic world, namely, the unprovoked attack of Russia on a peaceful country until recently, it forces doctors from the entire civilized world to unite to treat the terrible injuries and mutilations of Ukrainians who suffered in the war. As a military orthopedist and traumatologist, I directly face extremely… Read More

    • Rebecca E. Ward, MD

      Rebecca E. Ward, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Diagnostic Radiology Resident | University of Pennsylvania

      Radiology | Diagnostic Imaging | Global Radiology

      Botswana | Nepal

      BIO STATEMENT: Rebecca E. Ward, MD is a PGY-4 UPenn Diagnostic Radiology resident. She is a current member of the Diagnostic Radiology Global Health Equity Track. Dr. Ward has worked within the radiology department at Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana, interpreting diagnostic images and performing basic procedures. She has traveled to Nepal where she and colleagues performed portable… Read More

    • Debra Sevinea Whorms, MD

      Debra Sevinea Whorms, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Diagnostic Radiology Resident (PGY 5, 2023) | University of Pennsylvania

      Health Equity | Medical Education | Oncology | Global Radiology

      Rwanda

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a resident in Diagnostic Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, with focus in Abdominal Imaging. I have long interest in health equity and sustainable health care delivery in low-resource settings, stemming from my upbringing in rural Jamaica. I hope to build a career in global radiology focused on education outreach and sustainable capacity building in… Read More

    • Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD

      Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD

      Scholar

        Director, Injury Prevention Center | University of Michigan

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

      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

      Scholar

        Assistant Professor of Clinical Dermatology | University of Pennsylvania

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

      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

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

      Madagascar

      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

    • Lina Yagan, MD

      Lina Yagan, MD

      Associate Scholar

        Resident, Internal Medicine | University of Pennsylvania

      Infectious disease | Diarrheal disease | Gastroenterology

      Botswana

      BIO STATEMENT: I am a PGY2 Internal Medicine resident. I had the privilege of living in Europe, US, and the Middle East. My diverse experiences framed my training in a tertiary medical center in Qatar where I attended medical school. Expatriates and migrant workers, who come from low resource countries, formed a significant subset of the patient population. Due to the lack of preventative care… Read More

    • Demyan Yuriy, PhD

      International Scholar

        Pediatric Orthopedist, Regional Children Hospital, Zakarpattia

      Trauma | Pediatric Orthopedics | Soft Tissue Reconstruction

      Ukraine

      BIO STATEMENT: Traumatology and Orthopedics is my greatest interest, especially congenital and acquired limb deformities in children and adults. Lately I have defended my PhD on the “flexible flat foot in children with hypermobility of joints” theme. I am looking forward to getting a new knowledge in the field of pathology of hip joint. Discovering new methodologies of treatment and implementing… Read More

    • Jing Zhao, MD, PhD

      Jing Zhao, MD, PhD

      International Scholar

        Chief Attending and Professor, Department of Neurology| Minhang Hospital of Fudan University

      Stroke

      China

      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