Global Health Emergencies Course : February 14 - 22, 2015

( GHEC 2015 course spans only four working days, and two weekends )

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The Global Emergency Medicine Division at Weill Cornell Medical College / NewYork-Presbyterian, is pleased to announce the next annual Global Health Essentials Course: a two-week, state-of-the art education program aimed at healthcare providers engaged in international work from around the world.

Who should take this course?

This intensive course in global health is aimed at physicians, nurses, mid-level providers, students, residents and other healthcare providers engaged in international work. Over 70 CME credits are available.

What skill sets will the participants acquire?

GHEC 2015 will provide participants the tools and knowledge necessary to effectively engage in high-impact interventions in a variety of global health settings.

Emphasis will be laid on the most pressing challenges of our time: Malaria, TB, HIV, trauma, non-communicable diseases and complex humanitarian emergencies. At the end of the course, participants will be able to demonstrate a nuanced understanding of the key policy and implementation hurdles facing today's global health emergencies.

Global experts in public health, policy and research will introduce participants to methodology, program planning, and stakeholder analysis. Overarching themes of human rights, sustainability, and ethics will help frame discussions on the roles of international institutions, financing, policy and advocacy initiatives.

Who constitutes the course faculty?

Course faculty are drawn from around the world, from leading academic centers, UN agencies, governments and non-governmental aid organizations. GHEC provides a unique opportunity for participants to meet and interact with over 30 world experts from very diverse health sectors.

What is the course format?

GHEC 2015 will feature a series of competency-based, didactic lectures and interactive workshops, seminars, field trips, documentaries, and evening keynote addresses, guided by global experts in public health and policy. The limited class size fosters an engaged dialogue amongst participants and faculty.

What's new in GHEC 2015?

More case-studies, more topics focusing on climate change and human ecology; and food security.

Previous course have offered 74 AMA PRA Category I CME credits.

( This nine day course spans only four working days. Note that the course runs for nine days, from weekend to weekend and includes President's Day )

Saturday, February 14 (noon)
Essentials of global health
Introduction to GHEC 2015
Alma Ata to the MDGs, and beyond
National health systems
Data: big data, small data. What's useful?

Sunday, February 15
Status update on infectious diseases
Case-studies and discussion

Monday, February 16
Non-communicable diseases
Cardiovascular diseases
The obesity epidemic
Tobacco control

Tuesday, February 17
Evidence-gathering in complex humanitarian emergencies
Systematic random sampling: case-study
Cluster sampling: case-study
Qualitative analysis 101
Mixed methods and network sampling

Maternal and child health
UNICEF: Setting priorities in child protection
Pediatric emergencies in the field
Averting maternal morbidity and mortality

Wednesday, February 18
Research Methods (Contd.)
Geospatial analysis
Moving research to policy and advocacy

Field visit

Thursday, February 19
Complex humanitarian emergencies
What are CHEs?
International humanitarian law
Standards in humanitarian response
SPHERE: Case-study
Vaccination in emergencies: the case of polio

Friday, February 20
Military intervention in humanitarian aid
Neutrality in aid
Addressing mental health in humanitarian crises
Professionalizing the 21st century aid worker
Climate; Human ecology; food security
The changing climate and complex emergencies
Food security in the 21st century

Saturday, February 21
Disaster preparedness
Disaster mitigation: does micro-insurance work?
Allocating resources in CHEs: case-study
Current affairs

Sunday, February 22
Programming, Policy and Financing
Global stakeholders
Monitoring and evaluation
Checks and balances
Political priorities in aid
Global health economics


Please submit a 200 words (or less) note on your global health interests and experience to
Course fees must be paid within 2 weeks of acceptance

Licensed healthcare providers: $ 1500
Residents: $ 1200
Students: $ 500
Competetive scholarships and partial tuition-waivers available for eligible applicants



Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH
Chief, Global Emergency Medicine Division, Emergency Department
Weill Cornell / NewYork-Presbyterian
Dr. Balsari's interests are focused on humanitarian crises, mass gatherings, disaster preparedness and the development of clinical emergency medicine in middle-income countries. His team helped pioneer city-wide disaster drills in India and Sri Lanka that have subsequently been adopted by the National Disaster Management Authority of India for nation-wide implementation. He has served in the aftermath of many disasters including the Bhuj earthquake, Hurricane Katrina, and the Haitian earthquake; and has been engaged in education, research and capacity building initiatives in South Sudan, Jordan, Iraq, Qatar, the UAE, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and in many cities in India.

Dr. Balsari lectures extensively in medicine and public health both domestically and internationally. He pioneered the Global Health Essentials Course in 2011. At Cornell, he serves on the Global Health Steering Committee at the medical college, and on the Internationalization Council for the office of the Vice-Provost.

He received his medical degree at Grant Medical College in Mumbai, and completed his training in public health, humanitarian studies and emergency medicine at Harvard, Columbia and Cornell Universities. He is founding President of the Rotaract Club of the Caduceus, a local Mumbai-based non-governmental organization of medical students that has been serving the health needs of local communities since 1997.

He is Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health where he serves as Fellow at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and Associate Faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Balsari is also an Asia 21 Young Leader, Fellows Class of 2010, and an India-Pakistan Young Leaders Initiative Fellow, Class of 2013, both at the Asia Society.

Organizing Committee
Anaar Siletz, MD
Ahmed Sheikh, MBB

GHEC Faculty, since 2011:

Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH
Director of Global Health Research and Education
Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine Dr. Agrawal is the Director of Global Health Research and Education at the Yale University Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Agrawal works in many countries across Africa, South America and Asia, developing projects and conducting research related to humanitarian crises, mass gatherings, disaster response, and global public health challenges. Her research focuses on the use of various field methodologies to study issues specific to forced migration, refugees and other displaced populations. Her recent work includes assessing health issues of resettled refugees in the US, establishing a digitized public health surveillance system at a major mass gathering in India, studying sexual violence among refugees in Cameroon, and training Bhutanese medical providers on emergency and trauma care. Dr. Agrawal is a graduate of Cornell University, received her MD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and completed her emergency medicine residency at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. Dr. Agrawal is also a graduate of the Brigham and Women's Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and received her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Agrawal holds faculty appointments at the Yale School of Medicine and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Kamiar Alaei, MD, MPH

Director of Global Institute for Health and Human Rights

Dr. Kamiar Alaei is an expert on HIV/AIDS, International Health and Human Rights. He and his brother, Dr. Arash Alaei have been working on issues related to health and human rights for more than a decade, with a special focus on HIV/AIDS patients and drug users.Drs. Arash and Kamiar Alaei were co-founders of the first "Triangular Clinic" for three target groups: drug users, HIV patients, and STD cases in Iran documented by the WHO/EMRO as a "Best Practice Model" in the region. Dr. Alaei received his MD and MPH in Iran and his Master's in International Health from Harvard University. He is currently finishing his doctoral degree on Health Policy and Management, and starts his new degree on International Human Rights Law at Oxford.

Adam Aluisio, MD, MS
Assistant Clinical Instructor, Department of Emergency Medicine
State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Adam Aluisio is a clinical assistant instructor in the department of Emergency Medicine at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in New York City. He holds a MD from Stony Brook University Medical Center and a MS in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Aluisio's research centers on prevention of pediatric diseases with focuses on diarrheal illnesses and vertical transmission of HIV.

Nikhil Aziz, PhD
Executive Director, Grassroots International

Nikhil Aziz is the Executive Director of Grassroots International. Grassroots works to create a just and sustainable world by building alliances with progressive movements. It provides grants to its Global South partners and joins them in advocating for social change. Its primary focus is on land, water, and food as human rights and nourishing the political struggle necessary to achieve these rights. Before joining Grassroots, Nikhil was Associate Director at Political Research Associates, where he led a team that studied the conservative movement and the political right in the United States. As a progressive, immigrant, gay man of color, Nikhil continues to speak, teach and write on human rights, international development and social change. He has served on the Boards of Africa Today Associates, Resist, Massachusetts Asians & Pacific Islanders for Health, and MASALA; and currently serves on the steering committee of the International Human Rights Funders Group, and the boards of the Engaged Donors for Global Equity and the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation.

Ashita Batavia, MD
Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, Weill Cornell Medical Center

Dr. Chan is an associated faculty member of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and core member of the Crisis Dynamics Program at HHI. Her recent activities have focused on crisis mapping and GIS activities at the field level. She also helps evaluate open source technology organizations such as Ushahidi, trains emerging practitioners in humanitarian technologies and researches the interface between humanitarian agencies and volunteer & technical communities. She has helped NGOs integrate mapping into program decision-making in Mozambique and El Salvador She is also the lead instructor of humanitarian technologies education at the Humanitarian Studies Course. Her prior consultancy and research projects provided public health technical support to organizations such as Oxfam America, the American Red Cross, the United Nation Office of Coordination Affairs, and the International Rescue Committee. She recently served as deputy of operations for the HHI Love a Child Disaster Recovery Center field hospital in Haiti. She has completed professional degrees at Columbia University in the City of New York, Northwestern University School of Medicine, Tulane School of Public Health and Harvard University/Medical School. She is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine in Chicago.

Nerys Benfield, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor , Director of Family Planning Services
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Nerys Benfield MD MPH is an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center and is the Director of Family Planning within the Division of Family Planning and Global Women's Health in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She completed her residency and family planning fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco and her MPH at University of California, Berkeley. Dr Benfield has worked in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo for the past 4 years where she has developed an academic collaborative research and clinical training program with research interests that include the integration of contraceptive counseling, access, and distribution into medical care for high-risk women, uro-genital fistula, and methods to optimize evidence-based clinical training and the use of health technologies such as ICT and ultrasound in low-resource settings.

Susan L Bissell, PhD
Chief of Child Protection, Programme Division, UNICEF

A native of Canada, Ms. Bissell first served UNICEF in 1987, in New York, in what was then called the Division of Information and Public Affairs. Thereafter she returned to the University of Toronto to complete a Master's degree in law, economics and international relations. Ms. Bissell then resumed her work at UNICEF, in the Sri Lanka country office, focused on children in especially difficult circumstances (CEDC). From there she moved to Bangladesh and maintained her CEDC concentration, positioning UNICEF particularly on child labour at a time when it was attracting considerable international attention.

In 1997, Ms. Bissell again commenced academic work, in a doctoral degree in public health and medical anthropology at the WHO Key Center for Women's Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne. While completing her doctorate, she also worked with Trudie Styler and the Bangladeshi film team Catherine and Tareque Masud to produce the documentary "A Kind of Childhood." The film screened widely at film festivals globally and appeared on Canadian, American, and British television. In 2005, it had a second screening at the London Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Ms. Bissell came back to UNICEF in 2001 as the Chief of Child Protection in India. In 2004, she transferred to the Innocenti Research Center, where she led a research unit and a number of studies. These included a 62-country study on the implementation of the general measures of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and global research on the Palermo Protocol and child trafficking. Ms. Bissell was also a member of the Editorial Board of the report of the UN Secretary General's Study on Violence Against Children, which was released in 2006. In 2009, Ms. Bissell was appointed to her current position in New York, heading all of UNICEF’s Child Protection work. She oversees a team of professionals guiding efforts for children affected by armed conflict, child protection systems strengthening to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children, and a range of other matters. UNICEF is active in child protection in 170 countries, and the New York team offers leadership, strategic vision, and technical support.

Ms. Bissell was recently awarded an honourary Professorship at Barnard College/Columbia University. She also received the Dr. Jean Mayar Global Citizenship Award from Tufts University in 2012, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Ms. Bissell was honoured to accept both of these awards on behalf of her UNICEF Child Protection colleagues around the world.

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD
President,New York Academy of Medicine

Jo Ivey Boufford, MD, is President of The New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Boufford is Professor of Public Service, Health Policy and Management at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine. She served as Dean of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University from June 1997 to November 2002. Prior to that, she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from November 1993 to January 1997, and as Acting Assistant Secretary from January 1997 to May 1997. While at HHS, she served as the U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1994–1997.

Dr. Boufford currently serves on the board of the United Hospital Fund, Public Health Solutions and the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation and chairs the Public Health Committee of the State Public Health and Health Planning Council. She was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 1992 and is a member of its Board on Global Health, Board on African Science Academy Development and serves as its Foreign Secretary . She has received honorary degrees from the State University of New York- Brooklyn, New York Medical College, Pace University, and the University of Toledo. She has been a Fellow of The New York Academy of Medicine since 1988. Dr. Boufford received her BA from the University of Michigan, and her MD with distinction from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is board certified in pediatrics

Frederick M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, PhD (Hon.), FAAP, FACEP
Professor (Ret.), Senior Fellow & Scientist, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative,
Harvard University

Professor Burkle is a Senior Fellow & Scientist with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University and the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Senior International Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington DC, and former Senior Scholar and now Senior Associate Faculty, Department of International Health with the Center for Refugee & Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes where he also served as the Senior Medical and Public Health Advisor, Advanced Systems Concept Office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. He holds Adjunct Professorships at Monash University School of Medicine and James Cook University in Australia and is Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Division of Military and Emergency Medicine, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He is the recipient of the prestigious William CrawfordGorgas Medal for "distinguished work in preventive medicine, groundbreaking work in disaster management and humanitarian assistance and the training of an entire generation of U.S. and international personnel. ” In 2007 he was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences and, in 2012 was selected by the National Institutes of Health to receive the Joseph Leiter Lecture Award that recognizes the “best and brightest” in science and medicine.

Dr. Burkle has published over 200 scientific articles, 53 book chapters, four books, three on disaster management including Disaster Medicine (1984). He has worked in and consulted on numerous humanitarian crises and large-scale international disasters in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. From 2002-03, Dr. Burkle served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health at the U.S. Agency for International Development and as the Interim Minister of Health in Iraq. A 1961 Saint Michael's College and 1965 University of Vermont College of Medicine graduate, Dr. Burkle holds post-graduate degrees from Yale, Harvard, Dartmouth, the University of California at Berkeley, University of Geneva, and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is qualified in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, and holds a Master's Degree in Public Health and Diploma in Tropical Medicine. He is a combat decorated and now retired Naval Reserve Captain, who served with the Marines in Viet Nam, Somalia, the Persian Gulf War, and Iraq. He is a current member of the Board of Directors and Overseer of the International Rescue Committee, the world's largest refugee organization, the Science Advisory Board of the American Red Cross, and served as Chair of the National Disaster Life Support Consortium of the American Medical Association for 4 years. His research focuses on humanitarian crises, public health emergencies, professionalization, civil-military relations, and nuclear and biological issues including triage management.  

Jennifer L. Chan, MD, MPH
Director, Global Emergency Medicine , Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Associate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Dr. Chan is the Director of Global Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Jennifer is also an Associate faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI). Her projects and research focuses on humanitarian technologies and crisis mapping with the aim to help organizations integrate technology and new information flows into humanitarian programming. She collaborates with humanitarian, technology and volunteer groups to help them learn about the outcomes and impact of their collaborative efforts through evaluation and research. Her project work and research efforts have been translated into training emerging practitioners in humanitarian technologies. She is the lead instructor of humanitarian technologies education module at the Humanitarian Studies Initiative.

Jennifer has worked and collaborated with NGOs and UN agencies for the past seven years. She has provided public health technical support to organizations such as Oxfam America, the American Red Cross, UNOCHA, the International Rescue Committee and the World Health Organization. She also collaborates with Ushahidi, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap, The StandbyTaskForce, and the Northwestern Humanitarian and Non-Profit Logistics Group.

After completing her undergraduate studies at Columbia University, she pursued additional degrees in medicine and public health at Northwestern University School of Medicine and Tulane School of Public Health. She completed her emergency medicine training at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program followed by an International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Keri Cohn, MD, MPH, DTMH
Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Cohn currently acts as an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania and an Attending physician in the division of emergency medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has long been involved in international health, having had worked with many international organizations throughout the world including the regions of West Africa, South Africa, East Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, and South East Asia. After completing her pediatrics residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, she worked with Medecins Sans Frontières as the chief expatriate physician in the northern rebel region of the Cote d'Ivoire. She received her Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2007. Then, she created a 5 year, intensive fellowship combining Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital Boston to further her academic pursuit of international health. While acting as an instructor at Harvard Medical School, she completed a Global Health Fellowship and her Masters of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. In 2010 she was awarded Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Burtis Burr Breese Award for her tuberculosis research in Haitian migrant children living in the Dominican Republic. Over the past four years she has been intimately involved as a senior advisor with the MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights, and was the founding director of the Initiative to End Childhood Malnutrition in Rukungiri, Uganda. In addition to continuing her work in East Africa, she is committed to advancing post-graduate academic education for medical professionals in global health.

Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH
Assistant professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health
Director of Disaster Response, Center for Global Health, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Cranmer is the first Director of Disaster Response at the Center of Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition to being clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH, she is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population. As the Director of Education for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she founded and directed the Humanitarian Studies Initiative and the Global Women’s Health Fellowship. In its first 10 years, over 500 graduate students, medical residents, nurses, and physicians have completed these training programs. Her alumni have gone on to hold leadership positions in some of the premier humanitarian agencies in the world. Dr. Cranmer’s research focus has been on educational initiatives to train future humanitarian providers. Her path towards program building began in post war Kosovo doing human rights investigations for Physicians for Human Rights. Her work in a mission hospital in Malawi concentrated on providing emergency obstetrical care for women, and especially those affected by AIDS. Responding to the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 with International Rescue Committee, and subsequently to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, her growing expertise in disaster relief was recognized in that she led the public health effort for the American Red Cross in Louisiana. After the Port-Au-Prince earthquake in January 2010, she built the largest field hospital in Haiti. In caring for over 5000 patients and their families with more than 700 international volunteers, this hospital was recognized by the UN and the US Government as being the best field hospital post disaster in the last 25 years. Her latest work includes the professionalization of humanitarian response, with a particular focus in e-learning and simulation-based training, as evidenced by her recent directorship of a comprehensive simulation in Tunisia for the World Health Organization and in Canada for the Canadian consortium for humanitarian training. 

Johanna Daily, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Dr. Daily’s interest in what is now being termed global health started in medical school when she spent a two month elective at Kenyatta National HospitDr. Daily’s interest in what is now being termed global health started in medical school when she spent a two month elective at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi joining the pediatric inpatient team. Malaria was a major problem. During her Internal Medicine Residency Dr. Daily spent two months at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and observed both inpatients and outpatients with tropical diseases and sat in on research conferences. These experiences informed her sufficiently to choose Infectious Disease as a subspecialty with laboratory training in the molecular biology of Plasmodium in Dyann Wirth’s lab at HSPH. She carried out drug resistance studies in Senegal and began work looking at the diversity of parasite gene expression as measured directly from patient blood (no interim culture). She discovered novel biological states. Dr. Daily’s other efforts were in outcomes research working with Paul Farmer and the Global Health and Social Inequities Division at BWH. Her goal was to utilize a routinely measured outcome such as pediatric hospitalizations to measure impact of a multipronged antimalarial campaign. Finally, she has been interested in the utilization of UpToDate in resource limited settings. She has worked to deploy this evidence based medical resource in a number of health care facilities and are now measuring its impact. Dr. Daily is interested in both basic science and outcomes research in malaria.

Johanna Daily, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Dr. Daily’s interest in what is now being termed global health started in medical school when she spent a two month elective at Kenyatta National HospitDr. Daily's interest in what is now being termed global health started in medical school when she spent a two month elective at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi joining the pediatric inpatient team. Malaria was a major problem. During her Internal Medicine Residency Dr. Daily spent two months at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and observed both inpatients and outpatients with tropical diseases and sat in on research conferences. These experiences informed her sufficiently to choose Infectious Disease as a subspecialty with laboratory training in the molecular biology of Plasmodium in Dyann Wirth's lab at HSPH. She carried out drug resistance studies in Senegal and began work looking at the diversity of parasite gene expression as measured directly from patient blood (no interim culture). She discovered novel biological states. Dr. Daily's other efforts were in outcomes research working with Paul Farmer and the Global Health and Social Inequities Division at BWH. Her goal was to utilize a routinely measured outcome such as pediatric hospitalizations to measure impact of a multipronged antimalarial campaign. Finally, she has been interested in the utilization of UpToDate in resource limited settings. She has worked to deploy this evidence based medical resource in a number of health care facilities and are now measuring its impact. Dr. Daily is interested in both basic science and outcomes research in malaria.

Kirk Dietsch, PhD
Professor, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Dr. Kirk W. Deitsch is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. His primary research interests are centered on the molecular and biochemical aspects of malaria parasites including such cellular processes as antigenic variation, transcriptional gene regulation, DNA replication and nuclear organization. He spent five years as a research fellow in the Malaria Genetics Section of the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institutes of Health prior to his arrival at Weill Medical College in 2001. He is a recipient of a New Scholar Award in Global Infectious Diseases from the Ellison Medical Foundation and a Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering. He is also a recipient of several NIH research grants focused on the molecular genetics of malaria parasites.

Ross Donaldson, MD, MPH Director, Global Health Program & Fellowship Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Assistant Clinical Professor of (Emergency) Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA – Fielding School of Public Health

Dr. Donaldson is the Director of the Emergency Medicine Global Health Program at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and holds appointments in the UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Featured on CNN, BBC, NPR, and other media outlets, Dr. Donaldson is the critically acclaimed author of The Lassa Ward, a memoir about international aid work, as well as other medical texts and software, such as the popular WikEM smart-phone application for emergency clinicians that was ranked as one of the best hand-held emergency medicine applications in 2011.

Dr. Donaldson’s research focuses on the development of emergency and disaster care systems in low- and middle-income countries, and he has been the principal investigator on over $15 million dollars worth of related grants. His funders have included the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program (AusAID), Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, European Commission, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and World Bank, among others. His research focuses on the development and improvement of emergency care systems, conflict-related injury burden, community KAP studies, and disaster training. Recent peer reviewed publications include papers in Annals of Emergency Medicine, Journal of Trauma, and Journal of Pediatrics, among others.

Dr. Donaldson has worked around the globe, in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He has been the lead architect of national emergency care plans in several countries and has spearheaded the training of thousands of EMTs, nurses, and doctors. In Iraq alone, he has led the instruction of over ten thousand Iraqis and the development and quality improvement of pre-hospital and hospital-based emergency systems countrywide. Among other honors, he received the Humanitarian Award from the California chapter of American College of Emergency Physicians in 2010.

M. James Eliades, MD, MPH
Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Dr. Eliades is an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital. He has worked for the Center for International Emergency Disaster and Refugee Dr. Eliades is an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at St Lukes Roosevelt Hospital. He has worked for the Center for International Emergency Disaster and Refugee Studies (CIEDRS) at Johns Hopkins where he focused on refugee camps, conflict, and post-conflict situations with a focus on health systems development in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Kakuma refugee camp, West Bank, and China. In 2004 he went to the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship and then worked on the U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI) on operational research. Dr. Eliades completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1999, and he did an international emergency medicine fellowship and MPH at the Johns Hopkins.

Sarah England
Global Health Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Dr Sarah England is known for her significant role in envisioning, launching and developing of some of the most widely appreciated global health initiatives: The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, the Stop TB Partnership, and the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. She offers both the donor and implementer perspective and has a fact-based, efficient, business approach.

Sarah is senior staff in the Global Health Team of Bloomberg Philanthropies in March, 2012. The 6-member team manages New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s nearly one billion dollars ofsupport to evidence-based policy interventions to bring down mortality, disease and injuries. Sarah is the lead on polio eradication, tobacco control in China, and global non-communicable disease work, as well as strategic direction for the team. From 2008 to 2012, Sarah led the Tobacco Free Initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative Office in China. In this role she provided in-country coordination to the partner organizations of the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. Her achievements include catalyzing the first Chinese equivalent of a Surgeon General's Report on harms of tobacco, published by the Ministry of Health in May 2012, and supporting the smoke-free Beijing Olympics and Shanghai Expo, leading to her development of a WHO Guide to Tobacco-Free Mega Events that is now used worldwide. Until 2007, she was Senior Advisor at the Stop TB Partnership, within WHO Headquarters in Geneva. While working for the WHO Vaccines Department she designed, built consensus around and co-wrote the proposal for the vaccine fund of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, which immediately attracted 750,000 USD of funding.

She has 25 years of international experience including 14 years at WHO, and also as consultant to the World Bank International Finance Corporation, the Asian Development Bank, the International Finance Corporation, UNEP, and CIDA. Her research has been published in such journals as Nature, The Lancet, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. She has provided expert commentary in a wide range of global and international press publications and television.  

Oliver Fein, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Public Health, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. Oliver Fein is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health and Associate Dean for Affiliations at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a practicing general iDr. Oliver Fein is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health and Associate Dean for Affiliations at the Weill Cornell Medical College. He is a practicing general internist with experience in health policy and a commitment to access to care for vulnerable populations, health system reform and global health education. His interest in Global Health stems from his study of comparative health systems and his commitment to addressing health inequalities. He founded the Office of Global Health Education at Weill Cornell and directed the Medical College’s involvement in the United States-European Union Medical Education Exchange. He also has a particular interest in health care and medical education in China, and was Co-Director of a conference held in Beijing in 2008 entitled “East Meets West in Medical Education.” He is Chair of the New York-Metro Chapter of Physicians = for a National Health Program (PNHP), former President of national PNHP, and past Vice President for the United States of the American Public Health Association (APHA). 

Gregg Gonsalves
Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School/Yale School of Public Health

Gregg Gonsalves is a long-time AIDS activist. He is currently a lecturer at Yale Law School, the co-director of the Yale Law School/Yale School of Public Health Global Health Justice Partnership and a PhD candidate in the Division of the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at YSPH.

P. Gregg Greenough, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
Research Director, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Attending Physician, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Dr. Greenough has worked extensively in applying epidemiologic methods to public health problems within conflict- and disaster-affected populations. After graduating from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1989), he completed a residency and fellowship in Emergency Medicine at UCLA (1997) and earned an MPH at Johns Hopkins University (1998). Dr. Greenough has worked in relief operations in the Balkans, Central America, Africa, the US, the Palestinian Territories, and Haiti. While on faculty at Johns Hopkins University Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, he directed two national nutrition and food security studies of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and evaluated refugee health programs in Kenya, Tanzania, and Colombia and disaster preparedness in Tanzania. Since 2005, he has been research director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) at Harvard University, providing senior leadership in establishing the Initiative's research agenda, designing and implementing field studies, supervising the analysis of data, interpreting analyses to relevant humanitarian stakeholders, and teaching field research methods. His field studies have included the burden of disease in the Hurricane Katrina displaced population; the effects of landmines on human security in Angola and Lebanon; evaluating the use of open platforms and mapping in Colombia; the health of displaced Central African Republic and Darfuri women; and public health surveillance in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and India. He holds faculty appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, is a fellow at the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, and attends in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham & Women's Hospital.

Kirsten Johnson, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, McGill University
Director, Humanitarian Studies Initiative, McGill University

Dr. Kirsten Johnson practices Emergency Medicine at McGill University's Health Centres in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Johnson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is also an Associate Faculty member of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University, and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University. She is Program Director of the McGill Humanitarian Studies Initiative (HSI), Director of the Canadian Consortium for Humanitarian Training (CCHT) and Chief Executive Officer of the Humanitarian Training Initiative (HTI).

Dr. Johnson's research has focused on genocide, child combatants, sexual gender-based and conflict-related mental health and psychosocial support. She is involved in humanitarian professionalization, working on the development of competencies for training, education and certification of humanitarian responders globally.

In 2010, Dr. Johnson was awarded the Segal Centre's Januscz Korczak award for her work on protecting the rights of children in conflict and the Award of Excellence for her work in global health by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2011.

Rowena Johnston, PhD
Vice President and Director of Research, amfAR

As vice president and director of research at amfAR, Rowena Johnston is responsible for overseeing the Foundation's pioneering research program. Her responsibilities include determining the Foundation’s research priorities, evaluating and analyzing the program’s direction, and serving as a liaison between the research committee and other committees. Dr. Johnston has overseen the reorganization of amfAR's research program in order to target work directed at improving HIV prevention and treatment interventions, support the career development of young HIV/AIDS researchers, and aggressively pursue a cure for HIV. In 2010 she was instrumental in forming the amfAR Research Consortium on HIV Eradication (ARCHE). In addition to her Foundation work, Dr. Johnston serves on a number of HIV-related advisory committees and as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous journals and conferences. She has published several scientific papers, and has been an invited speaker at numerous educational institutions around the country as well as at international conferences. She regularly speaks to the press about emerging research findings. Dr. Johnston received her Ph.D. in psychology (biopsychology) in 1998 from the University of Michigan. From 19997-1998 she was a postdoctoral fellow in the department of neurology at Emory University, and from 1998-2001, she was a visiting research fellow at the cellular neurology branch of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to joining amfAR in September 2001, Dr. Johnston was scientific advisor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation/Parkinson’s Action Network.

Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH
Director, Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative, Humanitarian Academy at Harvard Director, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Stephanie Kayden, MD, MPH, is the Director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and an Instructor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School. As Director of the Lavine Family Humanitarian Studies Initiative at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, she trains professionals from around the world in global health and humanitarian work. Dr. Kayden is Co-Director of the International Emergency Department Leadership Institute. She serves on the editorial board of the American Medical Association's Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. She has worked to improve emergency medical systems, humanitarian aid and disaster response in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Dr. Kayden helped develop emergency medical care in Bhutan, Fiji, Nepal, Germany, Serbia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, and Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She provided disaster relief to survivors of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Pakistan, helped rebuild health systems for Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and led a team to improve rural public health in Uganda, and published research on the effects of conflict on health in Liberia and Cameroon. She has taught health and human rights issues in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Kayden helped establish the largest field hospital for survivors of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. More recently, Dr. Kayden helped coordinate the response to the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011 and has returned to Japan to help the Japan Medical Association build its country’s disaster response capability. Dr. Kayden was the senior physician in the Emergency Department of Brigham and Women's Hospital during the Boston Marathon bombings of April 2013.

Dhruv Kazi, MD, MSc, MS
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology, San Francisco General Hospital;
Departments of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco

Dr Kazi is an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine. As a cardiologist and a cardiovascular health economist, he designs, develops, and evaluates innovative methods of delivering cost-effective healthcare to patients in resource-scarce settings, both in the United States and overseas. His work reflects his central belief that the creative but measured use of information technology can help address some of the world's biggest public health challenges. With his background in health economics, he aims to ensure that our investments in healthcare represent true societal value, focusing on scalable solutions and measurable impact. He is a founding member of heartMAP - a comprehensive program to provide long-term, cost-effective clinical support to patients requiring anticoagulation in low- and middle-income countries. He is also a founding member of UCSF's Global Health Economics Consortium, and is a member of the World Heart Federation's Presidential Initiative on Emerging Leaders in Cardiovascular Medicine. When not torturing data, Kazi likes to write, scuba dive, and photograph.

Richard Lee, MD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Urology and Public Health, Weill Medical College

DDr. Lee completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University (Durham, NC), and then moved to the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) to complete both his MD and his MBA. He then moved to New York and began working at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, specifically within the Department of Urology, while completing both his residency rotation and a fellowship.

Dr. Lee was appointed to a full-time faculty position within the Department of Urology in July 2011 after completing his fellowship. He currently practices within the Iris Cantor Men's Health Center. While completing his residency at Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Lee was awarded the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) Traveling Scholar Award (2006), the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR) Men’s Health Traveling Fellowship (2007), the Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program Grant (2007), the New York Weill Cornell Medical Center Alumni Council Distinguished Housestaff Award (2008), and the Doctors of the World Health and Human Rights Leadership Award (2008).

Dr. Lee is an active participant in translational research and is currently involved in several protocols as either primary or co-investigator that includes NIH, non-profit foundation, and industry support. He takes part in the peer review process of other’s research as a journal reviewer for European Urology, Journal of Urology, British Journal of Urology International, and Advances in Urology.His current research interests include BPH, male and female pelvic health, female urology, incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, health outcomes, cost effectiveness analysis, pelvic reconstruction, bioengineering, and nanoparticle therapy.

Marc Levin, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Marc Levin, MD, a family physician, has completed four field assignments with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), including MSF's local response to Hurricane Sandy last November. On his first assignment with MSF in Dogdore, Chad, Dr. Levin was the only doctor for 35,000 people in a conflict zone. Working seven miles from the Darfur border, Levin delivered basic health care to internally displaced people who had fled from violence near their homes. Following that assignment, Dr. Levin participated in a large-scale response to pediatric malnutrition in Maradi, Niger, in 2008. While in Niger, he worked in a refeeding center and intensive care unit for severely malnourished children younger than five. His work involved treating malnutrition and secondary diagnoses such as malaria and respiratory infections, rehydrating patients, and starting them on nutrient-rich therapeutic foods that enabled over 90 percent of them to return home within weeks. His third mission, ending in June 2011, was a six-month placement in Batangafo, in the Central African Republic, where he was the medical director of a seven-site project which provided health services to populations affected by conflict, tuberculosis, neglected diseases, Human African Trypanosomiasis ("African Sleeping Sickness") and recurrent epidemics. While not on assignment with MSF, Dr. Levin works as Coordinator of Obstetrics, Maternity Care and Community Health for the Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Medicine in New York City, where he teaches and supervises residents and medical students, leads inpatient rounds, delivers babies, and gives lectures. He holds a faculty position with the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Social Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and is also and instructor for the second-year Art and Science of Medicine II course at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Brandeis University and received his MD from SUNY-Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He completed his residency training at the Ramsey Family and Community Medicine Residency Program in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH, FACEP Director, Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, Brown University

Adam Levine is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown University Medical School and Director of the Brown University Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco and his Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley before completing his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency in Boston.

Dr. Levine has worked clinically and/or conducted research in Mexico, India, Zambia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Rwanda, Haiti, Libya, and South Sudan. He currently serves as the Clinical Advisor for Emergency and Trauma Care for Partners In Health-Rwanda, a Boston based non-profit organization working to improve healthcare for the poor in nearly a dozen countries around the world; as an Emergency and Disaster Care Physician for International Medical Corps, an international humanitarian organization; and as Associate Faculty for the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, whose goals are to improve the quality and professionalize the delivery of humanitarian and disaster relief. Adam also serves as the Editor-in-chief for Academic Emergency Medicine's annual Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review. His research interests include improving the delivery of acute care in resource-limited settings and during humanitarian emergencies.

Anu-Raga Mahalingashetty, MPH
Program Associate, BRAC USA, Inc

Anu is a Program Associate at BRAC USA, Inc, where she provides assistance in strategic partnership and programmatic support for BRAC International Health programs . She has worked in India as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer assessing the impact of Avahan, a multi-state HIV intervention program for high risk populations. She presented the findings of these studies at the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific. She has also conducted research in North India looking at work-time burden of front-line health workers responsible for maternal healthcare service delivery in rural and semi-urban areas. Anu holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Columbia University, where she specialized in global health, health systems, and maternal health.

Gerald Martone
Senior Director of Humanitarian Affairs, International Rescue Committee

Gerald Martone is the Senior Director of Humanitarian Affairs at the International Rescue Committee. He leads advocacy initiatives that seek to gain support from policy makers and the general public for people affected by political oppression, natural disasters, and violent conflict.

From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Martone was IRC's Director of Emergency Response. He launched and oversaw emergency relief missions during major humanitarian crises in Burundi, Liberia, Kosovo, Chechnya, Congo, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, East Timor, Northern Uganda, Bosnia, Angola, Ethiopia, the Darfur region of Sudan, the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, and tsunami-affected regions of Indonesia. Mr. Martone also spent extensive time working in other crisis zones including Somalia, Haiti, and Pakistan.

Since August 2011, Mr. Martone has been serving two elected terms as the Co-Chair of the influential NGO-UN Security Council Working Group. Its members actively advocate at the United Nations with Security Council Permanent Representatives, Political Officers, Special Representatives, Special Envoys, and other senior level delegates to promote policies that improve the lives of refugees and people uprooted by political conflict.

Mr. Martone served two elected terms as the Co-Chair of the Disaster Response Committee of InterAction, the coalition of U.S.-based humanitarian and development agencies. He was also a member of the Management Committee of the Sphere Project, which establishes standards for providing humanitarian assistance in emergencies. Mr. Martone is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's School for International and Public Affairs, where he teaches the Humanitarian Affairs Practicum. He has published numerous articles and book chapters about international aid and is an active spokesperson on humanitarian assistance and human rights.

The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, carries out humanitarian relief and development programs in over 40 countries and operates a network of refugee resettlement offices in 22 cities across the United States.

Ryan McGarry, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Weill Cornell Medical College

Dr. McGarry is an Emergency Medicine physician at NYP-WCMC and a filmmaker whose award-winning debut feature documentary CODE BLACK won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. Executive produced by three-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, the film provides a disarming look into the front lines of an embattled public hospital, uniquely told from the voices of ER young doctors who find their idealistic expectations of healthcare threatened by the greater system. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and completed Emergency Medicine residency at the Los Angeles County Hospital.

Ziad Obermeyer
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Ziad Obermeyer is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an emergency physician at the Brigham & Women's Hospital. His research investigates health outcomes as a way to evaluate and improve health care in the United States and abroad, supported by a five-year Early Independence Award from the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. He holds an A.B. from Harvard and an M.Phil. from Cambridge, both in the history and philosophy of science, and worked as a consultant to pharmaceutical and global health clients at McKinsey & Co. before returning to Harvard for his M.D. He spent a year as a researcher at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and completed his clinical residency in emergency medicine at the Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals.

Helen Ouyang, MD
Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Associate Director, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Affiliate Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine at Columbia University and affiliate faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is the Associate Director of the Columbia University International Emergency Medicine Fellowship. She has worked in over 20 different countries with UNHCR, WHO, the International Rescue Committee, Oxfam America, Emergency, and the American Red Cross. She received her A.B. in Development Studies from Brown University, her M.D. from Johns Hopkins, and her M.P.H. from Harvard University. She was a 2005-6 Zuckerman Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Center for Public Leadership.

Ariel Pablos-Mendez, MD, MPH
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Global Health
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez, physician, scholar, diplomat and a creative leader in global health, was appointed in 2011 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, with the consent of the U.S. Senate, to lead the Global Health Bureau of USAID, the premier agency in international development. During his tenure, he catalyzed the vision to End Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths and contributed to shape an AIDS-Free Generation while supporting health systems strengthening, family planning and country ownership during the economic transition of health.

Dr. Pablos-Mendez began his public health career at Columbia University working on the emergence of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in New York City in 1991; in 1997 he led the Global Surveillance Project on Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance at the World Health Organization (WHO). In both instances, his research and publications brought about significant and successful policy changes in the field. He also served as Director of Knowledge Management at WHO in Geneva, 2004-2007, creating WHO Press, working to bridge the know-do gap in public health and promoting e-Health in the developing world.

In 2007, he returned to the Rockefeller Foundation as Managing Director, where he was a program officer from 1998 to 2004 spearheading public-private partnerships in R&D for diseases of poverty (e.g. the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development), the Foundation's strategy on AIDS treatment in Africa (2001), and the Joint Learning Initiative on Human Resources for Health. From 2007-2011 he developed and led the Foundation’s initiative on the transformation of global health systems towards universal health coverage.

Dr. Pablos-Mendez received his M.D. from the University of Guadalajara (Mexico) and his M.P.H from Columbia University (New York), where he was a Professor of Clinical Medicine and Public Health. He has over 100 publications and has been a member of various boards and international commissions.

Aakanksha H. Pande, MD
Health Economist, World Bank

Aakanksha (Aaka) H. Pande is a health economist at the World Bank where she specializes on health nutrition and population issues in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She is the co-author of the new World Bank MENA health sector strategy (2013-2018): Fairness and Accountability: Engaging in Health Systems in the Middle East and North Africa. She specializes on the evaluation of health sector programs which she has worked on in Mexico, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Her work has been published in peer reviewed academic journals and mainstream media like the New York Times. She holds a PhD in Evaluative Sciences and Statistics of Health Policy (Harvard University), a Master?s in Global Health and Population (Harvard School of Public Health), a Fellowship in Global Health (Cambridge University), and a Bachelor's in Science in Molecular Biology (Yale University).

Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH
Faculty, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Associate Director, Brigham and Women's International Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Parveen Parmar, MD MPH is an emergency physician and Instructor of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is also Associate Faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where her areas of specialization include mixed methods research on health and human rights among populations affected by war and natural disaster, including gender-based violence, and the identification and dissemination of best practice strategies for the delivery of humanitarian aid. Dr. Parmar currently serves as the Associate Director of the Brigham and Women's Hospital International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Harvard University.

Kevin P.Q. Phelan, MSc, MA
Medical Humanitarian Communications, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres

Kevin P.Q. Phelan, MSc, MA is the manager of Medical Humanitarian Communications for Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in the United States. Since joining MSF in 2002, he has coordinated international media and advocacy efforts in the field in Angola, the Palestinian Territories, Iraq, the Darfur region of Sudan, South Sudan, Niger, Haiti, Nigeria and Uganda. He also served as head of mission and field coordinator in South Sudan in 2006, 2008, and 2010, managing malnutrition programs and a pediatric and obstetric hospital in Northern Bahr el Ghazal state, and in 2012 he served as team leader for MSF’s response in Far Rockaway, Queens following Hurricane Sandy. From 2008-2010, he worked on MSF’s international malnutrition advocacy as part of MSF’s Access Campaign and helped develop MSF’s Starved for Attention campaign. In 2012, he co-organized the Lives in the Balance conference in New York with Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi).

Priti Radhakrishnan
Director, Treatment Access,

Priti Radhakrishnan is Co-Founder and Director of Treatment Access of I-MAK. Priti obtained her law degree from New York University (NYU) School of Law and has worked as a health attorney in the U.S., Switzerland and India. Prior to founding I-MAK, she served as the Senior Project Officer of the Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit in India. Priti recently coordinated the efforts of TEAM VINAY - a movement that registered 25,000 new bone marrow donors in the South Asian American community, which received the National Marrow Donor Program's Lieutenant General Frank E. Peterson Jr. award for innovation and commitment to minority recruitment & retention of bone marrow donors. In 2008, Priti was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for social entrepreneurs, the Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellowship and was selected as one of 160 dynamic young leaders for the 2008 Asia 21 Young Leaders Summit in Tokyo. The Asia Society recently selected Priti as one of three young leaders from the United States for its 2009 Class Of Asia 21 Fellows. Priti was awarded the 2010 Black, Latino, Asian Pacific American NYU Law Association's Young Alumni Award. She was named NYU School of Law's Alumnus of the Month (November 2009) and was the 2010 Honoree of the NYU Law Women of Color Collective. Priti was recently selected by the King Baudouin Foundation as one of a group of young visionaries making change for its Spotlight On The Millennials series. In 2011, Priti was named an Associate Fellow by the Asia Society. In 2012 she served as a Mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, an international accelerator for high-impact entrepreneurs. Priti is currently an adjunct faculty member at the St.Luke Foundation/Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy. In 2012, Priti and Tahir were the recipients of the South Asian Bar Association Of New York's Legal Trailblazer Award. In 2013, Priti was awarded the National South Asian Bar Association's Public Interest Achievement Award and was named to the Good 100, a selection of the 100 most innovative individuals changing the world. She was most recently invited to be a Fellow with the India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Forum.

Les Roberts, PhD
Director, Program on Forced Migration and Health
Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Les Roberts, holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and did a post-doctorate fellowship in epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and afterwards worked for WHO in Rwanda during the 1994 Civil war and then for the International Rescue Committee . Les had led over 50 surveys in 17 countries, mostly measuring mortality in times of war. In recent years he has taken part in studies to measure mortality in Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Zimbabwe and Central African Republic. His present research focuses on developing methods to document human rights violations, and on statistically representative surveillance methodologies.

Adam Ross, MA
Program Examiner, White House Office of Management and Budget
Mr. Ross is a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he is responsible for the U.S. Government's investments in Global Health. He is a graduate of Tufts University and has an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

Nandita Sugandhi, MD
Clinical Advisor, Clinton Health Access Initiative

Nandita Sugandhi is a pediatrician with more than seven years of experience working in the field of Pediatric HIV Care and Treatment in resource-limited settings. After completing her training in New York she spent four years working with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) delivering comprehensive clinical care and programmatic support in Swaziland, Botswana, and Tanzania. For the past three years she has been a clinical advisor for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI); working across multiple programs in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia with a focus on improving access to essential drugs and diagnostics for HIV Prevention and Treatment.

Michael Vortmann, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Michael Vortmann is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Weill Cornell Medical Collegein New York City and and attending emergency medicine physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.He is the Director of the Wilderness and Environmental Program in the Division of Emergency Medicine.His interests in wilderness medicine and global health intersect in the exploration of creative solutions to medicinepracticed in extreme and austere environments. He runs biannual senior medical student courses on these subjectsin the Adirondacks and Southern Utah.Dr. Vortmann has been an avid participant in the Global Health Program at Weill-Cornell andhas taught in Qatar, Dubai, and Mumbai. He recently spent a month working with International Medical Corpsin South Sudan teaching mass casualty management and helped survey water and sanitation infrastructurein the Kumbh Mela Public Health Study in Allahabad, India conducted by Harvard University.


Day lectures: 8am to 5pm: Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Evening Keynotes will be held at various locations on and off campus, across New York City.



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