Global Health Emergencies Course : February 14 - 22, 2015

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

Media Partner: EPi

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.


Date Sat 14 Sun 15 Mon 16 Tue 17 Wed 18 Thu 19 Fri 20 Sat 21 Sun 22
8am 5pm Belfer Belfer Belfer Belfer Belfer 1305York Belfer Belfer Belfer
Keyonte Belfer A126 Coleman Coleman UN Belfer A-126 Social --

Saturday Feb 14
12:30pm   Intro to GHEC 2015 Balsari
1:00pm   National Health Systems Fein
2:00pm   Integrated approaches to healthcare delivery and Implementation Research Vasan
3:00pm   Policies and Public Health: Lessons from the Ebola Epidemic Spencer
4:00pm   Break  

Sunday Feb 15
8am   HIV: The coming decade Batavia
9:20am   Break  
9:30am   Vertical transmission: history, present, future Aluisio
10:30am   A Human Rights- Based Approach to Health for People Living With HIV/AIDS, and Drug Users: A Case Study From Iran Alaei
Noon   Break  
1pm   Malaria pathogenesis: how parasites make you sick Malaria: 2015 Update Deitsch Daily
2:50pm   Break  
3pm   Global burden of Tuberculosis Case-study: Miners in South Africa Brust Gonsalves
5:30pm   Dinner Keynote: Alma-Ata to SDGs Eliades

Monday Feb 16
8am   Non-communicable diseases Kolappa Adebiyi
Noon   Break  
1pm   Data, Information, and Knowledge Overview of humanitarian research Thinking in a population-based way Common applications of research in emergencies Data sources: population based and others Estimating populations Quantitative sampling: SRS Greenough
3pm   Break  
3:10pm   Qualitative methods and mixed methods Agrawal
6:00pm   Dinner Keynote: Advocating for Access: The I-MAK story Radhakrishnan

Tuesday Feb 17
8am   Quantitative sampling Cluster Sampling Case studies: Cameroon, Liberia? Johnson
9:30am   Break  
9:45pm   Cluster sampling exercise Johnson Agrawal Greenough
3pm   Break  
10:45pm   Network sampling Difficult to reach populations Agrawal Greenough
Noon   Break  
1:00pm   Pediatric emergencies in the field Nelson
2:20pm   Break  
2:30pm   Averting maternal morbidity and mortality De Pinho
4pm   Cervical Cancer Screening in the Developing World: What's Working and What is Not Finkel
6:00pm   Dinner Keynote: Male reproductive health: Case-study from China: Lee

Wednesday Feb 18
8am   Surveillance Lab: outbreak investigation Greenough
9am   GIS applications, sampling and analysis Case studies Greenough
10:00am   Break  
10:15am   Moving research to advocacy and policy panel Johnson Greenough Agrawal
1:00pm   Seventy years of the United Nations Seward
2:15pm   UN Tour  

Thursday Feb 19
8:00am   What are complex humanitarian emergencies? Cranmer
9:00am   International humanitarian law and the evolution of SPHERE standards Balsari
10:15am   Break  
10:30am   Responding to the Haitian earthquake Cranmer
Noon   Break  
1:00pm   Epidemics and Outbreak Control Levine
3:00pm   Case-study Levine
2:45pm   Break  
3:00pm   Case-study Levine
5:30pm   Global Health Grand Rounds: Interpreting Data in Global Health Emergencies Roberts


Friday Feb 20
8:00am   WaSH Aschkenasy
9:00am   WaSH Case-study Aschkenasy
10:00am   OCHA Dwyer
11:00am   TBD  
Noon   Break  
1:00pm   Global Environmental Change and Health Emergencies Golden
3:00pm   Syrian refugee children: case-study Abisaab Balsari
6:00pm   Dinner Keynote: Letters from the field Caramore


Saturday Feb 21
8:00am   Ethical considerations in humanitarian response Asgary Money
Noon   Break  
1pm   Crisis Mapping Crowley
3:00PM   Professionalizing the humanitarian workforce Burkle
4:00pm   AVAC TBC
5:00pm   SOCIAL  


Sunday Feb 22
8:00am-3pm   Programming, Policy, Financing
Overview of the Financial Landscape for Global Health
Health and Human Rights
U.S. Government: Global Health Budgeting and Policy-making
Case study
Health Financing and Decision-making.: The MoH Perspective
3pm   GHEC Conclusion  



Belfer: Third Floor
413 East 69th Street between York and First Avenues on the North side of the street.

1305 York Ave
At the south-west corner of 70th St. and York Avenue. 10th floor. Clinical Skills Laboratory

Enter the medical college via the the entrance on 69th Street and York Avenue, at 1300 York Avenue. Walk past security, and make a left at the T-intersection. Continue straight past the stairwell, the elevators and a corridor branching right. Make no turns. A-126 will be on your right.

1330 First Avenue, between 71st and 72nd streets, on the east side of first avenue. Ask for the "Resident Lounge"


Course Director

Satchit Balsari, MD, MPH
Satchit is chief of the Global Emergency Medicine Division at Weill Cornell, where is assistant professor in Emergency Medicine, and in Health Policy and Management. He is a practicing emergency physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP).

His research and advocacy have focused on human rights violations in populations marginalized by economic exploitation, disasters, and humanitarian crises. Through the Global EM Division, he has led multiple emergency medicine training initiatives in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East. He has developed several technological solutions to address challenges in disaster response, including projects MumbaiVOICES, a web-based crowd-sourced analysis of urban disasters, and EMcounter, an innovative mobile disease surveillance system last deployed in the world’s largest human gathering, the Kumbh Mela in India. He continues to lecture in medicine and public health both locally and internationally.

In 2014, Satchit co-founded the iLAB@Cornell ED, an innovation space in the NYP-Weill Cornell Emergency Department, committed to expedited, rigorous, and user-tested technological and process innovations.

He serves on Cornell University’s Internationalization Council, comprised of senior leaders from each college, charged with developing a contemporary vision to advance the university's international dimension. He is faculty at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and associate faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. He is Asia 21 Fellow of the Asia Society Young Leaders Initiative.

Josyann Abisaab, MD, FACEP
Dr. Josyann Abisaab is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Senior Associate Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Abisaab graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine where she was elected to the national Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and awarded the Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award from the American Medical Women's Association. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital-Cornell University Medical Center and became board certified in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Abisaab has been practicing Emergency Medicine for over 20 years. She received a service recognition award from Dean Antonio M. Gotto Jr., Provost of Weill Cornell Medical College as well as an award from the Emergency Department at Weill Cornell for helping establish and nurture Emergency Medicine as a clinical and academic specialty.

Dr. Abisaab is a faculty member of the Global Emergency Medicine Program at the Weill Cornell Medical College. She has a special interest in International Emergency Medicine, particularly in the development of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in the Middle East. She organized a regional conference on Emergency Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon and was appointed the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Lead Ambassasor to Lebanon. Her other interests include: Cardiac Resuscitation, Therapeutic Hypothermia, EMS, Disaster Preparedness and Humanitarian Relief.

Seun Adebiyi, J.D.

Seun Adebiyi is a: graduate of the Yale Law School and a practicing attorney of the New York Bar;

founder of the Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria; a Nigerian Winter Olympic contender; and a cancer survivor/advocate. In June 2009, Seun was diagnosed with two rare and aggressive blood cancers leukemia and lymphoma. His survival hinged upon a stem cell transplant, but he was unable to find a matchingbone marrow donor due to the scarcity of African donors. Seun began recruiting bone marrow donors even as he underwent intensive chemotherapy and continued training for the Olympics. He helped recruit over 10,000 donors around the world and organized the first ever donor drive in Nigeria, registering over 300 people in one day. Two years later, he also launched the first Bone Marrow Registry in Nigeria so that more people of African descent could receive a life saving transplant. Seun eventually received a transplant when a Nigerian couple. donated the umbilical cord from their healthy newborn baby. Now in remission for 3 years, Seun has resumed training for the Winter Olympics. He hopes to encourage more Nigerian youth to exercise, participate in sports, e at a healthy diet and adopt other behaviors that can prevent cancer. He also seeks to inspire other cancer patients and survivors with his motto: “Never let reality get in the way of your dreams.

Pooja Agrawal, MD, MPH

Dr. Agrawal is an Assistant Professor and the Director of Global Health Education in 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
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
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.

Ramin Asgary, MD, MPH
Ramin Asgary started with MSF in 1997. His global health experience is in the management of complex humanitarian emergencies and refugee health. He has worked in international health projects in the former Soviet states, Sudan, Liberia, Haiti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Argentina, and on the Kenya/Somalia border. Ramin has founded and directed clinics for refugees and asylum seekers; worked extensively in health and human rights advocacy; and developed training curricula in global health for medical students, residents, and public health students; in addition to publishing dozens of manuscripts on global health. He completed his residency in internal medicine and social medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a fellowship in preventive medicine and an MPH in community medicine at Mount Sinai/NYU, an MPH in refugee health at Columbia University, and a diploma in tropical medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH
Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH, is a practicing Emergency Physician in Cambridge and is an Associate Faculty member with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She completed a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Public Health at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Aschkenasy has worked extensively both in academic institutions and with non- governmental organizations. Her operational work and applied research focus is on disaster management and humanitarian assistance. During her career she has responded to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, displacement in Sudan, chronic drought in Ethiopia, flooding in El Salvador, earthquakes in Peru and Haiti, and several other countries in Africa, South East Asia, Central and South America and the United Sates during the Rita and Katrina responses. Dr. Aschkenasy's area of interest is humanitarian response through evidence based practice and epidemiology as well has a focus on health and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene).

Ashita Batavia, MD
Dr. Batavia has extensive international research and development experience. She is currently conducting NIH-funded research to investigate the effect of delayed initiation of antiretroviral therapy on the incidence of heart disease, stroke and cancer in a cohort of HIV-infected patients in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She is a practicing HIV/AIDS physician in New York City.

Dr. Batavia received the BA in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University and her MD with Honors in Research and Honors in Community Service from the Weill Cornell Medical College. She has also served in the Peace Corps in both the Ivory Coast and Madagascar. She is the recipient of the David E. Rogers Research Fellowship from the New York Academy of Medicine (2005), the Fogarty International Research Scholarship from the NIH (2007-08), the O.C. Hubert Global Health Fellowship from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2009), and consecutive Young Investigator Awards from the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, the premier global HIV/AIDS research conference (2014 & 2015).

Dr Batavia has also served as the Co-Executive Director of the Weill Cornell Community Clinic, a no-cost comprehensive care center for uninsured New Yorkers, and as the Clinic Coordinator for the Yale-Adult Refugee Clinic which provided care to refugees from the Afghanistan, Eritrea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Iran. Dr. Batavia is also a Course Director for the Global Health Curriculum at the Weill Cornell Medical College and the Editor-in-Chief of the Weill Cornell Global Health Newsletter.

James Brust, MD
Dr. Brust is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, with joint appointments in the Divisions of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He graduated from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and completed both a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Columbia University Medical Center. During his ID training, he completed the Patient-Oriented Research Scholars Program at the Mailman School of Public Health and obtained an M.S. in biostatistics. Also during his fellowship, he was awarded a research grant from Bristol-Myers Squibb for work on HIV and HBV co-infection.

Dr. Brust's research interests lie primarily in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where, along wirth his Einstein colleagues, Drs. Neel Gandhi and Sarita Shah, he has been studying the dual epidemics of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) and HIV.  He designed and implemented a novel, home-based treatment program for patients co-infected with HIV and MDR TB and was awarded a K23 Career Development grant from the NIAID to study the program.

In addition to working in international health, Dr. Brust is also interested in the management of viral hepatitis in HIV-infected patients. He is currently conducting a study of HIV/HBV treatment in the Veterans Affairs health system.

Frederick M. Burkle, Jr., MD, MPH, DTM, PhD (Hon.), FAAP, FACEP
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 Crawford Gorgas 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.

Amy Caramore, RN
Amy Caramore is a Registered Nurse in New York who has worked with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) since 2011. She has been on four assignments with the organization to date including Dadaab, Kenya, South Sudan, and Syria. Her experiences in the field have included work in maternal and child health, refugee health, nutrition, and war trauma.

Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH
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.

James Crowley
John Crowley works at the intersection of open humanitarian technology, disaster risk management, and innovative field practices. He is a consultant to the Open Data for Resilience Initiative at the World Bank's Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, where he led open data efforts around Ebola and wrote the Bank's field guide for the use of open data for disaster risk management. He is also a consultant to the Risk and Vulnerability track of the UN World Humanitarian Summit and to OCHA’s new Humanitarian Data Exchange, where he is building the community around the Humanitarian Exchange Language. John holds an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he was the Robert C. Seamans, Jr. Fellow in Science, Technology, and Public Policy. He is a classically-trained cellist with degrees in music and history of ideas.

Johanna Daily, MD, MS
Dr. Daily is an Infectious Disease trained MD and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunology. She has carried out field studies on Plasmodium falciparum for over fifteen years with earlier studies tracking chloroquine resistance in Senegal and defining novel parasite biological states in vivo, Her group is now investigating  disease mechanisms underlying pediatric cerebral malaria identified from observations of African adults and children infected with malaria.  They have identified host and parasite correlates of CM cerebral infected red cell sequestration and the small molecules associated with the newly identified CM related brain swelling. Detailed laboratory studies based on these observations will explore mechanisms of pathogenesis.

She has also been interested in malaria outcomes and medical education in Africa.  She carried out monitoring and evaluation of antimalarial programs effectiveness and worked with Dr. Molly McNairy (Assistant Professor of Medicine at Cornell) to study utilization of UpToDate in resource limited settings.  She received her MD at SUNY Syracuse, Masters in Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, Internal Medicine residency training at Tufts New England Medical Center and ID fellowship training at the Harvard Longwood Combined Program. She is an author on over 40 peer reviewed articles and the section editor of Malaria for UpToDate.

Kieran Dwyer
Kieran Dwyer joined OCHA as the Chief of the Communications Services Branch in January 2014.

Mr. Dwyer oversees OCHA’s public communications and advocacy work, including media relations, public advocacy and campaigns, the communications product suite and the Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN). He advises OCHA senior leadership and management on strategic communications. Prior to joining OCHA, Mr. Dwyer was Chief of Public Affairs for the United Nations Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support from 2011 to 2014.

He has been chief of communications in a range of UN field missions, including peacekeeping and special political and human rights missions in Afghanistan, 2010 to 2011; Timor-Leste, 2009 to 2010; and Nepal, 2005 to 2008.

As a UN Human Rights Officer , Mr. Dwyer was a Senior Adviser to the Timorese Commission on Reception, Truth and Reconciliation from 2001 to 2005. He joined the UN in 1999 as a UN Volunteer on the East Timor Popular Consultation, and he served during the ensuing humanitarian crisis as a Civil Affairs Officer and later as a Political Affairs Officer.

Mr. Dwyer worked for the international NGOs Oxfam Australia in East Timor, and for the International Center for Transitional Justice in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands and Indonesia. Prior to joining the UN, Mr. Dwyer worked in his home country, Australia, with marginalized young people, particularly indigenous, asylum seeker, and gay and lesbian youth. This included HIV/AIDS education and advocacy. He also worked on global advocacy on self-determination for the people of East Timor. Previously, Mr. Dwyer worked as a lawyer in Australia and the United Kingdom.

He has undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts (Literature) and a Masters degree in Film and Theatre

Helen de Pinho, MBBCh, FCCH, MBA
Helen de Pinho is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, and Associate Director of the Averting Maternal Death and Disability Program (AMDD) at Columbia University. Her current work involves the integration of a health systems into AMDD's work where she is responsible for the Human Resources for Maternal Survival program, and is overall project manager of the Health Systems Strengthening for Equity: The Power and Potential of the Mid-level provider Project.

Prior to joining AMDD, Dr de Pinho was a policy advisor to the UN Millennium Project and was one of the authors of the task force final report: "Who's got the power? Transforming health systems for women and children". In South Africa, she was a senior lecturer in the University of Cape Town, directed the Oliver Tambo Fellowship Programme focused on capacity building for senior public health managers, and was a researcher within the Women's Health Research Unit. She has also worked as a health service manager and clinician in both rural and urban areas of South Africa.

Kirk Dietsch, PhD
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.

M. James Eliades, MD, MPH
Dr. Eliades is an epidemiologist and Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at Mt Sinai St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, and Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Family Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Eliades completed the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins while obtaining an MPH, and the 2-year Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Fellowship at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in field epidemiology. He has worked in over 25 countries in emergency humanitarian response, health systems development, research, and infectious disease prevention and control for various non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, and academic institutions. He currently teaches courses in child survival and malaria at Columbia, and is Technical Director for MalariaCare at PATH, a $50-million project funded by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative to improve diagnosis and treatment of malaria and other febrile illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia. Dr. Eliades sits on several technical advisory groups for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and Save the Children.

Abdulrahman El-Sayed, MD, PhD
Dr Abdulrahman M El-Sayed is a population health scientist whose research helps characterize how our social realities can influence our health. His particular areas of interest include health inequalities, the efficiency and equity of health policy interventions, and complex systems approaches in epidemiology. Alongside his main research interests, he maintains a role in several clinical research projects.

In addition, he is a Fellow at Demos, a non-profit policy center based in New York. His commentary engages the public debate about health policy issues in the US and globally, with a particular focus on disease prevention in light of epidemiologic trends and emerging public health challenges. His commentary has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Project Syndicate, CNN, and the Huffington Post, among other venues. He is an Associate Editor at The 2x2 Project--a media venue dedicated to translating public health science to the broader public sponsored by Columbia's Department of Epidemiology. He also appears regularly as a health commentator on a number of television channels, including Al Jazeera America, NBC News, HuffPost Live, and others.

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 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).

Madelon Finkel, PhD
Dr. Madelon Finkel, professor of clinical public health, has been named the new director of the Office of International Medical Education (OIME) in the Office of Affiliations. Working closely with Dr. Oliver Fein, associate dean of Affiliations, Dr. Finkel will continue OIME's directives by providing students with the opportunity to study abroad.

During a 2004 visiting professorship at the University of Sydney, Dr. Finkel explored the development of an exchange agreement with its medical school. Students from both Weill Cornell and Australia expressed interest in the exchange, and two Australian medical students have already completed an application to take an elective at Weill Cornell. As director of OIME, Dr. Finkel plans to search for additional funding to support student travel and other expenses so every Weill Cornell student who wants to take an elective abroad may do so without financial hardship.

"Support for international medical educational opportunities is one of the attractive features of a Weill Cornell medical education," said Dr. Antonio Gotto, dean of Weill Cornell. "We welcome Dr Finkel in her new role."

Dr. Finkel's appointment follows the retirement of Joan May, former coordinator of the Office of International Medical Education. Ms. May, who has served Weill Cornell for more than 25 years, will remain actively involved during the transition period.

Arlan Fuller, JD, MA
Executive Director Arlan Fuller has experience in international policy, federal government operations, and legislative strategy. He has served as a public affairs consultant to the Formosan Association for Public Relations, a Taiwanese-American organization, where he worked with the Taiwanese government to coordinate their legislative efforts in the US Congress. He has also been a consultant to the Citizens Trade Campaign, where he advised grassroots labor and trade organizations on strategy for legislative campaigns regarding the Chile and Singapore Free Trade Agreements. He was the legislative assistant for international relations and trade policy to Congressman Sherrod Brown, a senior member of the House International Relations Committee. In this role he was responsible for the congressman’s policy campaign to increase USAID funding for anti-tuberculosis efforts as well as for organizing a legislative and whipping strategy with the House Democratic Caucus on trade policy issues. Mr. Fuller also worked for Senator Edward Kennedy, serving on the senator’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee staff, and focused on National Institutes of Health grants. Mr. Fuller received his BA in economics from the College of the Holy Cross. He holds a Master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, and a JD from Boston College Law School.

Christopher D. Golden  PhD, MPH
Director of HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages), Wildlife Conservation Society
Research Associate, Department of Environmental Health, and
Visiting Scientist, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health 

Christopher Golden works jointly as the Director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s HEAL (Health & Ecosystems: Analysis of Linkages) Program and with the Harvard School of Public Health within both the Departments of Environmental Health and Nutrition. He is an ecologist and epidemiologist interested in the interface of ecosystem service provisioning and human health, specifically in the context of global trends in biodiversity loss and ecosystem transformation. Since 1999, Christopher has been conducting ecological and public health research in Madagascar, where his work focuses on local people’s dependence on natural resources for attaining adequate health. This interest has led to various studies into connections between wildlife consumption and the incidence of anemia in children, and the importance of botanical ethnomedicines and geophagy to local health.

Presently, Christopher is working on three main projects: 1) as Director of HEAL (, he is managing a 25-institution consortium that is designed to tackle gaps in knowledge linking trends in environmental change to human health outcomes; 2) estimating the nutritional impacts of global fishery collapses; and 3) leading a longitudinal study embedded within a socio-ecological system in northeastern Madagascar analyzing the interaction between local reliance on natural resources, conservation governance and human health (

Christopher received his doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management and his MPH in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley. He finished a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard University Center for the Environment where his work focused on evaluating the impact of global wildlife declines on human food security and human nutrition using a case study from Madagascar. He also was an undergraduate at Harvard College where he took CHGE’s course in Global Environmental Change and Human Health with his mentors, Eric Chivian and Paul Epstein. He also worked as a research assistant in the preparation of the award winning Oxford University Press book Sustaining Life, edited by the Center's former director, Eric Chivian, and the Center's associate director, Aaron Bernstein.

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
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
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.

Kavitha Kolappa M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Kolappa is currently a psychiatry resident at the Massachusetts General/McLean program. Originally from North Carolina, she was a Robertson Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. During medical school she was involved with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and subsequently worked for Médecins Sans Frontières on access to severe malaria treatment. She has lived and worked abroad in several contexts including Cuba, South Africa, India and Tanzania. She enjoys dogs, yoga and warm cups of tea.

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

Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH, FACEP

Adam Levine is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University 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, South Sudan, and Liberia. He currently serves as the Emergency Medicine Coordinator for the USAID-funded Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program; as a member of the Emergency Response Team for International Medical Corps, a disaster and humanitarian relief 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. Dr. Levine also serves as the Editor-in-chief for Academic Emergency Medicine's annual Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review. His own research focuses on improving the delivery of emergency 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.

Oliver Money
International Rescue Committee
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Brett D. Nelson, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an attending pediatrician and global health faculty member in the Division of Global Health at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.  His professional interests are advocacy and health care provision for vulnerable populations, particularly children and individuals affected by conflict and disaster.  He helped establish the nation’s first Pediatric Global Health Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and was its first fellow.  Dr Nelson has advanced degrees in public health (Johns Hopkins) and tropical medicine (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).  He has been involved in pediatric care, academic research, and consultancy in over a dozen crisis-affected countries while working for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, International Rescue Committee, International Red Cross and Red Crescent, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).  Recently in Liberia, Dr Nelson served as Liberia’s Senior Pediatrician and as the Interim Chair of Pediatrics and Newborn Medicine for the country's sole teaching hospital.  Dr Nelson is presently the Director of Pediatric and Newborn Programs at MGH Division of Global Health and Human Rights and co-directs a tropical medicine and global health course at Harvard Medical School.  He is the editor of a forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell global health textbook, titledEssential Clinical Global Health.

Priti Radhakrishnan, JD
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. In 2007 Priti 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 also 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 also 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.   In 2012, Priti was a recipient of the South Asian Bar Association of New York's Legal Trailblazer Award. Priti is currently serving as a Fellow with the India-Pakistan Regional Young Leaders Forum, as an adjunct faculty member at the St.Luke Foundation/Kilimanjaro School of Pharmacy and as Faculty for Pop!Tech's Social Innovation Fellows Program. In 2013, Priti was also 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.

Les Roberts, PhD
Les Roberts is Associate Professor of Population and Family Health at the Columbia University Medical Center. He has a PhD 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
Mr. Ross was a Program Examiner at the White House Office of Management and Budget, where he was 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.

Debbie Seward
Director of the Strategic Communications Division in the Department of Public Information. In that role, she has responsibility for the oversight of the UN’s 63 Information Centres around the world. She also oversees the Communications Campaign Service which provides guidance on a wide variety of priority UN issues, including peace and security, development and human rights. Before joining the UN, she spent more than 20 years with the Associated Press.

Craig Spencer, MD, MPH
Craig Spencer MD MPH is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He has worked as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects measuring access to medical care and human rights in Africa and Southeast Asia.   His work in East Africa has focused on measuring mortality in war-torn populations and developing mobile phone based mechanisms to measure issues related to maternal and child health. As an affiliate of the CPC Learning Network, he has helped measure access to legal documentation in Indonesia and piloted novel methods to quantify familial separation in the ongoing humanitarian crisis in eastern D.R. Congo. In addition to his international public health work, Craig has worked clinically providing medical care in the Caribbean, Central America, East Africa, and most recently in West Africa during the current Ebola epidemic. During his work with Doctors Without Borders in Guinea in October 2014, Craig was infected with Ebola virus and subsequently treated at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City.

  Craig received his undergraduate degree and doctorate of medicine from Wayne State University in Detroit and received training in Emergency Medicine at New York Hospital Queens in New York City. Craig was selected as an International Fellow of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center where he received a Masters in Public Health in Forced Migration and Refugee Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He currently lives in New York City. 

Ashwin Vasan

Ashwin Vasan MD, PhD, ScM is the Deputy Director of ARCHeS (Advancing Research on Comprehensive Health Systems) based at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, which works on systems design, implementation research, and strategic policy advice for primary health care systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Currently ARCHeS supports the governments of Ghana and Tanzania in implementation and research around their community based health systems. He is an Assistant Professor of Population & Family Health and of Medicine at Columbia, where he teaches a course on implementation science in LMICs, as well as a practicing Attending in the Department of Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. He also holds a non-clinical appointment in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham & Women's Hospital and at the Program in Global Primary Care & Social Change in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he has been working on the conceptual, policy, and research framework at the intersection of global health and primary care.

He has more than a decade of experience working on health care delivery, primary care, and implementation research in low-income settings. He was a Clinical Advisor at Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima in Rwanda working on primary care quality improvement at district outpatient departments (OPDs), and as well supported the MoH and PIH in their design and implementation of the MESH (Mentoring & Enhanced Supervision at Health centers) which focuses on district-driven in-service clinical training, post-training supervision and support, and links to functioning mechanisms for HCW performance and quality improvement at front-line health centers for basic primary care services. Prior to this he worked in Lesotho and Boston for Partners In Health. He has also spent years at the World Health Organization, first as a Technical Officer in the Department of HIV/AIDS in Geneva, under Jim Yong Kim, working on the "3 by 5" Initiative to rapidly scale-up access to antiretorviral therapy for HIV/AIDS, and then as a consultant to the WHO and the Ministry of Health of Uganda to support ART scale up in the rural southeast of the country. He has focused much of his research on efforts to improve primary care delivery in rural district settings, along with critical examination of the WHO Integrated Management of Adolescent & Adult Illness (IMAI) program. His research and writing have appeared in the Lancet, amongst other venues. He holds an MD from the University of Michigan, a PhD in Health Services Research from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and an ScM in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.


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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