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Julian Mitton is a fourth year resident in the Global Primary Care Internal Medicine Program at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also an MPH candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Julian’s research and clinical interests pertain to the intersection of addiction medicine and cardiovascular medicine, as well as the growing burden of cardiovascular disease in the developing world. At MGH, Julian coordinates the Department of Medicine’s advocacy and social justice activities, and serves on the hospital’s Community Council. He spends several months each year working clinically in East Africa, while back at home he continues to see primary care patients in Charlestown, MA. Julian completed his undergraduate and graduate education in New York while working at the United Nations.
Dr. Blackstock is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and recently completed internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is currently a visiting faculty member in Internal Medicine at Muhimbili University in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania through the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a collaboration between Seed Global Health and the Peace Corps. With GHSP, she is working to improve critical care capacity through the creation and implementation of physician and nurse critical care education programs. Prior to joining GHSP, Dr. Blackstock participated in international clinical rotations and research programs in Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Uganda and Rwanda. As a resident, she led the global health resident interest group conducting teleconferences and case reports with colleagues abroad. After her year with GHSP, Dr. Blackstock intends to start Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship with a focus on critical care capacity building in resource-limited settings.
Morgen Yao-Cohen is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and global health faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Morgen completed her undergraduate studies at Brown University. She earned her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, during which time she completed a year-long global health fellowship in southwestern Uganda. Her primary work there involved designing and implementing a training curriculum for community health workers in addition to several other projects devised to extend primary care services to the village level. Following medical school, Morgen completed her internal medicine residency at the University of California San Francisco, within the San Francisco General Hospital primary care-based track. She worked for several years at a community health center consortium in Oakland, California before returning to New York to join the Einstein/Montefiore faculty. Her position combines primary care for the underserved both locally, in the south Bronx, and globally, in southwestern Uganda as well as a significant amount of medical education with the Montefiore’s primary care and social medicine residents.
Dominique Cosco, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She graduated from Tulane University School of Medicine, completed her residency training at Emory University in Internal Medicine, and subsequently joined faculty in the Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics at Emory from 2008-2018. Dr. Cosco is the Primary Care Residency Track Program Director at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Cosco also serves as the Director of Teacher Development for the Academy of Health Professions Educators in the School of Medicine. She is a member of the SGIM Education Committee as well as the director of the TEACH career development program.
Thuy Bui is a faculty clinician-educator at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and in the Division of General Internal Medicine. Since 1999, she has led the Program for Health Care to Underserved Populations, a service-learning, student and volunteer-based community outreach and free clinic program. She is also the director for the Global Health/Underserved Populations Internal Medicine Residency Track at UPMC. T. Bui did her undergraduate at Tulane University in New Orleans, her medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, and her residency in Birmingham, Alabama. She went to Malawi as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1995-97 after completing her chief resident year at UAB. She moved to Pittsburgh in 1997 and worked for Alma Illery Medical Center in Homewood for 2 years under a National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program. Her research interest is in social determinants of health, global burden of diseases, curriculum development and evaluation, training of the global physicians and humanism in medicine.
Dr. Heimburger is Professor of Medicine and Associate Director for Education and Training in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). He directs VIGH’s education and training programs for Vanderbilt students and trainees, as well as research training opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees from other institutions and other countries. These include direction of the Global Health Track in Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program (https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/mph/) and the University of Zambia-Vanderbilt Training Partnership for HIV-Nutrition-Metabolic Research (UVP), and co-direction of the Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (http://www.vanderbilt.edu/VZNIGHT/), the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium for Global Health Fellows (www.vecd.org), and the Vanderbilt Training Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC, https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/magec/). His principal research and publication interests are nutritional influences on responses to treatment for HIV/AIDS in developing countries and global health education. He conducts clinical nutrition research in populations of undernourished Africans on antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Carol McLaughlin directs the Global Health Equities Track in the internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania and also co-directs the global health track in Penn’s MPH program. She is an HIV/Infectious Disease primary care physician, public health specialist, and a senior advisor/founding team member at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy housed at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) where she develops guidance for donors seeking maximize the social impact of their philanthropic giving. She is engaged in public health research and programming surrounding delivery of community based interventions, immigrant health, impact measurement, and HIV prevention and treatment. She graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and received MD and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and School of Public Health. After residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics through the Harvard Combined Program, she completed a fellowship in infectious disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received additional training in epidemiology and community-based research through the MSCE degree program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Peru.
Dr. Kothari is a graduate of Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and completed internal medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He is currently the medical director at Commonwealth Community Care, which is the portion of Commonwealth Care Alliance (CCA) that houses its most complex members. CCA is a fully capitated Massachusetts based Accountable Care Organization that cares for dual eligible Medicare-Masshealth patients. As medical director, he focuses on how best to deliver efficient, high quality, population-based care to CCA’s most vulnerable patients using all the tools available to him as a payor-provider.
Prior to this position, Dr. Kothari was the Senior Policy Consultant for Possible in Nepal. Possible creates public-private partnerships with the government of Nepal to deliver healthcare in rural Nepal. In this role, he helped form strategic partnerships with different government and external development partners and developed Possible’s health economics research agenda. He initiated Possible’s collection of out of pocket health expenditure data and is leading the subsequent analysis.
Prior to joining Possible and CCA, Dr. Kothari participated in international clinical rotations and research programs in India, Uganda and Rwanda. He is also trained as an economist and did two years of field research and analysis with J-Poverty Action Lab in India and Morocco.
Daniel Palazuelos, MD, MPH is a global health implementer-educator who holds positions at Harvard Medical School (HMS) the Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Partners In Health (PIH). He started his career by living and working with community health workers (CHWs) in impoverished communities in Chiapas, Mexico, and these grassroots experiences have deeply influenced his approach to addressing the biggest challenges in global health.
Now as a clinician-educator in the US, a strategist for the PIH project in Mexico, a mentor at HMS, a residency assistant program director at BWH, and a senior health and policy adviser in community health systems at PIH, he offers these insight whenever possible to assure that our finest clinicians are trained to understand the community perspective, and our exemplar health systems are aligned to the real needs of people living in the poorest and most difficult circumstances.
Rebecca M. Zash, MD is an Instructor in Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Associate Director for Global Health Programs, Internal Medicine Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. Dr. Zash's research focuses on monitoring of drug safety in pregnancy in resource-limited settings. She currently works in Botswana with the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership on one of the largest birth outcomes surveillance studies in Africa, aiming to understand effect of antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy on maternal and infant outcomes. In addition to clinical work as an Infectious Diseases physician, Dr. Zash serves as the associate director for the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Global Health Program and Global Health Fellowship in Medicine.
Assistant Professor in Medicine and Pediatrics. I am dual boarded in both adult medicine and pediatrics with additional training in tropical diseases. Since 2007 I have been living and working full-time in Mwanza, Tanzania as a faculty member of the Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) and the Weill Bugando School of Medicine (WBSM). I coordinate the collaboration between WCMC and WBSM, through the WCMC Center for Global Health, and also work at WBSM as an intensive care physician and medical educator. Since 2010, my research has focused on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), particularly hypertension. Our early work on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) focused on the interactions between NCDs and infectious diseases such as HIV and renal disease and tuberculosis and diabetes mellitus. The interaction between tropical infectious diseases and NCDs remains a strong interest of mine. In 2012, I documented the tremendous burden of non-communicable and hypertension-related disease as a cause of hospital mortality (Peck et al, Hypertension, 2013). Hypertension-related diseases were the second most common cause of mortality on the adult medical wards of Bugando and accounted for 20% of all admissions, deaths and hospital days. Since then, in collaboration with the Tanzanian National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR), we have completed a community survey for non-communicable diseases of a representative sample of >2000 adults in Tanzania and Uganda and are conducting a cluster-randomized trial to evaluate a health systems intervention to improve health outcomes for adults living with non-communicable diseases. My current research concerns the incidence and risk factors for new-onset hypertension in young adults in rural and in urban Tanzania and the association between chronic inflammation and hypertension in this population.
Dr. Morse serves as Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth and Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health (PIH). She also serves as an advisor to the Medical Director of Mirebalais Hospital, a newly built public academic medical center established through a partnership between the government of Haiti and PIH. Previously, she served as Director of Medical Education at Mirebalais Hospital.
In July 2015, she assumed the position of Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Dr. Morse also works as a Hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a Clinical Instructor on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and as an affiliate of the School’s Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.
In 2010, Dr. Morse co-founded EqualHealth (www.equalhealth.org), an NGO that aims to inspire and support the development of Haiti's next generation of healthcare leaders through improving medical education and creating opportunities for health professionals in Haiti.
She continues to strengthen medical education globally, expand teaching on social medicine in the US and abroad, and to support clinical systems strengthening through EqualHealth and PIH.
As a Howard Hiatt Global Health Equity resident in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Morse worked in Haiti, Rwanda, and Botswana. She focused her international work in Haiti where she helped to coordinate Partners In Health’s earthquake relief efforts, was a first-responder for the cholera epidemic, and worked on women's health and quality improvement projects.
Dr. Morse earned her B.S. in French in 2003 from the University of Virginia, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2008, and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in May 2012.
Dr. Tillekeratne completed medical school training at Duke University, followed by an Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She returned to Duke for a Global Health Fellowship and completed a Fogarty fellowship and Master of Science in Global Health as part of this program. She is currently a faculty member in Infectious Diseases and Global Health at Duke University. Dr. Tillekeratne serves as a faculty lead for Duke’s partner site in Galle, Sri Lanka and she spends approximately half her time in Sri Lanka conducting research on the epidemiology of acute febrile and respiratory tract infections, antimicrobial resistance, and the use of rapid diagnostics to reduce antibiotic overuse.