Brazil Platform Associates

Global REACH Faculty Associates who identify Brazil as a country of clinical/educational/research interest:


Anthony Antonellis, PhD
Home unit: Human Genetics
Global health focal area/s: My laboratory is generally interested in the development and diseases of the peripheral nervous system. We are particularly interested in identifying genes implicated in peripheral neuropathy in worldwide populations that have not been heavily studied. In addition, we have done training outreach in Brazil on using zebrafish model systems in human genetic disease
Country/ies of interest: Brazil

M. Bernadete Ayres, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Collaborating with ophthalmologists in the education and study of ophthalmic ultrasound techniques and rare ocular diseases echographic features.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, Spain

Richard Auchus, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  Collaborating with experts at other institutions to study rare diseases, particularly adrenal diseases and disorders of sex development, in both children and adults.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, and the United Kingdom


Cesar Augusto Briceno, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology
Global health focal area/s: My focus is on the development of international research and training collaborations with other academic institutions in Latin America.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Dominican Republic, Colombia

J Brian Byrd, MD, MS
Home unit: Cardiovascular Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My laboratory focuses on improving the health of patients with high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for global disease burden (World Health Organization). Over 1 billion people have elevated blood pressure. There is an urgent need for improved blood pressure control in countries throughout the world. My goal in the Global REACH program is to collaborate with partners in other countries to improve the control of blood pressure in patients, wherever they may live.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, China, Australia

Sally A Camper, PhD
Home unit: Human Genetics
Global health focal area/s: Collaborating with experts at other institutions to study rare diseases, particularly disorders of craniofacial development that affect pituitary function and/or hearing.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, United Kingdom, France, India, Japan


Wayne Cornblath, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Promoting neuroophthalmolgy training/teaching on a global level to increase access and quality of care

Country/ies of interest: Bahrain, Brazil, China, Vietnam

Karen S DeLoss, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Primary interests include developing mutually beneficial research and educational collaborations in the areas of ocular surface disease as well as disorders of the cornea including keratoconus and corneal ectasia.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil


Courtney A Dewey, OD
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Medical missions aimed at providing basic eye care and refractive correction to underserved areas of developing countries
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, India, Peru, Romania, Vietnam, and Honduras

Raymond Douglas, MD, PhD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Our group is interested in collaborative clinical and research projects in the field of thyroid eye disease.
Country/ies of interest: Abu Dhabi, Brazil, China, Denmark, England, Ghana, Italy, Japan, New Delhi, and Taiwan

Carol Fuzeti Elias, PhD
Home unit: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Global health focal area/s: Research in our laboratory is focused on determining the mechanisms by which metabolic imbalance disrupts the reproductive function. We give special attention to the neural and molecular basis of the adipocyte-derived hormone leptin action in the neuroendocrine reproductive axis.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Argentina, Chile


Senait Fisseha, MD, JD
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: I work in Ethiopia, primarily in Women’s Health but also lead a campus wide initiative to strengthen undergraduate medical education and support postgraduate training programs in Ethiopia.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Ethiopia, Ghana

Robert Harris Gilman, MD, DMD
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: For the last 16 years I have led a medical mission to South America providing pediatric reconstructive plastic surgery. All but one of these missions has been to Cartagena, Colombia and they all have been under the auspices of Healing The Children, Northeast.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Columbia


Bruno Giordani, PhD, MA
Home unit: Psychiatry
Global health focal area/s: Neurodevelopmental changes in cognition, behavior, and mobility associated with medical treatments and disease, including cerebral malaria and HIV/AIDS; Driving distraction and enhancement of driving performance across cultural settings
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, DR Congo, Uganda

Deborah Gumucio, MPH, PhD
Home unit: Cell and Developmental Biology
Global health focal area/s: My lab is interested in intestinal development and homeostasis.  Our work has implications for inflammatory bowel disease and intestinal failure.  Additionally, we worked for several years to clone the gene for Familial Mediterranean Fever and study the biology of the encoded protein, pyrin.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, Greece

Gary Hammer, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Adrenal and other endocrinological cancers
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, India

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Development and evaluation of interventions to improve patient chronic disease self-management and outcomes in low-resource settings; longitudinal, population-based research to inform better targeting and implementation of primary care programs.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Ecuador

Joseph Holoshitz, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  My laboratory has been involved in decade-long international collaborations with a number of leading groups in Europe, Canada, China and Israel. Our research focus involves development of a new generation of synthetic adjuvants that could be used to improve vaccination potency in long list of human disease, many of which are endemic in Third World, East Asia, and the former Soviet Union countries.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Canada, China, Israel and other countries in Africa, the former Soviet Union, South America, and East Asia

Joel Howell, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Collaborative projects with colleagues in Brazil studying the (a) comparative introduction and use of medical technology, and (b) the politics of international medical collaboration during wartime.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil

Timothy RB Johnson, MD
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: Women’s health projects and sustainable partnerships. Dr. Johnson was among those who established the Carnegie Corporation’s ACOG/Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists postgraduate training program in Ghana, which has now trained over 35 OBGYNs who have achieved specialist certification by the West African College of Surgeons. This model, which includes student, resident, and faculty exchange, is now being extended to Ethiopia, Malawi, and other parts of Africa. He was instrumental in linking ACOG with Central and South America professional bodies leading to similar OBGYN programs.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Brazil

Steven John Kasten, MD, MHPE
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: My effort has been to establish an exchange of residents between the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and the University of Michigan that includes a curriculum to educate residents on differences in health care delivery in different countries and cultures, which at the same time enlightens them on the strengths and weaknesses of our own healthcare delivery system.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Ukraine


Joseph Kolars, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Assessment of teaching quality; efficacy of medical learning venues; educational outcomes; measurement of learner competency; educating trainees to improve patient care.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe


Matthias Kretzler, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  Research networks for translational nephrology on five continents focusing on integration of comprehensive clinical data sets with large-scale genetic and genomic information.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Germany, India, and EU networks

Chandramouli Krishnan, PT, MA, PhD
Home unit: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Global health focal area/s:  The goal of my lab (Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory - NeuRRo Lab) is to develop effective and efficient rehabilitation methods for individuals with neurological and orthopedic disorders. We seek to achieve this goal by a combination of mechanistic and interventional research approaches that facilitate our current understanding of neuromuscular function and regulation in the context of movement control and neuromuscular plasticity.  I am interested in collaborative research as well as training/mentoring international scholars and visiting scientists.
Country/ies of interest: India, Brazil, Australia, Israel, New Zealand, South Asian Countries.

Sue Moenter, PhD, MS
Home unit: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Global health focal area/s: My research is in the control of reproduction by the brain; this has implications both for treating infertility and for developing novel methods of birth control.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Thailand, Poland, China

Marcos Montagnini, MD, FACP
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My interests include Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. I am interested in developing partnerships that will focus on medical and interprofessional education in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, development of efficient models of care, clinical research and mentorship to junior investigators. 
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Peru, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Portugal

Molly B Moravek, MD, MPH, MSCI
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: My primary research interests are fertility preservation, reproductive tissue cryopreservation, clinical infertility/assisted reproduction technologies, and transgender care. I have a particular interest in how cultural norms, access to care, and insurance coverage play a role in these areas.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Denmark, Australia, Sweden


Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Exploring areas of collaborations in education and telemedicine in Eye Plastic and Orbital Surgery, teaching residents and local ophthalmologists surgical techniques. Clinical research in congenital eye disease including ptosis and the genetics of anophthalmia as well as research in orbital and skin cancer, improving quality of life and surgical techniques.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Peru

Vasantha Padmanabhan, PhD, MS
Home unit: Pediatrics
Global health focal area/s: Translational research centered on understanding the developmental origin of pubertal and adult reproductive and metabolic disorders. Specifically, our studies focus on the impact of maternal exposure to native steroids (testosterone, estradiol) and environmental endocrine disrupting pollutants such as bisphenol-A and phthalates in altering developmental trajectory of fetus and programming adult diseases. Utilizing integrative approaches ranging from cell and molecular biology as well as in vitro systems to whole animal physiology and human translation we seek to understand the mechanisms by which native and environmental steroids program reproductive neuroendocrine, ovarian and metabolic defects such as that seen in hyperandrogenic disorders like Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and identify prevention and treatment strategies.
Country/ies of interest: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, India

Amit Pandya, MD, RDMS, RVT, RDCS
Home unit: Radiology
Global health focal area/s: Ultrasound has revolutionized the medicine for intra-abdominal processes. It involves no radiation and it is possible to take machine portably anywhere, provided there is electricity. It is also now available in laptop computer form, so can be run on battery.
Country/ies of interest: India, Uganda, Brazil

Sagar V. Parikh, MD, FRCPC
Home unit: Psychiatry
Global health focal area/s: A key inspiration for me is the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health initiative led by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which lists as a central goal (Goal C) “to improve treatments and expand access to effective mental health care.” I use multiple strategies—medication, psychotherapy, biomarkers, education—directed towards multiple targets, namely patient, providers, and systems, to conduct effectiveness trials and simultaneously address multiple determinants of health.
Country/ies of interest:
Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia

Marc Peters-Golden, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My laboratory is focused on basic and translational research interests in inflammation, innate immunity, and fibrosis, particularly in the lung. I have a track record in, and am interested in continuing, collaborative research as well as mentoring international trainees and visiting scientists.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, and Russia

Mark Peterson, PhD, MS
Home unit: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Global health focal area/s: My primary focal areas in global health pertain to surveillance of secondary health conditions in pediatric neuromuscular disabilities (e.g., cerebral palsy) throughout the lifespan, as well as the identification, evaluation, and refinement of behavioral interventions to reduce morbidity and sustain healthy life years in these populations. I am also interested in studying the causes and consequences of age-related frailty and cardiometabolic disorders, with primary focuses on musculoskeletal pathophysiology and physical activity epidemiology.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Ireland, Israel, China, Netherlands, Spain

Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Translational and clinical research focused in understanding the mechanisms of chronic diabetic complications, particularly of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy, and to understand their role in the development of the high cardiovascular risk complicating diabetes; and novel treatment strategies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, prevention of disease progression, the role of oral health in diabetes complications, and promoting the best of care for patients with diabetes worldwide.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Korea, and Romania

Paula Silva, MD
Home unit: Pediatrics
Global health focal area/s: I am a new faculty in pediatric critical care medicine, I have experience working overseas as primary care physician and underserved areas in the United States (Flint, MI), multiple medical mission trips and main focus are health disparities, and would like to develop a career in global health.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil

Sean Smith, MD
Home unit: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Global health focal area/s: I work to develop physical medicine and rehabilitation programs in developing countries (Ghana) and am beginning to work on developing Cancer Rehabilitation as a clinical program and subspecialty focus for physiatrists in other countries (Singapore, Brunei, and am in discussions with physiatrists in Brazil about collaborating). I also previously organized a Global Health and Disparities curriculum for house officers, leading this committee for over two years.
Country/ies of interest:  Brazil, Brunei, Ghana, Singapore

H Kaz Soong, MD, MS
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: International ophthalmology
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Haiti, India, Japan, Taiwan

Katherine Spindler, PhD
Home unit: Microbiology & Immunology
Global health focal area/s: Collaborating with scientists at other institutions to study pathogenesis of viruses that cause encephalitis, using mouse models and genetic approaches
Country/ies of interest: Brazil

Alexandra Minna Stern, PhD
Home unit: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: History of the health sciences with a focus on reproduction, genetics, genomics, and public health; interdisciplinary approaches to global, racial and gender health disparities in Latin America
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico

Stephen Strobbe, PhD, RN, PMHSNS-BC, CARN-AP
Home unit: School of Nursing/Dpt of Psychiatry
Global health focal area/s: Psychiatric and addictions nursing; prevention, treatment, and recovery from substance use disorders and related disorders; mental health and illness across the lifespan; and spirituality.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Poland, Myanmar


Denise Tate, PhD
Home unit: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Global health focal area/s: Spinal Cord Injury clinical management (medical and psychological factors), aging with disability, women with disability and health, quality of life outcomes, environmental factors in health and disability, health care policy and disparities
Country/ies of interest:  Brazil, German, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and other Latin American countries such as Argentina and Chile

Trilokraj Tejasvi, MD, MBBS
Home unit: Dermatology
Global health focal area/s:  My primary area of focus is to provide health services and medical education in needy and impoverished areas through teledermatology. To develop awareness and provide medical education to our residents and medical school graduates about tropical dermatology through externships. And finally, learn about the genetic basis of common dermatological diseases occurring in different ethnicities.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, and India

Jonathan D Trobe, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Problem-based learning courses in neuro-ophthalmology
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, India, Taiwan

Manuel Valdivieso, MD, MS, CPE
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Infections related cancers. Three of them are of prevalence in Peru: gastric, cervical and hepatic cancers. Gastric cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in men and women combined in Peru! Because of the above, I am conducting studies aimed at reducing the burden of H. pylori infection in patients throughout Latin America and in Peru in particular.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru