Faculty Associates

The Global REACH Faculty Associate (FA) program was created to help coalesce the many faculty within the Medical School interested in global health work. Through this program, we hope to build the global health community at UMMS by bringing together like-minded researchers, educators, and clinicians to maximize the impact of our global activities.

You may find information about becoming an associate here. (PDF)

View the lists of Faculty Associates working in our platform countries
Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India

 

Faculty Associates, A-E (last name)

Matthew Abbott, MD
Home unit: Orthopaedic Surgery
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus it to provide orthopaedic treatment to underserved countries in need.
Country/ies of interest: Kenya


Frank Anderson, MD, MPH
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: Maternal and Neonatal Morbidity and Mortality prevention through capacity building and community based interventions; global health policy with a focus on sub Saharan Africa
Country/ies of interest: Low-resource settings in sub Saharan Africa, Asia, and globally

 


Robert Anderson, EdD
Home unit: Learning and Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: For 25+ years our team has conducted NIH-funded randomized controlled trials demonstrating the superiority of a patient-centered/patient empowerment approach we developed compared to usual diabetes care. This approach has earned a world-wide reputation as an evidence-based effective approach to diabetes care and education and has been formally adopted by the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers in Mexico and the National Health Service in United Kingdom. A new three arm study in China explores the Informed Consent experience of patients in clinical research studies.
Country/ies of interest: China, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan


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


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


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


Shadi Azar, MBBS
Home unit: Radiology
Global health focal area/s:  Partnering with medical schools in Jordan to improve medical education standards and help develop special training for medical students and physicians on how to handle medical crises. Since 2003, Jordan has been the primary destination for refugees from Iraq and Syria wars. Refugees traumatized by war experience specific stressors related to their status of residence. Together with limited access to health care, these constitute additional risk factors for developing somatic and psychological illnesses. Physicians require specific training for these populations.
Country/ies of interest: Jordan (Middle East in general)


Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: The intersection between reproductive infectious diseases and family planning; understanding how risk of sexually transmitted infections impact contraception use as well as how HIV/AIDS impacts contraception uptake and use of family planning services.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda


Urvashi Bhan, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My research focus is sepsis, pneumonia and acute lung injury. My vision is to be more global in my research endeavors with trying to increase collaboration with other countries. I am also interested in providing training for potential partnership in terms of education.
Country/ies of interest: India


Stephanie Bielas, PhD
Home unit: Human Genetics
Global health focal area/s: My international collaborations are based on pediatric medical genetics projects.  The goals of these projects are genetic diagnosis of neurodevelopmental disorders and functional allele testing.  We are having success bridging gaps in availability of next generation sequencing technology in Medical Genetics settings in India.
Country/ies of interest: India, United Kingdom


R Alexander Blackwood, MD, PhD
Home unit: Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Global health focal area/s: We hypothesize that the lack of patient education negatively impacts the overall health and well-being of Middle Eastern Countries, especially rural areas. Taking advantage of our local communities’ (greater Detroit Metro Area) ties with the Middle East we will begin employing health assessment tools to evaluate the need for education and develop tools to help behavior changes in various Middle East Countries to address the deficiencies identified.
Country/ies of interest: Middle East


Dean Brenner, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My research group is interested in development and dissemination of new strategies to assess cancer risk, detect cancer at its early stages, develop and validate interventions to delay or reverse carcinogenesis progression. Using a global platform, we are able to understand differences in genetic and environmental risk in diverse populations and ultimately customize risk assessment tools, cancer detection biomarkers, and cancer risk reductive interventions.
Country/ies of interest: India, Israel, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia


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


David J Brown, MD
Home unit: Otolaryngology
Global health focal area/s: I am working with two other otolaryngologists to develop otology, sinus, and laryngology simulation and task trainers for consultants and trainees at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana


David T Burke, PhD
Home unit: Human Genetics
Global health focal area/s: Technology development for the developing world, primarily in low-cost health monitoring and diagnostics; use of wireless systems for health assessment in remote locations
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Jamaica, Nigeria

 

Margit Burmeister, PhD
Home unit: Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute; Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics
Global health focal area/s: I have active research collaborations in (epi) genetics and big data in China (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, PUHSC, Zhejiang University) and in rare disease genetics in Turkey. I also facilitate student and faculty exchanges with and teach in China.
Country/ies of interest: China, Germany, Israel, Poland, Taiwan, Turkey


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


Andrew Campbell, MD
Home unit: Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Global health focal area/s: Investigating the differences of the Sickle Cell Disease Phenotype Internationally (Ghana, Italy, US) in Pediatric and Adult Sickle Cell Disease Patient. Investigating healthcare disparities in Sickle Cell Disease Care and Outcomes within Ghanaian Sickle Cell Patients.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Italy


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

 

 

Vineet Chopra, MBBS, MD, MSc
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My primary aims center on developing mutually beneficial research and educational collaborations between India and the United States.
Country/ies of interest: India

 

Tae-Hwa Chun, MD, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Teach bench research and clinical skills necessary to understand the pathogenesis of metabolic and endocrine disorders, particularly obesity and diabetes.
Country/ies of interest: Japan


Kevin C Chung, MD, MS
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: Outcome research, assessment of health care quality, clinical trials, economic analysis in healthcare, and epidemiology and statistical issues in surgery
Country/ies of interest: China, India, and other countries within Asia


Yolaine Civil, MD
Home unit: Pediatrics
Global health focal area/s: For the past two years, I have been working for Doctors Without Borders in Central Africa specifically in Chad, Guinea, and Central African Republic. As a result, I have gained valuable experience in working in humanitarian emergencies in low resource countries with poor infrastructures and high patient volumes.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Haiti, Ghana, Kenya


Daniel Clauw, MD
Home unit: Anesthesiology
Global health focal area/s: Our program takes many faculty and students to Kenya annually, and performs an annual community survey in a rural village in Kenya. The survey questions are changed annually to accommodate the research interests of the community as well as the faculty and students that are going on the trip each year.
Country/ies of interest: Kenya

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


Thomas Crawford, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  I oversee program My Heart Your Heart, a cardiac pacemaker reuse initiative at the Cardiovascular Center. Our team is evaluating the concept of pacemaker reuse, its safety and efficacy, as well as the ethical and regulatory issues involved.
Country/ies of interest: Bolivia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Uganda, and Vietnam


Diana Curran-Galejs, MD
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: Post-graduate OBGYN medical knowledge and surgical skills education/development/curriculum design/implementation. Currently assisting Dr. Senait Fisseha with her project in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia


Sherry H Day, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: With support of our international ophthalmology chairs, doctors in the division of Vision Care have initiated an overseas training program for physicians interested in learning about specialty contact lens fitting (for diseased or post-op corneas) and low vision rehabilitation (for the visually impaired). 
Country/ies of interest: China, Taiwan, and other countries that would like to learn and provide these services for their people.


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


Hakan Demirci, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Clinical research in the area of ocular oncology including intraocular, conjunctival, orbital and eyelid tumors
Country/ies of interest: Turkey


Raymond de Vries, PhD
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences/Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine
Global health focal area/s: The promotion of maternal and child health in low-resource countries via the training of midwives and obstetricians and the creation of sustainable systems to care with cooperation between these two types of providers. 2. The improvement of the ethical conduct of clinical trials in low resource countries -- moving beyond the import of ethical guidelines and procedures for the protection of human subjects that were created in West, and are based in Western philosophy.
Country/ies of interest: China, Ghana, and the Netherlands


Rajan Dewar, PhD, MBBS
Home unit: Pathology
Global health focal area/s: We have been involved in global health delivery of cervical cancer screening in South India - particularly rural villages. This is a direct to population activity, and have developed our own screening program and laboratories with the help of local NGOs. Use of technology and development of technology based implementation strategies are our primary interests.
Country/ies of interest: India


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


Kathleen Bronson Dussan, MD, RN
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s
My particular focus is in medical education, refugee health and students attitudes and exposure to the underserved. I am also interested in medical reuse/recycling in promoting the recovery of unused medical supplies for the purpose of global aid, waste reduction, and cost-effectiveness.
Country/ies of interest: Colombia, Guatemala


Joshua Ehrlich, MD, MPH
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: I have an interest in international research collaborations with the objective of understanding the epidemiology of eye disease, addressing the burden of visual impairment and improving the delivery of eye care. I have also been involved in initiatives to grow ophthalmology residency education in developing countries.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, India, Ecuador, Rwanda, Indonesia

 


Peter Frederick Ehrlich, MD, MSc
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: My primary interest in global health dovetails with my general research interest, childhood cancer - primarily renal tumors in children and quality and outcomes. The second interest pediatric trauma system development and improving care for injured children.
Country/ies of interest: India, Peru


Avraham Eisbruch, MD
Home unit: Radiation Oncology
Global health focal area/s: At UM I have developed methods for reducing toxicities and improving quality of life of patients with head and neck cancer undergoing radiotherapy, using advanced technology. In india head and neck cancer is one of the two most common cancers. The most common hospitals in india (government hospitals) lack this advanced technology, however, the clinical principles on which my work was based on can be used to achieve similar goals, using the basic radiotherapy modalities used in these hospitals.
Country/ies of interest: India


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


Niels Cary Engleberg, MD, DTM&H
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My interest is in facilitating the development of transportable, open-licensed learning materials for training of health care workers in under resourced environments. I have previously assisted in the development of materials and infrastructure for this purpose in Ghana and am now interacting with members of the medical faculty at a medical school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana

 

 

Faculty Associates, F-J (last name)

Gary J Faerber, MD, FACS
Home unit: Urology
Global health focal area/s: I have initiated a collaborative outreach program with urologists in Ghana who have shown an interest in developing endoscopic capabilities to manage urinary stone disease. As a result of my most recent trip to Ghana, I have now created a collaborative with other urologists in sub-Saharan Africa who are also interested or have just started their own endoscopic stone program.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Mozambique, South Africa


Home unit: Family Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Promotion of educational and research collaboration in family medicine and medical education between Japan and the United States. U-M faculty collaborate through visits to family medicine organizations in Japan, and through the UM Japanese Family Health Program at Dominos Farms, Japanese medical students, residents, and physicians learn about the practice of family medicine in the United States.
Country/ies of interest: Japan, China, Ethiopia

 

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


Patrice E. Fort, PhD, MS
Home unit: Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Our main focus is the mechanisms of protection of the retina and their alteration in various neurodegenerative disorders such as diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal detachment and glaucoma. We are participating in collaborative research projects to identify new ways to use, enhance, or restore the potential of these protective pathways to develop new treatment options for patients affected by retinal neurodegeneration.
Country/ies of interest: France, Germany


Sheeja Francis, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  Integrative rheumatology, with focus on improving accessibility to rheumatologic care in Kerala, India
Country/ies of interest: India


A Oveta Fuller, PhD
Home unit: Microbiology and Immunology
Global health focal area/s: My research focuses on health equity and global health research to develop and rigorously document impacts of sustainable intervention models that foster practical implementation of biomedical science advances for community use to prevent or reduce burden of infectious and chronic diseases such as HIV/AIDS. We use a network approach (such as the "Trusted Messenger Intervention") that provides in-depth biomedical science understanding through partnerships with the highest officials of networks of religious organizations. 
Country/ies of interest: South Africa, Zambia


Martha Funnell, MS, RN, CDE, FAADE
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: For 25+ years our team has conducted NIH-funded randomized controlled trials demonstrating the superiority of a patient-centered/patient empowerment approach we developed compared to usual diabetes care. We have conducted studies in the US among African Americans and Latinos, primarily in Detroit.  This approach has earned a world-wide reputation as an evidence-based effective approach to diabetes care and education and has been formally adopted by the Institute for Social Security and Services for State Workers in Mexico and the National Health Service in United Kingdom. 
Country/ies of interest: China, Mexico, Slovenia, Taiwan, Malaysia, Egypt


Virginia Thompson Gauger, MD
Home unit: Anesthesiology
Global health focal area/s: In a country of over 100 million people, Ethiopia has, as best as one can estimate, 23 anesthesiologists. St Paul's Millennium Medical College started an anesthesia residency program in January 2016. My efforts are to collaborate with the single anesthesiologist at that institution to train physicians in the field of anesthesiology.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia

 


Home unit: Psychiatry
Global health focal area/s: Autism/Asperger syndrome, behavioral phenotypes, and mental retardation
Country/ies of interest: India, Saudi Arabia


Robert Harris Gilman, MD, DMD
Home unit: Department of 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


Debbie S. Gipson, MS, MD
Home unit: Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Global health focal area/s: In collaboration with All India Institute, New Delhi and Bristol, UK, a multinational network is being developed to support a translational research program, nephrotic syndrome research registry and training opportunities. Additional volunteer activities include provision of medical care and teaching with the Maua Methodist Hospital, Kenya.
Country/ies of interest: India, United Kingdom, Kenya


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


Katherine J Gold, MD MSW MS
Home unit: Family Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Maternal-child health, particularly in the perinatal period. I am interested in stillbirth and infant death prevention as well as improving maternal mental health.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana and other African countries


Edward Goldman, MD, JD
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: Working with the law faculty in Kumasi, Ghana to create a Masters program in reproductive justice.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana


Glenn Edward Green, MD
Home unit: Otolaryngology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is on translational interventions in complex communications disorders affecting speech and hearing
Country/ies of interest: China, Spain, Israel, and Bangladesh


Jennifer J Griggs, MD, MPH
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Volunteer Physician for Asylum Seekers' Network of Physicians for Human Rights; addressing the problem of breast cancer in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Country/ies of interest: Haiti


Larry D Gruppen, PhD
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Promoting collaborations among medical educators around the world to develop innovative and effective interventions to address core health care education challenges; fostering research and scholarships, both through partnerships and faculty development.
Country/ies of interest: China, India


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


Andrew J Haig, MD
Home unit: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Global health focal area/s: Building medical rehabilitation and rehabilitation leadership around the world, and teaching global health and disparities issues to students. The work spans all continents, partnering with the leadership of rehabilitation medicine in most countries regarding rehabilitation disaster response, but special focus on programs and policy has been in Ghana, Brunei, and Austria.
Country/ies of interest: Austria, Brunei, China, Ghana


Jason Ham, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: As a Hospitalist working in the Medical Short Stay Unit, and with previous duties in Emergency Mediine and program development and implementation of the UM Observation Program, I enjoy attempting to perform complex decision making while minimizing the use of testing.  I have developed Observation Protocols in this regard.  My interests include using the highest quality clinical decision making in the face of reduced or no resources.
Country/ies of interest: Latvia, Colombia, Ireland


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


Ted Hanss, BS, MBA
Home unit: Medical School Information Technology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is researching and facilitating technology-enabled collaboration, using qualitative methods to identify the socio-technical factors that contribute to successful global health collaborations between differently resourced institutions.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, China, South Africa, Ethiopia

 


Oliver He, PhD
Home unit: Laboratory Animal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My primary focal areas in global health are bioinformatics, infectious diseases, vaccine design, pharmacovigilance, and big data representation and analysis.
Country/ies of interest: China


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


Christopher Thomas Hood, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Medical missions and volunteerism
Country/ies of interest: Haiti


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


Amy Huang, MD, MHSA
Home unit: Medical School Administration
Global health focal area/s: Science of international collaboration and medical education
Country/ies of interest: China, India, Japan, Taiwan, other countries within Southeast Asia


Robert Curtis Hyzy, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Providing medical outreach to the indigent, under served population of the Peruvian Amazon River basin as the Medical Director of Amazon Promise, as US registered NGO based in Iquitos, Peru. Additionally, to provide an educational opportunity to University of Michigan Medical students and residents during an annual M-4 elective rotation.
Country/ies of interest: Peru


Elizabeth Anne Jackson, MD, MPH
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: women's cardiovascular health across the lifespan and in particular the development of vascular risk factors and disease in relation to the menopausal transition. Health behaviors in women and the impact on family members are critical areas for research related to both primary and secondary prevention.
Country/ies of interest: China, India, Vietnam


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


Shruti Jolly, MD
Home unit: Radiation Oncology
Global health focal area/s: My research interests are mainly to use integrative techniques (physical activity, nutritional interventions) to reduce morbidity of cancer treatment and enhance cancer survivorship. Furthermore, I am interested in comparing different radiation treatment modalities in the treatment of cancer to evaluate local control and toxicity outcomes.
Country/ies of interest: India

 

 

Faculty Associates, K-O (last name)


Chava Kahn, MD
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: My primary interests are in women's reproductive health care in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly surrounding maternal mortality and family planning. In addition, I have assisted in the implementation of a cervical cancer screening program in rural Uganda, utilizing the see-and-treat approach.
Country/ies of interest: Uganda and Ghana


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.

 


Chandan Kumar, PhD
Home unit: Pathology
Global health focal area/s: I'd like to pursue research, training and educational collaborations in translational cancer genomics studies and allied areas in India and other countries in the subcontinent.
Country/ies of interest: India, Nepal, Myanmar


Zach Landis-Lewis, PhD, MLIS
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: My research is focused on the use of medical record data in district hospitals in Malawi to generate tailored performance feedback for healthcare providers. I am studying knowledge representation methods for theory-informed message tailoring systems that can be used in low-resource settings
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Malawi, Ghana


Paul Lee, MD, JD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Glaucoma, catatract, and anterior segment disease
Country/ies of interest: China, India


Helios Leung, PhD, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Optometric education
Country/ies of interest: China


Michael J Lipson, OD, FAAO
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Stopping and/or slowing progression of myopia via alternative methods of vision correction/therapy.
Country/ies of interest: China


Anna Suk-Fong Lok, MD, FRCP
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis particularly in countries where hepatitis (B and C) are prevalent; Prevention and early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma; Education of physicians and other health providers including community leaders on how to prevent and treat viral hepatitis
Country/ies of interest: China


Ronald Frank Maio, DO
Home unit: Emergency Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Emergency care in under-resourced settings; treatment and prevention of traumatic injuries.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, India


Dorene S. Markel, MS, MHSA
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences and The Brehm Center
Global health focal area/s: Exploring potential collaborations between UMHS and Peking University Health Sciences Center in the diabetes space. These potential collaborations are in the early phase through the Joint Institute for Translational and Clinical Research and the Brehm Center. The Brehm Center is interested in studying (and preventing) the impact that the projected diabetes epidemic could have on both the US and China.  Ms. Markel's own research interests also focus on the learning health system and health literacy effects on clinical research engagement in minority populations.
Country/ies of interest: China


Varsha Bhatt-Mehta, PharmD, MS (CRDSA), FCCP
Home unit: Pharmacy; Pediatrics & Communicable Diseases
Global health focal area/s: My primary interests focus on causes of and interventions for reducing neonatal and infant mortality especially in premature neonates in the underserved population globally; improving rates of infant immunizations; and disease prevention strategies that will improve neonatal, infant and child health in collaboration with other health care providers.
Country/ies of interest: India, China, Nepal, South Africa


Shahzad Mian, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: International eye banking: developing a resource for surgeons and healthcare professionals working outside the US who are interested in obtaining transplantable corneal tissue for surgery, or who want to learn more about partnering with international eye bank development. Developing excellent working relationships with surgeons, surgery centers, hospitals and officials in countries around the world in a priority. These partnerships enable us to carry out our mission – preserving and restoring sight – on a global scale. 
Country/ies of interest: China


Janis M Miller, PhD, APRN, FAAN
Home unit: School of Nursing and OBGYN
Global health focal area/s: The focal area of work is launching and creating sustainability of The International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) in Panzi, Bukavu, in the South-Kivu Province of the DR Congo. The research center works closely with Dr. Denis Mukwege, UM's 2010 Raoul Wallenberg medalist, in seeking the kind of solutions that come from research to reduce the suffering, particularly of women and children, from the decades of wars.
Country/ies of interest: Democratic Republic of Congo


Okeoma Mmeje, MD, MPH
Home unit: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: My research focuses on the evaluation and implementation of safer methods of conception for HIV-affected individuals and couples in low-resource environments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, as a means of HIV prevention.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya


Rajen Mody, MD, MS
Home unit: Pediatrics
Global health focal area/s: To improve outcomes of Pediatric Cancers in resource poor countries by: 1) Empowering Local Champions design and adopt clinical treatment protocols, which are feasible in their settings and in their patient population; and 2) Improving infrastructure for clinical research including creating database, improving nursing, pharmacy and other supportive care services.
Country/ies of interest: India, South Africa, Nepal


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


Cheryl A. Moyer, PhD, MPH
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Maternal and neonatal health in sub-Saharan Africa, with an emphasis on Ghana. Facility-based delivery, stillbirth, early neonatal mortality, maternal and neonatal ‘near-misses’ and the social and cultural factors that influence all of the above are primary areas of interest, including social autopsy methodology. In addition, my work focuses on research capacity development in Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Uganda, sub-Saharan Africa


Jeffrey S Moyer, MD, FACS
Home unit: Otolaryngology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focal area is in capacity development in otolaryngology in Sub-Saharan Africa, pariticularly Ghana.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana


Patricia Mullan, PhD
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Enhancing the competency assessment systems for professional health education programs in developing countries; mentoring student projects related to health education in developing countries.
Country/ies of interest: China, Ghana, India, Republic of Ireland, South Korea


David C Musch, PhD, MPH
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: I am providing advice on the establishment of a center for clinical and epidemiologic research on eye disease in Wenzhou, China (at the Wenzhou Medical University), and I am considering similar opportunities in India. In addition, I participate on the faculty of a course on clinical trial principles and methods, which most recently has been held annually in Shanghai, and in the past has included locations in Slovenia, Mexico, and the United States. 
Country/ies of interest: China and India


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


Paula Anne Newman-Casey, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Decreasing rates of blindness through creating systems-based approaches to improving access to care; creating effective educational curricula for para-medical personnell; and studying patient decision making and health behavior change.

Country/ies of interest: Ecuador, India, Nepal, Vanuatu


Vladimir Ognenovski, MD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Help train rheumatologists in Macedonia, establish rheumatology clinics to improve patient access and quality of care, and promote student and faculty exchanges between U-M and UKIM, Macedonia.
Country/ies of interest: Macedonia


Kathleen Ludewig Omollo, MSI, MPP
Home unit: Learning Health Sciences
Global health focal area/s: My areas of interest are in strengthening the workforce for informatics and technology to support health, designs for Internet- and electricity-constrained environments, and tools and organizational models for enabling shared knowledge and continuous learning among distributed multi-disciplinary teams.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Liberia


Rockefeller Oteng, MD
Home unit: Emergency Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My work primarily focuses on the creation of human capacity for health. The development of sustainable training programs and the evaluation thereof.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana

 

 

 

Faculty Associates, P-T (last name)

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


Chintana Paramagul, MD
Home unit: Radiology
Global health focal area/s: Promoting the advancement of medical and scientific knowledge; maintaining the highest possible medical standards and ethics; conducting activities directed towards the sustenance and advancement of health care delivery and education in Thailand and the United States; and establishing and promoting cooperation with related  organizations in Thailand, the United States, and other countries.
Country/ies of interest: Thailand


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


Pauline K Park, MD
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: Working with new AIIMS-UM collaborative on Trauma and ICU care delivery.
Country/ies of interest: India


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


John Piette, PhD
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Developing interventions using health information technology to improve self-management and outcomes for patients with diabetes and other common, high-risk diseases in low/middle income countries.
Country/ies of interest: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua


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


Mark Prince, MD
Home unit: Otolaryngology
Global health focal area/s: Developing increased patient care and research capacity through medical student and postgraduate medical education programs.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Macedonia


Raphael Pristoop, MD
Home unit: General Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Clinical care for resource-poor hospitals; supervision and training medical students/residents in patient care; and education of health workers. Most of this work has been done at Kisoro Hospital, Uganda. It's affiliates are Doctor's for Global Health, Montefiore Medical Center, and Einstein College of Medicine.
Country/ies of interest: India, Israel, and Uganda


Jeffrey Punch, MD
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s:  My primary focus in the coming years will be partnering with the St Paul's Millenium Medical School in Addis Abbaba, Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Health Ministry to establish a kidney transplant program in Ethiopia. I have visited twice this year and have plans for trips in June and August, as well as in September when we aim to perform the first living donor kidney transplant there. I am working with Akinlolo Ojo and Senait Fisseha. I have also been involved since the inception with the medical school parternship in Meru Kenya organized by Dan Clauw.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Kenya


Shane C. Quinonez, MD
Home unit: Pediatric Genetics, Metabolism and Genomic Medicine
Global health focal area/s: The introduction of community genetics into low- and middle-income counties. The optimization of international medical electives to reduce the impact on host country learners.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia

 


Leslie Eisenbud Quint, MD
Home unit: Radiology
Global health focal area/s: I have given in-person lectures/seminars at several sites in South Africa regarding health issues related to thoracic radiology. In addition, our department has teamed up with the University of Pretoria to offer periodic videoconferences to medical students and residents at both of our institutions on multiple radiology topics.
Country/ies of interest: South Africa


Malini Raghavan, PhD
Home unit: Microbiology & Immunology
Global health focal area/s: Our research relates to understanding how polymorphisms in immune response (major histocompatibility complex class I) genes influence immunity to infections and vaccine outcomes, particular as relating to HIV infections. I am interested in contributing to vaccine distribution efforts and to expansion of bone marrow registries in India.
Country/ies of interest: India


Krishnan Raghavendran, MD
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: Organization and delivery of trauma services and critical care to the developing world.
Country/ies of interest: India, Southeast Asia


Venkatakrishna Rajajee, MBBS
Home unit: Neurosurgery & Neurology
Global health focal area/s: My primary interest is the care of patients with Traumatic Brain Injury in the developing world, where there are are very specific challenges and issues. I am also interested in the care of all forms of acute brain injury (stroke, seizures, hemorrhage) particularly in the developing world.
Country/ies of interest: India, Ghana, China


Nithya Ramnath, MBBS
Home unit: Heme/Oncology
Global health focal area/s: I have begun collaborating with Kidwai Hospital in India on Lung Cancer outcomes and more recently guiding Aditi Ramakrishnan on her project involving attitudes to breast cancer screening in Southern India
Country/ies of interest: India


Gurpreet Kaur Rana, MLIS
Home unit: Taubman Health Sciences Library
Global health focal area/s: Providing leadership in identifying global information resources, cultivating partnerships with health sciences community, exploring the role of global health informatics in instruction, incorporating librarians into global health initiatives, identifying and investigating grant and funding opportunities, taking part in research efforts in global health, and collaborating with faculty to lessen health disparities around the world using the power of information resources.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, India, and other developing countries

 


Bob Riddle
Home unit: Research IT
Global health focal area/s: I have been supporting the underlying technology for CIRHT international partnerships at medical schools in Ethiopia.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Vietnam, Brazil, and Israel


Erin Fedak Romanowski, DO
Home unit: Pediatrics
Global health focal area/s: My primary interests in global health include education of faculty and residents, as well as improving neurologic care in resource limited settings. I am particularly focused on improving pediatric epilepsy education, resources and treatment.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Malawi, and other African countries


Sarah D Rominski, PhD, MPH
Home unit: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: My focal areas are contraception and family planning in Ghana as well as the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Ethiopia


Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Prevention of healthcare-associated infections as well as hand hygiene: projects aimed at assessing and increasing hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers and preventing common healthcare-associated infections such as catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).  Also interested in leadership, followership, and implementation science.
Country/ies of interest: Italy, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and other European countries


Megan O. Schimpf, MD, FACOG
Home unit: Obstetrics & Gynecology
Global health focal area/s: My focus is on women's health, specifically gynecologic surgery and advancing the level of care that women in medically underserved countries receive.
Country/ies of interest: Ethiopia, Ghana, Phillippines


Lee Schroeder, MD, PhD
Home unit: Pathology
Global health focal area/s:  I use decision analytic approaches to model and improve the impact of laboratory medicine on global health care delivery. This has included landscape studies of laboratory capacity and quality, and modeling the impact of test strategy and quality on health outcomes.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana, Ethiopia

 


Sabina Siddiqui, MD
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s:  Assisting with acute surgical care needs, providing training to local health care providers, assessing resource utilization and process innovation.
Country/ies of interest: Egypt, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Peru


Jiaqi Shi, MD, PhD
Home unit: Pathology
Global health focal area/s: I am primarily interested in pancreatic cancer research, which is one of the most lethal types of human cancer.
Country/ies of interest: China


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


Vijay Singh, MD, MPH, MS
Home unit: Emergency Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My research focuses on intimate partner violence identification and response in health care settings.  I am interested in violence against women training for health care providers in low- and middle-income countries.
Country/ies of interest: Ghana


Sivaraj Sivaramakrishnan, PhD
Home unit: Cell and Developmental Biology
Global health focal area/s: My laboratory is interested in the development of new technologies for drug development and discovery. I am interested in developing collaborative partnerships with developing countries with an emphasis on strengthening basic science research.
Country/ies of interest: India, Kenya, Israel


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


Terry Jay Smith, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Extending endocrine care and patient education to underdeveloped countries
Country/ies of interest: Brunei, Croatia, Ghana, and Vietnam


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


Joshua D Stein, MD, MS
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Utilization of eye care services and outcomes of eye care in developing nations and how they compare with the US; alternative health care delivery models for eyecare in other countries
Country/ies of interest: India


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


Scott Stonington, MD, PhD
Home unit: Anthropology/Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: My work in global health research and practice focus on the globalization of biomedicine -- as a system of ethics, set of power structures and way of viewing the world. My fieldwork has addressed transformations in end-of-life care and chronic pain management in Thailand and the United States.
Country/ies of interest: Thailand


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


Elizabeth Studley, CRNA, MS
Home unit: Mott Children’s Hospital
Global health focal area/s: Leading a team of twenty-six doctors, nurses, surgical technologists, anesthesia providers and a pharmacist to Migori, Kenya with KenyaRelief.Org. Our medicine team treats 225-600 patients and we perform 60-80 surgeries, all in three days of clinic. There are two million people in Southwest Kenya without medical care and we will break ground on the first phase of a 300-bed mission medical center in 2015.
Country/ies of interest: Kenya


Alan Sugar, MD
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Corneal transplantation and eye banking
Country/ies of interest: Guatemala, Trinidad


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

 

 

 

Faculty Associates, U-Z (last name)

Kalpesh Unadkat, MS, MBA, CISSP
Home unit: Medical Center Information Technology
Global health focal area/s: My focus is to help enable use of Information Technology to facilitate collection, consolidation, and analysis of health information in a way that can create efficiencies in the area of research management, and avail clinicians of the ability to organize, extract and use the data for trending, reporting, and decision making.
Country/ies of interest: India, Ghana, Ethiopia

 


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

Mark A. Veich
Home unit:  UMHS Office of Development
Global health focal area/s: Securing external funding to support our education and research programs overseas
Country/ies of interest: China, India, Singapore, South Korea


Akbar K Waljee, MD, MSc
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Establishing links between academic organizations, hospitals, and universities between developed countries and developing countries with a specific emphasis on Eastern Africa. Our primary emphasis has been to address disparities in surgical and medical healthcare. This is currently being done through the RjW Foundation.
Country/ies of interest: Kenya


Xueding Wang, PhD
Home unit: Biomedical Engineering/ Radiology
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is medical imaging, ultrasound and optics.  I am also interested in novel ultrasound and laser-based treatment technologies.
Country/ies of interest: China


Zhong Wang, PhD
Home unit: Cardiac Surgery
Global health focal area/s: Collaborating globally to develop stem cell based heart therapies to effectively prolong and improve the life of heart patients.  We are applying cutting-edge technologies, including stem cell biology, tissue engineering, and genetically-modified large animal models to help achieve this goal.
Country/ies of interest: China, Israel, Egypt

 


Brent Ward, MD, DDS
Home unit: Surgery
Global health focal area/s: My primary focus is in the building of collaborative research in the areas of Head and Neck Cancer with a specific focus on the oral cavity and microvascular reconstruction. I bring to the table a wide array of expertise from bench top discovery in drug delivery to database development and clinical trial design.
Country/ies of interest: India, China, Argentina


Brent Williams, MD, MPH
Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Director, UMMS Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence; developing educational programs in domestic and international health disparities
Country/ies of interest: United States and multiple countries where medical students spend time.


John A Williams, MD, PhD
Home unit: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Global health focal area/s: Basic science medical education and building faculty capacity for teaching basic medical sciences in Africa
Country/ies of interest: Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania 


Maria A. Woodward, MD, MS
Home unit: Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Global health focal area/s: Telemedicine for eye diseases
Country/ies of interest: India, Jamaica, and Vanuatu