Ghana Platform Associates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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