Bios - Global Child Health Lecture Series 2021

Monday, August 23

Manisha Kumar

Manisha Kumar, MD, MPH is an American family medicine doctor with a Masters in Public Health and fellowship training in Maternal Child Health. She has worked for Doctors Without Borders since 2014 and is currently the Intersectional Coordinator for Safe Abortion Care.

Rajesh K. Daftary

Globally, the rate of under 5 mortality was halved from 1960 to 1990 but more recently there has been a slowing in the reduction. Dr. Rajesh Daftary identifies current progress in mortality reduction and identifies effective interventions. Dr. Daftary is a pediatric emergency medicine physician at UCSF.

Wednesday, August 25

Carol C. Chen

Lack of emergency medical care is an important factor contributing to lower survival rates of critically ill children in low resource settings, such as in Tanzania. Dr. Carol Chen, MD FAAP, works with the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) working group of pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) and global health experts to create freely available curriculum to train providers across the continent of Africa.

Carol C Chen, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, and Affiliate Faculty at the Institute for Global Health Sciences. Her medical training was at Duke University, she earned an MPH at Johns Hopkins. She served residency at UCLA and trained in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health in fellowships at Baylor. She was awarded a Hellman Fellowship in 2018, allowing her to evaluate a novel pediatric emergency medicine curriculum in Tanzania.

Nicolaus Glomb

Nicolaus Glomb, MD, MPH, has been working with the University of Botswana, Princess Marina Hospital, since 2014, developing long-term capacity, relevant curricula, and training programs in adult and pediatric Emergency Medicine. More recently, he has been working with the hospital and Botswana Ministry of Health and Wellness to optimize a mix of prehospital simulation based training, long distance mentorship, and on sight relationship building.

Dr. Nicolaus Glomb is an assistant clinical professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics as UCSF. He received his medical training at East Carolina University, and an MPH at Chapel Hill. He served his residency at Carolinas Medical Center (now Atrium Health)/ Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. and fellowships in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Global Health at Baylor College of Medicine.

Christopher Stewart

Dr. Stewart is a Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF, and board certified in child abuse pediatrics. He has directed various UCSF global health education and research training programs, and has administered training programs in child physical and sexual abuse management and documentation in international settings, including trainings in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Vietnam, and Turkey.

David Gordon & Alon Unger

Dave Gordon MD MPH currently works as an Associate Physician at ZSGH, and as a remote collaborator on quality improvement projects abroad. His international focus is on medical education/ residency and operational research/ quality improvement.

Dr Gordon trained in medicine at the University of Vermont, and with an internship and residency in Pediatrics at UCSF. He holds an MPH from Boston University, and completed medical elective rotations in Mumbai, India, Maseru, Lesotho, and Migori, Kenya. He worked for the Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, and the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Gondar, Ethiopia.

Alon Unger, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Medicine. He went to medical school at UCSF and completed dual residencies in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCLA. He also completed a Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and he has worked in various settings including South Africa, Uganda, Thailand and Brazil. He recently completed one year of service to Doctors without Borders in Myanmar as the HIV advisor to a large treatment program.

Thursday, August 26

Joshua Bress

Joshua Bress is a pediatrician whose primary focus is the care of neonates. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in 2007 and completed his pediatric residency at UCSF.

From 2011-2012 he worked with Global Strategies in the Eastern Congo — continuing their efforts in Pediatric HIV and prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child while expanding into areas of neonatology and severe malnutrition. He is currently a neonatal hospitalist and President of Global Strategies.

Lisa Patel

In California’s clinics and hospitals, we see the damage climate change is doing. Wildfire season is begining ealier, due to abnormally hot and dry conditions. With their developing lungs, children are particularly vulnerable to the terrible smoke that has become a routine yearly occurrence. We’ve seen displaced families with children suffering from toxic stress that places them at a higher lifetime risk for chronic illness.

The medical community has written and pleaded with public officials to take this crisis seriously. But greenhouse gas emissions, sanctioned by our own government, continue at an alarming pace.

These past months we have watched as the world acted swiftly and boldly in response to COVID-19, utilizing science and public health principles that ultimately flattened the curve. But our federal government's approach has resulted in an explosion of cases and the highest number of COVID-19 deaths worldwide.

The pandemic was not caused by our government, but inaction has proved deadly. In the case of climate change, the government is literally promoting the cause of rapid and destabilizing warming through continued reliance on fossil fuels. And unlike this microscopic virus, there is an existing cure to the climate crisis: Decarbonize now.

Dr Lisa Patel is a clinical assistant professor at Stanford. She received her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford, a Master’s in Environmental Sciences from the Yale, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins. She completed her residency in pediatrics at UCSF. She was a Presidential Management Fellow for the Environmental Protection Agency, coordinating the US Government’s efforts on clean air and safe drinking water projects in South Asia in collaboration with the WHO. She is Climate Change and Health Task Force Co-Chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Friday, August 27

Robin Goldman

Dr. Goldman is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF. She is an Internal Medicine hospitalist at the San Francisco VA and as a Pediatric hospitalist at Washington Hospital. In addition to her clinical work, she is the Assistant Director of Curriculum and Mentorship for the UCSF HEAL Initiative, is the co-founder of the San Francisco chapter of the Social Medicine Consortium.

Dr. Goldman completed the HEAL fellowship working with Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health) at a hospital in rural Haiti. She completed her MPH at UC Berkeley. Her interest are around social medicine and global health education and creating systems to empower local providers to care for their communities.

Holly Martin & Angela Quiñones Hermosa

Dr. Martin is the inventor of the BREATH device (Baby Resuscitation Enhanced - A Tech Helper), an app and sensor designed to improve and guide neonatal resuscitation in low-resource areas. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and serves as the Director of Education for Pediatrics at San Francisco General Hospital. She is a mentor for residents in the Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) track.

Angela Quiñones Hermosa, MD, is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine of Catholic University of Saint Mary, Arequipa- Perú. For around 20 years, she has worked in the Ministry of Health. Her work focuses on primary care and multiple researches in this field. Her positions include medical director in clinics and international projects. Her passion is medicine and in teaching young doctors primary care, with a good cup of coffee.

Monday, August 30

Emilia Connolly & Isaac Mphande

Community Health Workers- CHWs are the foundation of PIH’s work. In Malawi’s Neno District—a region so isolated that native Malawians will tell you, “If you’re not from Neno, you don’t know Neno”—PIH supports two hospitals and 12 health centers, working to reduce high rates of maternal deaths, HIV, malaria, malnutrition, and more. CHWs in Neno are selected in their communities, by their communities, to serve among their friends, family members and neighbors.

Only 8 percent of men in Neno have completed secondary school, and the rate is even lower for women—just under 5 percent. In one of the poorest districts in one of the world’s poorest countries.

Basimenye Nhlema is community health director for PIH in Malawi, and oversees the community health worker, community engagement and Program for Social and Economic Rights (POSER) programs in Neno for over 4 years. In this role, she has overseen the transition of the community health worker program from a disease based model to a polyvalent public health model with coverage of every household in the district starting in 2016 through 2018 in a step-wedge model. Now, there are >1,200 CHW's following almost all of the 138,000 people in the district with support for active case finding, linkage to care, psychosocial support and disease follow up with some of the best case finding, retention in care and disease outcomes for HIV and non-communicable disease (NCD) in Malawi.

Emilia Connolly DO, MPH is a pediatrician and public health implementor working as the Chief Medical Officer at Partners In Health in Neno Malawi and a hospitalist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. As part of the inaugural cohort of the UCSF's HEAL fellowship, she served at Tséhootsooí Medical Center in Fort Defiance, Arizona and at Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo in Malawi. Her residency was completed at Jefferson University Hospital, Wilmington, DE. She received her MPH from Berkeley, and her medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Isaac Mphande is an Advanced Midwife Practitioner working with Partners In Health in Malawi as the primary health care nursing manager. Isaac has a Master’s Degree in Midwifery, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a University Certificate in Midwifery, all from Kamuzu College of Nursing. He is a fellow of Global Nurse Executive Fellowship and Africa Maternal Child Health Nurse Leadership academy and has a certificate of leadership for Management and Leadership in Health from the University of Washington. He has vast experience implementing maternal and child health programs.

Tuesday, August 31

Michelle Hermiston, Anurag Agrawal, Sang Nguyen, Linda Abramovitz, and Nancy Noonan

Dr. Michelle L. Hermiston is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco. She is interested in understanding the mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance and translating these findings to children through clinical trials. She is the clinical director of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Pediatric Immunotherapy Program and director of the School of Medicine’s Core Inquiry Curriculum. She also performs outreach work in Vietnam focused on developing infrastructure for care of children with cancer and blood diseases. She earned her medical degree and doctorate in developmental biology at Washington University School of Medicine and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Hermiston completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology and a residency at UCSF before joining the faculty in 2002.

Anu Agrawal, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Oncology at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. He has a long-standing interest in global health and has worked in pediatric HIV in Lesotho, Africa as well as pediatric oncology in Botswana, Africa in addition to the current work assisting with hematology/oncology program building in Vietnam.

Sang is second year pediatric resident at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He has been involved with a global health project to evaluate the first Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship in Vietnam. Currently, he is also working on a project to improve bone marrow infrastructure in Vietnam.

Linda Abramovitz is a clinical practice nurse at UCSF and volunteer faculty at the UCSF School of Nursing. As co-chair of the Pediatric Oncology Developing Country Nurse Working Group of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP), Ms. Abramovitz interfaces with nurses from both low- and middle- income countries and high-income countries globally. Her work concentrates on establishing baseline nursing standards, professional development and educational programs for pediatric oncology nurses.

Nancy is currently the Clinical Nurse Specialist for the BMT Program at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland in Oakland, California. She has been involved with the care of transplant recipients since 1989 and arrived at Oakland Children’s in 2000 as part of a collaborative team to build a new BMT program. Nancy’s skills focus on program development, quality, accreditation maintenance, and nurse training for care of immunocompromised transplant and cellular therapy recipients.

Phuoc Le

Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H is an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, where he is a hospitalist splitting his time between both departments. He co-directs the Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship at UCSF.

Alison Kuchta

Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, CA, USA

Dr. Alison Kuchta has been at Roche Diagnostics for 3 years as a Director in Clinical Development and Medical Affairs with a focus on PCR diagnostics. Prior to joining Roche, she practiced as a Pediatric Infectious Disease physician at University of California San Francisco where she completed her Pediatrics residency as well as fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Clinical Pharmacology. Her MD and PhD degrees are from Virginia Commonwealth University. In her current role, she advises research and development teams, as well as designs and oversees clinical trials for related diagnostics products.

Wednesday, September 1

Devan Jaganath & Peter Wambi

Devan Jaganath, MD, MPH, completed his clinical fellowship in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Global Health. His research focuses on improving the care of children with tuberculosis (TB), in particular through the evaluation of novel diagnostics and biomarker discovery. In this talk, Devan will review the current approach and challenges to the diagnosis, management and prevention of TB in children, while highlighting future directions to reduce the global burden of disease. Devan completed his MD at UCLA, MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and pediatrics residency at Johns Hopkins.

Peter Wambi, MBChB, MBA is a medical doctor and a Coordinator for a study evaluating of novel diagnostics and biomarkers for childhood TB. He is interested in Implementation science, Health Economics, Systems and Policy evaluation.

Tiffany Lucas

Tiffany Lucas, MD is the Fellowship Program Director for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at UCSF -- but have been able to incorporate work in Saipan, a US Commonwealth Territory island in the Pacific, for the last 8 years. Navigating working at a distant locale at a functional middle income country-type setting while becoming and being a pediatric subspecialist has led me down a unique career path. She looks forward to sharing with you all. Twitter: @DrTiffanyL

Anneka Hooft

Anneka Hooft, MD, MPH is an assistant professor in the division of pediatric emergency medicine. Her research interests are in management of non-malarial fever, antibiotic use, and healthcare-seeking behavior in resource-limited settings.

Thursday, September 2

Michelle Hsiang

Michelle Hsiang, MD, MSc is a pediatric infectious diseases physician and malaria epidemiologist. She is Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Pediatrics, Director of Research for the Malaria Elimination Initiative, and a Chan-Zuckerburg Biohub Investigator. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of novel malaria diagnostic, surveillance, and drug-based interventions including mass drug administration (MDA) to address the challenge of low-density infections that contribute to persistent transmission and disease in low endemic settings.

Mary Kakuru Muhindo

Mary Muhindo is a 2019 PTBi post-doctoral fellow at UCSF who began her research career at the Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC), a joint effort of Makerere University in Uganda and UCSF.

She identified the challenges nurse-midwives face in delivering high quality care to newborns. Working with Global Strategies, she conducted a mixed methods research study testing the feasibility and acceptability of Ugandan nurse-midwives using the Global Strategies-developed NoviGuide, a mobile health technology for the management of neonatal care, helping clinicians accurately dose medications, intravenous fluids and nasogastric feedings for sick babies. She worked with Ugandan experts to align NoviGuide with Uganda newborn care guidelines, and brought the nurse-midwives aboard.

Jason Nagata

Jason Nagata, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at UCSF, and Affiliate Faculty at IGHS. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the International Association for Adolescent Health Young Professionals Network. He will discuss research priorities for adolescent health in low- and middle-income countries based on work he conducted with the World Health Organization. Since 2008, he has conducted food insecurity and nutrition research in Kenya and will discuss recent research on adolescent health in collaboration with the Shamba Maisha study.

Friday, September 3

Priya Shankar, MD, MPH & Ricky Sharma, MPP

Priya Shankar MD, MPH, Co-Founder, is a resident with the UCSF Pediatric Leadership for the Underserved (PLUS) program. She completed her training at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is a 2009-2010 Fulbright-Nehru Scholar to India where she studied maternal and child health policy. Priya has worked in the field of maternal, adolescent, and child health in India for the past fourteen years as a researcher and teacher and has published several articles on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, nutrition, and mental health.

Ricky Sharma MPP, Co-Founder, completed a Social Enterprise Fellowship and Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. He has extensive experience in private equity and investment banking, and an interest in promoting women and girls’ health in India. He believes that gender equity requires male engagement and leadership. Ricky has worked in the past with several non-profit organizations in India and the United States. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Teresa Kortz

Pediatric sepsis has a high mortality rate in limited resource settings. Sepsis protocols have been shown to be a cost-effective strategy to improve morbidity and mortality in a variety of populations and settings. Teresa Bleakly Kortz will discuss interventions at Dhaka Hospital in Bangladesh.

Teresa Kortz, MD, MS, is a pediatrician and assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Division of Pediatric Critical Care, investigating severe pediatric illnesses in resource-challenged settings. She is collaborating on projects investigating causes of non-malarial fever in Malawi, pediatric sepsis in Tanzania, and the cost-effectiveness of bubble CPAP for pediatric pneumonia in Malawi. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine Global Health Track, completed clinical training in Pediatrics and Critical Care at Stanford University. She completed the master’s program in Global Health Sciences at UCSF in 2015. She currently has two active projects in East Africa, one evaluating pediatric sepsis outcomes, the second on the etiology and management of non-malarial fever.

Melissa Medvedev

Dr. Melissa Medvedev (Morgan) is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Neonatology at UCSF. Her research focuses on evaluating and implementing interventions to improve care for babies and mothers in low-resource settings. She has worked in Uganda, Kenya, and India conducting studies on KMC, neonatal pulse oximetry, and simulation-enhanced nurse mentoring. Her PhD thesis from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, was "Informing the design of a trial of KMC initiated before stabilization amongst small and sick newborns in a sub-Saharan African context using mixed methods."

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