“Overall, the speakers chosen for this bootcamp were not only masterful in their lines of work, but also incredibly inspirational.” – 2015 Bootcamper
Bibhav (BEE-vub) Acharya, MD, is Assistant Professor at UCSF Department of Psychiatry, where he oversees a Global Mental Health Fellowship in partnership with HEAL Initiative (http://tiny.ucsf.edu/GMH). His research focuses on developing healthcare delivery models to improve access to mental health in resource-poor settings. He is studying the role of training and supervision in maintaining clinical fidelity of mental health services provided by non-specialists (primary care providers and other clinicians) who are trained and coached by mental health specialists.
He is the co-founder and mental health advisor of Possible (formerly “Nyaya Health”: http://www.possiblehealth.org), a non-profit company that has been operating a health delivery system in rural Nepal since 2008 in partnership with the Nepali Government. The health system employs over 200 staff members and sees over 200 patients a day in Achham, a remote district in Nepal where previously a population of 250,000 people did not have access to a physician. He conducts implementation science research in mental health services at Possible (http://hsdg.partners.org/team/).
Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and arrived in the United States to attend Haverford College. He was a Howard Hughes Science and Society Scholar in public health studying HIV interventions in Thailand. He has conducted research for the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute to improve the quality of care for federally-funded HIV services. He received his M.D. from Yale University and residency training in general adult psychiatry from University of California San Francisco. He has conducted research under NIMH-R25 and has completed a certificate program in Implementation Science from UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.
Kerling Israel, MD, is the Director of Medical Education for Partners in Health/Zanmi Lasante in Haiti. She was the founding program director of the Family Medicine residency in St. Marc, Haiti.
Ari Johnson, MD, is co-founder and CEO of Muso, a global health organization that designs proactive healthcare systems to stop preventable deaths in settings of poverty. Muso has been conducting operational research over the past decade with the Malian Ministry of Health to improve early access to care and child survival. Ari is a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Division of Global Health Sciences at the University of California San Francisco. He trained at Brown University and Harvard Medical School and then completed his residency at the University of California San Francisco. He has conducted research at the National Institutes of Health, the International Health Institute, the Medical Research Council of South Africa, Brown University, Harvard University, and the Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases. He has published peer-reviewed articles and essays in the fields of health system design, infectious disease, health policy, neurobiology, AIDS, and migration.
Evan Lyon, MD, serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and lead faculty for the
Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the University of Chicago. Globally, Dr. Lyon has worked on building disease-focused preventative HIV and TB programs in Haiti since 1996. He has been with Partners in Health for over 10 years and his work focuses on not only providing care to the underserved, but also on advocacy to tackle issues of economic, social, and political inequalities.
Josh Nesbit, BAH, is the CEO and founder of Medic Mobile, a organization that utilizes
technology to improve health services in over 20 countries. Inspired by volunteer village health workers in rural Malawi, Josh is firmly committed to serving the global community. During his studies on international health and bioethics at Stanford, he focused his qualitative research skills on Pediatric HIV. He is an Echoing Green Fellow, PopTech Fellow, Rainer Arnhold Fellow, Strauss Scholar, and Haas Public Service Fellow. Josh’s role is to connect people, spearhead partnerships, and let the world know what Medic is all about.
Lady Neelam Feachem, MHA, has over 30 years of experience in health policy, financing, and management of health care systems. She served as a health financing a policy advisor at the World Health Organization from 2003-2007, where she provided technical and policy guidance to a wide range of countries on health financing, with a particular focus on private and public insurance, and methods to complement public financing with private funding instruments. Most recently, Ms. Feachem served as Senior Vice President for Global Access and Alliances at Napo Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical firm.
Trevor Jensen, MD, MS, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. Trevor is a graduate of UCSF medical school (2011), where he also pursued a masters degree in Global Health (2009), and completed his internal medicine residency training (2014). Trevor attends on the medicine teaching service, hospitalist procedures service, night hospitalist service, neurosurgery co-management service and the Goldman service. His clinical interests include point-of-care ultrasound, high value care, and medical education.
Ranu S. Dhillon, MD, is from the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School as well as a Senior Health Advisor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute. For over 10 years, Dr. Dhillon has worked on primary and community level health systems as a clinician, implementer, manager, policymaker, and academic. He currently serves as an advisor to the President of Guinea and the National Ebola Coordination Cell in Guinea where he has helped lead the Ebola response. Previously, Dr. Dhillon led the development of a pilot for the national primary health system in Rwanda, which has since achieved one of the greatest improvements in health ever seen in history. In addition to designing programs, Dr. Dhillon provided day-to-day management of a health center, health post, and team of community health workers caring for about 25,000 people. As an advisor to the Ministry of Health in Liberia, he helped design the country’s health system and establish a national pilot in a county of about 110,000 people. With the Presidency in Nigeria, he created and administered a national program to bolster primary health systems and maternal and child care in each of Nigeria’s 774 districts and helped develop a national community health worker program. In India, Dr. Dhillon served as a member of the International Advisory Panel for the National Rural Health Mission, the government’s flagship health program, and led a project to develop ‘model’ district level health systems in five of the poorest states. In Rwanda and Liberia, Dr. Dhillon also provided direct patient care and lived in the rural communities where he worked. In 2010, he arrived in Haiti just days after a devastating 7.0Mw earthquake and helped manage emergency relief efforts at Partners in Health’s flagship hospital. Dr. Dhillon has done additional policy work in Mali, Tanzania, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, and Kenya. Dr. Dhillon is an authority on primary and community health systems and universal health coverage with published articles in several journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, and Harvard Business Review.
Sujatha Sankaran, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Division of Hospital Medicine. After her residency training in internal medicine, she worked as an Academic Hospitalist at Columbia University in New York City, where she was actively involved in resident education. Subsequently, Sujatha volunteered in sub Saharan Africa. On returning from Africa, Sujatha switched to primarily providing outpatient medical practice for five years before joining the Division of Hospital Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor. During this time, Sujatha started a non-governmental organization, the International Cardiovascular Health Alliance, aimed at training health workers in the developing world to prevent chronic cardiovascular disease. Sujatha is interested in creating sustainable strategies for strengthening health systems and incorporating primary care to existing health systems in impoverished regions of the globe.
Sujatha is also interested in the epidemic of tobacco use in underserved populations throughout the world. SShe is currently the Medical Director for Smoking Cessation at Moffitt-Long Hospital and the Physician Champion for Smoking Cessation at UCSF Moffitt Long Hospital through a UC Center for Health Quality and Innovations Grant.
In 2015, Sujatha was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study mechanisms for cardiovascular disease management in under-resourced areas of Southern India. As part of her Fulbright, she helped develop a tobacco cessation program at St. Johns National Academy of the Health Sciences in Bangalore, helped start a health worker teaching program in the urban slums of Bangalore, and helped develop strategies for quality improvement in rural and urban settings with a large burden on chronic diseases.
Quratulain Bakhteari, PhD, grew up in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Karachi after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. She earned a bachelor’s degree and worked providing basic health care and education to refugees coming from Bangladesh. Later, she earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. and established 2,000 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history. Frustrated with a lack of efficacy in internationally sponsored development projects, she developed the blueprint for Institute for Development Studies and Practices and launched it in 1999 with support from The Asia Foundation. IDSP offers basic education, and training in literacy, human rights, and community organizing.
The Institute for Development Studies and Practices, IDSP-Pakistan, is her brain child. Based in Quetta, it’s a space which allows young people, to learn, reflect, and practice community development and understand the local-global nexus. IDSP has over 7,000 graduates from its community development courses, half of them are women from the traditional societies of Pakistan. 167 young women are trained as midwives , and now working in the communities as maternal health care activist. These young leaders are being prepared for national and international level of professionals in social development sector.
Quratulain created and led the concept of Community Support Process for girls education in Pakistan’s largest, yet most deprived province of Balochistan. The process helped establish over 2000 community supported girls schools and over 300,000 girls were enrolled in these schools a yield of 300% in less than five years. She introduced and operationalized the concept of community, NGO and government partnership by establishing three NGOs and strengthening of two NGOs in Balochistan to become partners with the government to promote girls education in Balochistan.
Besides these pioneering works for which she is nationally and internationally recognized through Skoll Fund for Social Entrepreneur in 2006, Ashoka’s in 1999, Pakistan Jaycees award for outstanding performance in the field of social work in 1984, in 1986 for outstanding performance for women’s development, Matushita Memorial Award for International Year of Shelter for the Homeless, Tokyo in 1987, Academy for Educational Development Washington awarded as best project development staff member in 1996. She was nominated for Nobel peace prize in 2007. She is awarded three months fellowship to teach her model in Dublin University Ireland in 2009.
Kimberly Baltzell, RN, PhD, FAAN, launched a Gates-funded study for a group of UCSF researchers in 3 districts in Zanzibar. Her quantitative study examined both the quality of rapid diagnostic tests used in rural health clinics and types of malaria species found using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Kim will continue her malaria work in Zanzibar with the Plasmotrack team, studying malaria transmission patterns as well as exploring diagnostic decision-making for febrile patients who test negative for malaria. She will also continue her work in Malawi as the malaria advisor for the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance. Kim is continuing as an Asst. Adjunct Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing. She is writing two grants for her malaria studies and will help develop global health curriculum for the School of Nursing.
Colin Boyle, MBA, has been appointed as the first Deputy Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences, dedicated to improving health and reducing disease worldwide. Colin joined UCSF after spending 15 years working with Boston Consulting Group, where he was a partner and managing director leading many of the firm’s social impact projects. Before his work with Boston Consulting Group, he worked at Partnership for Organ Donation in Boston as a site team specialist and for Corporate Decisions in Boston as an associate. Colin has extensive experience in global health, business management and strategy development.
Colin Boyle, MBA, Director of Global Health Sciences
Molly Cooke, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, is the inaugural director of education for Global Health Sciences across the five schools (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and the Graduate Division) at UCSF. Appointed in July 2012, her charge is to develop a portfolio of high impact educational programs for UCSF students, residents, fellows, post-docs and faculty members and to devise innovative and high value ways to share UCSF’s expertise in discovery science, health care delivery, professional education and basic science with international partners.
Dr. Cooke is a practicing internist with a special interest in HIV and other complex chronic illnesses. She has advised the AMA, the American College of Physicians (ACP), and the AAMC on clinical care and ethical and policy issues in the HIV epidemic, and was a founding co-director of the AIDS Task Force of the Society for General Internal Medicine. She testified before both National Commissions on AIDS (1988 and 1990). She was a Department of Health and Human Services Primary Care Health Policy Fellow in 2004 and has been repeatedly selected by her peers as one of “America’s Best Doctors.” Governor of the Northern California chapter of the American College of Physicians from 2004 to 2009, she currently serves as a Regent and President-elect of the College. She will become President in April 2013.
Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, and Chief Nursing Officer at Partners In Health has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS since the mid-1980s and in global health since 2000. In 2004, she helped co-founded a non-profit that worked on nursing and feeding programs in South Africa and Boston through 2010. Davis is a frequent national speaker on global health, various clinical topics, and the role of nursing in human rights.
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality.
Alice Johnson, RN, is a nurse whose passion is to promote health equity in Liberia. She is a top graduate of the prestigious Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences in Monrovia, Liberia. As a nursing student she became aware of the injustices in health care delivery especially the poor and delayed treatment offered to those living in rural areas. Her life perspective has been shaped by living through the Liberian Civil War and bearing witness to various refugee crises during conflict in Cote D’ Ivoire and Sierra Leone. Her career in nursing has spanned a variety of settings. She has provided nursing leadership for both rural and urban primary care clinics in Liberia. As an Emergency Department Nurse at a regional hospital she provided incisive and compassionate care to thousands of patients. Since 2012 she has worked with Last Mile Health as a Clinical Mentor that recruits, trains, and supervises community health workers to provide primary care in their villages. Alice has worked in many positions with last mile health in the implementation of the community health model. In the future she hopes to lead and expand Last Mile Health’s community health worker model in Liberia and beyond.
Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, currently serves as an Associate Professor of Medicine within
the Division of Global Health Equity, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She also serves as Associate Professor of Global Health and Medicine for Harvard Medical School. Joia has spent over a decade serving as Chief Medical Director for Partners in Health, an international medical charity, where she coordinates clinical programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, Lesotho, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, and Russia. She also consults for the World Health Organization on HIV and MDR-TB resistance in developing countries.
Raj Panjabi, MD, MPH, is an Associate Physician for the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. He is also Co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, a non-profit medical organization whose mission is to increase access to healthcare services to rural populations in Liberia. Raj is transforming the quality of health in these communities by training community health workers into real professionals called “frontline health workers.” Last Mile Health emphasizes sustainability through increasing the existing human potential in last mile villages.
Pierre Paul, MD, serves as the deputy director of l’Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais in
Haiti. This is a new 300 bed facility built by Partners in Health that is providing primary care services to about 185,000 people in Mirebalais as well as others in neighboring communities. Dr. Pierre is also the Haitian leader of Zanmi Lasante, PIH’s sister organization and largest provider of healthcare in the small village of Cange, Haiti.
Sonya Shin MD, MPH, received her B.A. at Yale University, and her M.D. and M.P.H. at Harvard. She trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and she trained in Infectious Diseases in the Longwood Program at Harvard. She is currently Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Associate Physician at the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Consulting Physician at Gallup Indian Medical Center.
Dr. Shin’s research and clinical experience has focused on health issues among underserved populations. She was worked for more than 20 years with the international social justice organization, Partners In Health, to develop and evaluate community-based programs to address chronic diseases in resource-poor settings. Over the past 20 years, her work has primarily focused on demonstrating the value of community health workers in a variety of settings.
She has worked in Navajo Nation since 2009 collaborating with tribal leadership and tribal health services to strengthen healthcare delivery by enhancing the quality and integration of community health worker outreach. She is the Executive Director and founder of a non-profit organization – Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment, COPE – which is dedicated to improving health outcomes in Native communities.
Sylvia Stoffella, Pharm.D, is a Pediatric Pharmacist at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital. She had completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Indian River Medical Center, her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency at UCSF Medical Center, and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During her time at Duquesne University, she became involved with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists – Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP) International Pharmaceutical Student Federation (IPSF) Student Exchange where she assisted in hosting international student pharmacists within our country as well as traveled abroad to Costa Rica to experience pharmacy outside of the United States. During her PGY2 Pediatric Pharmacy Residency Program at UCSF, Dr. Stoffella completed a Global Health Scholars Research Project with her co-resident Dr. Navaneeth Narayanan to identify barriers to medication supply chain management in a public health hospital in Roatan, Honduras. She continues to remain involved with future Roatan global health projects related to pharmacy. Also, she remains active within the UCSF Global Health Sciences Faculty Affiliation Program as an Advisory Committee Member of the Work in Progress Forum.