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Some Notable MSIH Alumni

Ryan W. Carroll, M.D., M.P.H. (2002)

Ryan W. Carroll, M.D., M.P.H. (2002)

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Physician and Member of the Faculty of the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)

  • Worked in Uganda, overseeing 15 research projects, 14 departmental partnership development programs and the hosting of over 150 research and development visitors per year, as well as maintaining a robust in-country safety and security program
  • Holds a faculty position in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and Global Health at MGH
  • Serves as an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MGH
  • Teaches pediatrics at Harvard Medical School
  • Serves as a medical consultant for MGH’s Consortium for Affordable Medical Technology (CAMTech), assisting in the design of medical devices for low- and middle-income countries

Craig Blinderman, M.D., M.A. (2002)

Craig Blinderman, M.D., M.A. (2002)

Director of the Adult Palliative Medicine Service at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, since 2010, and an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons.

  • An attending physician on the Palliative Care Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital and co-directed the MGH Cancer Pain Clinic from 2007-2010.
  • Completed both a residency in Family Medicine and a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in NY. He then went on to complete a Medical Ethics fellowship at Harvard Medical School (2007), and is currently completing a Writing Fellowship at the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School (2020-present).
  • Published numerous original articles, reviews and chapters in the following areas: comfort care for the dying patient, early palliative care in lung cancer patients, palliative care response to Covid19, the role of palliative care in LVAD patients, medical ethics, and a range of other topics in palliative and end of life care.
  • Academic interests include decision-making at the end of life, the role of palliative care in public and global health, medical ethics, narrative medicine, and the integration of contemplative care and meditation in clinical practice. He also has a strong interest in teaching and developing programs to improve medical trainees’ skills in communication and care for the dying.

Noele Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. (2004)

Noele Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. (2004)

Chief of the Prevention Branch Chief in the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

  • Oversees vaccine research and policy, perinatal transmission, Hepatitis B and C care cascade monitoring projects and provides support to state and local health departments toward viral hepatitis elimination
  • Contributes to CDC’s overseas global health initiatives, recently working in Sierra Leone on the STRIVE Ebola vaccine trial
  • Practices at the DeKalb County Board of Health Refugee Pediatric Clinic
  • Worked on the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) faculty as a research assistant professor and attending physician
  • Was co-principal investigator of a government-sponsored biosurveillance project at GUMC

LaShawn Worsley-McIver, M.D., M.P.H. (2004)

LaShawn Worsley-McIver, M.D., M.P.H. (2004)

Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

  • Serves as the agency focal point and senior technical advisor and authority on all matters related to minority health
  • Drives successful health initiatives and public policy efforts aimed at improving health outcomes, promoting health equity, increasing access to care, health system reform and international health
  • Promoted access to care and advocates for policy initiatives that focus on the prevention and treatment of diabetes and other chronic diseases
  • Previously led Government Affairs & Advocacy (GA&A) efforts at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as its Vice President of Public Policy & Strategic Alliances and later as its Senior Vice President of all GA&A.
  • Partnered with the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and other nonprofit, health-centered organizations to establish standards of care and reduce health inequities among cultural groups in the United States
  • Performed community-based work in Baltimore, Maryland, as part of her master’s degree in public health at John Hopkins University
  • Completed a health policy fellowship focusing on the impact of HIV and AIDS on African-Americans at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research

Joseph Sakran, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A. (2005)

Joseph Sakran, M.D., M.P.H., M.P.A. (2005)

Director of Emergency General Surgery and Associate Chief, Division of Acute Care Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital

  • Nationally recognized advocacy work in making communities safer and ending gun violence.
  • Honored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Academy Health, and he is a 2020 recipient of Johns Hopkins’ Catalyst Award for pioneering research on physicians’ role in educating patients on safe gun storage.
  • Named a Presidential Leadership Scholar (2019) in which he furthered his research on safe gun storage. Selected by the National Academy of Medicine to be a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, he was honored to serve in the U.S. Senate in the office of New Hampshire Senator Maggie Hassan, where he worked on health policy and regulatory issues from 2019-2020.
  • Research interests include gun violence, injury prevention, outcomes research, trauma system development, and public policy and advancement of surgery in poor resource settings.
  • Completed general surgery residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital, a fellowship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Earned an M.P.A. at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Lt. Col. Brian H. Neese, M.D., M.P.H. (2005)

Lt. Col. Brian H. Neese, M.D., M.P.H. (2005)

Global Health Liaison within the United States Air Force International Affairs Division at the Pentagon.

  • Oversaw day-to-day clinical operations at the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center, when he served as Deputy Director of the Keesler Air Force Base Medical Center
  • Led clinical and administrative operations and 78 medical personnel in delivery of comprehensive health care services to more than 24,500 beneficiaries as Commander of the 628th Medical Operations Squadron
  • Worked as international health specialist team division chief to provide strategy development and operational planning for 31 countries in Latin America
  • Collaborated with local organizations to start a free health clinic for working, uninsured Hispanics
  • Completed a combat tour with the U.S. Army’s Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Clinic in Iraq
  • Went on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic, rendering care to underserved populations

Mimoza Meholli, M.D. (2006)

Mimoza Meholli, M.D. (2006)

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York

  • A graduate of Jacobi Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, where she also served as a Chief Resident
  • Served as Associate Program Director for Internal Medicine Residency at Jacobi from 2012 to 2018
  • Although she practices in the USA, Mimoza shared, “training in international health has definitely helped me be prepared for providing care to such a diverse and underserved population in the Bronx for more than 10 years now.”

Javeed Sukhera, M.D., Ph.D. (2007)

Javeed Sukhera, M.D., Ph.D. (2007)

Chair of Psychiatry at the Institute of Living (IOL), and Chief of Psychiatry at Hartford Hospital under the Hartford Healthcare Behavioral Health Network in Connecticut

  • Advances the IOL’s (Institute of Living) clinical, research, and educational mission including training programs in psychiatry, psychology, social work, and nursing, as well as three endowed research centers
  • His research interests include unconscious bias, equity and social justice at an individual and organizational level; racism trauma
  • Previously, Dr. Sukhera was an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. There he was also Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre
  • Internationally-recognized health professions education researcher and thought leader. His research explores novel approaches to addressing stigma and bias among health professionals and he has also been involved in advocacy
  • Guest lecturer at MSIH, including a lecture on Cognitive Bias

Olga Charnaya, M.D. (2010)

Olga Charnaya, M.D. (2010)

Pediatric Nephrologist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University Hospital

  • Staffs the only pediatric hemodialysis unit in the state of Maryland that focuses on comprehensive patient care
  • Her research focuses on optimizing immunological matching to improve long-term allograft survival in pediatric kidney transplant recipients especially focusing on the racial disparities in graft outcomes

Jordann Loehr, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G. (2010)

Jordann Loehr, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.O.G. (2010)

Obstetrician/Gynecologist at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish, WA and Women’s Health Medical Director for Remote Area Medical Guyana

  • Provides trauma informed care to this underserved community and translational medicine at this critical access site in Toppenish, Washington
  • In Guyana, she manages a wide-reaching cervical cancer screening and prevention program. She brought self-swab HPV testing into Guyana and provides access to care for the Amerindian women of the Rupununi
  • Fulbright Scholar (2017-2018) at the University of Gondar in Ethiopia where she worked as an implementation scientist navigating the barriers to cervical cancer screening and prevention in Gondar and the Simien mountain region
  • Member of MSIH Alumni Council and hosts 4th year MSIH students for visiting clinical electives

Shaanan Meyerstein, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. (2010)

Shaanan Meyerstein, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P. (2010)

General Pediatrician and Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service in Washington, DC

  • Provides medical consultation and oversight to ensure delivery of appropriate health care services as medical officer for the Department of Health and Human Services Unaccompanied Children’s program within the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Became a commissioned officer with the rank of lieutenant commander in the United States Public Health Service
  • Spent a year in Botswana with the Baylor International Pediatric HIV Initiative

William Goldstein Caryl, M.D. (2011)

William Goldstein Caryl, M.D. (2011)

General Internist at Humber River Hospital in Toronto, Ontario

  • Holds an academic appointment at the University of Toronto in Canada
  • Completed his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Toronto. Following residency, he sought opportunities to work with under-served populations in his native Canada

Rachel Pope, M.D., M.P.H. (2011)

Rachel Pope, M.D., M.P.H. (2011)

Obstetrician/gynecologist and Division Chief of Female Sexual Health in the Urology Institute at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She also has an appointment in the Department of Reproductive Biology.

  • Completed residency in obstetrics/gynecology at University Hospitals and fellowship in global women’s health at Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Served as the Medical Director and head surgeon at Freedom from Fistula’s Obstetric Fistula Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. Also faculty and fellowship director for Baylor’s global women’s health program, where she specialized in childbirth injuries, including obstetric fistula in sub-Saharan Africa. She has additional training in vulvar and vaginal disorders and sexual dysfunction.
  • Interest in vaginal reconstruction and provides surgical care for women with vesico-vaginal and recto-vaginal fistulas, postpartum birth injuries, cancer survivors, women with sexual dysfunction, and individuals undergoing gender affirmation surgery.
  • Research focused on obstetric fistula and public health topics, including reproductive health and SARS-CoV-2, and barriers to women’s sexual and reproductive health care.

Lily Gutnik, M.D., M.P.H. (2011)

Lily Gutnik, M.D., M.P.H. (2011)

Breast surgeon at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She also serves as the inaugural Vice Chair of Global Surgery for the Department of Surgery and Assistant Program Director for the General Surgery Residency-Global Surgery.

  • Former Fulbright scholar and Fogary Fellow to Malawi, where Dr. Gutnik piloted the country’s first breast cancer screening and awareness program in which she trained laywomen to conduct clinical breast exams. She is scaling up the work she has done in Malawi, and is collaborating to implement similar models with success in other countries. Dr. Gutnik is consulting for Discovering Hands, a German-based social enterprise in which blind women are being trained to conduct breast exams.
  • Advisory board member to Know Your Lemons, an organization that provides innovative breast cancer education materials in various forms and languages.
  • Earned her Bachelor’s degree at NYU. Completed her residency in Surgery at the University of Utah, along with a Master’s of Public Health at Harvard University, where she was also a Research Fellow in the Center for Surgery and Public Health.
  • Research interests include studying health disparities and implementation science, including measuring the effectiveness of programs.

Prakash Ganesh, M.D., M.P.H. (2012)

Prakash Ganesh, M.D., M.P.H. (2012)

Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and in the Center for Community Health Integration at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

  • Serves as Preventive Medicine Residency Associate Program Director at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center for the categorical and combined Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine residencies.
  • Practicing at Neighborhood Family Practice, a Federally Health Qualified Center.
  • Practiced global health in Malawi, where he worked in a large refugee camp, provided inpatient care at a tertiary hospital and worked for the Lighthouse Trust through the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) at the University of Washington. Additionally, he worked as a clinical instructor and lecturer at the Malawi College of Medicine.
  • Completed a combined residency in Family Medicine and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Interested in HIV, Hepatitis C, refugee health and global health.

 

Jonah Mink, M.D. (2012)

Jonah Mink, M.D. (2012)

Family doctor in Tel Aviv, Israel/Medical Director for Healthy.io, an Israeli start-up

  • Serves as a clinical advisor/medical director for numerous companies ranging from telemedicine to remote patient monitoring to mobile phone enabled artificial intelligence diagnostics.
  • Started the organization Migrant Health:IL with a fellow MSIH Alumnus to improve medical care for refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers in Tel Aviv.
  • Taught a first-year MSIH “Introduction to Global Health” course.
  • Completed residency at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Alumni Fellowships

Anesthesiology

  • Yale University School of Medicine
  • Yale University School of Medicine (Neurosurgical Anesthesiology)

Emergency Medicine

  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Vanderbilt University Institute for Global Health, Haiti

Family Medicine

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Family Medicine and Acupuncture)
  • University of Rochester

Infectious Diseases

  • Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • New York University
  • Southwestern Medical Center
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Medicine

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Gastroenterology and Nutrition)
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Pain and Palliative Care)
  • Brown University Alpert Medical School (Pulmonary and Critical Care)
  • Center for Policy Analysis and Research (Infectious Disease, HIV and AIDS)
  • Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (Maternal and Fetal Medicine)
  • Henry Ford Health System (Pulmonary and Critical Care)
  • Lenox Hill Hospital (Cardiology)
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Adult and Pediatric Pain Management and Palliative Care)
  • Montefiore Medical Center (Critical Care Medicine)
  • Montefiore Medical Center (Geriatrics)
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center (Geriatrics)
  • National Jewish Health Center (Allergy and Immunology)
  • New York University (Endocrinology)
  • New York University (Rheumatology)
  • Oregon Health and Science University (Integrative Medicine)
  • St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital (Cardiology)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Medicine and Dentistry (Public Health)
  • UCLA (Rheumatology)
  • University Hospital of Charlottesville (Cardiology)
  • University of Michigan Medical Center (Rheumatology)
  • University of Washington (Informatics)
  • University of Washington Swedish Medical Center (Geriatrics)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Nephrology)
  • Weill Cornell University Medical Center (Geriatrics)
  • Yale University School of Medicine (Investigative Medicine)
  • Yale University School of Medicine (Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar)

Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Duke University (OB/GYN Global Health)
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery)
  • Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital (Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility)
  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
  • St. Elizabeth Medical Center (Family Medicine and Surgical Obstetrics)
  • University of Indiana School of Medicine’s Clarian Methodist Hospital (Urology and Gynecology)
  • Washington University (Family Planning)

Pediatrics

  • Children’s Hospital of Denver (Adolescent Medicine)
  • Children’s Hospital of Montefiore (Pediatric Infectious Disease)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Education and Research)
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Pediatric Infectious Disease)
  • Cleveland Clinic (Neurocritical Care)
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine (Pediatric Infectious Disease)
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Pediatric Critical Care)
  • Schneider Children’s Hospital (NICU)
  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Pediatrics GI)
  • University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital (Pediatric Infectious Disease)
  • University of Florida at Jacksonville (Pediatric Endocrinology)

Psychiatry

  • Bristol-Meyers Squibb (Public Psychiatry)
  • Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training (Psychiatric Epidemiology)
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • Tufts Medical Center (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • University of New Mexico (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
  • University of Rochester (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Surgery

  • University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery)
  • University of Pennsylvania (Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery)

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