Laura Pompermaier, is originally from Italy, studied Medicine in Austria and completed residencies in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and PhD studies in Sweden. She works as a consultant in Plastic Surgery in Sweden at Linköping University Hospital, where she is dedicated primarily towards surgical treatment of severe burn victims, genital reconstructive surgery and skin cancer surgery. During her work at the PGSSC she will address the role of Plastic Surgery in a global perspective.
Michelle Joseph graduated from University College London and trained as a Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon, achieving a Masters and PhD in T&O. In 2018, she was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and appointed as a National Institute Health Research Clinical Lecturer at the University of Warwick. Michelle sits on the board of trustees for an international NGO and her research interest is development of trauma systems in low to middle income countries.
Sangchul is an ophthalmologist and an associate professor at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, South Korea. He has served as a health advisory member of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)- the official donor organization of South Korea. His research interests include strengthening the surgical health system, improving health accessibility, and utilizing innovative ICT for better health services in remote rural areas of the western pacific region.
Paul is a general surgery resident at Rutgers-RWJMS. He developed his interest in global surgery while researching access to surgical care and prehospital systems in Colombia. He is currently pursuing his MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health with a desire to build a career implementing high quality, ethical clinical research in low resource settings. He plans to specialize in pediatric surgery and will be focusing his research in South America.
Alaska is a Vascular Surgery resident at Massachusetts General Hospital. Originally from Wisconsin, she earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her MD from Harvard University. She is currently a first-year MPH student at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her interests include delivery of vascular care in low-resource settings, backpacking, running, and traveling to all 50 states before her brothers.
Alexis obtained her MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and is a general surgery resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. She has field experience in Haiti, Jamaica, Nepal, India, Honduras and Peru. Her particular interests include strengthening surgical research capacity and improving access to pediatric surgical care in low and middle income countries. She is currently pursuing an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health.
Zach is a general surgery resident at Hofstra University / Northwell Health in New York. Originally from the Midwest, he attended medical school at the University of North Dakota, where he spent time investigating barriers to surgical care in Mexico and community health in Peru. His interests include strengthening surgical systems in rural areas, policy guided by high quality research, and funding mechanisms in global health.
Lisa is currently an integrated vascular surgery resident at the University of Southern California. She received an MPH from The Dartmouth Institute, and during her time there she worked with the Ministry of Health in Rwanda studying child malnutrition and effectiveness of HIV prevention programs. Elizabeth’s research interests include delivery of surgical care, outcomes research, and development of surgical training programs in low and middle income countries.
Adam attended the Johns Hopkins University where he received his BA in Neuroscience in 2010. He then attended the University of Illinois at Chicago where he received his medical degree in 2015. He is currently a 6th year neurosurgery resident at the Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx. His interests are in global health, pediatric neurosurgery, and improving the affordability and applicability of neurosurgical equipment to low resource settings.
Barnabas is a general surgery senior registrar with the West African College of Surgeons trained at Jos University Teaching Hospital and surgeon with the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. His research interests are focused on driving advances in medical education in low resource settings, expanding Africa care systems, and filling gaps in health management. He has previous experience working at a WHO Collaborating Center or community based experience and service.
Belain is a general surgery resident at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University in New York City. Originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, she moved to the US for higher education, obtaining her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She is particularly interested in strengthening surgical education and capacity building in LMIC through partnership with local stakeholders. In the future, she plans to pursue a fellowship in surgical oncology.
Tarinee was born in Mumbai, India and raised in Melbourne, Australia and Singapore. She attended medical school at Monash University and then worked as a General Surgical Registrar and Medical Officer at the Austin Hospital, Melbourne, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore. Her public health interests include cancer care and prevention and trauma management in the resource limited setting, innovative healthcare financing and gender equity in healthcare.
Myron is Bahamian-American, is a Rhodes Scholar and read for his MSc in Medical Anthropology at Oxford University in 2010. He played professional American football for the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers from 2010 to 2012. He earned his medical degree from the Florida State University in 2017 and is currently a Neurosurgery resident at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a member of President Clinton's Global Initiative lead team and founder of the Myron L Rolle Foundation.
Manon is a Belgian orthopedic surgery resident with a specific interest in pediatric orthopedic surgery. She obtained her MD and MSc in International relations and Diplomacy from the University of Antwerp. Her research interests are surgical and trauma systems strengthening and policy development as well as qualitative and culturally-sensitive pediatric surgical care delivery. While with the PGSSC she will work with team Haïti while pursuing an MPH in Global Health.
Rennie completed her medical degree and Honors thesis in epidemiology from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She has a long-standing interest in global health with experiences spanning from a WHO internship to quantitative and qualitative research fieldwork in Nepal and China. She is interested in strengthening surgical care in the Asia-Pacific region and in the application of anthropological methods to global surgery research with a focus on equity.
Isioma is a Nigerian Obstetrics & Gynaecology registrar in Scotland, UK. She graduated from University of Edinburgh in 2011 and was elected to the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in 2018. Her research interests include racial and gender equity, advocacy and strengthening of obstetric & gynaecological clinical capacity in low resource settings. She is a joint BEST Scholar and Connor’s Global Women’s Health fellowship recipient for 2020-2021.
Rashi was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and is currently a general surgery resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She received her MD from Emory University and then went on to earn a Masters of Arts in Bioethics & Society from King’s College London, where she studied ethical justifications for prioritizing surgery on the path to universal health coverage. Her interests include the ethics, development, and implementation of NSOAPs.
Past Clinical Fellows
Neema Kaseje, MD, 2015-2016
Ainhoa Costas-Chavarri, MD, 2013-2015
Luther Ward, MD, MPH, 2013-2015
Rowan Gillies, MBBS, FRACS, 2012-2014
Stephen R. Sullivan, MD, 2008-2009
Past Research Fellows
Che-len Reddy, MBChB, MPH 2018-2020
Jacquelyn Corely, MD 2018-2020
Haitham Shoman, MBBcH, DIC, MPH 2018-2020
Vatshalan Santhirapala, MD, MPH 2018-2020
Christopher Strader, MD, MPH 2018-2020
Lina Roa, MD, MPH, 2017-2020
Ernest Barthelemy, MD, MPH 2017-2019
Alexander Peters, MD, MPH 2017-2019
Rachel Koch, MD, 2017-2019
Jordan Pyda, MD, MPH, 2017-2019
Gopal Menon, MD, MPH, 2017-2019
Jacob Lepard, MD, 2017-2019
Katherine Albutt, MD, MPH, 2016-2018
Jamie Anderson, MD, 2017-2018
Isabelle Citron, BMBCH, MPH, 2016-2018
Katie Iverson, MD, MPH, 2017-2018
David Ljungman, MD, PhD, 2016-2018
Kristin Sonderman, MD, 2016-2018
Kerry Vaughan, MD, 2017-2018
Michael C. Dewan, MD, 2016-2017
Yihan Lin, MD, MPH(c), 2016-2017
Saurabh Saluja, MD, MPP, 2015-2017
Swagoto Mukhopadhyay, MD, 2015-2017
Martha P. Vega, MD, MMSc-GHD, 2015-2018
Gabriel Tomasa, MD, 2014-2016
Geoffrey Anderson, MD, MPH, 2014-2016
John Scott, MD, MPH, 2014-2016
Nakul Raykar, MD, MPH, 2013-2016
Joshua Ng-Kamstra, MD, MPH, 2014-2015
Johanna Riesel, MD, 2013-2015
Sarah Greenberg, MD, MPH, 2012-2015
Alexi Matousek, MD, MPH, 2012-2015
Bin Song, MD, MPH, PhD, 2012-2015
Jacky Fils, MD, MPH, 2012-2015
Margarita Ramos, MD, MPH, 2012-2014
Rebecca Maine, MD, MPH, 2012-2014
Lars Hagander, MD, MPH, PhD, 2011-2013
Allison Linden, MD, MPH, 2011-2013
JaBaris Swain, MD, 2011-2013
Tiffany Chao, MD, 2011-2013
Catherine Kress, MD, 2011-2013
Jennifer Rickard, MD, 2011-2013
Jennifer Kreshak, MD, 2011-2013
Christopher Hughes, MD, MPH, 2010-2012
Blake Alkire, MD, MPH, 2010-2011
Alexandra is currently an MD candidate at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in Molecular Biology and Human Rights, she served in the Peace Corps as a health volunteer in Ethiopia. Her specific interests include sustainable partnerships, surgical capacity research, geospatial mapping, and gender equity. Alexandra also enjoys pottery, cycling, and taking care of her plants.
Gabrielle is an MD candidate at the University of California, San Diego, where she is a PRIME - Health Equity scholar. She received her MPH in Quantitative Methods with a concentration in Humanitarian Studies, Ethics, and Human Rights from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is particularly interested in global surgery advocacy and the effective delivery of humanitarian aid.
Deena is an MD candidate at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in Neuroscience and Arabic, she received a MScGH from Duke Global Health Institute. There, she discovered a passion for global surgery research focused on capacity building in LMICs. She aspires to become an academic surgeon researcher with partnerships in East Africa and the Middle East.
Deen is currently an MD Candidate at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. He obtained his BSPH in Health Policy and Management from UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. He previously worked for the Global Health Policy Center at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C. where he conducted policy research on U.S. Tuberculosis and Malaria control efforts in Nigeria, South Africa, India, and Ethiopia.
Born in Singapore and raised in Australia, Anusha is an MD/MBA candidate at Tufts University School of Medicine. After graduating from NYU with a degree in Anthropology, she worked in clinical surgical research at Mount Sinai. Currently the National Co-Chair for the Global Surgery Student Alliance, she has engages in global surgery research, advocacy, and education for and with students and trainees. Her interests include innovation, operations management, and gender equity.
Makela is an MD candidate at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. With experience in healthcare technology, health policy, and social justice, she is excited to use these skills to work toward eliminating health disparities both locally and globally. She plans to become an anesthesiologist. Outside of medicine, Makela enjoys climbing, basketball, and reading.
Anchelo is a final year medical student at the State University of Haiti. Interested in Research and Global Health. Aspiring neurosurgeon. Active member of the Haitian Medical Student Association and Head of Research of InciSioN-Haiti.
As senior global health systems researcher in the Program for Global Surgery and Social Change, Shehnaz Alidina leads a research team conducting a longitudinal, mixed methods evaluation to examine the impact of a multi-component safe surgery intervention on surgical quality in Tanzania. Shehnaz’s interest is in improving the quality, integration and performance of health delivery systems. She received her MPH and her SD in health policy & management from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health.
Past Research Associates and Students
Lotta Velin, 2019 -2020
Anudari Zorigtbataar, 2019 - 2020
Ellie Moeller, 2019 - 2020
Kathrin Zimmerman, 2019 - 2020
Matheus Reis Da Silva, 2019 - 2020
Ulrick Kanmounye Sidney, 2019 - 2020
Hiba Ghandour, 2019 - 2020
Nabeel Ashraf, 2019 - 2020
Jean Wilguens Lartigue, 2019 - 2020
Adelina Mazhiqi, 2018-2019
Luke Caddell, 2018-2019
Dominique Vervoot, 2018-2019
Joanna Ashby, 2018-2019
Rolvi Patterson, 2018-2019
Sebastian Shu, 2018-2019
Isaac Wasserman, 2018-2019
Taylor Wurdeman, 2018-2019
Gustaf Drevin, 2017-2018
Brittany Powell, 2017-2018
Jania Arcia Ramos, 2017-2018
Meghal Shah, 2017 - 2018
Emma Svensson, 2017-2018
Magdalena Gruendl, 2016 - 2018
Simone Sandler, 2016 - 2018
Julia Amundson, 2016-2017
James Dahm, 2016-2017
Ya-Ching Hung, MD, 2016-2017
Karolina Nyberger, 2016-2017
Neal McKimpson, MEng, 2016-2017
Maria Punchak, MSc, 2016-2017
Abbas Rattani, MBe, 2016-2017
Niclas Rudolfson, 2016-2017
Kathryn Taylor, 2016-2017
Brian Till, 2016-2017
Sojung Yi, 2016-2017
Emily Bruno, 2015-2016
Rachita Sood, 2015-2016
Allison Silverstein, 2015-2016
Sristi Sharma, MD, MPH, 2015-2016
Malena Outhay, 2015-2016
Isobel Marks, 2015-2016
Benjamin Massenburg, 2015-2016
Hillary Jenny, 2015-2016
Lenka Ilcisin, 2015-2016
Alexis Bowder, 2014-2015
Charles Liu, 2014-2015
Brigitte Frett, MSW, 2014-2015
Samuel Enumah, 2014-2015
Martha P. Vega, MD, MMSc-GHD, 2014-2015
Charles “Beau” Bush, MD 2013-2014
Eric Nagengast, MD, 2013-2014
George Baison, MD, 2013-2014
Hampus Holmer, MD, PhD, 2013-2014
Kathleen O’Neill, MD, 2013-2014
Morgan Mandigo, MD, 2013-2014
Cecilia Ong, MD, 2012-2013
Ian Metzler, MD, 2012-2013
Margo Hoyler, MD, 2012-2013
Pratik Patel, MD, 2012-2013
Kiran Agarwal-Harding, MD, 2012-2013
Jordan Pyda, MD, 2012 - 2013
Paula Hercule, MD, 2012-2013
Katie Nash, 2010-2011
SAFE SURGERY 2020
Reema is the Program Coordinator for the PGSSC. She is a MPH graduate from Boston University School of Public, with a focus in Healthcare Management. Reema is from Branford, CT and graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 2016, with a BS in Public Health and minors in Economics and Psychology. Her interests include issues related to access for low income populations, health delivery systems and health equity.