VISITING SCHOLARS 
Sangchul Yoon, MD, Ph.D
Sangchul Yoon, MD, Ph.D

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.

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RESEARCH FELLOWS
Barnabas Alayande, MD
Barnabas Alayande, MD

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.

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Belain Eyob, MD
Belain Eyob, MD

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.

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Tarinee Kucchal, MBBS, Dip. Anatom.
Tarinee Kucchal, MBBS, Dip. Anatom.

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.

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Myron Rolle, MD, MSc
Myron Rolle, MD, MSc

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.

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Manon Pigeolet, MD, MSc
Manon Pigeolet, MD, MSc

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.

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Rennie Qin, MBChB, BMedSc (Hons)
Rennie Qin, MBChB, BMedSc (Hons)

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.

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Isioma Okolo, MBChB, MRCOG, DTMH
Isioma Okolo, MBChB, MRCOG, DTMH

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.

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Rashi Jhunjhunwala, MD, MA
Rashi Jhunjhunwala, MD, MA

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.

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Callum Forbes, MBChB
Callum Forbes, MBChB

Callum is a British Anesthesia trainee. Born and raised a proud Scouser, he completed his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland in 2013. After completing a junior clinical fellowship in Critical Care Medicine, he commenced his anesthesia training in Edinburgh in 2016 before moving to New Zealand in 2019. His research interests include the role of safe anesthesia in surgery provision and the interplay between Global Surgery and climate change.

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Ahmed Negida, MBBCh
Ahmed Negida, MBBCh

Ahmed is an aspiring neurosurgeon-scientist; he studied Medicine and Surgery at Zagazig University (Egypt) and is now completing a Ph.D. by publication at the University of Portsmouth (UK). His interests are Global Neurosurgery, Global Health, Parkinson's Disease, Clinical Research, and Evidence-based Medicine.

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Diana del Valle, MD
Diana del Valle, MD

Diana was born and raised in Mexico City and is currently in the process of getting ECFMG certified to continue with her training. She received her MD degree from La Salle University Mexican Faculty of Medicine and is pursuing an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. She plans to specialize in plastic and reconstructive surgery and is particularly interested in timely access to surgical care in health literacy, and surgical education.

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Sarah Hill, MD
Sarah Hill, MD

Sarah is a General Surgery resident at The University of Toledo, Ohio. Sarah graduated from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2018, where developed an educational program to combat multiple factors contributing to infant mortality in Chiapas, MEX. Her interests include the development of sustainable safe surgical programs in LMICs, policy-change and equitable surgical education. She is currently pursuing an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness through the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Meghan Lim, MBChB (Hons), MSc, MRCSEd, DPhil (Oxon)
Meghan Lim, MBChB (Hons), MSc, MRCSEd, DPhil (Oxon)

Meghan is a paediatric surgery resident based in Singapore. She received her medical degree from the University of Edinburgh and subsequently obtained her MSc in Surgical Science from the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and DPhil in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University. Her research interests include policy and advocacy for surgical systems strengthening, development of low-cost surgical equipment for low and middle income countries as well medical education in low resource setting.

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Jennifer Hon, MBChB, BDS, MA
Jennifer Hon, MBChB, BDS, MA

Jen is an oral & maxillofacial registrar from London, UK. She obtained an MA from Cambridge University, completed her medical degree at Edinburgh University, and after several years working as a junior doctor, earned a dental degree at King’s College London. She has a particular interest in surgical systems strengthening in Southern Africa. Alongside the PGSSC, she is undertaking an MPH in Global Health at Harvard School of Public Health on a Frank Knox Fellowship.

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Radzi Hamzah, MBBS, MPH
Radzi Hamzah, MBBS, MPH

Radzi is an aspiring academic global neurosurgeon. He received his medical degree from Manipal University, India and completed his MPH from Harvard University. His interests include migrant / refugee health, surgical system strengthening and application of machine learning in medicine.

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Abbie Naus, MD
Abbie Naus, MD

Abbie is a general surgery resident at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston. She earned a BS from the University of Notre Dame where she studied International Development/Biology and her MD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans. Her research interests include sustainable health systems development, the intersection of health care provision and strategic peacebuilding in conflict settings, and addressing social determinants of health in surgical care provision.

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Shreenik Kundu
Shreenik Kundu

Shreenik completed his MBBS degree from the West China School of Medicine, Sichuan University, China and went on to earn his Masters in Experimental & Global Surgery from McGill University, Canada. He has experience in global collaborative research with projects in China, India and Canada. His current interests include trauma and disaster management research, innovative patient education in surgery & maternal health, and MedTech research & development.

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Michael Baird, MD
Michael Baird, MD

Mike is an orthopedic surgery resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He is an Active Duty U.S. Army Captain and completed his MD at Uniformed Services University. Mike will be focusing on military and civilian collaboration, health equity and antiracism, and trauma systems development, and he plans to apply for fellowship in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery.

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Faith Odwaro, MD
Faith Odwaro, MD

Faith is a Ukranian trained general surgeon, professionally working in Kenya. She has a long - standing interest in community health, which spans from her 15 years’ experience working at The Mazira Foundation as the founder and managing trustee. Her interests include women's health and advocacy, with a focus on equity in accessing timely surgical interventions in low resource settings.

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Carolina Torres, MD
Carolina Torres, MD

Carolina was born and raised in Lima, Peru where she completed her medical school training. Currently, she is a general surgery resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Her interests include implementation research, surgical education in low resource settings, and in promoting diversity in healthcare. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and playing tennis.

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Selam Woldegiorgis, MD
Selam Woldegiorgis, MD

Selam is an anesthesia trainee from Ethiopia and a graduate from the University of Notre Dame's Master of Science in Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (ESTEEM) Program. Prior to moving to the US, she led several projects between Saint Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. Some of her interests include global health, medical innovation, healthcare advocacy, health disparities, social entrepreneurship, venture capital, and design thinking.

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VISITING STUDENTS
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
Hodan Abdi
Hodan Abdi

Hodan is an MD candidate at the University of Minnesota Medical school. Growing up in East Africa, she has witnessed firsthand the poor outcomes due to a weakly developed surgical system and that motivated her to pursue a career in global health. She is the vice president of the Global Surgery Student Alliance at her University. She is interested in strengthening neurosurgical care, and capacity building in East Africa.

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Hassan Ali Daoud
Hassan Ali Daoud

Hassan Daoud, Somalilander, trained doctor and Humanitarian Worker specializing FA & Prehospital Emergency Care. Hassan is passionate about community health, building the health sector of his country through establishing medical societies. Voice for patient rights & health system strengthening. Hassan has earned his medical degree from Amoud University, led youthforhealth initiative which provides free mobile medical care in remote areas in Somaliland.

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Isabella Faria
Isabella Faria

Isabella is a medical doctor from Brazil and earned her MD from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. In medical school, she founded the first Brazilian chapter for the Association of Women Surgeons (AWS) and was an Advocacy Co-Lead for the Gender Equity Initiative in Global Surgery (GEIGS). She aspires to become an academic surgeon and help increase access to surgical care and surgical capacity worldwide. She is passionate about global health, medical education, advocacy and innovation.

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Edward Ham
Edward Ham

Eddie is currently an MD/MPH candidate at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook. His specific interests include global neurosurgery, education, and policy & advocacy related research.

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Anam Ehsan, MBBS
Anam Ehsan, MBBS

Anam is a recent medical graduate of the Aga Khan University, Pakistan. Having lived in six vastly different countries growing up she discovered a strong desire to tackle the global health disparities she witnessed. Focussing on capacity building in LMICs during medical school, she now aspires to become an academic surgeon enabling equity in health systems and tackling the financial burden of surgical care.

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Eric Kim
Eric Kim

Born in South Korea and raised in Northern California, Eric is an MD candidate at the University of California, San Francisco. His interests include global surgery, otolaryngology, quality improvement, and medical education.

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Matthew Hey
Matthew Hey

Matt is a MD candidate at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Previously, Matt worked as an intern with the G4 Alliance, advocating for access to surgical care in national and international venues. His interests are in healthcare financing, geospatial mapping, policy, and climate change. He aims to understand how social determinants of health affect outcomes in surgical care globally and how surgery can be used as a means to lift people out of poverty.

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Tayana Jean Pierre
Tayana Jean Pierre

Tayana is a graduating medical student at Université Notre Dame d’Haiti. She is interested in improving accessibility and affordability of pediatric surgical care in LMICS. She has previous community based experiences addressing blood shortages, catastrophic expenditures for pediatric surgical care. She is an active member of UDH health coach and also founded “Sante Tifi” to promote wellness and gender equity among young girls in Haiti. She aspires to be a Pediatric Surgeon.

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Alence Therone
Alence Therone

Alence Therone is medical doctor from Haiti. His interests are Social Medicine, Global Health, Health Equity, Global Surgery Advocacy, improving access to blood in low and middle income countries. He co-founded SocMed Alumni Haiti which is an association based in Haiti promoting social medicine. He is currently member of Incision Haiti, association that advocates for better access to surgical care.

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Anchelo Vital
Anchelo Vital

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.

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Batool al Wahdani
Batool al Wahdani

Batool Al-Wahdani a Jordanian junior medical doctor working in NHS Scotland. She is a Chevening Scholar with a MSc of Public Health degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Batool was the past president of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) 2018/2019. Her research interests include: gender equity, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and strengthening obstetrics and gynecology in low and middle income countries.

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Bonnie Wong
Bonnie Wong

Bonnie Wong is an MD candidate at Stanford School of Medicine and a PhD candidate in Medical Anthropology at University of California Berkeley. After graduating from Harvard College, she read for her MSc in Medical Anthropology at Oxford University. She aspires to explore the intersection of surgery and anthropology, applying qualitative methods and anthropological theory to surgical training and surgical practice globally.

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Shehnaz Alidina, SD, MPH
Shehnaz Alidina, SD, MPH

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.

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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 Chapatwala, MPH
Reema Chapatwala, MPH

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.

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