2017 Midwest Universities for Global Health Meeting

December 01, 2017
8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Medical Campus

Join us for the fourth meeting of academic institutions in the Midwest that are advancing global health education, research, clinical care, and community engagement.

Trainees are encouraged to present a poster of their work in global health. Poster abstract submission can be completed during registration on EventbriteSubmission deadline extended to October 23, 2017.

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St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Recreation & Student Center
Rooms 220 & 221

Topics of panel discussions include:

  • Nature of International Collaboration
  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Future Funding of Global Health
  • The Role of Universities in Global Health
  • Trainee Professional Development
  • World AIDS Day

Background Literature for the Panel on Trainee Professional Development

Schedule of Events

8:00 – 8:30 am Registration, Breakfast, & Poster Session
8:30 – 8:35 am William Powderly, MD, Washington University  – Welcome
8:35 – 9:30 am Keith Martin, MD, PC, Consortium of Universities for Global health
Keynote Presentation Partnership to Build Capacity in Low Income Countries
9:30 – 10:30 am Faculty Professional Development
 Philip Budge, MD, PhD, Washington University, Susan Chubinskaya, PhD, Rush University, Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin, Caline Mattar, MD, Washington University, Kenneth Schafermeyer, PhD, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
10:30 –
11:30 am
Future Funding of Global Health
:  S. Eliza Dunn, MD, Monsanto & Washington University, Christine Lubinski, MA, Infectious Diseases Society of America & University of Buffalo, Keith Martin, MD, PC, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Fil Randazzo, PhD, Leverage Science, LLC; Moderator: Jonathan Green, MD, Washington University
11:30 – 11:45 am Break
11:45 am –
12:45 pm
Trainee Professional Development
Panelists: Aaron Abarbanell, MD, MS
, Washington University, Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD, Northwestern University, Priya Rajakumar, MD, Rush University, Janis Tupesis, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, University of Wisconsin, Lise Saffran, MPH, MFA, University of Missouri-Columbia, Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, PhD, MPH, Saint Louis University
12:45 – 12:55 pm Grab Lunch from Buffet
12:55 – 1:45 pm World AIDS day presentation
Fred SSewamala, PhD,
Washington University
1:45 – 2:15 pm Poster Session
2:15 – 3:00 pm Nature of International Collaboration 
Panelists: Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH,  Unidad de Cirugia Cardiovascular de Guatemala & Washington University, Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH, University of Illinois at Chicago, Lora Iannotti, PhD, Washington University; Moderator: Will Ross, MD, Washington University
3:00 – 3:45 pm The Role of Universities in Global Health
: Keith Martin, MD, PC, Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Joseph Kolars, MD, University of Michigan, Fred Ssewamala, PhD, Washington University, Stephanie Lukas, PharmD, MPH, St. Louis College of Pharmacy; Moderator: William Powderly, MD, Washington University
3:45 – 4:15 pm Closing Remarks

Speaker & Panelist Biographies:

Keynote Speaker: Hon. Keith Martin, MD, PC
Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding on Vancouver Island. During that time he held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. In 2004, he was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation, and the environment. He is particularly interested in strengthening human resources capabilities and scaling up initiatives in low-income settings that improve environmental sustainability and human security.

Dr. Martin has been on numerous diplomatic missions to areas in crisis including Sudan, Zimbabwe, Mali, Niger, Sierra Leone, Colombia, and the Middle East. He served as a physician in South Africa on the Mozambique border during that country’s civil war. He is currently a board member of the Jane Goodall Institute, editorial board member for the Annals of Global Health, and an advisor for the International Cancer Expert Corps. He has contributed to the Lancet Commission on the Global Surgery Deficit, is a current commissioner on the Lancet-ISMMS Commission on Pollution, Health and Development, and is a member of the Global Sepsis Alliance.

Aaron Abarbanell, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Surgery, Washington University

Dr. Abarbanell obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Romance Studies from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York prior to embarking on an almost six-year tour on active duty with the United States Navy. He had the privilege of serving with Naval Support Force Antarctica, went to sea on the destroyer USS Caron (DD 970), and finished his last tour on the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72). After leaving the Navy, he worked for Ethicon Endo-Surgery, a Johnson & Johnson company, selling endo-mechanical and energy devices. During this year, he developed a love for surgery. He completed his post-baccalaureate premedical requirements at Scripps College in Claremont, California. He attended the University of Michigan Medical School and led surgical missions to Honduras with the otolaryngology and anesthesia faculty. In his fourth year of medical school, he worked at Karolyn Kempton Memorial Hospital in Togo, West Africa on the general surgery team. At Michigan, he found his ultimate passion—congenital cardiac surgery. He proceeded to train in general surgery at Indiana University where he continued to work overseas in Togo and in Kenya on surgical mission teams. While at Indiana, he completed his Master of Science in Clinical Research and was in the inaugural class of the Indiana University resident global health program. He completed his adult cardiothoracic residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and his congenital cardiac surgery fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California. He joins the faculty of Washington University as a pediatric heart surgeon and is looking forward to partnering with the global health community and helping to grow the surgical aspects of the program.

Joaquin Barnoya, MD, PPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery, Washington University

Dr. Barnoya received his medical degree from San Carlos University of Guatemala and his Master in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.  He completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Department of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health.  He then completed another postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Currently he splits his time between Guatemala and St. Louis.  Dr. Barnoya serves as Director of Research and Education at the Cardiovascular Surgery Unit (UNICAR) of Guatemala and as an Associate Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences of the Department of Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. In Guatemala, he served as the Director of the Chronic Disease Control Research Fellowship Program. His research on tobacco has been fundamental in advancing tobacco control in Latin America, particularly in Guatemala.  In 2013, the World Health Organization recognized him for his contribution to tobacco control.  More recently, he started conducting research on unhealthy foods advertising to support evidence-based obesity control policies in Guatemala and abroad.

Philip Budge, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine,
Division of Infections Disease, Washington University

After graduating with a degree in molecular microbiology from Brigham Young University, Dr. Budge obtained his MD and PhD degrees at Vanderbilt University. Between Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Infections Diseases (both also at Vanderbilt), he trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the CDC, where he began to work on parasitic infections. He has been a faculty member at Washington University in St. Louis since 2014. His research focuses on overcoming barriers faced by the Global Program to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis. Dr Budge is part of the Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis project grant at Washington University (led by Dr. Gary Weil), which supports field studies at several international sites. In addition, the Budge Lab works on identifying biomarkers for improving diagnostic tests for filarial infections.

Susan Chubinskaya, PhD
Assistant Provost for Faculty Affair, Ciba-Geigy Professor, Vice-Chair of Research and Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics, Professor, Departments of Biochemistry, Orthopedic Surgery and Medicine, Rush University Medical Center

Susan Chubinskaya, PhD, the Klaus Kuettner Professor of Osteoarthritis Research, is the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at Rush University and Vice-Chair, Research and Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics.  She also holds joint appointments as Professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center. In her role as Associate Provost, Susan oversees Faculty Affairs, Faculty Development, Office of Mentoring Programs, and Office of Global Health. Her focus is on faculty database, faculty recruitment and retention, promotion and tenure, professional and career advancement, annual reviews, mentoring, gender equity, diversity and many others. Susan is the member of the steering and program committees at the GFA and in such capacity she is exposed to conversations across the country about the challenges and opportunities faculty face nowadays. Susan holds leadership positions in other professional societies within the field of musculoskeletal research. Susan is a member of the Board of the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) and for three years was a Treasurer and Executive Board member of the society. Currently Susan serves as the member of the Board of Directors of the Orthopedic Research Society (ORS) and the chair of the ORS Educational Council. As a researcher, she is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cartilage repair/regeneration, especially in post-traumatic and degenerative osteoarthritis.

Stephanie Crane, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush Medical College

Dr. Stephanie Crane is a practicing internist on staff at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She is Director of the Office of Global Health at RUMC, and has been working in the Dominican Republic for twelve years and Haiti for seven years in capacity building and direct care provision. She is also founder and president of Community Empowerment, a not-for-profit which supports Rush’s academic and service missions to work alongside communities to develop sustainable health care. Dr. Crane is also active in the IM residency training program managing the Global Health Track, as well as the Global Health Fellowship.

Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine,  Northwestern University

Dr. Ashti Doobay-Persaud is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and Directs the Section of Global Health. She is the Associate Director of Global Health Graduate Education at the Center for Global Health and Directs a Global Health Clinical Scholars Program for residents; she is a member of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators. Dr. Doobay is the faculty director for the online Master of Science in Global Health at Northwestern’s School of Professional Studies. She is deeply invested in learning and teaching global health ethics, “glocal” health and social medicine and lectures and leads efforts in these areas for the medical students. Dr. Doobay-Persaud earned her MD from Tufts University School of Medicine as part of a BA/MD program and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Yale New Haven Hospital.

S. Eliza Dunn, MD
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Washington University, Medical Outreach Lead, Monsanto 

Dr. S. Eliza Dunn (Halcomb) is a practicing Emergency Medicine physician and Medical Toxicologist with a long-standing interest in Global Health.  After completing her Toxicology Fellowship at NYU in 2006, Dr. Dunn returned to Washington University in St. Louis and started an ACGME accredited fellowship in Medical Toxicology. Over the following ten years, Dr. Dunn became increasingly involved with Global Health and Humanitarian relief projects.  She organized a relief mission to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, started the scholar track in Global Health for the Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine, and is one of the Global Health Scholars for the Department of Internal Medicine.  As an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology, Dr. Dunn taught a course entitled “Medicine East and West” which compared the medical system in the USA with the medical system in China.  This was a foundation course that established an exchange program for pre-medical students from Washington University to spend a semester at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. In July of 2016, Dr. Dunn started working as the Medical Outreach Lead for Monsanto, a global seed company with innovative technology that has great potential to remediate malnutrition. She remains on the faculty of Washington University and is still an active member of the Toxicology team.  She has lectured nationally and internationally on a diverse range of topics in medical toxicology and global health.

Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

Andrew Dykens, MD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Director of Postgraduate Global Health Education across the College of Medicine at the UIC Center for Global Health. Andrew is a NIH Fogarty International Research Scientist Career Development Award (K01) recipient, a member of the UIC Cancer Center, a Fellow at the UIC Institute for Health Research and Policy, and a member of the CDC’s Global Health and Territorial Research Network as a part of the Illinois Prevention Research Center. Andrew also chairs the developing Capacity Building Subcommittee at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, a global initiative that aims to connect locally identified human resource gaps to existing training capacity and evidence-based curricula. Since 2010, he has studied the implementation of sustainable cervical cancer screening programs through capacity building, quality improvement, and behavioral interventions at the regional level in rural Senegal. He actively collaborates with the Senegal National Ministry for Health and Social Affairs, the Institute of Health and Development at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, the Senegal National Cancer Institute, Peace Corps Senegal, and Rotary. Andrew is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Mauritania 1997-99) and a Rotarian at the Rotary Club of Chicago. He is the founder of Peace Care, a 501(C) 3 nonprofit and a co-founder of World Health Run, 501(C) 3.

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Professor & Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director, Injury Research Center, Associate Dean, Global Health, Medical College of Wisconsin

Stephen Hargarten received his MD from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1975 and his MPH from Johns Hopkins in 1984. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean for Global Health and Director of the Injury Research Center at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Hargarten’s research interests reflect an intersection of injury and violence prevention and health policy to address the burden of this biosocial disease. His work in linking data systems for understanding violent deaths informed the development of CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. Dr. Hargarten serves on the national boards of Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Association for Safe International Road Travel. He was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars and was elected to the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences in 2011. In 2014, Dr. Hargarten began serving as President of the Milwaukee Global Health Consortium, (formerly the Center for International Health), a consortium of nine member academic, health care and governmental organizations and agencies, dedicated to addressing local and global health issues including patient care, education/training, research, and community engagement. He was the founding President of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and has served on the Violence and Injury Prevention Mentoring Committee for the World Health Organization.

Lora Iannotti, PhD
Associate Dean for Public Health, Associate Professor, Brown School, Washington University

Dr. Lora Iannotti has expertise in the areas of young child nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies (zinc, iron, vitamin A, B12, and choline) related to poverty and infectious diseases. Her research focuses on epidemiological and intervention studies to reduce stunting and anemia in vulnerable, resource-poor populations. Dr. Iannotti leads projects in Haiti, Ecuador, and East Africa where she collaborates with local partners to test innovative, transdisciplinary solutions using sustainable animal source foods and small livestock development. Dr. Iannotti is actively engaged in building the global health curriculum for the Brown School and Washington University more broadly through the Institute for Public Health. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Public Health at the Brown School.Dr. Iannotti received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a Master of Arts degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked for over ten years with UN agencies and non-governmental organizations on nutrition and food security programming and policy.

Joseph Kolars, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Education and Global Initiatives, Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health, Professions Education Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Professor of Learning Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Kolars has served as co-director for the University of Michigan Medical School – Peking University Health Science Center Joint Institute for Clinical and Translational Research since it was established in 2010. He obtained his MD degree in 1982 from the University of Minnesota Medical School, pursued internal medicine training in Minneapolis, and completed his post-graduate training gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in 1989. After serving as Associate Chair for Medicine and Residency Program Director, Dr. Kolars left the University of Michigan to establish a western based health care system in China in conjunction with Shanghai Second Medical University.  He lived with his family in Shanghai for three years. In 1999, he joined the faculty at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota where he served in numerous leadership roles related to education and global initiatives.  In June of 2009, he moved to the University of Michigan where he oversees the Associate Deans responsible for the education programs as well as global health initiatives for the medical school.  Between 2007-2011, he worked closely with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to partner medical schools in the U.S. with those in sub-Saharan Africa.  He currently serves on the Advisory Council for NIH’s Fogarty International Center.  In 2016, he was voted on to the Board of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.  Dr. Kolars has funding from the Fogarty Center for Global Health Research Fellow training.  His current interests in medical education focus on innovations and the transformation of learning systems to more explicitly align with better health.


Christine Lubinski, MA
Vice President for Global Health, Infectious Diseases Society of America

Christine Lubinski is Vice President for Global Health at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) – a membership organization representing physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases. Under the leadership of a world-renowned group of global infectious disease scientific experts, Ms. Lubinski and her staff focus on the U.S. government response to global infectious diseases, and bring the voices of physician scientists to federal policy and funding discussions about the world’s leading infectious disease killers. Ms. Lubinski has more than 30 years of federal policy analysis and advocacy experience in Washington, D.C.

Stephanie Lukas, PharmD, MPH
Assistant Director, Office of International Programs, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, Stephanie Lukas, PharmD, MPH, saw the incredible need to strengthen global health systems. She pursued her Doctor of Pharmacy and Master of Public Health specifically to work to improve global health. Before coming to St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Dr. Lukas was a Health Management Fellow with Yale University and the Rwandan Ministry of Health in Kigali, Rwanda, for two years and a global health pharmacy resident in Kenya with Purdue University. She has traveled to more than forty countries and her experience provides a unique set of skills to understand the nuances required to create a sustainable, impactful global health program. Dr. Lukas joined St. Louis College of Pharmacy in October 2015 as Assistant Director of the Office of International Programs and Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Administration. At the College, she is engaged with strategic planning, program administration and future development, student engagement, teaching and research. Dr. Lukas holds two Bachelors of Science degrees – in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications and Education – from the University of Illinois and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Master of Public Health are from the University of Iowa.

Caline Mattar, MD
Instructor, Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis

Caline completed her medical studies at the American University of Beirut, and then moved to the United States for her postgraduate training, where she finished her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship and joined faculty at Washington University in St Louis.  She is currently the director of the Global Health Scholars Pathway in Internal Medicine as well as the Global Health Track in Infectious Diseases. She has a strong interest in global health policy and implementation. She has taken many leadership roles in International Organizations, and currently serves as the Chair of the Junior Doctors Network of the World Medical Association among others. Presently, she is working with the World Health Organization on the implementation of the Global Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance.

William Powderly, MD
J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine, Washington University

William Powderly is the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and the Larry J Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.  He is also Co-Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Washington University School of Medicine.  From 2005 to 2012, he was Dean of Medicine and Head of the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences at University College Dublin in Ireland. Dr. Powderly has been actively involved in HIV-related clinical research for almost thirty years. He has been a member of numerous advisory groups on HIV and infectious diseases for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Canadian Institute for Health Research, and the European Medicines Agency.  As Director of the Institute for Public Health, Dr. Powderly has been particularly interested in finding ways to translate the significant advances in biomedical science into improvements in population and community health. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians In Ireland, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is, currently, President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Priya Rajakumar, MD
Internal Medicine Residency Program, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical Center

Priya Rajakuma is currently a PGY-3 in Internal Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She has had a long-standing interest in Global Health, and is a member of the Global Health Track residency program. Her interest in this field stems from numerous memories as a young adult, traveling across the globe from the inner cities of Chicago to Hyderabad, India, and countless places in between. What she witnessed during these early trips was a world in need of social change and advocates for healthcare. Dr. Rajakuma took this interest in her undergraduate career at Northwestern University, where she minored in Global Health. Her training allowed her first-hand experience with different healthcare systems and how small changes can positively impact communities in need. Her passion and dedication has carried on through residency where she makes yearly trips to either Dominican Republic or Haiti. Dr. Rajakuma has been blessed to have the opportunity to work in local clinics not only treating illnesses, but also promoting healthcare education. Her goal is to continue working in resource-poor communities and continue to motivate a stronger, healthier world.

Fil Randazzo, PhD
CEO & Founder at Leverage Science, LLC 

Fil Randazzo started Leverage Science to help investors and innovators identify big ideas and turn them to reality. He has a long track record of identifying and shaping winning investments and transforming innovation into impact. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Discovery and Translational Science at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Over his 12.5-year tenure at BMGF, he directly managed a diverse portfolio of over $600M in investments, co-launched and co-managed the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative which established how BMGF funds and manages innovation, led BMGF’s first investments and strategy in agricultural biotech, and created the Vaccine Discovery Partnership (VxDP) which established a novel and effective model for how BMGF partners with pharma. Dr. Randazzo was responsible for funding, shaping and directly managing some of BMGF’s biggest success stories, including EliminateDengue.com (on track for 2020 global product launch), TargetMalaria.org (considered the single most important potential new product for malaria eradication), and Banana21.org (Time Magazine’s Best 25 Inventions of 2014). At BMGF, Dr. Randazzo pioneered and implemented “Ethical, Social, and Cultural (ESC) Thinking” as a practical means to improving outcomes in science and technology, product development, partnerships, commercialization, and policy. Before joining BMGF, he spent ten years in R&D at the Chiron Corporation in Emeryville California. Dr. Randazzo earned a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology from Indiana University in 1991 and a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 where he majored in microbiology and anthropology.

Will Ross, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, Washington University

Will Ross, MD, MPH is associate dean for diversity at Washington University School of Medicine and professor of medicine in the Nephrology Division. For over two decades he has recruited and developed a diverse workforce of medical students, residents and faculty while promoting health equity nationally and globally through collaborations with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and public health officials in Ethiopia and Haiti. As a public health and health-care policy expert he has worked on conceptual frameworks to reduce health-care disparities. He is a founding member of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence and served on the task force that created the Washington University Institute for Public Health.  He has been instrumental in redesigning local access to health care for the underserved as the founder of the Saturday Free Health Clinic and co-founder of Casa de Salud Health Center. He is also a founding member of the Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, a magnet health professions high school in St. Louis.  Dr. Ross previously served as the chief medical officer and director of ambulatory clinics for the St. Louis Regional Medical Center, the last public hospital in St. Louis. He is a charter and founding member of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, which has leveraged millions of dollars annually to St. Louis to maintain an integrated network of safety net primary care clinics and public health services. He served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Missouri Foundation for Health, where he helped create the nonprofit, Health Literacy Missouri. He is Chairman of the board of directors of the Mid America Transplant Services Foundation, Chairman of the St. Louis City Board of Health, and a member of the CDC Health Disparities Committee. Dr. Ross was recently appointed to a region-wide task force to assess strategies to enhance St. Louis City and County coordination.  A Yale University graduate, he completed medical school at Washington University School of Medicine, an Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University, and a Renal Fellowship at Washington University.  He completed a Master’s of Science in Epidemiology at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.

Lise Saffran, MPH, MFA
Director, Master of Public Health Program, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Health Science, University of Missouri-Columbia

Lise Saffran is the Director of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Missouri where she teaches Storytelling in Public Health and Policy. She has degrees in public health from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (now the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health) and creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa. She has taught public health study abroad courses in Ghana and the Dominican Republic and published commentary on ethics in global health service and social media use. Her research and teaching focus on the ways in which storytelling can enhance self-awareness and cultural humility in public health students and global health professionals. She presents widely on public health humanities and innovative approaches to training public health communicators. Her publications include academic papers and commentary in the Journal of Medical Humanities, Medical Humanities, Academic Medicine, Scientific American, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Journal of Applied Arts in Health, and a variety of literary journals.

Kenneth Schafermeyer, PhD
Professor of Pharmacy Administration, Director, Office of International Programs, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Ken Schafermeyer is Professor of Pharmacy Administration and Director of the Office of International Programs (OIP) at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy where he has worked since 1990.  In his current position, he has established twinning partnerships with six international colleges of pharmacy and arranged for over 200 STLCOP students to study abroad.  Since 2013, OIP is has been supported by two federal grants totaling over $390,000. Previously, he served as STLCOP Director of Graduate Studies and Director of the Liberal Arts and Administrative Sciences Division.  Prior to joining academia, Dr. Schafermeyer served nine years as a state pharmacy association executive and lobbyist and served as consultant for several managed care and Medicaid agencies. Dr. Schafermeyer earned his Bachelor of Science in pharmacy from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, a Master of Science in pharmacy administration from the University of Tennessee and a Doctor of Philosophy in pharmacy administration from Purdue University.  He has published extensively in the areas of health economics, managed care coverage of pharmaceuticals, financial management, and maximizing the use of pharmacy personnel.  He has authored or coauthored 32 books and manuals, chapters in eight other textbooks, more than 50 journal articles and gave more than 150 invited presentations in the United States and ten other countries.  Dr. Schafermeyer is a fellow of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy and the American Pharmacists Association.

Anne Sebert Kuhlmann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Saint Louis University

Dr. Sebert Kuhlmann joined the College for Public Health and Social Justice at Saint Louis University in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Health Education. She has an array of international experience in public health intervention development and program evaluation, and a well-established record of peer-reviewed publication in maternal and reproductive health. She currently collaborates on maternal health research with indigenous populations in the Andean Highlands of Ecuador and on the evaluation of community mobilization interventions to improve maternal health outcomes in Malawi. Locally, Dr. Sebert Kuhlmann works with St. Louis-based organizations involved in global health work, including Dignity Period and Microfinancing Partners for Africa. In addition, she supports SLU’s partnership with the National Autonomous University of Honduras. Currently, she teaches Introduction to Global Health and Global Health Assessment and Evaluation, two required courses for the M.P.H. concentration in global health.

Fred Ssewamala, PhD
Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis

Fred Ssewamala is a Professor of Social Work and Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis and the Founding Director of the International Center for Child Health and Development (ICHAD). Founded at Columbia University where Ssewamala was on the faculty for the past 15 years as a tenured faculty member (2003-2017), ICHAD contributes to the reduction of poverty and improvement of health outcomes for children, adolescent youth and families in low-resource communities, particularly those in SSA. The center moved to the Brown School at Washington University when Ssewamala joined the faculty in July 2017. In the past 15 years, Ssewamala has been the Principal Investigator on multiple research grants funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIMH and NICHD), and several foundation-funded research grants. His research focuses on advancing and broadening knowledge about social protection, and innovative asset development and economic strengthening interventions, including children savings/development accounts aimed at improving the developmental outcomes and life chances of marginalized and vulnerable children and youth, including those affected by HIV/AIDS. His academic work has been published in the Lancet, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Adolescent Health, Prevention Science, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, and Social Service Review. Ssewamala holds a Masters and PhD in Social Work, with a focus on social and economic development policy, from Washington University in St. Louis.

Janis Tupesis, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Graduate Medical Education Liaison, Global Health Institute, University of Wisconsin

Dr. Tupesis completed his residency training at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics and was subsequently appointed as the Associate Residency Program Director, a position he held until joining the faculty at Emergency Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health. During his time there, his research interests focused on the intersection of post graduate medical education and global health. Dr. Tupesis’ primary interest lies in the development of new and innovative educational curricula and learner evaluation methodology. He served as the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Residency Program Director until 2014, overseeing the program’s initial accreditation and expansion to its current form. Currently, he is involved in projects involving establishing graduate medical education programs in resource limited settings in Liberia, Ethiopia, and South Africa – partnering with multiple other academic institutions. He serves as the chairperson of UW Health’s Graduate Medical Education Global Health Committee and is the institution’s Graduate Medical Education liaison to the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Global Health Institute. He serves on multiple international global health education committees, including the International Federation of Emergency Medicine, African Federation of Emergency Medicine among others. He currently has ongoing projects that focus on the intersection of education, health systems, and technology, partnering with The Open Medicine Project South Africa and EM Guidance in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2015, he has been working as a volunteer technical consultant at the Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Programme within the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention at the World Health Organization.

Event Sponsors: Co-Sponsored by the Global Health Center at the Institute for Public Health, Monsanto, and St. Louis College of Pharmacy - Office of International Programs

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