2017 Midwest Universities for Global Health Meeting

December 01, 2017
8 a.m. - 5 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. Submission deadline: October 2, 2017.

View the event flyer.

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

Topics of panel discussions include:

  • Faculty Professional Development
  • Future Funding of Global Health
  • The Role of Universities in Global Health
  • World AIDS Day
  • Capacity Building at Partner Sites
  • 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
Panelists: Susan Chubinskaya, PhD, Rush University; Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, Medical College of Wisconsin; Caline Mattar, MD, Washington University
10:30 – 11:30 am Future Funding of Global Health
Panelist: S. Eliza Dunn, MD, Monsanto and Washington University; Christine Lubinski, MA, Infectious Diseases Society of America and University of Buffalo; Keith Martin, MD, PC, Consortium of Universities for Global Health; Fil Randazzo, PhD, Leverage Science, LLC
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 Kuhlman, PhD, MPH, Saint Louis University
12:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch
1:45 – 2:15 pm Poster Session
2:15 – 3:00 pm Capacity Building at Partner Sites
Panelists: Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, Unidad de Cirugia Cardiovascular de Guatemala and 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
Panelists: Keith Martin, MD, PC, Consortium of Universities for Global Health; Joseph Kolars, MD, University of Michigan; 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 and Monsanto

Visit Google Maps for full directions.