2016 Health Ed Speakers


High-Impact Global Learning Experiences and Curricular Design

Learn more about the Global Learning Colloquium on Education for the Health Professions.

Selected Presenters

Madiha F. Abdel-Maksoud
University of Colorado Denver

Madiha F. Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH an assistant professor of epidemiology and the director of the MPH Concentrations in Global Health, as well as the director of the MPH Concentration in Epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Public Health. Abdel-Maksoud completed her medical degree in Egypt from Tanta University School of Medicine, and her PhD degree in epidemiology from the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to obtaining her PhD, she taught, practiced medicine, and did research in Egypt. After finishing her PhD, Abdel-Maksoud spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow with the National Institutes of Health, studying the racial and ethnic differences in obesity and its biomarkers. Her work on obesity earned her an award from the prestigious Obesity Society. She is a chronic disease epidemiologist, and her global health work is currently focused on child development projects in Guatemala through the Center for Global Health. She is also currently investigating the barriers and facilitators of cancer screening among the U.S. Muslim community in order to develop culturally sensitive interventions to enhance the cancer screening practices of this population. Abdel-Maksoud is the recipient of the 2016 President’s Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Colorado Denver.

Satesh Bidaisee
St. George's University - Grenada, West Indies

Satesh Bidaisee, DVM, MSPH, EdD, CPH, FRSPH, is associate professor of public health and preventive medicine at St. George’s University, School of Medicine where he also serves as the chair for the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and assistant dean for Graduate Studies. Bidaisee has previously held positions at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the Ministry of Health in Trinidad and Tobago and holds an adjunct position at Old Dominion University, Center for Global Health in Virginia. As a research investigator, Bidaisee supports global health education, research and service activities, which has led him to conduct over a decade of work on global health issues among several countries across all continents. Bidaisee is specifically an advocate of the One Health One Medicine concept and has presented and published on various topics including human behavior, climate change and infectious diseases, zoonoses and one health, international education research and themes, topics and trends of global health. Bidaisee is board certified by the United States National Board of Public Health Examiners, Certified in Public Health (CPH), and holds Fellowships to the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (FRSTMH) and Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF).

Michele Devlin
University of Northern Iowa

Michele Devlin, DPH, is professor of global public health at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and director of the Iowa Center on Health Disparities, a model organization established by the National Institutes of Health to improve health equity for underserved populations. Devlin is also the founder and director of the UNI Global Health Corps, which has been operating since 1996. This academic service learning organization has trained more than 500 students in cross-cultural health promotion, and has provided culturally responsive health education services to over 40,000 low-income and vulnerable individuals in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Devlin has received numerous state and national awards for her work in the health and human rights field, and is a nationally recognized scholar in the area of refugee and immigrant health.

Jessica Evert
Child Family Health International
University of California, San Francisco

Jessica Evert, MD, straddles the international education and medical fields. She is executive director of Child Family Health International, a global health education NGO providing immersion in low and middle–income countries for more than 20 years with an asset-based community engagement approach. Evert is faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she instructs in global health and community-based underserved clinical care, and helped develop, as well as completed, the Global Health Clinical Scholars residency track. Evert is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Medicine and is a longtime advocate for health-related international education quality and ethical standards. She is the author and editor of multiple chapters, articles, and books on global health with a focus on education, ethics, and asset-based engagement including the seminal texts, Developing Global Health Programs: A Guidebook for Medical and Professional Schools, Second Edition and Global Health Training in Graduate Medical Education: A Guidebook, 2nd Edition. She helped develop the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards for Health-Related Undergraduate Programs. Evert was a recipient of Global Health Education Consortium's prestigious Christopher Krogh Award for her dedication to underserved populations at home and abroad. Evert's research and advocacy areas of focus are the ethics of global educational engagement, competency-based international education, health disparities, and asset-based programmatics and reflection.

Kari L. Franson
University of Colorado

Kari L. Franson, PharmD, PhD, BCPP is associate dean at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. She coordinates the School’s efforts for the entry-level, North-American-Trained and International-Trained PharmD (ITPD) curricula and continuing education programs. The ITPD is a unique educational program that attracts pharmacists from across the world who want to advance pharmacy practice in their countries. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy is committed to demonstrating educator impact on the profession for which it prepares students, and benefit these students provide for their communities worldwide. As assistant director for the Anschutz Medical Campus’ Interprofessional Education Council, she creates the Teamwork & Collaboration curriculum for the Dental, Medical, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant trainees. Franson received her Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco, trained at the University of Illinois, Chicago Hospital and Clinics as a resident in adult internal medicine and a fellow in clinical research/drug development, and received her PhD with the thesis: ‘Provision and assessment of pharmacology and pharmacotherapy education across an integrated medical school curriculum’ from Leiden University, the Netherlands.

Mark Grey
University of Northern Iowa

Mark Grey, PhD, is professor of applied anthropology at the University of Northern Iowa. He is an internationally recognized subject matter expert in human migration and refugee resettlement. Grey specializes in the study of rapidly changing demographics and the implications of population movement. He has 30 years of experience in providing training and technical assistance to thousands of government, non-profit, education, and related organizations on issues related to working in multicultural environments.

Shannon Márquez
Drexel University

Shannon Márquez, PhD, is the associate vice provost for global health and international development at Drexel University. In addition, she serves as the director of the Global Health Program, and principal investigator of the NIH-funded Opening Doors for Health Disparities Research Training Program at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. As associate vice provost, she also oversees the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program, which leverages a transformational gift from Dana and David Dornsife and an exciting capacity-building partnership between Drexel and World Vision International, to provide training in global health, WASH, and international development and funding for faculty/student research and student field experiences in 24 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Márquez holds a PhD in environmental sciences and engineering from The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, and has held distinguished international faculty appointments in global health at The University of The Gambia; the Université Gaston-Berger de Saint-Louis in Senegal; and as a Erasmus Mundus Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique (or EHESP, The French School of Public Health), and the University of Sheffield (UK) School of Health and Health Related Research (ScHARR). Márquez serves on numerous boards and committees including, the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH), the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia; the Global Water Alliance; Power Up Gambia; the African Family Health Organization; as well as the Philadelphia Board of Health.

G. Richard OldsG. Richard Olds
St. George's University - Grenada, West Indies

G. Richard Olds, MD, is president and chief executive officer of St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. Olds was most recently the vice chancellor for health affairs and founding dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside (UCR), where he lead the creation of the first LCME-accredited medical school in California in more than four decades, which intended to address the severe doctor shortage in Inland Southern California. Prior to joining UCR, Olds was professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He was an infectious disease fellow and one of the nation’s first geographic medicine fellows at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and faculty member. He served as full professor of medicine, pediatrics, molecular, cell and development biology at Brown University, and professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Olds is a tropical disease specialist with extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. He has served on the World Health Organization expert committee on schistosomiasis and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews, primarily focused on international health issues. Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

Discussion Leaders

Sherif BarsoumSherif Barsoum
New York University

Sherif Barsoum is assistant vice president for global services at New York University. He has been in the field of international education for 24 years, and prior to coming to NYU, worked at the Ohio State University for 14 years was director of International students and scholars office at Vanderbilt University for 8 years. He served on the NAFSA Board of Directors for 3 years as vice president for public policy and practice. Barsoum has lead study abroad programs to Egypt, Morocco, and South Africa and enjoys leading cross-cultural communication workshops. He holds a BA and MA from the Ohio State University.

Justin ChenJustin Chen
Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Justin Chen, MD, MPH is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor at Harvard Medical School, where he also serves as associate director of the MGH Core Clerkship in Psychiatry for 3rd-year Harvard medical students. His primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of cross-cultural psychiatry, stigma, and racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service utilization. He has been funded to investigate novel mechanisms for improving engagement of depressed Chinese immigrants into mental health care at South Cove Community Health Center, and in his clinical practice he utilizes a combination of psychotherapy and medications to serve a predominantly Asian American population. In 2014, he co-founded the MGH Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness, a consortium of clinicians, educators, and researchers who are passionate about understanding and promoting cross-cultural and international student emotional wellness through a three-fold mission of education and primary prevention; research; and consultation, treatment, and referral. Chen received his BS and MD degrees from Yale University and his MPH in clinical effectiveness from Harvard University. He completed his residency training in adult psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital.

Amy PattersonAmy S. Patterson
University of the South

Amy S. Patterson, PhD, is professor of politics at University of the South (Sewanee). She received her PhD in political science and African studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. Before graduate school, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Her research has examined how local organizations in Africa advocate on issues such as AIDS and non-communicable diseases. She has conducted fieldwork in Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and Zambia. She is editor of The African State and the AIDS Crisis, and author of The Politics of AIDS in Africa, The Church and AIDS in Africa, Africa in Global Health Governance (forthcoming), and Dependent Agency in the Global AIDS Regime (forthcoming). She has published articles on AIDS, civil society, and gender in Africa in Africa Today, Journal of Modern African Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, Global Public Health, Journal of International Development, African Journal of AIDS Research, Contemporary Politics, African Affairs, and African Studies Review. Patterson serves on the governing boards of the Global Health Section at the International Studies Association. She teaches courses on global health governance, the politics of AIDS, African politics, and the politics of development.