Addressing Healthcare Inequities Around the World

Learn more about the Global Learning Colloquium on Health Professions.

Featured Speakers

Quentin EichbaumQuentin Eichbaum, PhD
Vanderbilt University
Quentin Eichbaum studied law at the University of Cape Town and then completed his MD, MPH, PhD and postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston followed by residency and fellowship training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently professor of pathology, microbiology and immunology and of medical education and administration at Vanderbilt University. He directs the Fellowship in Transfusion Medicine as well as the Vanderbilt Pathology Program in Global Health and the Vanderbilt Pathology Education Research Group (VPERG), he serves on the steering committee of the international Health Humanities Consortium (HHC) and at Vanderbilt directs the College Colloquium (an innovative medical humanities course). He serves on numerous national and international global health education and pathology committees, including at ASCP, ASFA, AABB, and chairs the Global Transfusion Forum (GTF) of the AABB.

Keith MartinKeith Martin, MD
Consortium of Universities for Global Health
Dr. Martin is a physician who, since September 2012, has served as the founding executive director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) based in Washington, DC. The Consortium is a rapidly growing organization of over 130 academic institutions from around the world. It harnesses the capabilities of these institutions across research, education, advocacy and service to address global challenges. It is particularly focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs. 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. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment.

Rebecca WeintraubRebecca Weintraub
Harvard Medical School
Rebecca Weintraub, MD is an assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Rebecca is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She has led the research and development of the award-winning Cases in Global Health Delivery, a collection of 40 Harvard Business School case studies with Harvard Business Publishing. Her research on value based health care delivery has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Global Fund, World Health Organization, the Commonwealth Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rebecca graduated from Yale University, Stanford School of Medicine, and completed her medical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.


Gilbert CollinsGilbert Collins
Princeton University
Gilbert Collins has served as director of Global Health Programs and associate director of the Center of Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University since late 2016. Prior to that, he was the director of Graduate Student Life at the Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for three years. Before coming to Princeton, Gilbert worked for eight years in southern Africa, directing HIV/AIDS interventions and other development activities as the U.S. Peace Corps country director in Namibia and associate director in Botswana. Earlier, he served as the Evaluation and Planning Team leader for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development, providing strategic guidance for relief and development activities in health, water/sanitation, nutrition, psychosocial support, shelter, and other sectors. Gilbert earned a master in public affairs from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Richard DermanRichard J. Derman
Thomas Jefferson University
Richard J. Derman, MD, MPH is an obstetrician-gynecologist who has devoted his career to serving underserved populations through the provision of clinical care and maternal child health research. Since his days in the Peace Corps in India, he has been a chair of obstetrics and gynecology at three academic institutions and served as an associate dean for women’s health. Presently he is associate provost for global affairs, director of global health research, and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University. At Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Derman coordinates key global interactions supporting best practices in collaborative clinical care and protocol development and fostering new educational opportunities. He serves as the interface with the President and Provost of Thomas Jefferson University.

Lisa HilmiLisa Hilmi
CORE Group
Lisa Hilmi has an extensive career in global health, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. Lisa brings a wealth of experience working at multiple levels of global health from policy, research, emergency relief, workforce development, health systems strengthening, and fund raising, from local to global levels. Lisa also adds technical expertise, as a pediatric nurse with clinical experience in hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings. She has a strong commitment to partnership and collaboration. She has also worked with several CORE Group members in over 12 countries. She is completing a PhD in nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and has an MPH from Columbia University, a BSN from University of Pennsylvania and a BA in political science/communications from Villanova. She is a registered nurse and nationally certified pediatric nurse.

Louis HunterLouis N. Hunter
Thomas Jefferson University
Louis N. Hunter, PT, DPT is an assistant professor and director, experiential learning and global initiatives in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Hunter’s primary teaching responsibilities in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) curriculum include the global health and pediatric physical therapy content. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is a pediatric physical therapist with 16 years of experience in clinical, research, and community based settings. Currently, he is a co-chair of Thomas Jefferson University’s Global Health Initiatives Committee (GHIC) and on the leadership team of the American Physical Therapy Association’s Global Health Special Interest Group. Dr. Hunter also serves as the faculty advisor to Hands of Hope, a Jefferson student-run organization, that provides physical therapy (PT) services at a homeless shelter, pro bono clinic, and refugee clinic in Philadelphia.

Anna IaconeAnna M. Iacone, MS
The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
Anna Iacone holds a senior leadership position as assistant vice president for Global Education in Medicine Services at the ECFMG®. With more than 20 years of experience in international medical education administration, Anna’s expertise is in global program and partnership development, providing educational opportunities and services to students and graduates in medicine and the health professions education in the United States and worldwide. Under her leadership, Anna spearheaded the development of ECFMG’s GEMx program - the global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. Since the launch of GEMx in 2014, it has now expanded into Africa through strategic partnerships with AFREhealth, the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern Central and Southern Africa, and the Eastern Africa Health Professions Educators’ Association. Anna earned an MS degree in organizational development from Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia and a BBS degree in international business administration from Temple University, Philadelphia and Rome, Italy campuses.

Nicholas LeonNicholas Leon
Thomas Jefferson University
Nicholas Leon, PharmD is an associate professor of pharmacy practice within the Jefferson College of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Since 2009, as part of his teaching responsibilities, Dr. Leon has practiced as an ambulatory care clinical specialist at the Penn Center for Primary Care where he was the first pharmacist to provide comprehensive medication management and chronic disease management services. He has published peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, Annals of Pharmacotherapy, the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education, and P&T and has received grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). He currently serves as president of the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association (PPA) and as the chairman of the board of directors for the Pennsylvania Pharmacy Care Network (PPCN).

Janette SamaanJanette Samaan, PhD
Global Health Learning Opportunities
Dr. Janette Samaan joined the Association of American Medical Colleges as the founding Director of Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) in 2010 following an extensive career in international education that spans over 30 years. Dr. Samaan’s professional portfolio, as a life-long NAFSAN, has included international education positions with Ohio University, the University of Maryland, the University of Houston, and assistant vice chancellor for international and exchange programs at the University of Hawaii, prior to joining the AAMC. Dr. Samaan’s PhD in international higher education administration, MA in international affairs and BA degrees in psychology and French complement her vast international education positions.

Amy SzajnaAmy Szajna, PhD
Thomas Jefferson University
Amy Szajna, PhD, RN, is an assistant professor in the College of Nursing at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Szajna’s teaching responsibilities include population health and nursing research content. Additionally, she has eight years of experience working with resettled refugee populations through various initiatives at the New Jersey Department of Health and Philadelphia-based organizations. She is currently a member of Thomas Jefferson University’s Global Health Initiatives Committee (GHIC) and has chaired student interest groups related to global health nursing. Dr. Szajna’s publications include content related to resettled refugee healthcare access and delivery.

Madeleine WilcoxMadeleine Wilcox, PhD
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus
Madeleine Wilcox is the director of international and domestic study away programs at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) - East Falls Campus where she oversees semester and summer term study abroad programs, faculty-led short courses and non-credit global enrichment opportunities, and serves as campus coordinator for the National Student Exchange. Madeleine chairs the campus’s Study Abroad Advisory Committee and teaches the online Study Away: Reflection and Discovery course. Madeleine has a PhD in East Asian languages and civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania for her dissertation on the role of Shanghai’s vernacular architecture in left-wing Chinese cinema. Madeleine has taught at Jefferson – East Falls, University of Philadelphia, and Bryn Mawr in the fields of Chinese literature, East Asian studies, and writing across the curriculum, and held positions at UPenn Graduate Center and the New York Immigration Coalition.