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Global Health Residents

Anna Chen Arroyo, MD, MPH

While attending Stanford University as an undergraduate, Anna spent summers living in a squatter community in the Philippines, learning how to help local community women establish business co-operatives and educating children.

After graduation, Anna remained interested in working with immigrant communities and worked as a research and data analyst for a Los Angeles-based non-profit agency dedicated to helping Latino children with cancer and their families navigate the healthcare system.

Anna received her M.D. degree from Stanford where she conducted research with Drs. Paul Wise and Ewen Wang to study pediatric health disparities in emergency care. Anna received a Masters in Public Health degree from University of California at Berkeley, where she worked with a local homeless clinic to establish a quality improvement program for diabetic patients.

As a Global Health resident, Anna will continue to be working with and advocating for the improved health of underserved and marginalized communities in the Bay Area as well as those in resource-limited countries.

Rajaie Batniji, DPhil, MD

Rajaie Batniji is a global health internal resident at Stanford and a Center on Democracy Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) affiliate. His research examines the selection of priority diseases and countries in global health, and he is interested in global health financing and the priority-setting process of international institutions.

His work also examines social determinants of health in the Arab World. At the Freeman Spogli Institute, Rajaie is co-investigator on Global Underdevelopment Action Fund projects explaining U.S. global health financing and political causes of public health crisis.

He received his doctorate in international relations (D.Phil) from Oxford University where he studied as a Marshall Scholar. He also earned an M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and M.A. and B.A. (with distinction) degrees in History from Stanford University. Dr. Batniji was previously based at Oxford's Global Economic Governance Program, and he has worked as a consultant to the World Health Organization.

Meghana Gadgil, MD

Meghana Gadgil is a third-year global health track internal medicine resident at Stanford University Medical Center.

As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, Meghana earned degrees in Biochemistry and Conservation Resource Studies. Her self-designed CRS major encompassed public health, ecology and international development. Her honors thesis examined the impact of international aid on the indigenous Jumma hill tribes of Bangladesh

After college, Meghana spent a year with a health NGO in a remote part of central India where she worked in a clinic serving poor rural and indigenous women. Her clinical experiences and research on environmental health problems, including biocontrol strategies for endemic malaria, inspired her to pursue a global health career through medicine.

In medical school, Meghana held many leadership roles in the American Medical Student Association and spent time working with local refugee and indigent community clinics in Buffalo, NY. She was awarded a research fellowship to Quito, Ecuador and spent a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B).

As a Stanford global health resident, Meghana continues to work with underserved communities in the Bay Area and elsewhere. In 2013, she spent six weeks in Uganda at a tertiary care hospital. She will be working in Borneo, Indonesia in 2014 as part of the Johnson and Johnson Global Health Scholars program. Her current research interests include hygiene interventions to reduce diarrheal and respiratory disease in poor communities and behavior change models to address both infectious and chronic diseases challenges facing vulnerable populations. Meghana’s work and travels have taken her to many parts of the world, including Thailand, Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and Guatemala. She also serves on the advisory board of the startup Ubiome.

Alex Sandhu, MD

Alex Sandhu received his undergraduate degree at Northwestern University with a major in economics. He went on to graduate AOA from Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine. Alex has gained a strong interest in global health through multiple trips to Latin America.

Before medical school, he spent time working at a government orphanage in Lima, Peru. During medical school, he first participated in and later led medical trips to Jinotega, Nicaragua with the NU-AID organization to provide healthcare to underserved populations. He later went on to spend time working in a primary care clinic in northern Bolivia.

While in Chicago, Alex helped organize a local endocrinology clinic for the underserved, which is a subspecialty clinic for Chicago's largest network of free healthcare clinics. Alex is a global health internal medicine resident at Stanford University. Being a member of the global health track, his specific interests lie in the development of health policy for addressing the growing burden of non-communicable diseases in the developing world.

Andrew Chang, MD

Andy Chang is an internal medicine and global health resident at Stanford University. He received his M.D. from Stanford and his B.S. in molecular biology with honors from Yale University. His experience in global health has been at both the community and international level. As an undergraduate, he worked as a medical Spanish interpreter and social services worker for underserved patients in New Haven, Connecticut. In medical school, he coordinated the Hepatitis B program at Pacific Free Clinic, a student-run initiative vaccinating and monitoring uninsured HBV-positive or at-risk populations in San Jose.

Overseas, Andy interned with Nyaya Health, assisting the organization in collaborating with the national Ministry of Health to establish a primary health center in rural Nepal. Additionally, he spent a year at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, where he trained in design thinking and partnered with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh to conduct on-site needs finding and user testing for a bubble CPAP device in Dhaka and Rangpur.

Andy's current interests involve generating and evaluating appropriate medical technologies, in particular their role in combating non-communicable diseases in the developing world.

Laura Greisman, MD

Laura earned her MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY where she graduated with a distinction in research in global health. She earned her BA in neurobiology at Cornell University, after which, Laura participated in a Fulbright Scholarship to Australia conducting venom research. Laura was first exposed to health care delivery in a resource limited setting during a visit to Papua New Guinea to help teach snake-bite first aid courses.

Laura became interested in immigrant health and parasitology while working with the diverse patient population in the Bronx under the mentorship of Dr. Christina Coyle at the Jacobi Tropical Medicine Clinic. Laura’s international electives have included women’s health in Mexico and health education in Namibia. Most recently, Laura spent nearly a year working a rural clinic in Guatemala. During this time she also carried out collaborative research projects in teledermatology, and an epidemiologic study of GI pathogens in the community.

As a Global Health resident, Laura hopes to work with local underserved and immigrant communities in the Bay area. International interests include: mobile health care, educational programs for community health care workers, and sustainability of international health partnerships.

The Global Health Track in Internal Medicine funds two residents each year to pursue customizable training in global health. Residents have the option to spend 6-weeks protected time overseas during PGY-2 and 3-months protected time during PGY-3 at a Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars site. Residents are mentored towards a career in global health and have the option of pursuing a master’s during PGY-4.

Anna Arroyo Rajaie Batniji Meghana Gadgil, MD Alex Sandhu, MD Alex Sandhu, MD Laura Greisman, MD

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