Stanford Global Health Working Groups & Initiatives

Members of the Stanford Global Surgery Interest Group meet to identify student research opportunities and new collaborations. 


Climate and Health

This group brings together the Program for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment, the Urban Resilience Project, the Natural Capital project, and a new grant, Revitalizing Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE), in addition to advocacy and policy efforts.
Leads: Giulio De Leo, Stephen Luby

Global Culture of Health Initiative

Aims to convene senior executives to explore multinational companies’ “health footprint” with consumers, employees, communities and the environment. Examine health challenges of international supply chains and other issues.
Leads: Kathy Burke, Mark Cullen

Global Health Education @ Stanford

Staff and faculty team developing plans for undergraduate minor in global health, as well as possibilities for certificates, CME or executive education.
Lead: Gary Darmstadt

Global Mental Health

Multiple initiatives including Human Rights in Trauma Mental Health Lab and new Precision Mental Health team funded by Stanford’s Catalyst Collaborative. 
Leads: Daryn Reicherter, Christina Khan

Global Oncology & Palliative Care Initiative

Mobilizes wide-ranging disciplines and schools to share work and challenges in cancer and palliative care in low-resource settings. Meets quarterly, hosts research symposium.
Lead: Ami Bhatt

Global Surgery

Surgical disciplines as well as anesthesia, obstetrics and gynecology are teaming up to develop research and training programs for low-resource settings, building on existing efforts in Zimbabwe and South Asia.
Lead: Sherry Wren

Madagascar Working Group

Stanford investigators from engineering, medicine, biology and ecology are focused on the environment and health of this island nation, working closely with the ministry of health and local NGOs.
Lead: Mark Krasnow

Nepal Working Group

Connecting researchers and clinicians working in Nepal with a new Stanford site about 40k from Kathmandu. Exploring genomics, infectious disease, community medicine and post-graduate medical training.
Lead: Jason Andrews

Online Education/Digital Learning

Stanford has led in developing digital content for medical education. Digital Medic is a partnership with a consortium of Indian medical schools to expand access to high-quality digital content, produced in country. The program is expanding in South Africa and other countries. 
Lead: Sakti Srivastrava

"Purposeful University" Conversation

Our vision of global health reaches far beyond the medical community. How can Stanford best engage to reduce disparities among the underserved, here and abroad? Stanford Global Health is starting a conversation with leaders from Stanford’s 7 schools, as well as the University’s President and Trustees. 
Lead: Michele Barry

Refugees and Conflict Zones

Looks at community- and tech-based solutions to rebuild health in conflict and post-conflict zones. Funded cross-campus landscaping study starting soon. 
Lead: Paul Wise

Stunting and Environmental Enteropathy

Connects multiple labs to advance understanding of the pathophysiology and biology in order to develop a multidisciplinary strategy to help children thrive. 
Lead: Stephen Luby

Women Leaders in Global Health / Gender Equity

Stanford hosted the inaugural international Women Leaders in Global Health conference in October 2017. The planning team spans several schools and reaches around the world who are now focused on efforts to continue the growing movement. In addition, the working group includes ongoing research on gender issues, following up on Stanford’s leadership in a Lancet Commission on Gender in Health and Development. 
Lead: Michele Barry, Gary Darmstadt


Zika Task Force

Convenes researchers in bioinformatics, diagnostics, genetics, infectious diseases, pediatrics and other fields to address the Zika pandemic. Funded projects are underway in Florida and Brazil. 
Lead: Carlos Bustamante

Malaria Working Group

Bringing together researchers - from the basic sciences, archaeology, epidemiology and genomics - to explore interconnected questions and strengthen Stanford's contributions to malaria research.
Lead: Krish Seetah

Questions or suggestions about Stanford Global Health working groups may be directed to deputy director, Kathy Burke.