Organization for Global Health (OGH)
The Organization for Global Health (OGH) is composed of students at the Stanford University School of Medicine who have come together with the desire to increase awareness of international health issues through educating at home and assisting abroad.
- To increase awareness of the issues in global health.
- To facilitate participation in issues surrounding international health through travel fellowships and NGO networking.
- To stimulate passion and interest through tangible community-initiated, community-centered projects abroad.
Medical Students Abroad
Whether helping devise new preventive strategies, gaining hands-on clinical experience or conducting field research, members of OGH are advocates for improved health care worldwide.
Meet the Leaders of OGH
Contact the OGH Leadership to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities on campus.
Ruchita Pendse is a second year medical student passionate about ethics and social justice with a deep desire to promote these ideals for vulnerable populations in her parents’ homeland of India. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 with majors in health policy and biology and a minor in bioethics, Ruchita spent her gap year in India working with two nonprofits to deliver healthcare and other social services to urban slum communities in Pune, and to rural indigenous tribal villages in the jungle of central India. Ruchita will return to India this summer to do research on government-run programs to support survivors of gender-based violence. As an incoming board member of OGH, she hopes to promote a sense of community among all Stanford trainees interested in global health to foster the exchange of knowledge, ideas, and opportunities.
Pamela Meza is a second year medical student from Orange County, California. A proud bruin, Pamela studied Psychobiology at UCLA, graduating in 2015. During her time at UCLA she helped start and run global non-profits focusing on healthcare and education in Mexico. She spent her gap years working as an instructional aid and teaching assistant for low-resource and first generation 7th-12th grade students. Pamela will return to Latin America this summer to work on research in Simulation Based Training for obstetrical emergencies in Guatemala and will continue working on expanding the reach of the educational non-profit organization she co-founded in Southern Mexico. She is excited to be a board member of OGH and hopes to facilitate connections between students and faculty working in Global Health and increase awareness of global health projects for current and incoming medical students.
Aviva Mattingly is a second year medical student interested in combining a passion for global health research and surgery. While studying at Bowdoin College, she spent a semester in Madagascar observing the healthcare system in various settings, and later spent a summer working with an international nonprofit in Kenya. After graduating in 2015 with a degree in Neuroscience and French, she spent the next two years working on HIV clinical trials at the NIH. Aviva is also interested in surgery in low-resource settings and expanding access to operations globally. She is excited about working with the OGH community to explore further opportunities in global health.
John Tarnowski is a second year PA student with a scholarly concentration in Health Research and Policy. He interested in the intersection of Global Health and Human Rights, and seeks out bidirectional international partnerships to improve healthcare systems. This summer he will be traveling to Peru to conduct a Needs and Acceptability assessment for PAs in the Peruvian Healthcare system, surveying and holding focus groups of Peruvian physicians. His role in OGH is to find a place for PAs interested in global health at Stanford, creating opportunities for increased involvement, cooperation, and shared experience within the SoM community.
Dylan Griswold is a 2nd year medical student from Massachusetts interested in pursuing a career as a pediatric neurosurgeon focused on building surgical capacity in low-resource settings. Dylan has spent time evaluating health systems in Haiti and Guatemala in addition to working closely with the lead of the Emergency and Essential Surgical Care programme at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Dylan is currently taking classes to learn how effective policy can inform and lead to building sustainable health systems. As he hopes to continue working closely with international governing bodies and WHO Member States he is also taking classes to gain proficiency in French.
Courtney Pedersen is a medical student at Stanford University. Prior to medical school, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. After graduation, she spent over three years in Senegal as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her work focused on increasing access to family planning for women in rural communities. Upon completing her Peace Corps service, she matriculated at the Yale School of Public Health with a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. During her graduate work, she was awarded a Down’s Fellowship to study the burden of infectious disease among the incarcerated female population in Malaysia and substance abuse disorders among transgender sex workers in Kuala Lumpur.
Jeffrey Edwards is a second-year medical student at Stanford University. Though he was born and raised in Texas, his parents were both born in the Caribbean, motivating him to pursue international health early on in his training. Before starting medical school, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology at Harvard University. Following his undergraduate degree, he spent a year in western Kenya, partnering with a local Kenyan hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, conducting research on emergency care in resource-limited settings. He has spent time in Malawi and Sudan as well, and hopes to continue building relationships with previously established sites in the hopes of improving access to care in resource-limited settings in a sustainable manner.
Margot Robinson graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts with degrees in Physics and Arabic Studies. In 2012, she joined the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) in Seattle as a Post-Bachelor Fellow. At IHME, she helped design and roll out a household health survey in Saudi Arabia and worked on various aspects of the Global Burden of Disease Study, including vaccine coverage for children. She subsequently worked at the Laboratory for Systems Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Her work has been published in The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other peer-reviewed journals. Now a first year medical student at Stanford University, Margot helps lead the school’s Organization for Global Health and hopes to use research and advocacy in the future to influence global health policy.
Carlie Arbaugh is a Stanford medical student passionate about addressing health disparities both locally and globally. She studied human biology, health, and society (with a focus on nutrition) at Cornell University and human sciences at the University of Oxford. Carlie has worked with nonprofits such as SMART (New York) and CAMI (California) as well as Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. At Stanford she is part of an interdisciplinary team partnering with ReSurge and Kirtipur Hospital to develop an acute burn care training program for healthcare providers in Nepal. Carlie loves running, cooking, learning languages, and exploring new places. She is excited to join the OGH leadership!
TORI (VICTORIA) BAWEL
Tori (Victoria) Bawel is a Stanford medical student whose passion is to serve and advocate for vulnerable populations. She studied biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis where she conducted research on the malaria parasite. As an undergraduate, Tori focused on issues affecting refugees, undocumented immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking. At Stanford, she is engaged in global health and infectious disease research. A defining experience for Tori was learning from Stanford physicians who are addressing child health in rural Guatemala. While in Guatemala, she engaged with the community and made new friends, including Fatima who is smiling for the picture!
Elizabeth Hyde is a student at Stanford School of Medicine passionate about improving health equity. Before medical school, she studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan and focused on developing medical devices for use in low-resource settings. After graduation, she worked at the World Health Organization in Switzerland with the goal of increasing access to high-quality medical equipment in low- and middle-income countries. At Stanford, she pursues particular interests in global palliative care, emergency medicine, gender equality, and infectious diseases. In her down time, she loves traveling, rock climbing, arts and crafts, and learning new languages. She's looking forward to working with the OGH and CIGH teams!
Sarah McCuskee is a second-year student at Stanford Medical School and serves as Financial Officer for the Organization for Global Health. She aims to use population-based and clinical research grounded in an understanding of policy and economics to inform and promote healthy child development. She currently works on the epidemiology and treatment of child malnutrition in Madagascar, in partnership with PIVOT, a not-for-profit organization. She has previously researched child development, infectious diseases, health system equity, pharmaceutical policy, and global health ethics, and has advised governments on antimicrobial resistance, health system monitoring and evaluation, and national demography. This work has spanned a dozen countries and several institutions, most recently the London School of Economics (London, UK).
Sarah holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK) and a bachelor’s in Literature & Global Health from Harvard College (Cambridge, MA, USA).
XINYUAN (LISA) ZHANG
Xinyuan (Lisa) Zhang is a Stanford medical student from Beijing, China. She grew up experiencing, learning, and thinking about air pollution and other environmental impacts that are affecting the public health in China. She studied Environmental Policy as well as Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, and continues to have an interest in global health and health policy in her medical training and beyond. She is currently learning and working on a documentary film focusing on the structure and problems of palliative care in China, especially given the demographic shift due to One-Child Policy, as well as how Traditional Chinese Medicine could play a role in maintaining quality of life for palliative care.