In the pursuit of wellbeing, worldwide, we share knowledge, equip leaders, and build interdisciplinary, multisectoral teams to address urgent global health challenges.
The Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health strives to enable collaborative programs in global health for residents, medical students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and undergraduates by reaching across geographic, cultural, economic, and gender boundaries to inspire a new generation to work for social change, justice, and increased equity in global health outcomes.
Drs. Ben & A. Jess Shenson Professor, Senior Associate Dean, Global Health, Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Senior Associate Dean and Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health
Michele Barry, the Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases, was elected to lead the Board of Directors for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in 2019. The founder of the Stanford/Yale Johnson & Johnson Global Health Scholars Program, she has sent more than 1,000 physicians overseas to underserved areas. A past president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), Dr. Barry is also an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. A passionate clinician and scholar, she has sent hundreds of students around the world to create innovative global health programs.
Dr. Barry’s scholarly interests include tropical medicine, global health ethics, and the impact of climate change on megacities. She served on the Obama Women’s Health subcommittee; is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and sits on its global health board. Dr. Barry is a recipient of both the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal for outstanding contributions to women in the field of medicine and the Ben Kean Medal for dedication to clinical tropical medicine and impact on the training of students, fellows, and practitioners.Contact Michele Barry
Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Dr. Luby studied philosophy and earned a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Creighton University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital. He studied epidemiology and preventive medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Luby’s previous positions include directing the Centre for Communicable Diseases at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Diseases Research, Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 2004 – 2012, conducting research and teaching epidemiology at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan from 1993 – 1998, and working as an epidemiologist in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Contact Steve Luby
Executive Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Allison is passionate about multi-disciplinary approaches to improving the lives of women and children worldwide. Prior to joining CIGH, Allison was Deputy Director of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Malaria Elimination Initiative where she joined during the start-up phase and co-led strategic planning, fundraising, grant management, donor and partner relations, and team operations for a team that grew to 60 with an annual budget of $12million.
Prior to joining UCSF, Allison lived in Tanzania where she worked with a large NGO to lead malaria and HIV prevention education programs in rural communities. With over 15 years of global public health experience, Allison also worked with McKinsey and Company to recommend investment opportunities in the private health sector across Africa, worked on HIV/AIDS prevention in Thailand, and researched the relationship between modern and traditional medicine in India. Allison graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a degree in Medical Anthropology, and now lives in Menlo Park with her husband and two young daughters.Contact Allison Phillips
Program Coordinator, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Lina serves as the Program Coordinator for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, supporting the program and its team members in their commitment to Global Health. She also currently serves part-time as the program assistant for the Stanford Climate and Health student organization. Previously, she was the office coordinator for the Office of the Dean for the School of Medicine, where she worked to maintain office operations and support the Dean’s executive team. In June 2018, she graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Linguistics and Language Studies. There, she was also a part of UCSC’s Global Start program, serving as a resource to incoming international students throughout the orientation stage. Lina has an interest in helping others and getting people connected, so please reach out to her if you would like to be involved with CIGH.Contact Lina Montes
Senior Program Manager — Education, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Yosefa Gilon serves as the Senior Program Manager for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, supporting all global health education initiatives. Yosefa joined Stanford University in 2014, where she managed short-term international programs at the Bing Overseas Studies Program. One of the programs she managed was the Community Health in Oaxaca course, an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students interested in community and global health. In 2019 she joined Stanford’s Computer Science Department where she managed international computer science education programs. She joined CIGH in 2022.
Yosefa has a B.A. in Psychology from U.C. Irvine and a M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training. She is very passionate about education equity and international education and has facilitated experiential education opportunities all over the world. While serving as the Logistics Director for THINK Global School, a traveling high school, she lived and worked in Argentina, Bhutan, Ecuador, Germany, India, Japan, and Thailand.
She is very excited to be collaborating with people across the university and beyond to bring global health education opportunities to the Stanford community.Feel free to reach out to her about anything global health education related.Contact Yosefa Gilon
Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Jamie Hansen joined the Center for Innovation in Global Health in the fall of 2021. She serves as Communications Manager, helping to amplify the work of the center and its fellows through strong storytelling and multimedia communications.
Before coming to Stanford, Jamie worked as director of communications at the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE) between 2015-2021. In this position, she developed SCOE’s strategic and crisis communications capacity, supporting her organization and the 40 school districts of Sonoma County through numerous crises and communications initiatives. This included responding the physical and mental health impacts of numerous devastating wildfires and navigating school policy during a global pandemic.
Prior to working in communications, she covered education and the environment as a print and multimedia journalist. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford and is accredited in public relations.
Jamie lives in Santa Rosa with her husband and two young daughters.Contact Jamie Hansen
Human and Planetary Health Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
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Social Media and Digital Outreach Assistant, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Executive Assistant to Michele Barry, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Fanja Ramilison serves as Executive Assistant for the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health supporting Dr. Michele Barry and the CIGH team.
She joined Stanford Health Care in 2017 as the HR office administrative staff lead of the Chief Human Resources Officer and transferred to CIGH in 2022.
Born in Madagascar, Fanja left her native country to pursue her international studies in Europe. She graduated from Excelia Business School in La Rochelle, France with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Business Administration. She settled in France for 14 years before relocating to the Bay Area. She is passionate about world humanitarian activities that fight against child hunger and poverty, and initiatives that preserve Madagascar’s environment and endemic wildlife.
Fanja is fluent in three languages including English, French and Malagasy. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, playing tennis and making classic French dishes. She lives in West Santa Clara with her husband and three young sons.Contact Fanja Ramilison
Research Assistant, Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health
Ola serves as a research assistant for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health supporting different efforts in education and research. She has been involved with vulnerable populations in different capacities for more than 10 years. Ola’s areas of interest include forced displacement with focus on refugees, and women’s health. Her passion for global health and refugees stems from her personal experience in armed conflict and her own journey as a resettled refugee. Previously she served as the regional coordinator for International Services at the American Red Cross where she mostly worked with refugees and immigrants. She supported the establishment of the Refugee and Asylum-Seeker Health Initiative (RAHI) at UCSF that focuses on research, education and community engagement and she serves as both a steering committee member and research coordinator. Ola earned her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice from UC Berkeley. She also holds an M.S. in Global Health Sciences from UCSF. She is fluent in English and Arabic and has a big interest in different languages.Contact Ola Alani