With more than 180 faculty fellows leading research projects and providing clinical care all over the world,
Stanford Global Health can offer each resident a customized program that includes one-on-one
mentoring and experience working overseas. The map below highlights the work and expertise of many of our Global Health mentors.
The Drs. Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine and Tropical Diseases | Senior Associate Dean of Global Health | Director of Global Health Initiatives in Medicine | Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health
Internal Medicine Program Lead for Global Health | Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine |Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health | Professor of Medicine (Infectious Disease) | Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute
Marilyn Ndukwe received her undergraduate degree from Xavier University in New Orleans and her medical degree from Dartmouth. She has been recognized for humanism and leadership, being elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and serving as Student Body President at Dartmouth, representing over 400 students and overseeing 70 student government members. Prior to pursuing medical school, Marilyn spent ~2 years working at Gilead, developing an agent targeting Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase-4 (IRAK4). IRAK4 plays a role in the pathophysiology of IBD, RA, SLE, and lymphoma; this agent is currently in Phase 1 clinical trials. As a medical student, she has done research in non-invasive colorectal cancer screening and has studied differences in heart failure treatment in urban versus rural areas. Marilyn aspires to continue to study NCDs, aiming to improve NCD care in low-resource settings, specifically in her native country, Nigeria.
Candice Hwang received her undergraduate degree from Yale and graduated from Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she spent 2 years working at the nonprofit Results for Development in Washington, D.C., for which she tracked nutrition spending in Ethiopia and provided recommendations for how their Ministry of Health can budget to improve nutrition programs. While at Northwestern, Candice completed a research year as a Fogarty Fellow in South Africa. During that year, she studied uptake and retention in HIV care among pregnant women living with HIV under different policy eras of antiretroviral therapy access. Candice is currently interested in hospital medicine, clinical informatics, and health systems/policy, with a focus on her home country of China.
Savannah Karmen-Tuohy spent her undergraduate years studying Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins before matriculating at NYU School of Medicine. Before going to medical school, Savannah was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to participate in clinical research in Malawi for one year – in Malawi, she investigated the support needs of caregivers of children with behavioral problems following a diagnosis of cerebral malaria. Savannah also has an interest in COVID-19, where she studied the long-COVID syndrome in Botswana, and she participated in 3 COVID-related projects focusing on domestic underserved populations at Bellevue Hospital. In addition to her interest in clinical research, she is passionate about medical education and ethics.
Nick Zehner studied Philosophy at Anderson University and joined the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Following his Peace Corps stint, he worked as a regional leader for the Peace Corps before matriculating at Stanford School of Medicine. Nick pursued a Master’s in Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and he has used his skills in his research focusing on studying the natural history of malaria in the first year of life in Uganda, and studying malnutrition prevention / evaluating training of community health providers in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Nick also led an investigation of a COVID-19 outbreak at a Bay Area biotech company, finding that most of the infections were in the assembly workers, thereby highlighting healthcare disparities in our local population. Nick plans to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases.
During her undergraduate years at UCLA, Natasha had the opportunity to work with an organization in Uganda that was focused on water hygiene education; this experience motivated her to pursue a Masters in Global Health Sciences at UCSF. While earning her Master’s Degree, Natasha investigated the impact of stigma on fertility desire among women with HIV in Bangkok, Thailand. Throughout her medical school years at University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, she continued to develop her interests in stigma, infectious disease and access to health care by creating a pilot program to assess the acceptability and feasibility of HIV rapid testing of sex partners of incarcerated men in a prison waiting room in Bali, Indonesia. Through the global medicine program at UIC, she discovered her interest in global medical education and created a pre-and-post departure curriculum for students participating in international field work during medical school.
During her residency, Natasha has worked in Zimbabwe, studying the effectiveness of partial versus full COVID vaccination on duration of symptoms in HIV-infected versus HIV-negative individuals, and looking at behavioral and social factors that play into vaccination decision-making in HIV-infected patients.Contact Natasha Mehta
Originally from Canada, Jassi spent her undergraduate years at McGill University and then came to the United States to pursue medical school at Stanford. As a medical student, Jassi investigated international pandemic preparedness and she evaluated the global health landscape of broad-spectrum antivirals at Oxford University. Jassi also has an interest in bioinformatics, and during a sabbatical during medical school, she spent one year working at Google Health, where she helped to build machine learning-powered medical tools. Her global health interests center in biosecurity and healthcare policy, where, in between her second and third years of residency, she spent 6 months as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. For her residency research project, Jassi worked in Uganda during both her PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, and while there, she validated a low-cost malaria diagnostic test under the mentorship of Dr. Manu Prakash.
What truly sets apart the Stanford Global Health Track is the robust mentorship under which all residents are not only encouraged to carve out a personalized career pathway within global health but also provided opportunities to develop a unique skill set to help you achieve your career goals. I entered Stanford undifferentiated in my career pathway and unsure of how to best combine my passion for clinical medicine and medical education with a career in global health.
The time spent in rotation at Kiruddu National Referral Hospital was one of the most influential, impactful, intellectually and emotionally challenging, and formative clinical experiences I have had. As I begin to reflect on this rotation, the initial themes that stand out to me are the challenges of working in a low resource setting with very little patient financial support, the differences in medical the medical training system, and the continued opportunities for improvement within the medical system. He is now an ID fellow at Stanford, continuing to build on his research foundation that he created as a Global Health Track resident.
“The Global Health Track took my internal medicine training and pushed it beyond national borders. I worked in hospitals in Uganda and Colombia and had a great time exchanging knowledge with the house staff working in these settings. I also gained so much from the VA Underserved Health rotation and the VMC Underserved Health rotation that taught me how to deliver care to hard-to-reach patients with difficult social situations.”
Brian earned his undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Illinois and his MD/PhD at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his PhD research in the Galveston National Lab with extensive training in biosafety and biocontainment while working in high containment BSL3 and BSL4 labs. His dissertation research studied the effects of emerging encephalitic viruses on neural cells and how the immune responses in these cells affects viral replication. He also assessed the use of the antiviral compound favipiravir against Nipah virus. In addition to his research, Brian has contributed to Nipah virus and Zika virus vaccine development pipeline analyses for the WHO. He remains committed to studying emerging viruses and developing effective countermeasures such as vaccines and antivirals. He is especially interested in working with populations directly affected by these diseases and ensuring equitable, ethical, and timely access to approved and experimental countermeasures. During residency, he studied the epidemiology of Rift Valley Fever virus under the mentorship of Dr. Desiree LaBeaud, and attitudes toward vaccination to Nipah virus in endemic areas under the mentorship of Dr. Stephen Luby.
Andrew completed his undergraduate years at Pepperdine University and his medical school training at UCSD. As a medical student, he earned an MPH from Harvard, focusing on Quantitative Methods and with a concentration in Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. During his MPH year, he evaluated modifiable factors associated with infant death in Lusaka, Zambia and he assessed whether entomological surveys served as a useful tool to anticipate dengue outbreaks in Brazil. During his residency, he pursued opportunities to develop his passion for medical education in resource-limited settings. Specifically, during his junior year, he spent 4 weeks teaching at the bedside at the Centre Hospitalier de Kigali (Rwanda), and during his senior year, he returned to Rwanda and spent 7 weeks doing curriculum development, lecturing and teaching on the wards for medical students at the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda.
During medical school, Dr. Chang co-founded a social venture to develop a low-cost ventilatory support device for neonatal respiratory distress in resource-limited countries. During residency, he became interested in cardiology and subsequently conducted epidemiologic and qualitative research in women of reproductive age living with rheumatic heart disease in Uganda. After a Chief Resident year, he continued his training at Stanford as a Cardiology fellow, and earned a Master’s Degree and ultimately his Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Clinical Research. Dr. Chang’s interests include outcomes research, implementation science, and health systems modeling to combat the rise of cardiovascular disease in low- and middle-income countries. After completing his training, he worked as a cardiology attending at the Palo Alto VA prior deciding to pursue additional training, where he is currently studying echocardiography at UCSF.
Before starting his medical career, Dr. Wong worked with the CDC for 2 years in Nairobi, Kenya. As a medical student, he worked in South Africa, and during his residency, he provided clinical service and teaching in Cali, Colombia and Kampala, Uganda. Josh’s past experience with the CDC evolved into a passion for working in global health on a systems level. Following residency, he began his career as an Epidemiology Intelligence Officer for the CDC, which then evolved into his current permanent position as Medical Officer within the CDC Dengue Branch in Puerto Rico.
Yoanna’s interest in global health began when she worked in a clinic whose mission is to provide affordable and reliable cervical cancer screening to indigenous women in rural Peru. During her global health residency, she further defined her interest in global oncology, and she worked in Uganda during both her second and third years, studying prognostic awareness amongst women with metastatic breast cancer undergoing palliative chemotherapy. She completed her Hematology-Oncology fellowship at Columbia University, where she is now on the Oncology faculty. Her current research focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of colorectal cancer in low- and middle-income countries, namely South Africa and the Dominican Republic.
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