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Global Health Residency Track

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.

Stanford Leaders in Global Health

Michele Barry, MD

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

Cybele Renault, MD, DTM&H

Internal Medicine Program Lead for Global Health | Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine |Faculty Fellow, Center for Innovation in Global Health

Stephen Luby, MD

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

Global Health Faculty Spotlight
Meet Some of Our Amazing Faculty Around the Globe


    Vector-Borne diseases


    Tuberculosis and Epidemiology of Undifferentiated Fever


    Gender-related Issues in Global Health


    Bioengineering and Development of Innovative Technologies


    Gastroenterology and Hepatology


    Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology


    Women’s Health and Obstectric Emergencies


    Global Oncology


    Population Health and Outcomes Research


    Development of Novel Low-cost Diagnostics


    Global Palliative Care


    Human Rights in Trauma in Mental Health

  • Current Global Health Track Residents

    Meet our current Global Health Track residents

    Vicky Avanzato


    Vicky Avanzato


    Vicky spent her undergraduate years at Penn State, where she was a member of the Penn State Global Medical Brigades, through which she worked in Panama, Ghana and Nicaragua. She then pursued her MD/PhD training through Emory University School of Medicine and the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, where she received her DPhil in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Oxford and the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (NIH). Vicky is fascinated by emerging pathogens, especially viruses. Initially, her research focused on characterizing the antibody response to Nipah virus, but during the pandemic, she quickly shifted to focus on serology responses to COVID-19 vaccines and studied samples from immunocompromised patients persistently infected with SARS-CoV-2. As a medical student at Emory, she spent 1 month studying neonatal sepsis practices and outcomes in Ethiopia as an ASTMH Benjamin Kean Fellow, and she also spent 2 months participating in the Epidemiology Elective Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vicky hopes to continue to study emerging viruses and antibody responses, and to perhaps focus on the development of low-cost diagnostics to facilitate detection and characterization of these pathogens. Given her experience and passion for research, Vicky also matched into our Infectious Diseases fellowship as part of the TIP Program, where she will continue her residency research during her Infectious Diseases fellowship.

    Global Health Track Programs & Offerings


    Graduate Testimonials


    Andy Chang, MD, MS


    Uganda and Rwanda


    2015 & 2016

    “I can sincerely say that I would not be where I am today without the Stanford Medicine residency track in global health. My rotations in social medicine, homeless patient outreach clinic, and my time in Uganda and Rwanda helped me understand the scope of challenges faced by vulnerable populations worldwide, empowering me to advocate on their behalf while inspiring me to develop research projects to best address their entrenched health problems.”


    Laura Greisman, MD, DTM&H


    Nepal and Ethiopia


    2015 & 2016

    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.


    Brian Dawes, MD, PhD





    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.


    Josh Wong, MD


    Uganda and Colombia


    2019 & 2020

    “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.”

    Recent Graduates of Residents Track

    Natasha Mehta, MD, MS

    Hospitalist I Duke University 
    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 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. She also partnered with Dr. Renault in the virtual clinical reasoning teaching sessions for medical students in Negele Arsi, located in rural Ethiopia, and she will continue developing this initiative in partnership with Dr. Renault as Duke faculty.

    Jassi Pannu, MD

    Health Policy Fellow I Stanford University

    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 policy and medical countermeasures at Oxford University. Jassi also has an interest in bioinformatics, and during a sabbatical from medical school, she worked at Google Health developing machine learning-powered diagnostics. Her global health interests include biosecurity and pandemic preparedness policy, which she further developed between her second and third years of residency, when she spent 6 months as a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. For her residency research project, Jassi worked in Uganda during both her PGY-2 and PGY-3 years, and while there, she validated an AI-enabled, low-cost malaria microscopy diagnostic under the mentorship of Dr. Manu Prakash. She is now pursuing further training in policy as a Health Policy fellow at Stanford.

    Brian Dawes, MD, PhD

    Infectious Diseases Fellow I Stanford University
    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, and he is now continuing to work on these projects during his ID fellowship.

    Andrew Young Chang, MD, MS

    Echocardiography fellow, UCSF

    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.

    Joshua Wong, MD

    Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dengue Branch, Puerto Rico

    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 Pumpalova, MD

    Gastrointestinal Oncologist 1 Columbia University

    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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