We are more than an academic center; we’re a community. With more than 180 faculty fellows from across all seven schools within the university, Stanford Global Health teaches groundbreaking courses on campus, sends scholars around the world, and supports research on five continents. Meet the people who share our passion for increasing well-being, worldwide.
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
Executive Director, Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative
Ms. Batson’s 25-year career in global health includes positions with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, USAID, and PATH where she most recently served as Chief Strategy Officer and VP of Applied Analytics and Learning.
During her three-year appointment with USAID, Ms. Batson served as the senior deputy assistant administrator leading the agency’s engagement in the President’s Global Health Initiative.
Throughout her career in global health, Ms. Batson has been a leader in innovation and partnership. Her contributions to immunization and vaccine financing at the World Bank resulted in billions of dollars in new funding for global health and the establishment of GAVI.Contact Amy Batson
Senior Communications Strategist
Paul Costello served as the chief communications officer for the Stanford University School of Medicine for fifteen years. He is now a senior communications strategist. Prior to joining Stanford in 2004, he was vice president of external affairs for the University of Hawaii System. In Hawaii, he hosted a weekly public affairs program on PBS Hawaii.
In government and politics he served as a press spokesman to First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Ohio Governor Richard Celeste, Washington, D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly. In the private sector, he was vice president of public affairs at the cable television company Home Box Office and managing director of the New York office of the global public relations company, Weber Shandwick.
He holds an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and a B.S. from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.Contact Paul Costello
Katherine States Burke
As Deputy Director, Katherine States Burke, MM, MSc, works to build cross-cutting teams to address global health problems. She oversees the Center’s strategy, team and operations. She was a driving force in creating the first Women Leaders in Global Health conference and the movement that followed, as well as initiating a multidisciplinary global mental health project funded for three years by Stanford Engineering’s Catalyst Collaborative. She is leading planning efforts for the 2019 Planetary Health Alliance conference, to be hosted at Stanford in September.
Educated at Harvard University, Ms. Burke began her career as a reporter, editor and publishing executive. After several years raising three boys, she returned to an early interest in health and earned a Master of Science in Global Health Sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. She also has a MM from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prior to Stanford, Ms. Burke served as a Senior Fellow in Global Health Sciences at UCSF where she led the Centers of Excellence Project. She serves on the Board of Dean’s Advisers of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Her interests include building research, training and health leadership capacity in low-resource settings.Contact Katherine States Burke
Director of Research
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
Yvonne A. (Bonnie) Maldonado
Academic Director of Global Child Health
Dr. Maldonado earned her medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed Pediatrics internship Stanford, Pediatric Residency and ID Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She then joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Dr. Maldonado’s research activities have included the epidemiology and prevention of viral infections such as rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and pediatric HIV infection. Her research is conducted internationally in Zimbabwe and Mexico, as well as in the US. In 1989, Dr. Maldonado received the Epidemic Intelligence Service Alumni Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University in 2001. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Public Health Association.
Gary L. Darmstadt
Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, Professor and Co-Director, Department of Pediatrics
Gary Darmstadt joined Stanford from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was Senior Fellow for Global Development. In this role, he led the Foundation’s cross-foundation initiative on Women, Girls and Gender, assessing how addressing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls leads to improved gender equality as well as improved health and development outcomes. Previously at the Gates Foundation, Dr. Darmstadt served as Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.
Dr. Darmstadt was formerly Associate Professor and Founding Director of the International Center for Advancing Neonatal Health in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has trained in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, in Dermatology at Stanford University, and in Pediatric Infectious Disease as a fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he was Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. He left the University of Washington to serve as Senior Research Advisor for the Saving Newborn Lives program of Save the Children-US, where he led the development and implementation of the global research strategy for newborn health and survival.
Director of Global Oncology
Dr. Bhatt is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Genetics at Stanford University. An honors graduate of UCLA, she received her MD and PhD (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) at UCSF. There she received the Fineberg Award for Excellence in Teaching and was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and was a clinical fellow in Hematology/Oncology at the Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Center. Thereafter, she carried out her post-doctoral studies at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in the laboratory of Matthew Meyerson.
Dr. Bhatt seeks to improve outcomes in patients with hematological malignancies by exhaustively characterizing the dynamics of the microbiome in immunocompromised individuals, and exploring how changes in the microbiome are associated with idiopathic diseases in this population. Her recent work, demonstrating the discovery of a novel bacterium using sequence-based analysis of a diseased human tissue, was first presented as a Late-breaking abstract at ASH 2012 and has subsequently been presented nationally and internationally.
In addition to her academic efforts, Dr. Bhatt is committed to improving cancer care, education and research in resource-limited settings. She is the Director of Global Oncology for the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University and has also served as a visiting lecturer at the University of Botswana. She, along with Franklin Huang, is a co-founder and co-president of the non-profit organization Global Oncology. This all-volunteer organization spearheads creative, multi-disciplinary projects focused on improving cancer outcomes in impoverished settings.Contact Ami Bhatt
Director of Global Surgery
Sherry Wren first started her work in global surgery as a surgeon working for Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières. She worked in multiple postings in conflict zones in Ivory Coast, Chad, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She then branched out into capacity building of a surgical workforce in Sub Saharan Africa. In that role she participated in the MEPI grant with the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences and is the program lead for a joint program with the departments of surgery at Stanford and UZCHS. Trainee and faculty exchanges are now routinely occurring between the two institutions.
She has also developed a research relationship with Mbingo General Hospital in Northwest Cameroon where Stanford medical students are paired with surgical residents from that program to perform joint clinical research projects. Her contributions to the region have been recognized by fellowship in the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa (COSESCA). She currently serves as a board examiner of surgical trainees for the COSESCA countries. Dr. Wren is also one of the founders of the International Humanitarian Surgery skills course, which has to date, trained over 200 physicians to be prepared for surgical service in low resource settings. She has also performed collaborative projects with the NGO Surgeons OverSeas as well as other surgical clinical projects in Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, and Nepal.
S V. Mahadevan
Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International
S.V. Mahadevan is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine/Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Mahadevan is the founding director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International (SEMI), and he co-directs the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship. He has written, traveled, and taught widely, presenting over 400 invited lectures worldwide and authoring over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and multimedia publications.
He was instrumental in setting up India’s first paramedic training institute (2007), India’s first prehospital research center (2009), Nepal’s first EMS system (2010), Cambodia’s first EM strengthening program (2012) and Myanmar’s first public-private EM training program (2015). He is lead editor of the textbook, An Introduction to Clinical Emergency Medicine, which was awarded the 2006 American Medical Writer’s Association Award: Physician’s Category. Dr. Mahadevan has received numerous teaching awards including the Council of Residency Director’s (CORD) National Faculty Teaching Award (2003), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) National Faculty Teaching Award (2012), California ACEP Education Award (2011), the Stanford-Kaiser Emergency Medicine Resident Bedside Teaching Award (2003), and the Arthur L. Bloomfield Award: Excellence in the Teaching of Clinical Medicine (2012).
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Manu Prakash is Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford University where he leads a curiosity driven research group working in the field of physical biology. His research approach brings together experimental and theoretical techniques from soft-condensed matter physics, fluid dynamics, theory of computation and unconventional micro and nano-fabrication to open problems in biology: from organismal to cellular and molecular scale.
The Prakash Lab designs and builds precision instrumentation including droplet microfluidic tools to probe and perturb biological machines and their synthetic analogues. Along the way, they invent novel technologies in global health context with clinical applications in extreme resource poor settings. He was named a 2016 fellow of the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation for his work creating devices that empower “frugal science,” such as Foldscope, an origami paper microscope that costs less than $1 to produce. Dr. Prakash holds numerous patents and his research has been published in such scientific journals as PLoS One, Journal of Experimental Biology, Science, and Nature, among others.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine
Dr. Geoff Tabin is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Himalayan Cataract Project whose passion for mountain climbing directed him to his professional career in eye care. He is the fourth person in the world to reach the tallest peak on each of the seven continents.
After summiting Mt. Everest, on one of his expeditions, he came across a Dutch team performing cataract surgery on a woman who had been needlessly blind for three years. It was then he understood his life calling.
Tabin graduated from Yale University and then earned an MA in Philosophy at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. From there, he took his interest in moral philosophy and health care delivery to Harvard Medical School where he earned his MD in 1985. After completing an ophthalmology residency at Brown University and a fellowship in corneal surgery in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Tabin returned to Nepal to work with Nepalese eye surgeon Dr. Sanduk Ruit, with whom he co-founded the Himalayan Cataract Project.
The organization was founded in 1995 with the goal to eliminate all preventable and treatable blindness from the Himalayan region in Tabin and Ruit’s lifetime. It has since expanded beyond the Himalayas to encompass Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Tabin spends a considerable part of the year working abroad throughout the Himalayas and Sub-Saharan Africa. At Stanford, his practice focus encompasses surgery and treatment of diseases of the anterior and external eye including cataract and corneal surgery.
Diana Chapman Walsh
President Emerita, Wellesley College and Senior Advisor, Stanford Global Health
Diana Chapman Walsh was the twelfth president of Wellesley College and is a recognized leader in higher education. Her presidency, from 1993-2007, was marked by educational innovation, including a revision of the curriculum and expanded programs in global education, the humanities, internships and service learning, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and religious and spiritual life.
Dr. Walsh currently serves on the governing boards of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (and its executive committee). Her recent board service includes the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the inaugural board of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (which she chaired), and the Mind and Life Institute. Prior to the Wellesley presidency, Dr. Walsh was Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Stuart Norman Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she chaired the Department of Health and Social Behavior. Before Harvard, she was a University Professor at Boston University and Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Public Health.
She has published and spoken widely on public health and higher education, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Innovation in Global Health’s Climate Change and Health Initiative.
Cassia van der Hoof Holstein
Director of Global Health Equity, Emerson Collective and Senior Advisor, Stanford Global Health
Cassia van der Hoof Holstein is a Fellow of the Emerson Collective and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She chairs the Board of Directors of Plus 1, which connects recording artists, their audiences, and pragmatic social justice efforts, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the New Senior Investment Group (NYSE: SNR); PIVOT, a global health non-profit based Cassia van der Hoof Holstein is a Fellow of the Emerson Collective and a Senior Advisor to the Center for Innovation in Global Health at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. She chairs the Board of Directors of Plus 1, which connects recording artists, their audiences, and pragmatic social justice efforts, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the New Senior Investment Group (NYSE: SNR); PIVOT, a global health non-profit working to break cycles of poverty and disease in and beyond rural Madagascar; and Agile Global Health (formerly known as A&K Global Health LLC), a private global healthcare management company. She is a Trustee of Partners In Health and a member of the Advisory Board of the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Program in the Navajo Nation.
Content Lead, Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative
Shereen Bhan’s career spans 15 years of training and technical assistance design and implementation for developing countries and donor agencies around the globe.
Prior to joining Stanford, she was the Assistant Director of the International Center for Public Policy at Georgia State University’s (GSU) Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS). During her time at AYSPS she initiated the development of a training program in Leadership in Public Management for GSU’s cohort of the Young African Leaders Initiative, an Obama administration effort. She led the design and implementation of this program from 2015-2017.
Her research interests lie at the intersection of leadership, gender, behavioral economics, and public health. She has an MBA in Finance and an undergraduate degree in Economics.Contact Shereen Bhan
Jody Berger joined CIGH in June 2018. An award-winning journalist, Jody wrote for national magazines and newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, the Rocky Mountain News, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine. She co-authored The Loyalist Team: How Trust, Candor and Authenticity Create Great Organizations.
Jody came to Stanford on a Knight Fellowship in 2004 – 2005 and returned in 2017 as a senior writer for Medical Center Development. She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Duke University.
Educational Program Manager
Denishia Clark manages global health curriculum and educational initiatives for students, fellows, physician residents and career faculty. A public health advocate, Denishia is experienced in the improvement of health practices and systems for underserved communities.
She joined Stanford in 2015 from the Black AIDS Institute where she served as the manager of training and capacity building programs. Denishia received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from San Diego State University, and holds a Master’s in Urban Public Health from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She’s currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Saint Mary’s College of California.Contact Denishia Clark
Abroo Khan joined CIGH in 2019 as the Team Coordinator working to grow the current initiatives. Her primary focus will be on Stanford Refugee Research Project and the Planetary Health Alliance Conference. Prior to joining Stanford, she was a Budget and Financial Associate for the California State University system. She has substantial experience in economic development projects, particularly with displaced populations in the context of registration, program evaluation, education, health access, repatriation and sustainable livelihood development.
Abroo graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA. in International Development Economics. She holds a MA in Political Science with emphasis in Political Theory & Comparative Politics. She is currently pursuing Graduate Certificate in International Security Studies at Stanford. Her research interests include: Political economy, ungoverned space and tribal law, migration and global health.Contact Abroo Khan
Olivia Paige is the Program Associate for Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health. In May, 2018, she completed her Master of Public Health in Global Health from Emory University in her home city of Atlanta, GA. Olivia has experience working for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emergency Response and Recovery Branch as an ORISE Fellow in global health communications. She has been involved in global health research projects in India, Haiti, and in the U.S. She is particularly passionate about improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
Olivia enjoys fostering collaborations across the university to address global health issues. She loves meeting and interacting with new people, so please do not hesitate to reach out to her if you ever have any questions about getting involved with CIGH.Contact Olivia Paige
Program Administrator, Stanford Woods Institute
Jill serves as Program Administrator for the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, supporting Dr. Stephen Luby’s Lab. Prior to joining the Stanford Woods Institute, Jill served
Stanford Hospital & Clinics. Previously, she served at several high tech companies. Jill enjoys music and travel. At the Center for Innovation in Global Health, Jill plays an integral role in supporting the Center’s research initiatives directed by Dr. Luby, including the annual Global Health Research Convening.
Stanford Refugee Research Project Lead
Laila Soudi launched the Stanford Refugee Research Project in 2018. Prior to this, Laila served as a global mental health researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Stanford, where she worked to better understand the mental health of Syrian child refugees exposed to trauma and torture. An advocate of refugee health, Laila has published about the refugee crisis in Stanford Medicine Scope, Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, Washington Post, and the Guardian and has spoken about the global displacement crisis to a variety of audiences, from students to top US government officials. Originally from the Middle East, Laila holds degrees from UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco.Contact Laila Soudi