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Meet our team

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.

Stanford Global Health Leadership

Gary L. Darmstadt

Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, Professor and Co-Director, Department of Pediatrics

Ami Bhatt

Director of Global Oncology

Ami Bhatt

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.

Sherry Wren

Director of Global Surgery

Sherry Wren

Director of Global Surgery

S V. Mahadevan

Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International

Geoff Tabin

Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine

Geoff Tabin

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.

Stanford Global Health Senior Advisors

Diana Chapman Walsh

President Emerita, Wellesley College and Senior Advisor, Stanford Global Health

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.

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