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 of Global Health and Director for the Center for Innovation in Global Health
As a founder and director of the Stanford/Yale Global Health Scholars Program, Dr. Barry has sent more
than 2,000 physicians overseas to help strengthen health infrastructure in low-resource settings. She is an investigator in two NIH-HEPI (Health Professional Education Partnership) grants at the University of Zimbabwe and the University of Nairobi in Kenya. In addition, she is part of an NIH consortium sending researchers overseas as Global Health Equity Scholars. She launched the Women Leaders in Global Health conferences and WomenLift Health, a leadership accelerator for women working in global health. Dr Barry received the Elizabeth Blackburn Award for mentorship of women in careers in medicine. She also enjoys mentoring men.
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.ContactAllison Phillips
Executive Director, WomenLift Health, Center for Innovation in Global Health
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.ContactAmie 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 for Stanford Medicine. He hosts the award-winning podcast, 1:2:1, and moderates conversations with global health leaders for the Center. Prior to joiningStanford 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 for First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Ohio Governor Richard Celeste. In the private sector, he was vice president for public affairs at Home Box Office and managing director of the New York office for the global public relations company, Weber Shandwick. He holds a B.S. from Southern Illinois University and an M.S.W. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Research, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Dr. Luby’s research interests include identifying and interrupting pathways of infectious disease transmission in low-income countries. He works primarily in Bangladesh but also has projects in Western China and Liberia. His ongoing work includes 1) assessing the impact on health and child cognitive development ofscalable strategies to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene; 2) efforts to better understand the burden of disease from typhoid fever and evaluating approaches to reduce that burden; 3) developing and evaluating interventions to reduce the risk of a Nipah virus pandemic; and 4) evaluating the impact of the Bangladeshnational vaccine program on the burden of pneumococcal and Haemophilus influenzae type B infection.
Yvonne A. (Bonnie) Maldonado
Academic Director of Global Child Health
Dr. Maldonado is the director of Global Child Health and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics. She served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she led several domestic and international pediatric vaccine studies. Her research interests include the impact of rotavirus, measles, and polio vaccines on the epidemiology and prevention of childhood infections in low-resource populations and the prevention and treatment of perinatal HIV infection in the U.S., Mexico, and Africa. The chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, she has published more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and is co-editor of the textbook “Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant.”
Gary L. Darmstadt
Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, Professor and Co-Director, Department of Pediatrics
Dr. Darmstadt studies the effects of reducing gender inequality across the life course, ensuring child survival, and nurturing children’s growth and development on overall community health in developing countries. A passionate educator and advocate for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health and nutrition, Dr. Darmstadt came to Stanford from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was senior fellow in the Global Development Program and led foundation initiatives to address gender inequalities and empower women and girls globally. Prior to this role, he led strategy development and implementation across maternal, newborn, and child health; family planning; and nutrition for the Foundation.
Director of Global Oncology
Dr. Bhatt created a multidisciplinary collaboration with academic, governmental, and nonprofit leaders in Nigeria to save lives in a country where half the population lives on less than $2 a day and cancer kills more people than infectious diseases. She cofounded an international nonprofit organization that brings the best cancer care to underserved patients around the world and distributes culturally appropriate educational materials to low-literacy patients.
Director of Global Surgery
Dr. Wren has extensive experience working in humanitarian crises in Sub-Saharan Africa and leads research projects that examine the epidemiology of surgical disease in conflict zones. She serves on the executive council and builds capacity through educational collaboratives with the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa, a 14-country consortium, with more than 100 training programs that shape and lead the training and retention of surgeons in the Sub-Saharan region. Dr. Wren facilitates and supports mentorship for women in surgical training to increase the number of women surgeons in the COSESCA region. She also developed the International Humanitarian Surgery course that provides high-resource physicians in skills and information critical to their working in low resource environments.
S V. Mahadevan
Director of Stanford Emergency Medicine International
Dr. S.V. Mahadevan co-directs the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and has written, traveled,
and taught widely, presenting more than 400 invited lectures worldwide and authoring more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and multimedia publications. He was instrumental in setting up India’s first paramedic training institute, India’s first prehospital research center, Nepal’s first EMS system, Cambodia’s first EM- strengthening program and Myanmar’s first public-private EM training program. Dr. Mahadevan 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.
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering
Dr. Prakash studies the structure, function, and evolution of organisms through the lens of physics. He advocates for frugal science and builds low-cost and powerful tools for field science, bringing science from the lab into parts of the world where traditional tools are not available or affordable. Dr. Prakash’s curiosity-driven research group invented a human-powered centrifuge, built with 20 cents worth of paper, plastic, and twine. This low-cost tool can separate blood into its individual components in 90 seconds. His lab also created the Foldscope, a paper origami microscope which he field-tested in Madagascar and which has been used to identify microscopic eggs of agricultural pests in India, to catalog the biodiversity of soil anthropods in the Amazon, and to detect bacteria in water samples in Mexico. Dr. Prakash’s team also created Abuzz, an iPhone app that identifies malaria-carrying mosquitoes by recording and measuring the frequency of their buzz.
Professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine
Dr. Geoff Tabin is co-founder and chairman of the Himalayan Cataract Project and a professor of Ophthalmology and Global Medicine at Stanford University. He has published more than 45 peer-reviewed articles, two books, and a dozen book chapters related to his work in ophthalmology and the developing world. He is the fourth person in the world to reach the tallest peak on each of the seven continents. With his Himalayan Cataract Project co-founder, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, Tabin has trained physicians throughout Nepal who have reversed blindness in nearly one million people.
Consulting Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director, Global Exchange Program at Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign
Dr. Anurag Mairal leads initiatives focused on applying the biodesign process to resource-constrained settings globally. He facilitates opportunities for Stanford students, faculty, and fellows to work on global health-care needs. He is a founding faculty member of Global Biodesign: Medical Technology in an International Context and Global Health: Scaling Health Technology Innovations in Low Resource Settings, advanced-level courses offered to engineering, business, and medical students. He also has additional appointments as a adjunct professor at Stanford Graduate School of Business. As a co-director of the India Biodesign Phase II Initiative, he leads the Founders Forum, a platform for supporting India’s medtech entrepreneurs.
Paul H. Wise
Richard E. Behrman Professor in Child Health
Dr. Wise’s research focuses on health inequalities, child health policy, and global child health. He leads a multidisciplinary initiative, Children in Crisis, which is directed at integrating expertise in political science, security, and health services in areas of civil conflict and unstable governance. Dr. Wise is a professor ofPediatrics and Health Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine and a senior fellow in the Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law and the Center for International Security and Cooperation, in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies. He is also co-director of the March of Dimes Center for Prematurity Research at Stanford University.
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.
Katherine States Burke
Senior Adviser and DCI fellow. Former deputy director of Stanford Global Health.
Katherine States Burke, MM, MSc, works to build cross-cutting teams to address global health problems. 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.
Herb Riband is an independent global healthcare advisor, working with a select group of startup companies, NGOs and academic professionals that are bringing truly innovative approaches to global health and healthcare delivery. He recently completed a 16-month fellowship at Stanford University’s Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI), which focused on global health and healthcare innovation. Prior to that, Herb had a diverse 31-year international career with leadership roles in multinational enterprises in biotechnology (Amgen), medical technology (Medtronic), consumer goods (Diageo), consulting (Ernst & Young) and law (Baker & McKenzie). He built international market access, healthcare policy, government affairs, strategic philanthropy, corporate communications and law functions for multinational corporations. In this regard, Herb led the launch of value-based healthcare delivery programs incorporating holistic “beyond the drug and device” solutions and promoting policies focused on measuring and improving patient health outcomes. He also built partnerships with health system stakeholders to accelerate patient access to appropriate biopharmaceutical and medical technology therapies, with a particular focus on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A native of Pennsylvania (USA), Herb received advanced degrees from Cornell University and the University of Michigan Law School. He is a citizen of the United States and Switzerland.
Content Lead, WomenLift Health
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.ContactShereen Bhan
Program Operations Lead, WomenLift Health
Ling strongly believes in social change and justice and has over 17 years of experience in various non-profit sectors. Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Ling worked at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank for close to 10 years, where she was the Director of Programs. Starting with the Commodities Supplemental Food Program serving 12,000 seniors, Ling grew her areas of focus to also encompass SNAP, expanding the program from 1 staff member in San Francisco to two teams of 10 serving multiple counties. Ling was also instrumental in implementing the Food Bank’s first pantry enrollment system, allowing the Food Bank to assist 12,000 more families in need each week.
Prior to the Food Bank, Ling did economic development work for low-income neighborhoods in San Francisco and taught English in Japan.
Ling graduated from the University of Chicago with a BA in Political Science and has a Master in Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.ContactLing Liang
Program Assistant, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Lina serves as the Program Assistant for Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, supporting the program and its team members in their commitment to Global Health. Previously, she was the office coordinator for the Office of the Dean, 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.ContactLina Montes
Program Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
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.ContactOlivia 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.
Program Coordinator, WomenLift Health
Ashley graduated from Duke University with a major in Environmental Sciences and Biology. Shortly after, she moved to San Francisco where she served as an Executive Assistant and then Program Coordinator at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. As Program Coordinator, she worked with community partners in the Sunset, Potrero Hill, Oceanview, Merced, and Ingleside neighborhoods to ensure community members have access to nutritious, weekly groceries and food insecurity-alleviating resources.
Ashley loves supporting social justice movements, especially ones that involve empowering women.
Digital Strategist, WomenLift Health
Cat is a multi-media communications specialist who brings several years of experience showcasing and expanding health initiatives at a district, county, and now global scale with WomenLift Health.
Prior to joining WomenLift Health, Cat managed communications for Sequoia Healthcare District and developed Sequoia Strong™, the District’s first comprehensive directory for healthy living. Cat has managed tobacco cessation projects for Sacramento County and UC Davis, including increasing referrals to the CA state tobacco Quitline by implementing referral policies at county-wide health clinics. Early in her career, Cat developed a professional videography and photography company, while managing communications and process improvement projects for Silicon Valley non-profits including Ronald McDonald House at Stanford.
Cat graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology and has a Masters of Public Health from San Jose State University.
Program Operations Coordinator, WomenLift Health
Michael is passionate about advancing global health equity and has held several roles at international development organizations. He was previously a Program Analyst for the President’s Malaria Initiative at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) where he helped manage the Impact Malaria service delivery project and oversaw the operational research portfolio. Prior to his position at USAID, Michael worked at a renewable energy company in Accra, Ghana through the Princeton in Africa fellowship program. Additionally, Michael loves traveling and recently finished a contract as an English teaching assistant in Tours, France.
Michael graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Science and Management. During his undergraduate career he completed summer internships with non-profit organizations in Rwanda and the Philippines.
Lucas Oliver Oswald
Communications Manager, Center for Innovation in Global Health
Lucas is passionate about bridging the gap between science and public understanding through multimedia and the written word, focusing his career on increasing knowledge and awareness of climate change and planetary health issues.
As the Global Health Communications Manager, Lucas develops and executes communication strategies for the Center for Innovation in Global Health, designing methodologies for broader audience engagement and creating and managing editorial content. Previous to his role at CIGH, Lucas worked with as a content specialist for the Director of Health Media Innovation at Stanford Medicine, consulting on strategy for public health messaging through entertainment media forms, as well as creating and producing an online multimedia course on ethical food consumerism. Before that, Lucas was the Multimedia Content Manager at Emerson Collective, a social impact organization in Palo Alto, CA, where he designed, managed, and produced multimedia content for the environmental, food, and health verticals.
Lucas received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Earth Systems from Stanford University, completing masters of science with a focus on science communication and a bachelors of science focused on human environmental systems. He is also an avid fiction writer—during 2019, he completed the first draft of a 550 paged novel while living in South Africa—and photographer. You can find his work at Lostwald.com.