The Center for Global Health aims to improve health among the most vulnerable in our global community by leveraging the Massachusetts General Hospital 200-year legacy of innovation in medical care, education and scientific discovery.
Dr. Jana Jarolimova received her B.S. in molecular biology from Brown University and her MD from Harvard Medical School. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with underserved populations in Providence, RI and became interested in academic approaches to neglected infectious diseases and international health disparities.
Dr. Jana Jarolimova received her B.S. in molecular biology from Brown University and her MD from Harvard Medical School. During her undergraduate studies, she worked with underserved populations in Providence, RI and became interested in infectious diseases and international health disparities.
During medical school, Jana helped found several student-faculty primary care clinics in the Boston area, studied women's health disparities in rural Mexico, and worked for one year in rural Uganda on community health worker training and community-based primary healthcare. During global medicine residency, Jana completed an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness at the Harvard School of Public Health and studied community health worker linkages to care and reproductive health for women living with HIV in Uganda.
Jana started her Infectious Disease fellowship at MGH/BWH in July 2018 with plans to pursue research in STI diagnostics and management in sub-Saharan Africa and STI epidemiology in the United States.
Katherine Crabtree, MD, MPH
Global Medicine Alumni
Dr. Katherine Crabtree received a BA in biological sciences from University of Chicago and first became involved in community health working for Project Health (now Health Leads) and volunteering at a free clinic in her hometown of Owensboro, KY. These experiences led her to pursue an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics at UC Berkeley, with a thesis on the relationship between food insecurity and diabetes. At Berkeley she worked with vulnerable populations in Oakland as an intern for Alameda County Community Food Bank, experience that informed her choice to attend medical school. At UC Davis in Sacramento, she was a co-director for a student-run clinic serving homeless patients. She also engaged in issues around refugee relocation and health, developing a study comparing education around care for Hmong refugees at both UC Davis and in Laos. At MGH she continued to focus on these populations and now works in Kentucky providing primary care for refugees, homeless patients, migrant workers and patients with substance use disorders.
Dr. Carla Vazquez Santos received her BS in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. During her undergraduate studies she became involved with the community working as a volunteer tutor in an after school program and in the local hospital in her hometown of Carolina, PR. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine where she became involved in community health, organizing local health fairs and participating in night rounds assisting the homeless population with “Recinto Pa’ La Calle”. During residency in the University District Hospital, only supraterciary level hospital in Puerto Rico, she cared for the most vulnerable and economically disadvantaged population. This motivated her to do research focused on health disparities in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. One of her research projects focused on assessing the knowledge of colorectal cancer screening among patients receiving their care in UPR community clinics. She currently resides in Seattle, WA and is working in a University of Washington Neighborhood Clinic. Future plans include medical education and engaging in health policy initiatives that improve healthcare delivery to underserved communities, both locally and abroad.
Dr. Julian Mitton entered medical school with a background and passion for using social activism for novel models of international development. His interests in how individual health affects social and economic development motivated him to attend Stony Brook University School of Medicine. In medical school, Julian continued his interests in interdisciplinary advocacy. During medical school, Julian served clinically in Peru at the Lamay Health Clinic Summer Program where he also implemented the Community Back Pain Initiative – an occupational therapy program he founded and co-led. Julian also spent a summer working with Inuit populations in the Canadian Nunavut Arctic, his first introduction to the unique American health disparities of native populations. During residency, Julian is motivated to think about ways in which primary health care can be used as a tool of empowerment for the development of traditionally marginalized communities, both locally and abroad. Julian Mitton is currently a Rural Health Leadership Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital.Dr. Julian Mitton entered medical school with a background and passion for using social activism for novel models of international development. His interests in how individual health affects social and economic development motivated him to attend Stony Brook University School of Medicine. In medical school, Julian continued his interests in interdisciplinary advocacy. During medical school, Julian served clinically in Peru at the Lamay Health Clinic Summer Program where he also implemented the Community Back Pain Initiative – an occupational therapy program he founded and co-led. Julian also spent a summer working with Inuit populations in the Canadian Nunavut Arctic, his first introduction to the unique American health disparities of native populations. During residency, Julian was motivated to think about ways in which primary health care can be used as a tool of empowerment for the development of traditionally marginalized communities, both locally and abroad. Last year, Julian completed a year in the MGH Rural Health Leadership Fellowship. He is currently the Ambulatory Chief Resident for the MGH Internal Medicine Residency Program and will return to fellowship following chief year.
Atheendar S. Venkataramani, MD, PHD
Global Medicine Alumni
Dr. Atheendar Venkataramani earned a Ph.D. in health economics from Yale University and his M.D. at the Washington University School of Medicine. Atheen’s research uses insights and methods from economics, demography, and medicine to examine the life course determinants of health and socioeconomic inequality. His current work - situated primarily in the United States, Uganda, and Mexico - examines the effects of public policies and health interventions in early childhood and adolescence on adult health, human capital and well-being. Through his mentors at the Center for Global Health and the Division of General Internal Medicine, Atheen obtained a career development award from the NIH for the work in Uganda.
Associate Director, Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership, Faculty Director, Crimson Care Collaborative Clinic at Nashua Street Jail, Assistant in Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Instructor In Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Matthew Tobey moved to Boston from upstate New York to study the sciences at Harvard College. He then received his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine. Matt’s interests have long included medical education and caring for underserved communities. After graduating from the Global Primary Care Program, he joined MGH as its ambulatory chief resident. He has originated a new fellowship program, the MGH Fellowship Program in Rural Health Leadership planned to begin in July 2016, for which he will serve as Associate Program Director. The fellowship will involve community-based interventions and clinical care in Rosebud, South Dakota, through the Indian Health Service. Dr. Tobey also serves as the faculty director for a student-faculty collaborative clinic based at the Suffolk County Jail, located in Boston.
Dr. Shreya Patel attended Dartmouth College where she received her B.A. in Biology and Public Policy and participated in EMT work in the Himalayas, Ecuador, and Nicaragua prior to college. After college, Shreya completed a fellowship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, assisting in coordinating citywide pediatric HIV screening and treatment programs.
Shreya attended medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. During medical school, she also took time to complete her MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. As a medical and public health student, Shreya participated in numerous research opportunities and leadership roles including acting co-chair of the Global Health Forum, a group coordinating the school’s global health efforts. She also participated in a summer anesthesia research fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. In her career, Shreya hopes to help shape international health policy, particularly surrounding low-cost, high-impact interventions including vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and innovative diagnostics. Shreya is currently pursuing a GI fellowship at UCSF, where she hopes to focus on improving access and care delivery around specialty services for underserved populations.
Dr. Anthony Muiru was born and raised in Kenya. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell biology and received his M.D. from Harvard. Between his third and fourth years of medical school, Anthony returned to Kenya as a Fogarty Scholar where he conducted research with HIV-1 Discordant couples and worked clinically in the national teaching hospital. He also provided medical care in Kiambu District Hospital where he had once been a pediatric patient. This experience cemented his lifelong interest in strengthening health care delivery systems in rural Africa. Anthony is also passionate about working with marginalized communities in the US. In his future career, he seeks to combine his interests in improving health systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and providing primary care to low-income families and other underserved U.S. populations. Anthony is currently pursuing a Nephrology Fellowship at UCSF focusing his research on defining the epidemiology of chronic kidney disease in Uganda and Kenya.