Staff

  • Shelley Amira, MPH
    Associate Director, Administration

    Shelley has worked in Academic Medical Centers for over 35 years.  She received her Master’s in Public Health at Yale University and completed her administrative internship at the Beth Israel Hospital Boston where she also served as a manager in ambulatory services.  During her tenure at the Brigham and Women's Hospital she provided leadership and management for the Emergency Services, Primary Care, Dental, Audiology and other specialties programs before coming to MGH.

    Shelley has worked in Academic Medical Centers for over 35 years.  She received her Master’s in Public Health at Yale University and completed her administrative internship at the Beth Israel Hospital Boston where she also served as a manager in ambulatory services.  During her tenure at the Brigham and Women's Hospital she provided leadership and management for the Emergency Services, Primary Care, Dental, Audiology and other specialties programs before coming to MGH.

    Just prior to joining MGH Global Health her clinical areas included Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She was instrumental in the early phase of program development, and then the integration and expansion of these new services at the MGH and within the greater Boston community. She has extensive experience managing clinical, teaching and research activities. 

    In her current role at MGH Global Health, Shelley oversees the day-to-day operations, human resources, and financial management of MGH Global Health.  Her international work is focused on building a strong and sustainable partnership with the Mbarara University of Science and Technology and the Mbarara Regional and Referral Hospital in Uganda. Shelley is well traveled having had the opportunity to spend time in Asia, Central America, Europe and Africa.

  • Jodi Ansel, BBA
    Administrative Manager

    Jodi Ansel has worked in international development for 25+ years, specializing in program operations, grants management, and administration. As Administrative Manager for Global Health, she is responsible for pre- and post-award management of a portfolio of domestic and international grants and contracts. She monitors all financial aspects and sponsor requirements of awards, with a focus on international subcontracts. Jodi provides technical assistance on best practices for the financial management of MGH Global Health’s contract and grants with our in-country grants management collaborators and principal investigators.

    Jodi Ansel has worked in international development for 25+ years, specializing in program operations, grants management, and administration. As Administrative Manager for Global Health, she is responsible for pre- and post-award management of a portfolio of domestic and international grants and contracts. She monitors all financial aspects and sponsor requirements of awards, with a focus on international subcontracts. Jodi provides technical assistance on best practices for the financial management of MGH Global Health’s contract and grants with our in-country grants management collaborators and principal investigators.

    Before coming to MGH, Jodi worked at the home office of Pathfinder International, a US-based, international NGO dedicated to sexual and reproductive health and rights. She was a technical specialist for program systems, serving as a resource for the organization’s development and use of program systems to promote quality management throughout the project life cycle.  Jodi received a Bachelor in Business Administration from UMASS/Amherst.

  • Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH
    Deputy Director, Global Disaster Response

    Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH, is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Affiliate Faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician.  Dr. Aschkenasy completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut and completed a highly competitive fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Public Health at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health with a certificate in Field Studies and Humanitarian Response and a Masters in Public Health. She has worked extensively within academic institutions and with national and international organizations including Oxfam America, The World Health Organization, International Medical Corps, American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control. 

    Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH, is an Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Affiliate Faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician.  Dr. Aschkenasy completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut and completed a highly competitive fellowship in International Emergency Medicine and Public Health at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard School of Public Health with a certificate in Field Studies and Humanitarian Response and a Masters in Public Health. She has worked extensively within academic institutions and with national and international organizations including Oxfam America, The World Health Organization, International Medical Corps, American Red Cross, and the Centers for Disease Control. 

    She has been a humanitarian responding to cholera outbreaks in Zimbabwe, displacements in Sudan, chronic drought in Ethiopia, flooding in El Salvador, earthquakes in Peru and Haiti, as well as many other countries in Africa, South East Asia, Central and North and South America. She has led response teams in the Philippines and Nepal and provided support in training and education for those deploying to West Africa. Most recently she is has attended training and simulations conducted by the World Health Organization on Emergency Medical response teams with a focus on disaster management and humanitarian assistance. Her primary area of interest is the professionalization of humanitarian response with expertise in water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), health, and program management.

  • Elizabeth Bailey
    Director, CAMTech

    Ms. Elizabeth Bailey joined MGH as the Director of CAMTech in 2012. Prior to MGH, Ms. Bailey spent over a decade as an investment partner at Commons Capital, an impact venture capital fund that invests in early-stage technology companies. Ms. Bailey managed the fund's health care and education portfolios, and she led the fund's global health initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Ms. Elizabeth Bailey joined MGH as the Director of CAMTech in 2012. Prior to MGH, Ms. Bailey spent over a decade as an investment partner at Commons Capital, an impact venture capital fund that invests in early-stage technology companies. Ms. Bailey managed the fund's health care and education portfolios, and she led the fund's global health initiative supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Ms. Bailey has worked with numerous health care companies in the medical device, biotech, services and IT segments, with a particular emphasis on those developing solutions for diagnosing and treating neglected diseases. She has served as a board director or observer to Apex Learning, Claros Diagnostics (acquired by OPKO Health), CodeRyte (acquired by 3M), Combinent Biomedical Systems, HistoRx, Medical Metrx Solutions, Niman Ranch, Sun & Earth, TelaDoc Medical Services and Valeo Medical. Ms. Bailey earned a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a BA from Brown University.

  • Bridget Burns
    Clinical Research Coordinator

    Bridget Burns is the clinical research coordinator at the Center for Global Health.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Susquehanna University, Ms. Burns lived and conducted research in Mauritius through the Fulbright Program.  Prior to that, Bridget studied at the University of the Gambia. 

    Bridget Burns is the clinical research coordinator at the Center for Global Health.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Susquehanna University, Ms. Burns lived and conducted research in Mauritius through the Fulbright Program.  Prior to that, Bridget studied at the University of the Gambia. 

    Bridget has a particular research interest in the relationship between social marginalization and access to health care and social services among Key Affected Populations of people who are HIV positive.  Bridget joined the Center for Global Health in 2014.

  • Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH
    Program Director, MUST Research Collaboration

    Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH is currently serving as the Program Director for the MGH-MUST Collaborative in Uganda.  He has been working with the CGH-MUST community for the past 4 years as a co-PI with Dr. Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire at MUST, studying the safety and efficacy of inhaled nitric oxide in children with cerebral malaria.  In addition, his funded technology development team is working with Dr. Data Santorino’s CAMTech team at MUST to develop safe and simple continuous positive airway support for infants and children with respiratory distress.

    Ryan Carroll, MD, MPH is currently serving as the Program Director for the MGH-MUST Collaborative in Uganda.  He has been working with the CGH-MUST community for the past 4 years as a co-PI with Dr. Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire at MUST, studying the safety and efficacy of inhaled nitric oxide in children with cerebral malaria.  In addition, his funded technology development team is working with Dr. Data Santorino’s CAMTech team at MUST to develop safe and simple continuous positive airway support for infants and children with respiratory distress.

    He is an Assistant in Pediatrics faculty member within the division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at the MassGeneral for Children and an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Carroll received his medical degree from the Medical School for International Health, Israel, in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences, and also holds a Master of Public Health in International Health.

  • Jon Chu
    Grant Administrator

    Jon joined MGH Global Health in August 2016 as a Grant Administrator.  He currently provides support to Drs. Lynn Matthews, Mark Siedner, and Alexander Tsai for their essential HIV-related work in Africa.

    Jon joined MGH Global Health in August 2016 as a Grant Administrator.  He currently provides support to Drs. Lynn Matthews, Mark Siedner, and Alexander Tsai for their essential HIV-related work in Africa.

    Previously, Jon served in Madagascar as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked in Denver as a medical case manager providing assistance to individuals diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Most recently, he worked as grant administrator at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard in Cambridge.

    He holds a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo in NY and M.A. in International Development from the Korbel School for International Studies in CO.

  • Christine Cooper-Vince, PhD
    Research Fellow

    Christine Cooper-Vince is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Global Psychiatry and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her research encompasses the investigation of parental and structural factors in the development and treatment of childhood mental health problems, as well as tele methods for expanding access to mental health care in low-resource settings. Her research aims to further investigate youth psychopathology within the context of familial mental and physical health to inform the development of novel community-based mental health interventions in Mbarara, Uganda.

    Christine Cooper-Vince is a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Global Psychiatry and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Her research encompasses the investigation of parental and structural factors in the development and treatment of childhood mental health problems, as well as tele methods for expanding access to mental health care in low-resource settings. Her research aims to further investigate youth psychopathology within the context of familial mental and physical health to inform the development of novel community-based mental health interventions in Mbarara, Uganda.

    Prior to beginning her postdoctoral research at MGH, Christine completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Boston University and her predoctoral clinical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training track.

  • Hilarie Cranmer, MD, MPH
    Director of Global Disaster Response

    Dr. Cranmer is an emergency physician, researcher, and educator working to advance practice standards for humanitarian responders. She has participated in the response to major humanitarian disasters, serving in the field during the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the U.S., was the Technical Advisor on Ebola for International Medical Corps during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and as Incident Commander for her teams deployed to the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew- affected Haiti in 2016. As the founding director of education and humanitarian studies at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Cranmer designed an innovative training program that culminates in a simulated disaster field experience as well as founded the global women's health fellowship housed at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    Dr. Cranmer is an emergency physician, researcher, and educator working to advance practice standards for humanitarian responders. She has participated in the response to major humanitarian disasters, serving in the field during the 2004 tsunami in Indonesia, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the U.S., was the Technical Advisor on Ebola for International Medical Corps during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa and as Incident Commander for her teams deployed to the Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, the Nepal Earthquake in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew- affected Haiti in 2016. As the founding director of education and humanitarian studies at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Cranmer designed an innovative training program that culminates in a simulated disaster field experience as well as founded the global women's health fellowship housed at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

    She is also the first director of global disaster response at Massachusetts General Hospital’s (MGH) Center for Global Health and serves as vice-chairman and secretary of the World Association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine. Cranmer is an Associate professor at the Harvard Medical School, Department of Emergency Medicine and also at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in the Department of Global Health and Population. She continues to practice emergency medicine as clinical faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MGH. She has recently been recognized by her work with the 2015 Institute for International Medicines’ Humanitarian Crises Response Award and the 2015 Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit, its highest honor annually bestowed.

  • Pat Daoust, RN, MSN, FAAN
    Director of Nursing for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital

    Pat Daoust RN MSN FAAN is the Director of Nursing for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She sets the vision, operationalizes and provides leadership to all global nursing initiatives related to the organizations mission. Presently Pat is also serving as the Interim Director a MGH- Global Health as well. Pat serves on the Global Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the advisory committee for the Global Nursing Caucus.

    Pat Daoust RN MSN FAAN is the Director of Nursing for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. She sets the vision, operationalizes and provides leadership to all global nursing initiatives related to the organizations mission. Presently Pat is also serving as the Interim Director a MGH- Global Health as well. Pat serves on the Global Committee for the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and the advisory committee for the Global Nursing Caucus.

    The reach and impact of her work spans three decades and two continents. As Director of Health Action AIDS for Physicians for Human Rights she mobilized 10,000 health professionals to advocate for evidence-based policies related to the global AIDS epidemic, created the advocacy platform Health Rights=Healthy Women, developed innovative nursing programs that strengthen capacity to care for underserved populations  and testified at the US House of Representatives and Senate related to PEPFAR. She is unique in that she has disseminated her work in a variety of venues including presentations, book chapters, a documentary (highlighting the plight of grandmothers raising children of AIDS victims) and editorials published in the New York Times and Boston Globe. Her stature on the global stage is evidence by her invitation to be the first Chief Nursing Officer for the Global Health Service Program, a partnership between Peace Corps and Seed Global Health.

    Pat’s career trajectory is characterized by her enduring commitment to health as a human right and her dedication to the nursing profession. She has been the recipient of multiple awards including the Nursing Leadership Award by Sigma Theta Tau International, ANAC Public Service Award, AIDS Action Committee Heroes in Action Award, and the MGH Linda Kelly Visiting Scholar Recognition Award.

  • Katelyn Fleming, MA, MS
    Senior Program Manager, Seed Global Health

    Katelyn Fleming is the Senior Program Manager of Seed Global Health.  She manages the programmatic operations of Seed Global Health’s core program, the Global Health Service Partnership, a public private partnership between, Seed, the Peace Corps and PEPFAR which builds capacity through education and training. 

    Katelyn Fleming is the Senior Program Manager of Seed Global Health.  She manages the programmatic operations of Seed Global Health’s core program, the Global Health Service Partnership, a public private partnership between, Seed, the Peace Corps and PEPFAR which builds capacity through education and training. 

    Previously, she was the Senior Research Associate and Department Manager at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she managed a work force development educational certificate program to train clinicians and IT professionals. She was responsible for program development, grant writing, recruitment, financial management, student administrative support, and alumni relations.  Prior to her time at The George Washington University, Ms. Fleming was an event coordinator at Rafanelli Events in Boston. Ms. Fleming holds a MA from The George Washington University, a MS from Simmons College, and a BA from Saint Anselm College.

  • Lindsey Garrison
    Project Manager

    At MGH Global Health, Lindsey is responsible for managing an NIH-funded project that aims to analyze young women’s adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for prevention of HIV in Thika and Kisumu, Kenya, and learn more about the risk analysis each woman conducts in deciding when she will start and stop taking PrEP.

    At MGH Global Health, Lindsey is responsible for managing an NIH-funded project that aims to analyze young women’s adherence to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for prevention of HIV in Thika and Kisumu, Kenya, and learn more about the risk analysis each woman conducts in deciding when she will start and stop taking PrEP.

    Prior to joining the Center for Global Health as a Project Manager in the research group, Lindsey worked at the FXB Center of the Harvard School of Public Health. There she was a Research Assistant with the Disaster Response and Resilience Program and worked with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative to develop interactive case studies evaluating previous disaster response.


    Lindsey holds a BA in public administration and public health from Elon University, and an MPH in global health from Boston University, with a concentration in program management and infectious diseases.

  • Jessica Haberer, MD, MS
    Director of Global Health Research

    Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has been working in global health and studying adherence to antiretroviral medications for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection since the early 2000s. Her research focuses on real-time adherence monitoring and intervention. Current projects are based in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.

    Jessica Haberer, MD, MS, is an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. She has been working in global health and studying adherence to antiretroviral medications for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection since the early 2000s. Her research focuses on real-time adherence monitoring and intervention. Current projects are based in Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa.

    Please see Dr. Haberer's Harvard Catalyst profile for selected publications.

  • Jason Davis Harlow, MPH, MA
    Associate Director for Global Programs

    Before joining the Center for Global Health, Mr. Harlow served as the Uganda Country Manager for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative. He has also worked for the Partners AIDS Research Center at MGH, the Medical Research Program at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Africa Bureau of the United Nations Development Program. Mr. Harlow received his Master of Public Health and Master of International Affairs degrees from Columbia University, and attended Wesleyan University for his undergraduate studies in molecular biology and biochemistry.

  • Kate Hutchins
    Program Manager, MUST-MGH Global Health Collaborative

    Ms. Hutchins is the Program Manager for the MUST-MGH Global Health Collaborative coordinating the partnership between Mass General Hospital in Boston and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Hospital. She is responsible for building departmental partnerships between MGH and MUST, coordinating over 250 visitors to the Collaborative each year, and managing scholarships for students at MUST.

    Ms. Hutchins is the Program Manager for the MUST-MGH Global Health Collaborative coordinating the partnership between Mass General Hospital in Boston and the Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) and Mbarara Hospital. She is responsible for building departmental partnerships between MGH and MUST, coordinating over 250 visitors to the Collaborative each year, and managing scholarships for students at MUST.

    Ms. Hutchins studied French and European Studies at Scripps College. She has volunteered in Costa Rica, Nepal, and Paris and has worked in admissions, journalism, and nonprofits. She joined Mass General Global Health in 2013 as Executive Assistant to MGH Global Health Director David Bangsberg, MD, MPH. She then worked as Project Manager for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech), the MGH Global Health program focused on accelerating global health innovation.

  • Ingrid Theresa Katz,M.D.
    Research Scientist

    Dr. Katz is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Physician in the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health. Her research focuses on understanding factors driving health-behavior change among people living with HIV in South Africa, and designing socio-behavioral interventions to engage the most vulnerable populations in care.

    Dr. Katz is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Physician in the Division of Women's Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health. Her research focuses on understanding factors driving health-behavior change among people living with HIV in South Africa, and designing socio-behavioral interventions to engage the most vulnerable populations in care.

    Dr. Katz obtained a B.A. from Amherst College and a Master's in Health Science from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before pursuing her degree in Medicine at University of California at San Francisco. After completing her medical training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, she received a Global Women's Health Fellowship. She has worked with multiple NGO's and multinational organizations, including the Population Council, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Katz has also served as an Editorial Fellow at the New England Journal of Medicine. She has been consistently funded by The National Institutes of Health for five years.

    Please see Dr. Katz's Harvard Catalyst profile for selected publications.

  • Jessica Kenney
    Program Manager, Global Medicine Program

    Jessica Kenney is the Program Manager for the Global Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining the MGH Global Health, she provided immigration services to Partners-affiliated hospitals as a Senior Advisor in the International Office, and was an Account Manager for two Boston based marketing agencies, Arnold Worldwide and AMP Agency.

    Jessica Kenney is the Program Manager for the Global Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining the MGH Global Health, she provided immigration services to Partners-affiliated hospitals as a Senior Advisor in the International Office, and was an Account Manager for two Boston based marketing agencies, Arnold Worldwide and AMP Agency.

    Jessica holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in International Health from Boston University.  During her MPH program, she worked as part of a field team in Kenya to evaluate the Community Health Worker component of the Community Health Strategy in partnership with the Ministry of Health, and she also co-created a tablet-based CommCare HQ mHealth application for Companeros Eñ Salud to assist medical residents with the active case finding of chronic disease in Chiapas, Mexico.  Jessica is dedicated improving access to health care globally and promoting international collaboration.

  • Vanessa Bradford Kerry, MD, MSc
    MGH Global Health Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives

    Dr. Kerry is the Associate Director of Partnerships and Global Initiatives at MGH Global Health. She helps to oversee clinical and education opportunities in global health and partnerships for MGH Global Health. She is also co-founder and the CEO of Seed Global Health. Having worked in resource‐limited settings for over a decade, Dr. Kerry has witnessed health inequities around many places in the world and how shortages of local health providers in their home countries contribute to those inequities. She envisions a solution where the growing number of US health professionals interested in global health serve as educators and faculty in these countries to build a pipeline of future in‐country providers. Currently, her vision is becoming a reality through her work at Seed Global Health. The program sends American health professionals to help train the next generation of health professionals in countries with critical needs. Seed's flagship program is the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), a public‐private partnership between Seed Global Health, the Peace Corps and the countries where GHSP physicians and nurses serve as medical and nursing educators.

  • Lynn Matthews, MD, MPH
    Research Scientist

    Lynn T. Matthews is an Assistant Professor at HMS and an Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Division of Infectious Diseases and at MGH Global Health.

    Lynn T. Matthews is an Assistant Professor at HMS and an Assistant in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Division of Infectious Diseases and at MGH Global Health.

    She completed her undergraduate training at Swarthmore College, her medical degree at the University of Miami, internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, infectious disease fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and an MPH at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She uses mixed methods to to develop safer conception programs that support the safe achievement of reproductive goals for men and women living with HIV. She collaborates with partners in Mbarara, Uganda (Mbarara University of Science and Technology) and Durban, South Africa (MatCH Research Unit, University of the Witwatersrand). Her work is supported by the NIH, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Harvard CFAR, and the Sullivan Family Foundation.

    Please see Dr. Matthews' Harvard Catalyst profile for selected publications.

  • Brett MacAulay
    Web Designer

    A graduate of Simon's Rock, Brett has worked for Mass General since 2004. He previously served as IT Manager for a Cambridge-based tech company and worked in the music industry as a performer, recording engineer, photographer, and designer. Recent projects include Allergy Pathway, Heading Home Healthy and ID Images.

  • Sara Mian-McCarthy
    Project Manager

    Before joining Mass General Global Health, Sara spent two years living in Washington, DC working in communications and advocacy unit at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. There she helped to develop materials, plan international conferences, and draft grants for the organizations various stakeholders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and USAID. Sara has also lived in Accra, Ghana where she worked at the West African AIDS Foundation implementing a nutritional assistance program for HIV- positive expectant mothers. More recently she worked in Port au Prince, Haiti with FHADIMAC-the only clinic in Haiti specifically focused on diabetes care-conducting data analysis and helping to streamline and strengthen their health infrastructure.

    Before joining Mass General Global Health, Sara spent two years living in Washington, DC working in communications and advocacy unit at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative. There she helped to develop materials, plan international conferences, and draft grants for the organizations various stakeholders including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and USAID. Sara has also lived in Accra, Ghana where she worked at the West African AIDS Foundation implementing a nutritional assistance program for HIV- positive expectant mothers. More recently she worked in Port au Prince, Haiti with FHADIMAC-the only clinic in Haiti specifically focused on diabetes care-conducting data analysis and helping to streamline and strengthen their health infrastructure.

    Sara graduated from New York University with a B.A in International Health and from the Boston University School of Public Health with a M.P.H in International Health, specifically focusing on non-communicable diseases and monitoring and evaluation. While at BU she worked at Boston Medical Center as a Research Assistant.

  • Shauna Murray
    Program Coordinator, Global Disaster Response

    Prior to joining MGH-Global Health as a Project Manager, Shauna Murray, was a Program Coordinator at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she assisted in the development of graduate programs within the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance. Ms. Murray also served as the Executive Assistant for the Haitian Studies Association coordinating study abroad programs in Haiti and Jamaica in addition to executing annual academic conferences throughout the United States and Caribbean. 

    Prior to joining MGH-Global Health as a Project Manager, Shauna Murray, was a Program Coordinator at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she assisted in the development of graduate programs within the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance. Ms. Murray also served as the Executive Assistant for the Haitian Studies Association coordinating study abroad programs in Haiti and Jamaica in addition to executing annual academic conferences throughout the United States and Caribbean. 

    Ms. Murray persuaded her academic career at the University of Massachusetts Boston receiving her Masters in Applied Sociology and a dual degree Bachelors in Africana Studies and Sociology with a concentration in International Relations. Additionally, she holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management.

  • Kristian Olson, MD, MPH, DTM&H
    Medical Director, Consortium for Affordable Medical Technology

    Kristian Olson is the Medical Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech). He is both a Paediatrician and Internist and serves as a Clinician Educator at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has` worked in Darfur, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and India, is a serial innovator and one of the architects of the CAMTech Innovation platform.

    Kristian Olson is the Medical Director of the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech). He is both a Paediatrician and Internist and serves as a Clinician Educator at the Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. He has` worked in Darfur, Indonesia, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Uganda, and India, is a serial innovator and one of the architects of the CAMTech Innovation platform.

    He completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of British Columbia, medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and his residency training in the Combined Harvard Medicine and Pediatrics Program. He trained in the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Sydney as a US Fulbright Scholar and completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003.

    In 2009, he was named to the Scientific American Top 10 Honor Roll as an individual who has demonstrated leadership in applying new technologies and biomedical discoveries for the benefit of humanity.

  • Gabrielle Onessimo
    Executive Assistant to Interim Director Pat Daoust

    Gabrielle Onessimo is the executive assistant to the director of MGH Global Health. Her primary responsibilities include social media management, scheduling, and assisting in the creation of marketing materials. Gabrielle graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, specializing in Africa and the Middle East. Prior to joining MGH Global Health, she interned with the American Transplant Foundation as a programs and events coordinator. Gabrielle spent four months in Dakar, Senegal where she volunteered at an infant orphanage and further developed her French language skills. Recently, Gabrielle published an undergraduate thesis on the HIV epidemic in Botswana and Uganda.

  • Palka Patel, MD
    Uganda Site Director, Global Medicine Program

    Palka completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. After her residency, she joined Baylor College of Medicine's Global Health Corps. Through this position she spent a year working with a special program directed through Texas Children's Hospital focusing on the screening and treatment of sickle cell disease in Angola. In this role she worked with team members to expand newborn screening of sickle cell disease from maternities to health centers, trained local physicians and health care providers, and treated children with sickle cell disease in a specialty clinic.

    Palka completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. After her residency, she joined Baylor College of Medicine's Global Health Corps. Through this position she spent a year working with a special program directed through Texas Children's Hospital focusing on the screening and treatment of sickle cell disease in Angola. In this role she worked with team members to expand newborn screening of sickle cell disease from maternities to health centers, trained local physicians and health care providers, and treated children with sickle cell disease in a specialty clinic.

    Palka completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. After her residency, she joined Baylor College of Medicine's Global Health Corps. Through this position she spent a year working with a special program directed through Texas Children's Hospital focusing on the screening and treatment of sickle cell disease in Angola. In this role she worked with team members to expand newborn screening of sickle cell disease from maternities to health centers, trained local physicians and health care providers, and treated children with sickle cell disease in a specialty clinic.

    Palka's ultimate goals are to incorporate global health sustainably with academic medicine into a lifelong career. Her work in Angola has provided a stepping stone of practical international experience, and she joins the MGH-Global Medicine program as Uganda Site Director to continue gaining important experience to help achieve her goals.

  • Jessica Perkins
    Research Specialist

    Jessica Perkins is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Health Policy at Harvard University with a concentration in Medical Sociology. Previously, she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Davidson College and an M.S. in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her primary area of research concerns social networks in resource-limited settings, particularly rural Uganda, where she lived for 2 years while directing a sociocentric social network study of health, economic, and development outcomes among 8 villages.

    Jessica Perkins is a Ph.D. candidate in the Program in Health Policy at Harvard University with a concentration in Medical Sociology. Previously, she received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Davidson College and an M.S. in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her primary area of research concerns social networks in resource-limited settings, particularly rural Uganda, where she lived for 2 years while directing a sociocentric social network study of health, economic, and development outcomes among 8 villages.

    Jessica continues this work through her role as a Research Specialist for the Center for Global Health at MGH where she participates in the design, implementation, and analysis of a longitudinal RCT studying the economic, health, and social network impact of microenterprise introduction and new access to water in rural Uganda. Jessica’s dissertation research focuses on how individuals’ network characteristics are related to a variety of health outcomes (such as depression, food security, intimate partner violence, alcohol use, and HIV) and perception of community norms.  She is also involved in other studies on social norms and perceived norms in relation to health outcomes among UK youth, and social capital and HIV treatment adherence in urban Peru.

  • Mary Sebert, RN, MPH
    International Nurse Program Manager

    Mary Sebert, RN, MPH is the International Nurse Program Manager of the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Department.  Previously, Ms. Sebert worked in Mbarara, Uganda as a Global Heath Service Partnership volunteer, a partnership program between Seed Global Health and the United States Peace Corps.  In Uganda, she worked at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as an instructor in the nursing program. She also served as a mentor in leadership for the nursing faculty.  Additionally, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where she worked in the development of Non-Governmental Organizations, specifically those with health issues.  Ms. Sebert is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical education and managerial experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

    Mary Sebert, RN, MPH is the International Nurse Program Manager of the Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Department.  Previously, Ms. Sebert worked in Mbarara, Uganda as a Global Heath Service Partnership volunteer, a partnership program between Seed Global Health and the United States Peace Corps.  In Uganda, she worked at Mbarara University of Science and Technology as an instructor in the nursing program. She also served as a mentor in leadership for the nursing faculty.  Additionally, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Romania where she worked in the development of Non-Governmental Organizations, specifically those with health issues.  Ms. Sebert is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of clinical education and managerial experience. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from South Dakota State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Administration from the University of Oklahoma.

    Presently, Ms. Sebert works with the MGH Global Nursing Fellowship Program, which offers short-term fellowships to specialized nurses who provide didactic instruction and clinical mentorship to partner programs in Uganda and Tanzania.  She also conducts an annual 10-day Leadership Training Program for a partner in South Africa.

  • Jenna Sherry
    Project Coordinator, Global Medicine Research Assistant

    Ms. Sherry graduated from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. with a Bachelor of Science in International Health. Prior to joining the Center for Global Health, she interned at the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD), HelpAge USA, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), and the Global Pediatric Surgical Technology Education Program (GP STEP). Ms. Sherry conducted research on Dengue and Chikungunya in Kerala, India, and studied infectious diseases at the Vector Control Research Center (VCRC) in Pondicherry, India.

  • Mark Siedner, MD
    Research Scientist

    Mark Siedner is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research program, based in Durban, South Africa and Mbarara, Uganda, lies at the intersection between population health and clinical research, and is aimed at mitigating the causes of morbidity and mortality among people living with HIV in low-income countries.

    Mark Siedner is an Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Assistant Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His research program, based in Durban, South Africa and Mbarara, Uganda, lies at the intersection between population health and clinical research, and is aimed at mitigating the causes of morbidity and mortality among people living with HIV in low-income countries.

    Projects include 1) directing clinical trials to evaluate scalable interventions to address structural barriers to care, including transportation costs and poor communication systems, 2) directing a longitudinal cohort study of aging HIV-infected persons and matched HIV-uninfected controls to discern the HIV-related epidemiology of aging in rural Uganda; and 3) leading an NIH and PEPFAR-funded randomized clinical trial to estimate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of resistance testing to improve management of virologic failure. He also serves as the primary global health mentor to over a dozen medical students, medical trainees and journal faculty, and has been recognized for this work with the Harvard Medical School Young Mentor Award. Finally, he is a Visiting Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, where he teaches courses on epidemiology biostatistics, and grant writing.

    Please see Dr. Siedner's Harvard Catalyst profile for selected publications.

  • Alexis Steel
    Program Manager, CAMTech

    Ms. Alexis Steel is a Program Manager for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies, a program within MGH Global Health at the Massachusetts General Hospital focused on accelerating medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings. Ms. Steel manages all operational components of CAMTech, including the CAMTech Innovation Award Program and the CAMTech Accelerator Program which provides program management and business acceleration support to ensure the success of new medical technologies in the market. Internationally, Ms. Steel manages the CAMTech UGANDA program, supports CAMTech INDIA partners on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health initiatives as well as the CAMTech INDIA Diabetes Initiative. Ms. Steel develops and manages CAMTech's finances for domestic and international grants and contracts.

    Ms. Alexis Steel is a Program Manager for the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies, a program within MGH Global Health at the Massachusetts General Hospital focused on accelerating medical technology innovation to improve health outcomes in resource-limited settings. Ms. Steel manages all operational components of CAMTech, including the CAMTech Innovation Award Program and the CAMTech Accelerator Program which provides program management and business acceleration support to ensure the success of new medical technologies in the market. Internationally, Ms. Steel manages the CAMTech UGANDA program, supports CAMTech INDIA partners on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health initiatives as well as the CAMTech INDIA Diabetes Initiative. Ms. Steel develops and manages CAMTech's finances for domestic and international grants and contracts.

    Ms. Steel’s passion is working with low- and middle-income countries in order to better the lives of women and children. She has both lived and worked in these communities abroad and is interested in working on the betterment of life, education and global health. Ms. Steel’s primary focus has been in global health and alternative education reform across Central and South America.  Prior to CAMTech, Ms. Steel worked in research management including post- award management and research contract negotiation/management for Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Steel graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Trent University with a double major in Global Studies and Culture Studies with a focus on Latin America.

  • Geren Stone, MD, DTM&H
    Director, Global Medicine Program

    Dr. Geren Stone completed his Internal Medicine/Primary Care residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Following residency, Dr. Stone received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Stone then worked with Indiana University as the Medicine Team Liaison for the AMPATH program (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) in Eldoret, Kenya.  In that role, he coordinated the experiences of visiting medical students and residents while also holding teaching and clinical responsibilities as a Visiting Lecturer for Moi University. He worked closely with the leadership of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to examine the quality of care on the medical wards and to create systems for continual improvement.

    Dr. Geren Stone completed his Internal Medicine/Primary Care residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital.  Following residency, Dr. Stone received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Stone then worked with Indiana University as the Medicine Team Liaison for the AMPATH program (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) in Eldoret, Kenya.  In that role, he coordinated the experiences of visiting medical students and residents while also holding teaching and clinical responsibilities as a Visiting Lecturer for Moi University. He worked closely with the leadership of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to examine the quality of care on the medical wards and to create systems for continual improvement.

    Originally from Atlanta, Dr. Stone received a Bachelor degree in Sociology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He then worked in Tajikistan with physicians providing medical training in family medicine and caring for TB patients in the prison system.  After that experience, he returned to earn his Medical Degree from University of Virginia School of Medicine.

    Ultimately, his interest is engaging disparities and the systems that generate them.  He returned to MGH as the Global Medicine program director with a desire to work and think creatively in building mutually beneficial partnerships locally and globally that train leaders, allow for cutting edge innovation and research, and impact the health of communities.  Working as a primary care provider for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, he hopes to model a career engaging vulnerable populations locally and globally.

  • Alexander Tsai, MD
    Research Scientist

    Dr. Tsai's research aims to understand how large-scale social forces such as violence, stigma, and water insecurity affect health and mental health in vulnerable populations. His principal research platform is a population-based social network cohort in rural Uganda. He is a Specialty Consulting Editor for Public Library of Science Medicine, where he handles manuscripts related to global health, HIV, psychiatry, and human rights. Prior to his appointment at Mass General, he completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University and his residency training in general adult psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco.

  • Amy Wachler
    Marketing and Communications Manager, CAMTech

    Amy is the Marketing and Communications Manager at CAMTech, where she leads the marketing, communications and outreach strategy for all events and initiatives sponsored by CAMTech in the U.S., and partners with international CAMTech staff to oversee  all marketing activities for events that occur at international sites, including India and Uganda. Amy manages the internal and external communications and marketing activities associated with each event and is responsible for implementation of all on-going CAMTech social media campaigns, email marketing, video production and media outreach.

    Amy is the Marketing and Communications Manager at CAMTech, where she leads the marketing, communications and outreach strategy for all events and initiatives sponsored by CAMTech in the U.S., and partners with international CAMTech staff to oversee  all marketing activities for events that occur at international sites, including India and Uganda. Amy manages the internal and external communications and marketing activities associated with each event and is responsible for implementation of all on-going CAMTech social media campaigns, email marketing, video production and media outreach.

    Prior to joining CAMTech, Amy managed the marketing and events at William Gallagher Associates Insurance Brokerage in Boston.  She is also an experienced event production specialist, having worked in several major U.S. cities coordinating weddings, social and corporate gatherings. She has a passion for working with others in the marketing, communications and event planning community and continually strives to broaden her skills set and expand her knowledge of working within these industry areas.

    Amy graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a double major in Journalism and Political Science, and a Minor in French. She is an avid traveler and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France and has also spent time in Spain, Portugal and Northern Africa. Amy is a competitive marathon runner, hoping to qualify to compete in the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

  • Molly Ward
    Project Manager, CAMTech

    Molly Ward is a Project Manger for CAMTech. Molly leads the organization of all events, helps manage international travel, and assists with various administrative tasks. Prior to her role as a Project Manager, Molly worked as a Project Coordinator and Administrative Assistant for CAMTech. She graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications.

  • Brian Zanoni, MD, MPH
    Research Scientist

    Dr. Zanoni obtained his MD from Georgetown University and completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He then worked in sub-Saharan Africa from 2006 to 2012 treating both adults and children with HIV and TB, conducting pediatric HIV-outcomes research, and training local staff in HIV management.

    Dr. Zanoni obtained his MD from Georgetown University and completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He then worked in sub-Saharan Africa from 2006 to 2012 treating both adults and children with HIV and TB, conducting pediatric HIV-outcomes research, and training local staff in HIV management.

    While living in South Africa, he founded the non-profit organization, Umndeni Care Program which focuses on in home HIV and TB testing and linkage to care in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He completed an Infectious Disease and HIV fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Woman’s Hospital and received an MPH from Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.  He is currently an instructor at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on transition care for HIV-infected adolescents in South Africa.

  • Radka Stepanska
    Staff Assistant

    Radka Stepanska joined MGH Global Health in 2016. Her primary responsibility involves providing administrative and program support to Principal Investigators. She is responsible for coordinating and managing all communications and administrative support functions for the Principal Investigators.

    Radka Stepanska joined MGH Global Health in 2016. Her primary responsibility involves providing administrative and program support to Principal Investigators. She is responsible for coordinating and managing all communications and administrative support functions for the Principal Investigators.

    Radka manages IRB for researchers’ portfolios, procures equipment and supplies to support research studies in foreign countries, processing wire transfers, handles foreign travel reservations and reconciliations, and manages general administrative tasks.