Global Health


Chad Achenbach

Chad Achenbach is a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Center for Global Health in the Feinberg School of Medicine. His area of specialty is in the treatment, outcomes, and epidemiology of HIV and HIV-associated conditions. He has research collaborations on HIV, tuberculosis and cancer in Mali, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. Achenbach has MD and MPH degrees from Northwestern and did post-doctorate research training at the University of Washington Center for AIDS Research in Seattle.

Currently teaching:Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Research Methods

Michael Angarone

Mark Clare

Mark Clare, founder of New Value Streams Consulting, has more than 20 years of experience in knowledge management, strategic change and informatics with Fortune 200 companies, including 3M and Allstate. His previous executive positions include vice president of knowledge and informatics management at Parkview Health, a nine-hospital system in northeast Indiana. Clare is author of many publications, including the book Knowledge Assets and a series of articles in KM Review on “Solving the Knowledge-Value Equation.” He holds a patent in artificial intelligence and has several more patents pending. Clare has an MS in physics, an MA in analytic philosophy and a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Leadership

Leslie Cordes

Dr. Leslie Cordes is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She received both her undergraduate and medical degrees at Northwestern University. Her global health interests are focused in Haiti where she is involved in providing clinical care as well as research on implementation of neonatal care interventions. Following years of clinical practice, Dr. Cordes returned to the classroom and earned an MPH in Epidemiology with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Illinois- Chicago.

Currently teaching:Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Research Methods

Kristin Darin

Kristin Darin is a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Center for Global Health in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is an HIV-specialized clinical pharmacist with research interests in antiretroviral pharmacology, particularly among HIV-infected women, as well as developing innovative roles for pharmacists to improve HIV prevention and care. Darin is a pharmacologist for the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria, a large PEPFAR-funded HIV treatment program, through which she has facilitated over 35 trainings in HIV medicine for over 2,000 healthcare providers. She also has ongoing HIV pharmacology research and training program collaborations in Nigeria, Uganda and Kenya. Darin has a PharmD degree from Purdue University College of Pharmacy and has completed post-graduate residency training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Currently teaching:Access to Health and Medicines

Sharon DeJoy

Sharon DeJoy has nearly 20 years’ experience in grant writing with an emphasis on health. Prior to her current faculty position, DeJoy worked as research and evaluation manager for The Children’s Trust in Miami, FL, where she provided technical assistance to grantees and assisted in RFP development and proposal review. She also served as assistant director of grants for USF Health’s Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, where she wrote proposals and managed a large federal grant. DeJoy also worked as a professional grant writer for Robert J. Miller & Associates, a grants consulting firm based in Western New York. She was trained as a midwife and completed a clinical rotation in Central America. DeJoy received her PhD and MPH from the University of South Florida.

Currently teaching:Grant Writing, Development, and Fundraising

Ashti Doobay-Persaud

Dr. Ashti Doobay-Persaud is the Faculty Director for the Masters of Science in Global Health program. She is an Assistant Professor of medicine at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine in the Division of Hospital medicine and the director of the Global Health Hospitalist program that focuses on providing trained faculty to staff Hillside's clinics in Belize. She is also the chair of Facuty Development in Global Health providing opportunities for those interested in volunteering abroad as well as connecting faculty and students who are already participating in global health. During medical school and residency she provided clinical care in medicine and partnered with two NGOs Himalayan Health Exchange on a longitudinal basis and also worked in South Africa as a Yale Johnson and Johnson scholar in an ARV clinic. After completing residency she participated as a physician volunteer at ASRI clinic in Borneo and partnered up with an NGO called Hillside Healthcare International, an NGO providing primary care in rural areas in Belize. Doobay-Persaud earned her MD and BA from Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Traditional Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Currently teaching:Practicum Course

Shannon Galvin

Dr. Shannon Galvin is the Director of Clinical Programs & Training for the Center for Global Health. She coordinates and participates in clinical and research activities initiated and supported by the Center, aiming to facilitate new research projects of global import by Northwestern and partner researchers. This includes supporting existing research projects in HIV care and ART treatment, rapid diagnostics and models of clinical care in resource limited settings. In addition, Galvin assists in identifying global health opportunities both for new researchers and established researchers whose work translates to international settings. Galvin also serves as clinical advisor for any clinical activities of the Center. She has spent ten years as an infectious disease physician and HIV researcher in resource limited settings. Prior to joining Northwestern she was an Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Currently teaching:Practicum Course

Arda Gucler

Arda Gucler is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Government at Uppsala University. He holds a Ph.D. in political theory from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. His research interests are at the intersection of democratic theory, politics of representation, global health, and forced migration studies with a strong regional focus on the Middle East (especially Kurdish politics in Turkey). His book manuscript intervenes in the contemporary debates pertaining to the question of why representation should be seen as essential to democratic politics. It also examines the recent democratic opening in Turkish politics towards Kurdish constituency to understand what becomes democratically lost when moments of rupture in a represented identity becomes domesticated rather than affirmed. He is also currently writing two journal article manuscripts. The first one investigates the policy implications of the recent shift in global health governance from being a predominantly intergovernmental system to a much more inclusive paradigm that incorporated other actors such as business and civil society organizations. The second article studies the tension between the Alevi and Sunni communities in the border town Antakya, Turkey to understand if Alevis see the influx of the Sunni refugees as a governmental project to change the political fabric of this multicultural town. He is also an avid follower of stand-up comedy and am known for my top 150 comedians list that he keeps updating quite frequently.

Currently teaching:Global Health Systems
Global Health, Globalization, and Public Policy
Sustainability of Global Health Initiatives

Claudia Hawkins

Dr. Hawkins is an Associate Professor in Medicine - Infectious Disease, Director of the HIV/Viral Hepatitis Co-infection Program and faculty member in the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University. Dr. Hawkins has over ten years of experience in global health working with large HIV care and treatment programs in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she served as Clinical Director to the Management and Development HIV Care and Treatment program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, providing technical assistance and overseeing the large-scale rollout of antiretroviral therapy to over 50,000 HIV-infected individuals. Her research interests include HIV and chronic viral hepatitis. She currently leads studies of HIV, HIV/hepatitis B virus, and HIV/hepatitis C virus co-infection and Hepatocellular Carcinoma in the United States, Tanzania, and Nigeria. She is a member of AIDS Clinical Trial Group Hepatitis Transformative Science Group and HBV Cure Working Group and the MACs Liver Working Group. She regularly mentors medical students, residents, and Infectious Disease fellows at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in global health projects.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease

William Lester

William Lester is the MPPA faculty director and a scholar of political science and public administration. His research interests include leadership and ethics, public administration, disaster response, organizational theory, public personnel, and American politics. He has published in Public Administration Review and The Public Manager, among other journals, and is on the editorial board of Public Voices. He has a book forthcoming in the American Society for Public Administration series entitled Transformation and Leadership in Disaster Response. Lester was named a 1999 Civitas Scholar and was also a 2009 participant in Minnowbrook III. Recently, Lester was named a Fulbright scholar, teaching and researching in Moscow. He received his MPA and PhD from Texas Tech University with specializations in public administration, American politics, and political theory.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Leadership

Barbara Lyle

Barbara Lyle, PhD, is an instructor in the Masters of Global Health program. She brings over 25 years of experience in the corporate and public sector working as a nutrition researcher, communicator, and innovator. She has 15 peer reviewed scientific publications, is a patent holder, and lead technical author/co-author on 8 submissions to FDA and USDA addressing the original nutrition labeling regulations for foods. She serves on the board of the American Society for Nutrition, most recently as Treasurer, and for a start-up not for profit called FORTIFY. She is currently a Sr. Nutrition Advisor for the International Life Sciences Institute in Washington, DC. Her MS and PhD are from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Currently teaching:Global Nutrition: Science, Policy, and Perspectives

Mamoudou Maiga

Martha McGivern

Martha McGivern is the Associate Director for Advising and Marketing in the Study Abroad Program office at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. In that role, she supports students as they select, prepare for, participate in, and return from study abroad programs around the world. She also works closely with the partner institutions that enroll these students. Marty has an M.A. and Ph.D. in International Education from New York University. Her research focuses on issues of gender and cultural learning in study abroad, particularly as it plays out in cross-national relationships among peers. She has studied and worked in Mexico, Ecuador, and Argentina.

Currently teaching:Practicum Course

Suzen Moeller

Suzen M. Moeller is on the faculty of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences at North Park University in Chicago. She is the founder of Eating Joyfully, Inc and co-founder of Compassion Catalysts, LLC which offer workshops and other educational programs on the role of spiritual wellbeing in health and healthcare. Moeller previously worked as a senior scientist at the American Medical Association (AMA) on scientific and public policy issues related to diet and nutrition, and helped develop and evaluate educational resources for healthcare professionals and patients. While much of her academic research has focused on the role of diet in age-related eye diseases, some of her earliest academic work involved nutrition interventions in mothers and infants in sub-Saharan Africa. Moeller received her PhD in nutritional epidemiology and MS in human nutrition science from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston and completed her post-doctoral training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Currently teaching:Global Nutrition: Science, Policy, and Perspectives

Leah Neubauer

Kara Palamountain

Kara Palamountain is a Research Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management (KSM). Her primary area of interest is the development and adoption of medical technologies in Africa. She has managed over 50 KSM research teams conducting market entry analysis in over a dozen countries (Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Zambia).

She has collaborated with a number of organizations, including commercial diagnostic companies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Institute for Health, USAID’s Center for Accelerating Impact and Innovation, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Makerere University (Uganda), Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), University of Lagos (Nigeria), FIND, and Rice University (US). She has authored numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals, including PLOS One, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Diagnostics. Kara is also the President of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. Prior to her work at the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and at Kellogg, Kara worked as a management consultant in Deloitte's Healthcare practice for over six years.

Currently teaching:Global Health Management & Strategy

Mladen Poluta

Poluta is a senior lecturer in biomedical engineering and director of the Healthcare Technology Management Program at the University of Cape Town. He has frequently served in the role of consultant for South African healthcare providers and the World Health Organization. His program in Healthcare Technology Management is unique in sub-Saharan Africa and provides students in the program with sufficient understanding of the African healthcare environment. His experience and expertise in program assessment, cost analysis, and clinical engineering will be essential to the design, manufacture, and implementation of the devices that come out of our program.

Currently teaching:Global Health and Technology

Russell Roberson

Russell Roberson is vice president of quality and regulatory affairs for a global medical company, assuring that products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, and serviced properly. He has responsibility for an extensive portfolio of healthcare software products in both medical (pharmacy, imaging, electronic medical records, and prescription management products) and nonmedical (financial and data-privacy products) device areas affected by global regulation. Roberson is a frequent speaker at global conferences on such topics as software design processes, regulatory affairs, and quality management systems. A licensed professional engineer, he holds professional certifications in engineering, auditing, and management; is active in several professional societies; and sits on his college fraternity’s national board of trustees. Among his publications are two books on leadership and cancer management. Roberson has a doctorate in business administration and management, an MBA degree, and a MS in mechanical engineering.

Currently teaching:Foundations of Leadership

Sarah Rodriguez

Sarah B. Rodriguez is lecturer in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program in the Feinberg School of Medicine and a lecturer in the Global Health Studies Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. She has taught in both programs, offering courses in global bioethics, international perspectives in reproductive and sexual health, and in gender and global health, for the Global Health Studies Program, and seminars on the history of medicine, the history of women in medicine, and the history of epidemics for the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. Rodriguez came to Northwestern as a post-doctoral fellow, first in the Oncofertility Consortium, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Division of Fertility Preservation, and the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society, Feinberg School of Medicine, and then in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program. Her research area is in women’s reproductive and sexual health. She is the author of more than half a dozen single-authored articles and book chapters and more than a dozen co-authored articles and book chapters. Her first book, Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment, was published in 2014. Rodriguez holds a Ph.D. in preventive and societal medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and an MA in the history of science and medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Currently teaching:Global Bioethics

Andy Sharma

Andy Sharma is a political economist whose areas of specialty include aging, health disparities, later-life migration and quantitative methods. Currently he works with the Cedar Grove Institute on a project to employ statistical methodology to examine the adverse impact of economic and racial isolation on student performance in North Carolina. A research article from this investigation was published in Education Policy Analysis Archives (Volume 22, 2014) and this study was cited and listed under Table of Authorities in an Amicus Brief filed by the Society of American Law Teachers in the Fisher II case with the United States Supreme Court (October 2015). He has also published in other highly regarded journals, such as Ageing and Society, Applied Geography, Disability and Rehabilitation, Journal of Aging and Health, and Women’s Health Issues. Sharma is a former recipient of the Carolina Population Center Fellowship with training grants from the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. He also received the Future Faculty Fellowship and Weiss Urban Livability Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he completed his PhD. He has master degrees in mathematics from Loyola University Chicago and economics from DePaul University.

Currently teaching:Research Methods
Special Topic:Demography, Global Health and Policy

Sudesh Sivarasu

Currently teaching:Global Health and Technology

Felicity Vabulas

Felicity Vabulas is a political scientist whose research focuses on international organizations, international political economy, international law, human rights and foreign policy. She is also a post-doctoral lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy where she has taught classes in political economy, American political institutions, international organizations and writing for public policy. She also helped lead the Harris School’s international policy practicums to Jordan and Israel, Turkey, Cambodia and Rwanda and Madagascar. Vabulas has ongoing research projects that focus on the effects of foreign lobbying on US foreign policy, the implications of suspensions from international organizations and the increasing use of informal international organizations such as the various G-groups. She has worked as a consultant at Accenture and researcher for the Central Intelligence Agency. She received her PhD from the University of Chicago.

Currently teaching:Research Methods