Faculty

Listen as MS in Global Health Faculty Director Ashti Doobay-Persaud discusses how the impacts of colonialism can still be seen in the practice of global health today in the Global Dispatches podcast.

The discussion covers the colonialist history of the practice of global health and what can be done to decolonize global health, including the role of academic institutions in this effort.


 

Ashti Doobay Persaud

Ashti Doobay-Persaud

Faculty Director

Contact Information

a-doobay-persaud@northwestern.edu

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 the director of the Center for Global Health Education in the Institute for Global Health at Feinberg School of Medicine. 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.

Education

MD and BA from Tufts University School of Medicine

Residency of Traditional Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital.

Recent Courses

MSGH 580-DL : Practicum Course

Bill Cherniak

William Cherniak

Contact Information

william.cherniak@northwestern.edu

LinkedIn

@WilliamCherniak

ResearchGate

Dr. William Cherniak is an emergency physician with training in family medicine and global public health. He is a cofounder and board chair of Bridge to Health Medical and Dental Canada & USA and the founder and CEO of Rocket Doctor Inc. He is also a founding director of the African Film Festival. Bill has had research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Academic Medicine, PLOS ONE and given numerous speeches in Europe and North America on global health and development.

Bill completed his medical school at the University of Calgary and residency at the University of Toronto. He completed a cancer research fellowship at the U.S. Federal Government's Center for Global Health in the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health as well as a Master in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in health in crisis and humanitarian assistance, while a Sommer Scholar with a full-scholarship. He taught at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine.

Education

MD (University of Calgary)
CCFP-EM (University of Toronto)
MPH (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
BSc (Western University)
DABFM

Current Research Interests

Telemedicine / virtual care
Global Health
Point of care ultrasound
Maternal / child health

Relevant Work

LinkedIn

Selected Publications

ResearchGate

Recognition

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/15/health/medical-scans-butterfly-iq.html https://www.ctvnews.ca/health/canadian-charity-hopes-to-bring-high-tech-smartphone-ultrasound-to-rural-africa-1.4468205?cache=yes%3FclipId%3D89926
https://nationalpost.com/news/theyve-let-us-down-emergency-mds-say-theyre-getting-garbled-government-messages-about-covid-19
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/19/canada-has-tested-more-than-50-000-people-for-covid-19-is-that-enough-137028
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2019/03/27/656172038/is-it-time-to-rethink-the-fly-in-medical-mission

Recent Courses

MSGH 410-DL : Research Methods

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

I first began teaching in 2018 at NU with the Research Methods course. I’ve been an active researcher interested in technology and healthcare since my first year in medical school, getting involved with a project on surgical oncology using a digital medical reporting system for operative notes in 2009. Since then, I’ve taught at a variety of institutions across North America as well as with our colleagues and learners around the World at Bridge to Health Medical and Dental. My focus on education is working with learners to help them to come to their own solutions for active questions, rather than attempting to give them my solution.

I think it’s one thing to give someone an idea, and another to empower them to create it themselves and work to refine it. I really enjoy seeing the finished product of what students put together over the course of a year, specifically the projects that we have in the courses. I try my best to avoid make-work assignments, rather focusing on tangible initiatives that will help learners in their future careers. Finally, building off the practical implications, I always enjoy involving excited and interested students in the projects I’m working on with my team at Bridge to Health and elsewhere.

 Leslie Cordes

Leslie Cordes

Contact Information

Leslie_Cordes@northwestern.edu

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.

Education

MD Northwestern University 1984

MPH University of Illinois- Chicago 2016

Current Research Interests

neonatal care in global health settings

Relevant Work

Sr. Medical Consultant (Private PK-12 School in Chicago) for COVID-19 Response- applied epidemiology 10/20 -present

International Community Access to Child Health (ICATCH) team member- part of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Global Health. The ICATCH team solicits and reviews grant applications for projects aimed at improving health in children in low- and middle-income countries. 2015-present

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Small Group Tutor for Medical Decision Making- guiding first year medical students as they learn and apply epidemiology concepts

Selected Publications and Products

Effectiveness of a campaign to implement chlorhexidine use for newborns in rural Haiti https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-017-3059-x
Effects of Early Initiation of Breastfeeding on Exclusive Breastfeeding Practices of Mothers in Rural Haiti https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pedhc.2019.02.010

Recognition

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Outstanding Teacher Recognition, annually since 2014
Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society 2016
University of Illinois School of Public Health 2016 Paul Levy Award for academic excellence in Epidemiology

Recent Courses

MSGH 408-DL : Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

I am a pediatrician with a focus on public health and epidemiology and I’ve been teaching Epidemiology and Biostatistics to Northwestern students in the MSGH program since 2017. Connections formed with community leaders around the globe creating innovative pediatric care models as well as my own work with colleagues around newborn care practices allow me to apply concepts of these disciplines to real-world problems. My goal with each group of students in my MSGH 408 course is to instill an appreciation for epidemiology and biostatistics as the foundation for public health decisions. The real learning happens by applying the fundamental concepts of these disciplines and seeing how they work in real-world situations. As a way to bring these concepts to life for students, I’ve deconstructed some global health journal articles and use these examples from current literature to illustrate the principles we study during our time together. I want to make the global health literature more approachable by examining the parts while appreciating the whole. Students are also tasked with working in small groups to analyze selected global health articles. Seeing students make the connections between the textbooks and the real world is very rewarding. These disciplines shift from being intimidating and prohibitive to forming the foundation of public health questions, actions and policies.

Mainza Durrell

Mainza Durrell

Contact Information

mainza.durrell@northwestern.edu

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Mainza Durrell, PhD is an applied implementation research scientist with a background in Global Health and Healthcare Management. She has been teaching in the MSGH Program since 2020. Dr. Durrell's career is focused on leading and working with multiple stakeholders to develop, implement, and evaluate HIV prevention interventions in minority and underserved communities in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a lifelong learner, passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice and always looking for opportunities to learn and keep current in my work through current and new research collaborations. Dr. Durrell has more than 12 years of experience successfully managing research projects, leading cross-functional teams and collaborating with stakeholders at different levels in the United States and Sub-Saharan Africa. She successfully launched and led the implementation of performance monitoring systems, evaluation and research for Jhpiego’s Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention program in 11 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Durrell currently serves as the Director of Research at the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination at the University of Chicago where she leads cross functional teams conducting research to understand barriers to HIV prevention and implement community-based research to help dismantle health inequities for young black men who have sex with men, transgender women, and criminal justice involved populations.

Education

DrPH, University of Illinois
MBA- Healthcare Management, Loyola University
BSc, University of Zambia

Current Research Interests

Global Health in Developing Countries
HIV/STI Prevention and Treatment
Social Determinants of Health
Implementation Research

Relevant Work

Director of Research, Chicago Center for HIV Elimination/University of Chicago - lead teams conducting research to understand barriers to HIV prevention and implement evidence-based community-based programs to help dismantle health inequities in underserved communities.

Senior Research Advisor, Jhpiego/Johns Hopkins University -Successfully launched and led the implementation of performance monitoring and program evaluation systems for a global health program serving over 3 million clients in East and Southern Africa. Led diverse teams and multiple stakeholders to achieve program goals efficiently. Experience working with USG (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Defense (DoD), United States Agency for International Development) as well as private donors in global health.

Selected Publications

M Musiige, Adrian., Adamu, Tigistu.,Stolarsky, Galina., T Dialwa, Rosinah & Manda, Robert & Ntsuape, Conrad & Mafeni, Jerome & Busang, Lesego & Curran, Kelly & Motlhoiwa, Kenanao & J Mwangemi, Frank & Lukobo-Durrell, Mainza & T Glenshaw, Mary. (2016). Participant Experiences and Views of Odor and PrePex Device Removal Pain in a VMMC Pilot Study in Botswana. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes. 72 Suppl 1. S73-S77

Skolnik, L., Tsui, S., Ashengo, T. A., Kikaya, V., & Lukobo-Durrell, M. (2014). A cross-sectional study describing motivations and barriers to voluntary medical male circumcision in Lesotho. BMC public health, 14(1), 1119.

Mahler, H. R., Kileo, B., Curran, K., Plotkin, M., Adamu, T., Hellar, A., Koshuma, S., Nyabenda, S., Machaku, M., Lukobo-Durrell, M., Castor, D., Njeuhmeli, E & Fimbo, B. (2011). Voluntary medical male circumcision: matching demand and supply with quality and efficiency in a high-volume campaign in Iringa Region, Tanzania. PLoS Medicine, 8(11), 1455.

Recent Courses

MSGH 480-DL : Global Health Leadership

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

I believe in active learning and real time application of concepts learned to facilitate learning and mastery of subject material. I am passionate about bridging the gap between research and practice through active learning that is interactive, reflective, collaborative, practical, relevant, and rooted in real-life contexts. Given the unique challenges of student engagement in online learning, I incorporate a variety of learning strategies to keep students engaged including regular and hot-topic group discussions with prompts to me and their peers, role-plays, guest speakers and group projects. I expect students to read course materials, actively engage in discussions with their peers and me, write reflectively about the material and assume roles as leaders, themselves, when working in groups.
I currently teach the MSGH480 Global Health Leadership class and enjoy sharing my expertise and experience with the next generation of global health leaders. Students come from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and experiences bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the class. I love learning from my students and facilitating peer-to-peer learning between them. As an Implementation Research Scientist, I am passionate about helping students connect theory with practice and it is rewarding to see their growth as they grasp the concepts and apply them real-world contexts. My hope for this class is for students to gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward improving global health and achieving health equity for all people worldwide.

Shannon Galvin

Shannon Galvin

Contact Information

s-galvin@northwestern.edu

Dr. Shannon Galvin is the Director of Clinical Programs & Training for the Institute for Global Health. She coordinates and participates in clinical and research activities initiated and supported by the Institute, 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 Institute. 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.

Recent Courses

MSGH 580-DL : Practicum Course

Arda Gucler

Arda Gucler

Contact Information

nwu-agu995@northwestern.edu

Arda Gucler, PhD received his degree in international relations and political theory from the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. His research interests are at the intersection of international relations, politics of representation, and global health. He has been teaching at the MSGH Program at Northwestern since its inception and he teaches classes on global health policy, sustainability, and healthcare systems. Gucler is happy to report that he holds the graduate faculty Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award that is given by the School of Professional School at Northwestern.

Education

Northwestern University, Ph.D.
The Teaching Certificate Program - The Searle Center of Advanced Learning and Teaching, Northwestern University

Current Research Interests

Global Health
International Relations Public Policy
Human Rights
Political Theory

Relevant Work

Adjunct Professor - Global Health Program -SPS, Northwestern University - 2016 - 2021
Uppsala University - Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016-2017

Selected Publication

“Global Citizenship.” In Walter Leal Filho, Prof, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Dr. , & Anabela Marisa Azul, Prof (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (2019).

“Political Inclusion.” In Walter Leal Filho, Prof, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Dr. , & Anabela Marisa Azul, Prof. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (2020).

“Why So Timely? Politics of Representation and its Entanglement in Presentism,” Philosophy & Social Criticism 46, no. 2 (2020): 224 – 246. DOI:10.1177/0191453719839452

“Nations and Nationalism.” In Walter Leal Filho, Prof, Pinar Gökçin Özuyar, Dr. , & Anabela Marisa Azul, Prof. (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (2020).

Recognition

Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award - the Searle Center of Advanced Learning and Teaching - Northwestern University
Swedish-Turkish Postdoctoral Fellowship, Swedish Institute
DAAD Intensive Language Course Grant, Northwestern University

Recent Courses

MSGH 405-DL : Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease
MSGH 417-DL : Global Health Systems
MSGH 421-DL : Global Health, Globalization, and Public Policy
MSGH 450-DL : Sustainability of Global Health Initiatives
MSGH 456-DL : Access to Health and Medicines

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

Over the course of years, I have condensed my teaching philosophy to six core principles – providing a supportive but challenging environment, generating a collaborative learning process, facilitating learning that goes beyond the classroom, achieving clarity in teaching, showing dedication to self-development, and being a role model for my students. In asynchronous online teaching, I put a lot of emphasis on discussion boards. I do my best to engage with all my students on a weekly basis on this platform.

I am a firm believer that there is no stagnation in life since we are either progressing or regressing. I, therefore, try to evolve as much as I can as a teacher, which makes self-development an essential part of my own learning process. To achieve this, I participate in workshops on effective teaching, including the one offered by the Searle Center of Advanced Learning and Teaching at Northwestern. I also invite outside observers to comment on my teaching to understand my shortcomings. I also take student evaluations very seriously.

Claudia Hawkins

Claudia Hawkins

Contact Information

c-hawkins@northwestern.edu

Dr. Claudia Hawkins is an Associate Professor in Medicine - Infectious Disease, Director of the HIV/Viral Hepatitis Co-infection Program and faculty member in the Institute 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.

Recent Courses

MSGH 405-DL : Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease

 Barbara Lyle

Barbara Lyle

Contact Information

barbara.lyle@northwestern.edu

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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 20 peer reviewed scientific publications, is a patent holder, and lead technical author/co-author on submissions to FDA and USDA addressing original and subsequent revisions to nutrition labeling regulations for foods. She serves on the board of a start-up not for profit called FORTIFY as well as the American Society for Nutrition, currently as Secretary and in the most recent past as Treasurer. Barbara runs a technical consulting firm and is a consulting Sr. Nutrition Advisor for the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences in Washington, DC. Her MS and PhD are from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Education

PhD in Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin, Madison
MS University of Wisconsin, Madison

Current Research Interests

iron nutriture
dietary guidance
bioactive dietary components
health effects of food supply change

Relevant Work

Nutrition researcher and R&D Strategy at Kraft Foods Global. 1989 -2014
Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2015 - current. Advisor leading nutrition committees comprised of government, industry, and academics. Oversee grants and scientific symposium/webinars.

Selected Publications

AA Yates, JT Dwyer, JW Erdman, JC King, BJ Lyle, BO Schneeman, and CM Weaver serving as an ad hoc Working Group on a Framework for Developing Recommended Intakes for Dietary Bioactives. Framework for developing recommended intakes of bioactive dietary substances. Adv in Nutrition In press. May 2021 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/advances/nmab044.

M Camilleri, BJ Lyle, KL Madsen, J Sonnenburg, K Verbeke, and G Wu. Role for diet in normal gut barrier function: developing guidance within the framework of food-labeling regulations. A J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2019;317:G17-G39.

JT Dwyer, KH Rubin, KL Fritsche, TL Psota, DJ Liska, WS Harris, SJ Montai, BJ Lyle. Creating the Future of Evidence-based Nutrition Recommendations, Case Studies from Lipid Research. Advances in Nutrition. 2016;8(1):747-755.

KA Livingston, M Chung, CM Sawicki, BJ Lyle, DD Wang, SB Roberts, NM McKeown. Development of a Publicly Available, Comprehensive Database of Fiber and Health Outcomes: Rationale and Methods. PLOS ONE, June 27, 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0156961.

VK Ridaura, JJ Faith, FE Rey, J Cheng, AE Duncan, AL Kau, NW Griffin, V Lombard, B Henrissat, JR Bain, MJ Muehlbauer, O Ilkayeva, CF Semenkovich, K Funai, DK Hayashi, BJ Lyle, MC Martini, LK Ursell, JC Clemente, W Van Treuren, WA Walters, R Knight, CB Newgard, AC Heath, JI Gordon. Gut Microbiota from Twins Discordant for Obesity Modulate Metabolism in Mice. Science. 2013:341(6150).

B Shukitt-Hale, MG Miller, Y Chu, BJ Lyle, JA Joseph. Coffee, but Not Caffeine, has Positive Effects on Cognition and Psychomotor Behavior in Aging. Age 2013. DOI 10.1007/x11357-012-9509-4.

Lyle, BJ, JA Mares-Perlman, BEK Klein, R Klein, M Palta, PE Bowen, JL Greger. Serum Carotenoids and Tocopherols and Incidence of Age-Related Nuclear Cataracts. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1999;69:272-7.

Suttie, JW, LL Mummah-Schendel, DV Shah, BJ Lyle, JL Greger. Vitamin K Deficiency from Dietary Vitamin K Restriction in Humans. Am. J. Clin. Nutr. 1988;47:475-80.

Recognition

Secretary, American Society for Nutrition 2021 - current
Treasurer, American Society for Nutrition, 2013-2015

Recent Courses

MSGH 452-DL : Global Nutrition: Science, Policy, and Perspectives

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

At the graduate level, the most important principles are to build skills in identifying and evaluating quality evidence within the wide range of publicly available information, widen the student's view of how to impact public health through nutrition by learning from a diversity of perspectives, and then take into account ambiguous and competing perspectives in order to decide on and concisely communicate recommended nutrition public health actions.

 Leah Neubauer

Leah C. Neubauer

Contact Information

leah.neubauer@northwestern.edu

Leah Neubauer, EdD, has a primary area of scholarship in curriculum development and training in the public health and health-related professions domestically and globally. She conducts collaborative global mixed-methods research focused on the development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of school-based sexual and reproductive health programs. In addition, her work employs multidisciplinary, theory-driven approaches to teaching and evaluation capacity-building within varied organizational structures. She teaches graduate-level courses in global health, public health and evaluation.

Current Research Interests

Global Health Education

Health Promotion

Curriculum Development

Academic Public Health

Accreditation

Education

EdD, National Louis University

MA, DePaul University

BA, DePaul University

Relevant Work

Associate Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine, Division of Public Health Practice

Assistant Director, Center for Global Health Education

Director, Accreditation and Educational Advancement

Selected Publications

Galvin Shannon, M. D., Neubauer Leah, C., & Leonard William, R. Reassessing Global Health Education in the Age of COVID-19.

Harper, G. W., & Neubauer, L. C. (2021). Teaching during a pandemic: A model for trauma-informed education and administration. Pedagogy in health promotion, 7(1), 14-24.

Englert, E. G., Kiwanuka, R., & Neubauer, L. C. (2019). ‘When I die, let me be the last.’Community health worker perspectives on past Ebola and Marburg outbreaks in Uganda. Global public health, 14(8), 1182-1192.

Archibald, T., Neubauer, L. C., & Brookfield, S. D. (2018). The critically reflective evaluator: Adult education's contributions to evaluation for social justice. New Directions for Evaluation, 2018(158), 109-123.

Berić-Stojšić, B., Doobay-Persaud, A., & Neubauer, L. C. (2020). How do we teach for global health? Reviewing and renewing to advance pedagogy for global health and health promotion.

Recognition

ASPPH Early Career Teaching Excellence Award

Associate Editor, American Journal of Evaluation

Editorial Board, Health Education and Behavior (HEB)

Recent Courses

MSGH 405: Foundations of Global Health and Global Burden of Disease

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

I view educators as facilitators, partners, and resources who exist interdependently with their learners, trainees, students, and colleagues. Educators bear the responsibility to constantly reflect on and challenge their practice inside and outside of the classroom. Attention to power and consistent reflection on the situational relevance of one’s practice and its role among other education partners/learners are essential to ensure effective and fruitful educational endeavors inside and outside of the classroom.

Martin Nieuwoudt

Martin Nieuwoudt

Contact Information

martin.nieuwoudt1@northwestern.edu

Martin Nieuwoudt, PhD is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University. He is the director for the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at SU and also holds an adjunct professor position in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University. He has degrees in physiology, nuclear medicine technology and a PhD in bioengineering. He has worked as a researcher in tissue engineering, molecular biology, epidemiology and biostatistics. Much of Nieuwoudt's research focuses on the immune system in states of health and disease; in particular, merging mathematical models with empirical biomarker data to improve statistical methodologies and to inform public-health decision-making regarding anti-retroviral treatment outcomes. He is also involved in the commercialisation of intellectual property, educational entrepreneurship and strategic management at SU.

Recent Courses

MSGH 410-DL : Research Methods

MSGH 427-DL : Grant Writing, Development, and Fundraising

Kara Palamountain

Kara M Palamountain

Contact Information

k-palamountain@kellogg.northwestern.edu

Kara Palamountain is a Research Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and a Lecturer of Global Health.

Palamountain has managed over 50 Kellogg field research teams conducting market entry analysis for medical technologies in over a dozen countries (Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia).

Palamountain is Co-Principal Investigator of a $68M grant, Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies, or NEST360°, which aims to reduce the neonatal mortality rate by scaling life-saving medical devices within the health systems of four African countries.

Palamountain has also served as an external reviewer for various projects under consideration by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a peer reviewer for Grand Challenges Canada. She also authored ""Exploring the Case for a Global Alliance for Medical Diagnostics Initiaitive"" published in Diagnostics, ""Perspectives On Introduction And Implementation Of New Point-Of-Care Diagnostic Tests"" and ""Opportunities And Challenges For Cost-Efficient Implementation Of New Point-Of-Care Diagnostics For HIV And Tuberculosis"" published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, and ""Optimizing tuberculosis case detection through a novel diagnostic device placement model: The case of Uganda"".

Ms. Palamountain is also the President of the Northwestern Global Health Foundation and a co-founder of Minute Molecular Diagnostics . 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 (1998-2002; 2004-2006). She received her MBA from Kellogg in 2004 and her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998.

Education

MBA, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management

Current Research Interests

Medical Diagnostics
Innovation
Low- and Middle-Income Countries
Newborns
Sample Transport Network Optimization
Launching and Scaling Medical Technologies

Relevant Work

Research Associate Professor
Lecturer of Global Health
President, Northwestern Global Health Foundation

Selected Publications

https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4418/7/1/8
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3334507/
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0122574 https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26633768/ https://bmcinfectdis.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12879-021-05808-2

Recent Courses

MSGH 454-DL : Global Health Management & Strategy

Sarah Rodriguez

Sarah Rodriguez

Contact Information

srodriguez@northwestern.edu

Sarah Rodriguez, PhD, is Associate Professor of Instruction in Global Health Studies Program in the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences, a lecturer in Medical Education in the Feinberg School of Medicine, and a core faculty member of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program. She teaches the history of medicine, the history of reproductive health, and global bioethics. In addition to multiple single-authored articles and book chapters and more than a dozen co-authored articles and book chapters she has written two books: Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment (2014) and The Love Surgeon: A Story of Trust, Harm, and the Limits of Medical Regulation (2020). Rodriguez holds a PhD 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.

Recent Courses

MSGH 419 DL:  Global Bioethics

Current Research Interests

History of reproductive health

History of clinical research ethics

History of clinical practice

Education Background

PhD/University of Nebraska Medical Center

Selected Publications and Products

The Love Surgeon: A Story of Trust, Harm, and the Limits of Medical Regulation (Rutgers: Rutgers University Press, 2020).

Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, Rochester Studies in Medical History, 2014).

“Good Intentions Are Not Enough: Having Students Analyze the Global Bioethics of their Work,” response to call for papers on undergraduate global health, Diversity and Democracy (Spring-Summer 2019).

“Restoring ‘Virginal Conditions’ and Reinstating the ‘Normal’: Episiotomy in 1920,” in Heterosexual Histories, Rebecca Davis and Michele Mitchell, eds. (New York University Press, 2021), 303-330.

Recognition

Recognition for Teaching Excellence from the Office of Medical Education, Feinberg School of Medicine, for teaching the Medical Humanities and Arts Seminar – 1B, 2019-2020

2015 Best Teachers, Feinberg School of Medicine

Teaching Approach and Philosophy

My name is Sarah Rodriguez and I have taught Global Bioethics in the MSGH program since 2015. I am a medical historian whose research concerns the history of clinical research, reproductive health, and the history of clinical care. When I teach Global Bioethics, history informs my teaching – especially that we need to understand the context in which people make choices and what other choices they could have made. As an instructor, I respect the time of my students by coming to class prepared and present, by teaching about things I believe are important and worth the time to learn, and by giving assignments that further learning. I see myself as a facilitator and encourage peer-learning, something I think is perhaps even more vital in an on-line environment. My favorite part about teaching is that inevitably each quarter one (or more) students ask a question I have not heard asked before or offers a new perspective on an ethical concern. By the end of my class, I hope students will have a ‘toolbox’ to draw upon when it comes to understanding, evaluating, and responding to ethical concerns and questions.

Sudesh Sivarasu

Sudesh Sivarasu

Contact Information

s-sivarasu@northwestern.edu

Sudesh Sivarasu, PhD received his degree in Biomedical Engineering from VIT, India. Dr. Sivarasu is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and his expertise includes design of medical devices and orthopedic biomechanical devices with a special focus on health technologies for low resourced settings. Dr. Sivarasu also conceptualized the Frugal Biodesign Process© and adopted it for medical devices innovation in India and South Africa. He has over 39 patented medical technologies and over 75 publications to his credit. He has won over 17 MedTech awards both nationally and internationally in the field of medical device innovation. He has also led to the formation of 2 MedTech Startup companies.
Dr. Sudesh Sivarasu teaches medical device design course at University of Cape Town (UCT) and is the founding principal investigator of medical devices research group at UCT. Dr. Sivarasu is heading the activities of Biomedical Engineering Society of South Africa(BESSA) and a member of the IFMBE-WGAA (Working Group for African Activities).

Recent Courses

MSGH 458-DL : Global Health and Technology

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