Dr. Sriram Shamasunder
Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Harbor UCLA. He has worked extensively in Rwanda, Liberia, Haiti, Burundi, and India. Recently, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship where he studied implementation in resource-poor tribal areas in rural India. In 2010, he was named an Asia 21 fellow as well as the Northern California Young Physician of the Year. He continues to work with Partners in Health (PIH) several months a year.
Dr. Phuoc V. Le
Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is the Director of the Interdisciplinary MPH Program at UC Berkeley. Dr. Le completed a combined residency in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. During residency, he worked with PIH to provide equitable health care in Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, and post-earthquake Haiti. With Dr. Shamasunder, he co-founded the nation’s first Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship. He continues to work with PIH several months a year.
THE LEADERSHIP TEAM
Joseph Scarpelli, MPH – Program Director
Joseph Scarpelli is the Program Director for the HEAL Initiative. He completed his degree in Global Health with a focus on management from the Boston University School of Public Health. Joseph did his undergraduate studies in English and Peace and Conflict Studies at The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He has worked on global health issues with Management Sciences for Health in Uganda as well as the University of the Philippines and the World Health Organization in the Philippines. Joseph’s most recent position was managing innovations projects for One Acre Fund in Kenya.
Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP – Operations and Strategy Director
Sangeeta joins the HEAL Initiative with more than a decade of work in global health and a deep belief in the possibility of a more just world. She has worked on the rapid acceleration of pediatric HIV treatment and on strategies to scale the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV (pMTCT) with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), UNICEF, the WHO, and Johnson & Johnson’s worldwide philanthropic group. She has focused on working with key stakeholders – especially Ministries of Health, partners, and local health workers, to build ever-more responsive and impactful programming at sub-national, national, and global levels to improve health systems. Sangeeta earned her Bachelors in International Development Studies (Brown University) and a Masters in Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School). Sangeeta believes deeply in strengthening people, teams, and in innovating systems to transform what is possible in health.
Elizabeth Olson, MPH – Program Officer
Elizabeth earned her MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her graduate studies took her to Ethiopia to research women’s reproductive health outcomes after which she served as the Project Manager with the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for a nutrition-based intervention in Boston-area public schools. She is passionate about social justice, maternal and child health, and improving and promoting access to nutrition and health care as a human right.
Rachel BeLieu, MPH – Program Assistant
Rachel BeLieu is a Program Assistant for the HEAL Initiative, in addition to working on several other global health projects at UCSF. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh, and went on to earn a Masters in Public Health in Global Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, focusing on reproductive and sexual health and the intersection of public health and human rights. Rachel has always been passionate about working to improve the health of vulnerable populations, and is thrilled to be beginning her public health career here at the HEAL Initiative.
Akeemi Martinez – Program Assistant
Akeemi Martinez is the Program Assistant for the HEAL Initiative. She is based in Gallup, New Mexico and a member of the Navajo Nation. In the past year Akeemi has worked as a video teacher for the Media Arts Center San Diego, was a docent for the San Diego Natural History Museum, as well as an assistant teacher at St. Mark’s in the Valley Day School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her interests include improving health on the Navajo Nation, media arts, and taking care of elders and children. Akeemi is also the Program Assistant on the FVRx team for the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (COPE) Project. She is excited to be working with the HEAL Initiative!
Clarisza Runtung – Project Coordinator
Clarisza, originally from Indonesia, graduated with a BFA in Theater Performance and a Minor in Science, Technology and Society from the University of Michigan. She did an internship at the World Health Organization under the department of Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property, where she worked on local production of pharmaceuticals initiative. In one of her projects in University of Michigan, she was part of a Documentary Theater project, where she conducted interviews with family members of people who are incarcerated and turned them into a series of monologues. During her time with HEAL, she is very excited to learning more about the medical narrative and health systems in poor-resourced settings.
THE CURRICULUM TEAM
Dr. Robin Tittle, MD, MS-Curriculum Director
Robin Tittle is currently a hospital medicine attending at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. She completed internal medicine residency at UCSF, after which she was a UCSF global health hospital medicine fellow in Haiti from 2013-2014. Prior to residency training, she was a member of the inaugural class of the UCSF global health masters program, completing her fieldwork project in rural Kenya with Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES). She is a founding member of the HEAL Initiative and continues to stay closely involved in UCSF’s work in Haiti.
Dr. Ethel Wu, MD – Mentorship Director
Ethel Wu is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF. Her interests are in quality improvement and global health. She completed her residency within the Internal Medicine Global Health Track at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where her interest in interdisciplinary learning grew as she worked in the medicine wards of a district hospital in Malawi. Currently, she coordinates and designs a CME course on global health delivery at UCSF. She has been involved in developing a hypertension education, monitoring, and treatment program with the Tribal Health Initiative in Sittillingi, a village in rural Southern India.
Dr. Robin Goldman, MD, MPH-Assistant Director of Curriculum and Mentorship
Robin Goldman completed her undergraduate studies in Biology at Amherst College. Prior to going to medical she worked as a research assistant focusing on environmental health projects at Resources for the Future in Washington D.C. and then as a science teacher in Monterrey, Mexico. She attended medical school at the University of Maryland. During medical school, she was selected to be an Albert Schweitzer fellow and was part of a health education project for at-risk teens in Baltimore. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. She then came to UCSF and completed the Global Health and Hospital Medicine Fellowship/HEAL Initiative Fellowship during which she spent half the year as a Hospitalist at UCSF and half the year at a Partners in Health affiliated hospital in central Haiti. Her interests include clinical work with underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad, medical education with an emphasis on social medicine and health equity, and strengthening care coordination within medical systems.
Dr. Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH-Senior Curriculum Advisor
Madhavi Dandu is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Her work is devoted to global health education, curriculum development, and mentorship. She is Director of the Masters of Science in Global Health, a one-year program designed for students or practitioners in a health science profession or related field who wish to achieve mastery and leadership skills in the field of global health. Additionally, she is Director of the Global Health Pathway/Area of Distinction for the Internal Medicine Residency. In this capacity she coordinates international experiences of residents, assists with their scholarly projects, and provides curriculum for trainees interested in careers in global health. She is also co-director of the Global Health Core for the Division of Hospital Medicine and a senior curriculum advisor for the HEAL Fellowship. Finally she continues to pursue her interest in health and human rights work.
Emily Hall, RN, MSN, MPH-Director of Nursing
Emily Hall obtained her BSN at the University of Virginia and started her career in global health while in working towards her Masters in Nursing and Masters in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania. Experiences in Rwanda and Malawi shaped her desire to join Partners In Health in 2008, leading nurse training projects in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda. In 2010, she led clinician volunteers working at the university hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti following the devastating earthquake. Emily practiced in a community-based family practice with a majority immigrant population in Boston, Massachusetts before joining the faculty at UCSF in 2014 as Faculty Lead for the Global Health Nurse Fellowship in Hinche, Haiti.
Dr. Bibhav Acharya, MD-Director of Mental Health
Bibhav Acharya has extensive experience in developing global health programs. He is the co-founder of Possible (www.possiblehealth.org), a non-profit company that has been operating a health delivery system in rural Nepal since 2008 in partnership with the Nepali Government. The health system employs over 200 staff members and sees over 200 patients a day in Achham, a remote district in Nepal where previously a population of 250,000 people did not have access to a physician. Since 2013, he has been serving as a member of the Board of Advisors for Possible and is focused on developing mental health programs in this area. He conducts implementation science research in mental health services at Possible (http://hsdg.partners.org/team/) and manages a group of US-based volunteer psychiatrists who provide remote assistance to primary care providers in Nepal. He is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Shared Minds, a non-profit organization that provides culturally-appropriate, evidence-based clinical training and supervision for clinicians in Nepal. Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and completed his M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Michael Lipnick, MD-Director of Anesthesia and Surgery
Michael Lipnick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at UCSF and based clinically at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine and completed residency programs in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Anesthesia Residency at UCSF as well as Critical Care Fellowship at UCSF. Michael is co-founder of Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS – www.globalsurgery.org) and has co-directed this collaboration’s efforts to increase access to quality surgical services in Uganda since 2007. Michael’s interests in public health have focused on injury, perioperative care, and the ethics and best practices surrounding global health collaborations. He has served as a contributor to the Global Burden of Disease Study Group and co-founded The Global Health Hub (www.globalhealthhub.org). Michael joined the HEAL Faculty in 2015 to help expand and direct anesthesia and surgery pathways for the fellowship.
Teresa Bleakly, MD, Carrie Chen, MD, MSEd, Ari Johnson, MD, Chris Stewart, MD, MA, Alanna Stone, MD
Sheila Menezes, HEAL Photographer
Sheila Menezes is a Commercial Photographer / Photojournalist who has documented HEAL since it was founded – traveling to India, Haiti, and Mexico. She is inspired by the late NPR photojournalist David Gilkey, who said: “It’s not just reporting, and it’s not just taking pictures… do the visuals, do the stories, do they change somebody’s mind enough to take action? So if we’re doing our part, you know, it gets people to do their part. Hopefully.” Alongside photography (www.sheilamenezes.com), Sheila is a Leadership Development & Communication Coach (www.CompassionateReturn.com), serving individual clients, facilitating trainings, and conducting workshops. She is a Human Trafficking Awareness Trainer for MISSSEY, a local Oakland organization dedicated to motivating, inspiring, supporting & serving sexually exploited youth, and volunteers weekly training men in San Quentin State Prison in Nonviolent Communication.