OUR FOUNDERS

 

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Founder

Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at UCSF, and Assistant Professor of Public Health 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. Sriram Shamasunder, he co-founded the nation’s first Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellowship, and co-founded the HEAL Initiative in 2014.

Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H
Founder

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.

 

THE HEAL TEAM

 

Rachel Belieu, MPH
Program Assistant

Rachel BeLieu 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.

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.

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.

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.

Robin Tittle, MD, MS
Curriculum Director

Robin Tittle is a hospital medicine attending at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, Oregon.  She previously worked at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, where she was the co-director of the residency global health pathway. She completed internal medicine residency at UCSF, after which she was a global health hospital medicine fellow in Haiti.  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 UCSF HEAL Initiative and continues to serve as HEAL's director of curriculum.  She is passionate about leveraging social medicine as a tool for achieving global health equity.

Meg Tremblay, MPH
Program Officer

Meg earned her degree in Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She began her work in global health in rural Zambia, working in collaboration with community health workers and partners to implement health and economic initiatives. Since then she’s served as a community health worker in Seattle, WA, and most recently as a Regional Prevention Coordinator, partnering with communities in New Orleans, LA to improve access to comprehensive HIV/STI services. She is passionate about ensuring equal access to quality health services for underserved communities and working with communities to address inequities through advocacy and collaboration.

Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Operations and Strategy Director

Sangeeta joined the HEAL Initiative after 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, and the WHO-primarily francophone Africa. 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. In recent years, she has focused on health system transformation through health worker capacity building, in partnership with Ethiopia’s national CEMONC training program and SPARK Health Africa.

Sangeeta earned her Bachelors in International Development (Brown) and a Masters in Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School) but has learned the most from working alongside and in support of public sector workers on the African continent. Sangeeta believes deeply in strengthening people, teams, and in innovating systems to transform what is possible in health.

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 Sittilingi, a village in rural Southern India.