PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & MENTORSHIP
The HEAL Initiative believes a mentorship model that ensures both consistency and quality is an essential component of its fellows’ experiences. The HEAL Initiative matches each of its fellows with advisors who will provide guidance and support throughout the fellowship’s two-year duration. Advisors are selected for their experience in global health, their background as clinical educators, and their commitment to high quality mentorship.
Off- Site Advisors
David Chia, MD
Dr. David Chia is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and completed his residency training at the Yale Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency Program. He subsequently joined the core faculty of the Yale School of Medicine. He was the firm chief of Waterbury Hospital with the Yale Primary Care Residency Program before becoming the Associate Program Director of Inpatient Education for the Yale-Waterbury Internal Medicine Residency Program and medical student site director for University of Connecticut and Quinnipiac University Schools of Medicine. He was also the Assistant Director for Global Health at University of Vermont College of Medicine and oversaw the creation of their clinical rotation site in Uganda.
Dr. Chia is currently an academic hospitalist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where he is Director of Clinical Innovation and Associate Director of the Faculty Inpatient Service. His academic interests include quality improvement, curricular innovation, point-of-care ultrasound, and global health.
Christopher Carpenter, MD, MPH
Christopher Carpenter, MD, MPH, is a pediatric hospitalist at UCSF. Dr. Carpenter has worked in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Cameroon, and, after his residency, at the HEAL Africa Hospital, Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. In the DR Congo, he focused on training pediatric residents, establishing a neonatal intensive unit, and improving inpatient pediatric care. In 2011, he started his Global Health Fellowship with Boston Children’s in Haiti and in 2013 he founded Kay Mackenson, a clinic for Haitian children with chronic diseases.
Phuoc V. Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H
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.
Patrick M Newman, MD, MPH
Patrick M Newman, MD, MPH is a pediatric hospitalist at UCSF-affiliate Marin General Hospital. He trained in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Global Health at the Harvard Combined Residency at the Brigham and Women’s / Boston Children’s Hospitals. He is presently the Research Director at Compañeros en Salud, a Partners in Health project in Chiapas, Mexico. He has worked there since 2012, focusing on the design and evaluation of community health worker programs.
Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H
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.
Aylin Ulku, MD, PhD
Aylin Ulku, MD, PhD is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF. After completing her Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she continued as Chief Resident in the Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency at Waterbury/Yale-New Haven Hospitals. In 2010, she began work in Kigali, Rwanda, as an Assistant Clinical Professor for Yale School of Medicine, to assist in medical education capacity building within the National University of Rwanda (NUR) School of Medicine. Her work included direct teaching and clinical care supervising Rwandese medical students and residents in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics as well as collaboration with NUR and the Rwanda Ministry of Health in revising undergraduate and graduate curricula and training programs. Her clinical and research interests focus on global health education and training in non-communicable diseases in limited-resource settings.
Ethel Wu, MD
Ethel Wu, MD 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 in a district hospital in Malawi. Currently, she coordinates and designs a CME course on global health delivery at UCSF and co-directs a telemedicine conference that brings global health to medicine residents via tailored seminars connecting with underserved sites. 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.
Priyank Jain, MD
Priyank Jain, MD graduated from medical school in India at All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi and came to the US for his internal medicine residency. Then, he went to India for a year and worked in a variety of healthcare settings including remote villages and metropolitan hospitals. Over the years, he has learned that illness is not an accidental inconvenience of humans, but rather an expression of socio-economic conditions affecting communities. Dr. Jain currently works at Cambridge Health Alliance as an Internist and teacher to medical students. He is also the Associate Program Director for IM residents. Cambridge Health Alliance provides care to the most vulnerable members of our society, in an environment which strives to find systemic solutions. Dr. Jain is interested in capacity building for health care in underprivileged communities, and is involved in projects in rural India towards this end. He is also involved in medical education reform in India, inspired by his experience in the US.
Linda Sharp, MD
Linda Sharp, MD is Assistant Clinical Professor and Associate Director of the Physician Assistant Program at Charles R. Drew University and an internist at Martin Luther King, Jr Community Hospital in South Los Angeles. She currently serves as President of Doctors for Global Health, a non profit dedicated to health and human rights around the world. With Doctors for Global Health, she works in Oaxaca, Mexico in partnership with Comunidades Campesinas en Camino, a community of rural organic farmers. In Los Angeles, she serves on the board of directors of Justice By Uniting in Creative Energy (JUiCE), a hip-hop arts collective that offers free programs to LA youth. She enjoys teaching and learning with students and health workers in LA and around the world.
Robin Tittle, MD
Robin Tittle, MD 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.
Robin Goldman, MD
Robin Goldman, MD 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 and emphasis on social medicine and health equity, and strengthening care coordination within medical systems.
Yousef Turshani, MD
Yousef Turshani, MD is former Chair of Pediatrics at the only hospital on the Pacific island of Saipan (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Clinical scope included neonatal intensive care, outpatient, inpatient and transport medicine. As the only UCSF affiliate full-time at the partner global health site, he provided faculty mentorship and support for visiting internal medicine and pediatric residents, support in grant preparation and telemedicine. Currently the Pediatric Medical Director at the County of San Mateo, he is interested in collaborations to further teaching, modelling or delivering quality care in developing world settings especially pertaining to neonatal outcomes and humanitarian emergencies. Born to Libyan immigrants in Louisville, he developed his passion for teaching and global health as a medical student at the University of Chicago. His pediatric residency began with UCLA's "Community Health and Advocacy Training" and completed at UCSF in 2009 when he went on to join the faculty as a neonatal hospitalist at California Pacific Medical Center, directing the newborn nursery rotation for medical students.
On-Site Advisors: Domestic
Jennie Wei, MD
Jennie Wei, MD works with the Indian Health Service at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, NM. She works half of her clinical time on the inpatient side/ICU and half in the outpatient/primary care clinics which include a transgender clinic. She received her undergraduate, masters in public health and medical school degrees at Harvard. She completed Internal Medicine residency at UCSF in the San Francisco General Primary Care Track and also spent an additional year at San Francisco General Hospital as a chief resident. She is also board certified in Addiction Medicine and leads the Alcohol Taskforce in Gallup. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and hosts UCSF medical students and residents who are interested in spending time with the IHS.
Mia Lozada, MD
Mia Lozada, MD was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has worked at Gallup Indian Medical Center (Indian Health Service) in New Mexico as a General Internist (a mix of primary care and hospital/ICU medicine) since August 2012. She leads the Internal Medicine Department’s Quality/Performance Improvement initiatives, spearheads the Readmissions Task Force and started the first Schwartz Center Rounds site in New Mexico at GIMC for staff well-being. She is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and coordinates the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) prescriber group at GIMC. She attended the University of Chicago–Pritzker School of Medicine, completed Internal Medicine residency at UCSF in the primary care track based at San Francisco General Hospital, and also spent her chief resident year at SFGH. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF.
Lena Wong, MD
Lena Wong, MD was born and raised in the wonderland that is New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University as an undergrad where following a few trips overseas to South Africa and China, she saw the inequities in access to medicine and education and decided to go to medical school with an interest in international health. She moved to Philadelphia to attend medical school at Temple University, mostly to watch her beloved Flyers play. During that time, Lena was able to do medical work in Bolivia, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama and Tanzania, which served to solidify her goals in life. She went on to do a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics in Miami, working mostly in the county hospital. With the diversity in the patient population, ability to work with the underserved and a great exposure to tropical medicine, she travelled south for the first time in her life and found it warm and amazing. She worked with the international community on a daily basis but also had the chance to go to India, Costa Rica and Cambodia for rotations. Ultimately, she wants to do public health-based work overseas, specifically in Africa but also wants to focus on gender equality. Lena was a rotating HEAL fellow from 2015-2017 who served at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Tuba City, Arizona and at Possible in Nepal. Lena is currently working at Tuba City Regional Health Care and is one of the pod mentors for the Tuba City, Shiprock, California pod.
Kelvin Chan, MD
Kelvin Chan, MD is originally from the Los Angeles area. He did his undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley and majored in Cognitive Science, and his medical school training at Wake Forest University. He completed his residency in internal medicine, chief residency and a year of hospitalist medicine at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Kelvin was a rotating HEAL fellow who served at Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico and at Last Mile Health in Liberia. He also earned his Master of Public Health degree at UC Berkeley during his fellowship. Kelvin is currently working at Gallup Indian Medical Center doing hospitalist/primary care and is the pod mentor at Gallup. His clinical interests include pulmonary, and to a lesser degree, critical care medicine.
On-Site Advisors: International
Santosh Dhungana, MD
Santosh Dhungana, MD is the Medical Director at Bayalpata Hospital, Achham, Nepal. He completed medical school at the Institute of Medicine in 2008 and residency in General Practice and Emergency Medicine from BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in 2015. He has worked in health care and systems roles in different parts of Nepal. Santosh is motivated to work for and serve patients in remote settings and to find ways to make healthcare more affordable to the poorest of patients.
Binod Dangal, MD
Binod Dangal, MD is the Medical Director for Possible at Charikot Hospital in Dolakha, Nepal. He completed his medical school in China at Three Gorges University. He subsequently completed his General Practitioner residency training at Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, where he graduated at the top of his class. Prior to working for Possible, he worked for Medecins Sans Fronteires following the devastating earthquakes in Dolakha in 2015. Following that work, he joined Possible to oversee the newly opened Charikot Hospital in Dolakha, at the epicenter of the earthquakes.
Dan Schwarz, MD
Dan Schwarz, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Possible. As CMO, Dan oversees the team's work in facility-based healthcare. In addition to being one of the founders of Possible and serving as a long-standing leader for the organization, Dan also has extensive prior experience in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho. Dan completed his undergraduate studies at Vassar College, received his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, and his MD from Brown University. Dan trained in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Global Health Equity at the Harvard Combined Residency at the Brigham and Women's and Boston Children's Hospitals. He has an academic appointments within the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and at Harvard Medical School.