Faculty 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


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-lePhuoc 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.

UnknownPatrick 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-shamasunderSriram 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_ulkuAylin 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.
urlEthel 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 Professional PhotoPriyank 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.
Xn6E0k4ILinda 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.
TITTLERobin 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_Portrait_WEB_WM 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.
EmilyHallEmily Hall, BSN, MA 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.

On-Site Advisors: Domestic

Alithea Gabrellas, MD is a general internal medicine physician at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ on the Navajo Nation. In addition to practicing primary care she also runs specialty clinics in HIV, Hepatitis C and Tuberculosis. She holds clinical faculty positions at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the University of Colorado. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, her medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and her internal medicine training at the University of Pennsylvania. She has served as the site coordinator for HEAL in Fort Defiance since 2014.
jennieweiJennie 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 an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF and hosts UCSF medical students and residents who are interested in spending time with the IHS.

screen-shot-2017-03-01-at-1-20-24-pmMia Lozada, MD
works at Gallup Indian Medical Center (Indian Health Service) in New Mexico as a General Internist (a mix of primary care and hospital medicine).  She leads the Internal Medicine Department’s Quality Improvement initiatives, spearheads the Readmissions Task Force and started Schwartz Center Rounds for staff well-being.  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.

Linda Frankel, MD 

Trung Pham, MD

Nurit Harari, MD

John Mohs, MD

On-Site Advisors: International

SantoshSantosh 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.


dr-binod-dangalDr. Binod Dangal 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 (1).jpgDr. Dan Schwarz 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.

20150509_095110-1Carol Odinzoff RN, MBA is the Director of Program Quality for Last Mile Health operating out of Monrovia, Liberia. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Carol has four children and three grandchildren at home in Alaska where she has worked for the past 25 years. Carol’s nursing career has focused on Forensics (SART/SANE). As the Assistant Director of Statewide Services of the Alaska Community Health Aide Program (CHAP), Carol was instrumental in development of the Alaska Dental Health Aide Initiative (DENTEX) and the CHAP Distance Delivery Program.

Martin Adikwu

Simon Akena

Yogesh Jain, MD

Alexandra Rigaud

Ornella Sainterant 

Patrick Elliot, MD

Hugo Flores Navarro, MD

Djoumé Diakité, MD

Emily Wroe, MD

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