What has now become the HEAL Initiative fellowship was piloted over a 3-year period. The service and impact of our fellows at our partner sites was significant and since graduating nearly all are continuing their work in low-resource settings.  The map below shows the locations where our fellow graduates were placed.


2014-2016 Fellows


Robin Goldman

Robin Goldman graduated from Amherst College with a major in Biology. She subsequently worked as a research assistant at Resources for the Future on environmental health and economic issues, 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. Currently, she is a Global Health and Hospital Medicine Fellow at UCSF. She spends half the year as a Hospitalist at UCSF and half the year doing medical education and quality improvement work with her local colleagues at Ministry of Health/Partners in Health affiliated hospital in central Haiti. Her main interests include clinical work with underserved populations in the U.S. and abroad, strengthening medical education in low resource settings, and improving exposure to global health topics within the U.S. medical education system.

Ami Waters

Ami Waters graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelors of Science in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Ami was the first Vanderbilt graduate who served as a long-term volunteer at an AIDS hospice in Gaborone, Botswana, launching a partnership between the two communities that continues today through the Center for Contemplative Justice. She went to medical school at University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio where she served as a Paul Brand Scholar in Vellore, India and completed clerkships on the Texas-Mexico Border. As a Baylor College of Medicine Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Resident, Ami returned to Gaborone, Botswana with Baylor International Pediatrics AIDS Initiative. Ami looks forward to working with Last Mile Health in Zwedru, Liberia as a UCSF Global Health Hospitalist Fellow. Her interests include medical education, quality improvement, health systems strengthening and advocacy.


2013-14 Fellows


Alexandra Stanculescu

Alexandra Stanculescu's interests include Global and Community Health, and she is an advocate of the right to health care for all people. A believer in health education, she has worked to develop community health programs in India and Ecuador, as well as developing interactive e-Learning for the medical and scientific industry in the US. She received an M.A. from San Francisco State University in Integrative Health Education and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis on Neuroscience.  She completed residency in Medicine and Pediatrics at Tulane University in New Orleans. In her free time, She loves to downhill ski and play capoeira. This year she started the Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellowship at UCSF where she will be spending 7 months in Liberia working with the Ministry of Health in Liberia and the organization Last Mile Health.

Robin Tittle

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 has joined the HEAL Initiative faculty this year as director of curriculum and continues to stay closely involved in UCSF's work in Haiti.

Varun Verma

Varun Verma completed his B.A. in Economics from New York University, and his M.D. with Distinction in Research at UMDNJ (Rutgers)-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While in medical school he spent a year as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He completed his training as an Internal Medicine resident at New York University, and is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician. Prior to joining UCSF he worked as a locum tenens Hospitalist in a variety of settings from a 30 bed hospital in rural Maine, to a 500 bed regional medical center in New York state. His main interests include providing quality care in resource limited settings, and he has volunteered as a physician in Haiti with Haiti Medical Missions of Memphis, Project Medishare, and J/P HRO. He is presently a Global Health Hospital Medicine Fellow at UCSF where he splits his year between San Francisco and doing medical education and quality improvement work in rural Haiti at a Ministry of Health/ Partners in Health affiliated hospital.



2012-13 Fellows



Palav Babaria

Palav Babaria is currently Medical Director of the K6 Adult Medicine Clinic at Highland Hospital and an attending physician in the Division of Primary Care. She has over a decade of global health experience working in South Africa, India, and most recently Haiti as a previous UCSF Global Health-Hospital Medicine Fellow. Her work has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine, Social Science & Medicine, L.A. Times and New York Times. Her areas of interest include primary care transformation in resource-limited settings, ethical models of global health training and issues of gender in medicine. Dr. Babaria received her B.A. from Harvard College, M.D. and masters in health sciences from Yale University. She completed her residency training and global health fellowship at UCSF.

E. John Ly

E. John Ly obtained his BA in Community Health and MD from Brown University, where he studied models for health delivery utilizing community health workers.  Following medical school he completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at UCLA. He was part of the inaugural class of the UCSF Hospital Medicine/Global Health Fellowship when he was initially paired with Last Mile Health (also known as Tiyatien Health in Liberia).  He currently serves as Medical Director for Last Mile Health and is on faculty as a hospitalist at UCLA Medical Center. His interests include global health delivery, quality improvement, medical student and resident education.