Meet the Heal Team

DrSriramShamasunder_SheilaMenezes_sRGB_smv2Sriram 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.



PHUOCPhuoc 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.




TITTLERobin Tittle, MD MS 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.





Ethel Wu, MD is an Assistant Clinical Professor at UCSF. She divides her clinical time between ward attending, neurosurgery co-management, and medicine consultation. Her interests are in quality improvement (QI) and global health. In QI, her particular focus is in improving physician-to-physician communication and applying Lean methodology for safe patient discharges. Her academic interests include bringing global health to medicine residents via tailored telehealth seminars connecting with underserved sites. Additionally, she is involved in developing a hypertension education, monitoring, and treatment program with the Tribal Health Initiative in Sittillingi, a village in rural Southern India.



EmilyHallEmily 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.



Joseph_Scarpelli_Portrait_WEB_WMJoseph Scarpelli, MPH 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. 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. 




Chad_Noble-Tabiolo_Portrait_WEB_WMChad Noble-Tabiolo is the Partnerships Coordinator with the HEAL Initiative. He earned a Bachelors of Science degree in medical technology (MT) from Saint Louis University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, graduating with the inaugural class in the Native Hawaiian and Indigenous Health specialization. Chad began his passion for health in biomedical research as a post-baccalaureate fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and as a medical technologist at the Kapiʻolani Medical Center For Women and Children in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. This passion later ensued into a commitment towards global health equity and social justice, where he worked on capacity building of laboratorians in Cap Haitian, Haiti with Randolph World Ministries; and on youth and child rights as a Program Manager in an informal settlement community in Laguna, Philippines with Consuelo Foundation. Most recently, Chad completed a fellowship with the Global Health Corps, serving as the Monitoring & Evaluation and Communications Officer with the Centre for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education in Lilongwe, Malawi.


DANDUDr. 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 Associate Director of the Pathways to Discovery Program in Global Health, a cross-University program preparing UCSF trainees to be successful in global health careers. Finally, she directs 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. Finally she continues to pursue her interest in health and human rights work.



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.




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.







Aylin Ulku joined the faculty at UCSF in July 2012 as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine. 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.  Her Global Health Education work includes a position as Assistant Clinical Professor for Yale School of Medicine while living in Kigali, Rwanda to assist in medical education capacity building within the National University of Rwanda (NUR) School of Medicine.  During her time at UCSF, she has collaborated to develop a monthly global health telemedicine conference to link UCSF residents with partner sites.  This conference focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of patients in often rural settings and understanding social determinants of health.  Her clinical and research interests focus on training in non-communicable diseases in limited-resource settings.


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