Adriann Begay
Adriann Begay
GALLUP INDIAN MEDICAL CENTER

Raised on the Navajo reservation, Adriann Begay is Tábaahi (Edge of the Water clan) and born for Bít’ahnii (Folded Arms People clan). Her maternal grandparents are Ta’néészahnii (Badlands People clan) and paternal grandparents are Tl’aashchí’í (Red Cheek People clan). While raising three children, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona; and received a medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. Adriann worked for the Indian Health Service for 21 years initially at Salt River Clinic under Phoenix Indian Medical Center for 4 years as a primary care provider. Then at Gallup Indian Medical Center as an urgent care physician and administrator for 17 years.  Her career is dedicated to elevating healthcare for American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).  Increasing the pipeline of AI/AN students who can come home and care for their people is a major part of her dedication.  Adriann’s greatest accomplishments are being a mother of three, being a grandmother to nine beautiful grandchildren, being a daughter to a strong Navajo woman who she can now care for, being a wife to a caring artistic husband, and always being a source of support for family, colleagues, friends and anyone who needs even a hug or pat on the back.

Dr. Begay joined HEAL in 2021 as a Senior Officer and leads HEAL’s Strategic Plan goals of 1) expanding to additional domestic sites in addition to Navajo Nation, 2) designing and building a pathway for Native American health workers to transform as they work with the underserved both in Navajo Nation and nationally 3) advocating for policy and programs on behalf of Native American health care equity, and 4) serving as a mentor to fellows based in Navajo Nation. 

Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Navajo Nation Program Officer
Cristina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Arizona, and PhD in Nursing with an American Indian Studies minor at the University of Arizona. She is a HEAL alumnus (Navajo Nation Site Fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Center, 2016-18), a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar, and a 2018 American Indian Research Center for Health (AIRCH) fellow at the University of Arizona. She has also worked as the Program Coordinator for Northern Arizona University’s American Indian Nursing Program, and continues to work clinically. Her Nursing experience is in rural health, primarily in Indigenous health and in inpatient settings, and she has been certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Gerontological Nursing. Her interests are in wellness and cultural determinants of health for Indigenous Peoples, the decolonization of healthcare, wellness, and education, and the centering of Indigenous Knowledge systems. Cristina is passionate about addressing health inequities in local and global settings with foci on community and solidarity, and supporting current and future health professionals in pursuing equity-focused careers.
2016-2018
Eva Cordero
Eva Cordero
Program Associate

Eva earned her Bachelors in Political Science from Amherst College in 2018. While at Amherst, she interned at several nonprofit organizations focused on youth advocacy and development in marginalized communities (particularly in gentrifying neighborhoods) in Holyoke, Massachusetts and San Francisco, California. Leaving Amherst for New York, she started as a paralegal at Cuti Hecker Wang LLP, a civil rights law firm where she primarily worked on housing discrimination, workplace harassment, and childhood sex abuse. Eva has a commitment to breaking cycles of violence.  Her experiences have solidified her belief that physical and mental health and community building are fundamental in reducing systemic inequality. She is excited to join the HEAL team as a Program Associate.

Floyd Thompson, MA
Floyd Thompson, MA
Advisor, Navajo Nation

Floyd Thompson received his Bachelor of Science from Arizona State University and his Master of Arts in Organization Management from the University of Phoenix.  He has worked for the Indian Health Service as a registered nurse and has served in various healthcare administration positions including Director of Nursing, Chief Information Office, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Officer.  Floyd has also served as a Federal Delegate with the American Hospital Association’s Regional Policy Board representing the Rocky Mountain region.  Floyd has additionally attended the Federal Executive Institute’s “Leadership for a Democratic Society” in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Floyd retired from the Indian Health Service after a 33-year career.  He has taught courses in leadership and has mentored other staff who now serve in senior leadership positions within the Indian Health Service.

Joseph Scarpelli, MPH
Joseph Scarpelli, MPH
Program Director & Navajo Nation Partnerships

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.

Maxwell Vanderwarker
Maxwell Vanderwarker
Operations Officer

Maxwell Vanderwarker is HEAL’s Operations Officer. He received his BA in English from UC Berkeley, where he was involved in queer leadership with Oscar Wilde House as Network Manager and Social Coordinator. After graduation, he transitioned into Human Resources and finance and worked with a variety of small tech startups in the Bay Area, and at the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Most recently, he was the Administrative Manager of UC Berkeley’s Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI), an interdisciplinary research unit focused on social change scholarship, and the Technology Coordinator of LavenderCal, UC Berkeley’s LGBT+ staff and faculty professional organization. 

Meg Tremblay, MPH
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.

Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Phuoc Le, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Co-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.

Rachel Belieu, MPH
Rachel Belieu, MPH
Program Manager

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
Robin Goldman, MD, MPH
Hospitalist, Assistant Director of Curriculum

Robin Goldman was a rotating fellow at UCSF in San Francisco and at Partners in Health affiliated hospital in central Haiti (2014-2016). She 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.

Field of work: Education, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Program Implementation

Areas of interest: Professional Development, Anti-racism Education, Social Medicine Education, Health Systems and Capacity Building

Current Job:  Med-Peds Hospitalist at UCSF, SFVA & Washington Hospital, Assistant Director of Curriculum and Mentorship at HEAL Initiative

2014-2016, UCSF & Partners in Health
Robin Tittle, MD, MS
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.

Sami Schilf
Sami Schilf
Communications Officer
Sami Schilf (she/her) is HEAL’s communications officer and is passionate about supporting growth of organizations and individuals through storytelling. For the past 10 years, she has worked as an artist and creative producer alongside non-profit organizations, providing hands-on learning and mental health support to POC youth and families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about wellness and the arts and is an avid muralist that believes that public art and design has a critical place in creating lasting social change.
Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Managing 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.

Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H
Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H
Co-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.

Varsha Subramanyam
Varsha Subramanyam
Curriculum Officer & Deputy Director
Varsha Subramanyam is the Curriculum Officer/Deputy Director at HEAL. Varsha is passionate about designing and delivering training programs and communication materials that advance health equity. She has experience researching and managing programs on a variety of topics including violence prevention, patient-provider communication, and sexual and reproductive health. Varsha graduated with a Master of Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina (UNC) Chapel Hill and a Bachelors degree from Boston University. Prior to joining HEAL, she was the Associate Director of Communications and Campus Engagement at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center.

POD PARTNERS

Jyoti Puvvula, MD, MPH
Jyoti Puvvula, MD, MPH
Kelvin Chan, MD
Kelvin Chan, MD

Kelvin Chan, MD is originally from the Los Angeles area.  He completed medical school in North Carolina and his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine in Los Angeles.  After residency, Kelvin joined HEAL as part of the 2015-2017 class, where he rotated between Gallup Indian Medical Center and Last Mile Health in Liberia.  He completed his Masters in Public Health via UC Berkeley with HEAL.  After HEAL, he took a full time position at Gallup Indian Medical Center, where he’s been since.  His clinical work is half inpatient and half outpatient.

Trisha Schimek, MD
Trisha Schimek, MD

Trisha Schimek, MD pursued a career in medicine to care for underserved populations and address health equity and thus was naturally drawn to a career in Family Medicine and Global Health. She is a former alumni of the first HEAL class and spent her fellowship working on Navajo Nation in Shiprock and with Companeros en Salud in Mexico.  After the fellowship she decided to focus on “glocal” work as an attending physician in the Contra Costa County health care system in Martinez, CA.  She does direct patient care and also teaches in the Family Medicine Residency program in hopes to teach and prepare more family physicians on how to provide quality care to a diverse patient population. She was born and raised in Minnesota and holds onto the Midwest values of caring for her neighbors. Her educational path has allowed her to live in a variety of places, starting in New Orleans to complete her bachelors and Masters in Public Health in Tropical Medicine at Tulane, next to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, and finally to University of Wisconsin, Madison, to complete her Family Medicine Residency.  Her interests outside of medicine include spending time with her husband and daughter, salsa dancing, searching food blogs for fun recipes, and anything that will take her outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, running.

Alon Unger, MD, MS
Alon Unger, MD, MS

Alon Unger, MD, MS, is an Associate clinical professor in hospital medicine at UCSF. He is originally from Arizona and completed medical school at UCSF and residencies in internal medicine and pediatrics at UCLA. He has worked in clinical care and public health research in various settings including the Navajo Nation, Haiti, South Africa, Thailand and Brazil. He worked for MSF in Myanmar as an HIV and TB treatment advisor for a large treatment program. He is interested in health system improvement and providing equitable and patient-centered care in global settings.

Lena Wong, MD
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 fellow who served at Tuba City Regional Health Care in Tuba City, Arizona and at Possible in Nepal. After HEAL, she took a full time position at Tuba City Regional Health Care. In her current role she does the Social Medicine curriculum, is lead for internal medicine performance improvement and antimicrobial stewardship.  In her spare time she coaches local soccer and tball.

Robin Goldman, MD, MPH
Robin Goldman, MD, MPH

Robin Goldman, MD, MPH spent time teaching and doing environmental health research prior to deciding to go into medicine. She joined the HEAL team after participating in the Global Health and Hospital Medicine/HEAL Initiative fellowship, during which she worked with Zanmi Lasante (Partners in Health in Haiti) at a public hospital in the central plateau region of Haiti where she learned a lot from her patients and Haitian colleagues. After completing her fellowship, she decided to spend sometime in one place and started a combination of jobs as an adult hospitalist at the San Francisco VA, a pediatric hospitalist at a community hospital, supporting the HEAL program around curriculum, mentorship and evaluation and continuing to work on some small projects for Zanmi Lasante focused on capacity building through education and guideline development.

Zhenya Krapivinsky, MD
Zhenya Krapivinsky, MD

Zhenya Krapivinsky, MD completed her residency in Social & Internal Medicine in Bronx, NY at Montefiore Medical Center. After her training, Zhenya moved to Rwanda where she spent 3 years working alongside Rwandan doctors and trainees to improve the health education infrastructure. Since Rwanda she has continued to be involved in global health medical education efforts and has worked in Uganda, Nepal, India, Tanzania and Cameroon.

Currently Zhenya is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF where she is a hospitalist, splitting her time between patient care, teaching and working alongside San Francisco’s underserved communities to promote social justice.  She continues to be involved with teaching in Rwanda, Cameroon and India and works on creating content for free online medical education.

Outside of medicine, Zhenya spends her time community organizing, dancing, painting and getting to know humans from all parts of our planet.

Yousef Turshani, MD
Yousef Turshani, MD

Pediatrician by training. HEAL faculty mentor out of love for the movement! Born to Libyan immigrants in Louisville, he developed his passion for teaching and global health as a 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.

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.

International experiences include

  • HIV consultant in Zimbabwe for Doctors without Borders where he collaborated with ICRC, UNICEF and other local partners to successfully hand over a regional center Pediatric HIV project to the Ministry of Health.
  • Evaluating community health workers in Nicaragua
  • Disaster relief work in Iceland and Peru
  • Pediatric resident rotation in San Pedro Sula, Honduras central hospital.

 

Titles

  • Associate Clinical Professor-Vol, Dept of Pediatrics, UC-San Francisco
  • Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Stanford University
  • Pediatrics Medical Director, Fair Oaks Health Center, County of San Mateo”
Aylin Ulku, MD, PhD
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.

Linda Sharp, MD
Linda Sharp, MD

Linda Sharp, MD, is an internist at Martin Luther King, Jr Community Hospital in South Los Angeles, where she currently chairs the hospital bioethics committee.  At work she tries to provide good quality care and works to build organizational policies and practices that promote health equity and human rights. She has been with Doctors for Global Health for many years, supporting community health work in Mexico, El Salvador and Uganda.  Doctors for Global Health tries to practice “liberation medicine”, the conscious, conscientious use of health to promote social justice and human dignity.  As U.S. based health activists, they work with People’s Health Movement, the Social Medicine Consortium, and the global Campaign Against Racism. She has been a part of the HEAL global health fellowship for several years, and has been an advisor within the Nepal/Nyaya Health/Possible pod.

Veronica Aragon
Veronica Aragon
NATIVIDAD MEDICAL CENTER

Veronica was born in Santa Ines Yatzeche, a small indigenous village in the valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico and is tri-lingual. Her native language is Zapoteco. Her family settled in Pacific Grove, CA, where she was brought to live at age two. Veronica’s parents and community worked the fields and currently work in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As an immigrant, Veronica and her family, as well as the rest of her community, faced many challenges, such as poverty, lack of healthcare, and safe housing. Although Veronica grew up in “America”, her parents and family continued to practice their cultural beliefs and customs. At the age of 15, she dropped out of high school and married. Prior to delivering her first child, Veronica decided to go back to school and obtain her High School diploma and GED. In December 2000 she was hired as the first indigenous interpreter for the Monterey County Health Department Public Health Nursing Division. Veronica is adamant that because of the health professionals she encountered and their caring attitudes, compassion, interventions, but most of all encouragement she has been able to break the cycle and statistics piled against people like herself and her community. Veronica worked in Public Health Nursing for 10 years as an interpreter and community service aide and has have been at serving the community at Natividad as a Registered Nurse in Perinatal Services. She currently holds a BSN, PHN and is currently working on a Masters in Nursing Leadership and Management with the goal of obtaining a doctorate and FNP. Veronica appreciates continued learning and teaching and is passionate about working with the underserved, families, community and representing her indigenous community. Veronica currently lives in Pacific Grove with her husband Cirilo and youngest son Brandon who is soon to be college-bound. Veronica and her husband enjoy an active lifestyle, spend time with family and friends, and especially enjoy visiting her oldest son Damean who is currently serving in the military.

Adriann Begay
Adriann Begay
GALLUP INDIAN MEDICAL CENTER

Raised on the Navajo reservation, Adriann Begay is Tábaahi (Edge of the Water clan) and born for Bít’ahnii (Folded Arms People clan). Her maternal grandparents are Ta’néészahnii (Badlands People clan) and paternal grandparents are Tl’aashchí’í (Red Cheek People clan). While raising three children, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona; and received a medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine through the Indians into Medicine program. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Arizona and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice. Adriann worked for the Indian Health Service for 21 years initially at Salt River Clinic under Phoenix Indian Medical Center for 4 years as a primary care provider. Then at Gallup Indian Medical Center as an urgent care physician and administrator for 17 years.  Her career is dedicated to elevating healthcare for American Indians/Alaskan Natives (AI/AN).  Increasing the pipeline of AI/AN students who can come home and care for their people is a major part of her dedication.  Adriann’s greatest accomplishments are being a mother of three, being a grandmother to nine beautiful grandchildren, being a daughter to a strong Navajo woman who she can now care for, being a wife to a caring artistic husband, and always being a source of support for family, colleagues, friends and anyone who needs even a hug or pat on the back.

Dr. Begay joined HEAL in 2021 as a Senior Officer and leads HEAL’s Strategic Plan goals of 1) expanding to additional domestic sites in addition to Navajo Nation, 2) designing and building a pathway for Native American health workers to transform as they work with the underserved both in Navajo Nation and nationally 3) advocating for policy and programs on behalf of Native American health care equity, and 4) serving as a mentor to fellows based in Navajo Nation. 

Delilah Browne
Delilah Browne
Chinle Comprehensive Healthcare Facility

Delilah Browne is a Dine, who resides in Cottonwood, Arizona. Her clans are Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water clan), born for Honaghanii (One who walks around), her maternal grandfather is Naakai Dine (Mexican clan), and her paternal grandfather is Kinyaa’aanii (Towering House clan). Delilah received her Bachelor Degree from Arizona State University in American Indian Studies with a minor in Justice Studies. Delilah has worked with the Indian Health Service for eleven years. She currently works in the Public Health Nursing Department and implements an evidenced based curriculum develop by Johns Hopkins University, titled the Family Spirit Program. She is passionate about working with strengthening families and connecting them to resources in the community. She is a fellow at Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility at Chinle, Arizona.

Danny Mays
Danny Mays
Gallup Indian Medical Center, Inshuti Mu Buzima

Danny Mays grew up in Maryland, on the east coast of the United States. He is one of five children – his mother is a teacher and father a computer programmer. Danny’s early life was shaped by music, school, and Christian faith. In college,  he decided to pursue medicine with the hope of helping people in need. Danny attended medical school at George Washington University in Washington, DC and residency in internal medicine and primary care at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. During his training, he spent a year with community health workers in Uganda. The friends he made along the way have shaped what he cares about and the work he wants to do. Danny firmly believes that community is the magic sauce that transforms hope into change and is really looking forward to HEAL and the community we can build together.

Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Managing 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.

Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Cristina Rivera Carpenter, PhD, MSN, RN-BC
Navajo Nation Program Officer
Cristina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Arizona, and PhD in Nursing with an American Indian Studies minor at the University of Arizona. She is a HEAL alumnus (Navajo Nation Site Fellow at Tséhootsooí Medical Center, 2016-18), a Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing Scholar, and a 2018 American Indian Research Center for Health (AIRCH) fellow at the University of Arizona. She has also worked as the Program Coordinator for Northern Arizona University’s American Indian Nursing Program, and continues to work clinically. Her Nursing experience is in rural health, primarily in Indigenous health and in inpatient settings, and she has been certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Gerontological Nursing. Her interests are in wellness and cultural determinants of health for Indigenous Peoples, the decolonization of healthcare, wellness, and education, and the centering of Indigenous Knowledge systems. Cristina is passionate about addressing health inequities in local and global settings with foci on community and solidarity, and supporting current and future health professionals in pursuing equity-focused careers.
2016-2018
George Talama
George Talama
Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo

George Talama completed his primary school at Naotcha Full Primary School and Chilomoni Catholic Primary School and secondary level education at Henry Henderson Institute. He enrolled at University of Malawi, College of Medicine in 2006 and finished his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in October 2011. He has 9 years’ experience working in resource limited setting mainly supporting primary health care system strengthening. Before joining Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU)/Partners In Health, he worked with Ministry of Health for 5 years as a clinician and later at top management level as director of health in a district with a population of about one million. In November 2016, he left the government and joined Partners in Health (PIH) where he currently works as a Clinical Manager. George joined PIH due to his passion to serve poor people and to gain a better understanding of health equity. George’s vision is to help in alleviating the health disparities that exist between the rich and the poor. He will be finishing his Master of Science in Public Health studies at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine end 2021. George’s areas of interest include research and building monitoring and evaluation systems for health projects. He is a fellow at Abwenzi Pa Za Umuyo in Malawi.

Faculty Advisors

Amy (Meg) Autry, MD
Amy (Meg) Autry, MD

Dr. Meg Autry is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist at the UCSF/Mount Zion Women’s Health Center. In her clinical practice, she does obstetrics and complex gynecology. Her areas of interest include family planning, cervical dysplasia, and benign gynecology. Dr. Autry is a member of the Academy of Medical Educators and is the Director of Graduate Medical Education for UCSF Obstetrics and Gynecology. She was the president of APGO 2014-2016 and is a board examiner for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Michael Lipnick, MD
Michael Lipnick, MD

Michael Lipnick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesia at UCSF and based clinically at San Francisco General Hospital. He is a graduate of the UCSF School of Medicine and completed residency programs in Internal Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Anesthesia Residency at UCSF as well as Critical Care Fellowship at UCSF. Michael is co-founder of Global Partners in Anesthesia and Surgery (GPAS – www.globalsurgery.org) and has co-directed this collaboration’s efforts to increase access to quality surgical services in Uganda since 2007. Michael’s interests in public health have focused on injury, perioperative care, and the ethics and best practices surrounding global health collaborations. He has served as a contributor to the Global Burden of Disease Study Group and co-founded The Global Health Hub (www.globalhealthhub.org). Michael joined the HEAL Faculty in 2015 to help expand and direct anesthesia and surgery pathways for the fellowship.

Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH
Madhavi Dandu, MD, MPH

Madhavi 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 Director of 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. She is also co-director of the Global Health Core for the Division of Hospital Medicine and a senior curriculum advisor for the HEAL Fellowship. Finally she continues to pursue her interest in health and human rights work.

Bibhav Acharya, MD
Bibhav Acharya, MD

Bibhav Acharya has extensive experience in developing global health programs. He is the co-founder of Possible (www.possiblehealth.org), a non-profit company that has been operating a health delivery system in rural Nepal since 2008 in partnership with the Nepali Government. The health system employs over 200 staff members and sees over 200 patients a day in Achham, a remote district in Nepal where previously a population of 250,000 people did not have access to a physician. Since 2013, he has been serving as a member of the Board of Advisors for Possible and is focused on developing mental health programs in this area. He conducts implementation science research in mental health services at Possible (http://hsdg.partners.org/team/) and manages a group of US-based volunteer psychiatrists who provide remote assistance to primary care providers in Nepal. He is a co-founder and the Executive Director of Shared Minds, a non-profit organization that provides culturally-appropriate, evidence-based clinical training and supervision for clinicians in Nepal. Bibhav was born and raised in Nepal and completed his M.D. at Yale University School of Medicine.