Rachel Belieu, MPH
Rachel Belieu, MPH
Program Assistant

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.

Jack Fukushima
Jack Fukushima
Curriculum Coordinator

Jack Fukushima serves as the Curriculum Coordinator for the HEAL Initiative. He received his BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley where he worked on and critiqued a number of global health projects in India, Uganda, and Nepal. At HEAL, Jack works on various projects including managing the creation of a textbook on social theory and medicine, helping to create an online platform for alumni, and maintaining the website. Having studied the many different effects NGOs can have on resource-denied communities, Jack is interested in the concept of community in global health and how it is variously defined around the world.

Robin Goldman, MD, MPH
Robin Goldman, MD, MPH
Assistant Director of Curriculum and Mentorship

Robin Goldman 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 an emphasis on social medicine and health equity, and strengthening care coordination within medical systems.

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

Elizabeth Olson, MPH
Elizabeth Olson, MPH
Program Officer

Elizabeth earned her MPH at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her graduate studies took her to Ethiopia to research women’s reproductive health outcomes after which she served as the Project Manager with the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy for a nutrition-based intervention in Boston-area public schools.  She is passionate about social justice, maternal and child health, and improving and promoting access to nutrition and health care as a human right.

Sheila Menezes
Sheila Menezes
Photographer
Joseph Scarpelli, MPH
Joseph Scarpelli, MPH
Program Director

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.

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

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.

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.

Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Sangeeta Tripathi, MPP
Operations and Strategy 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.

Ethel Wu, MD
Ethel Wu, MD
Mentorship Director

Ethel Wu 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 of a district hospital in Malawi. Currently, she coordinates and designs a CME course on global health delivery at UCSF. She has been involved in developing a hypertension education, monitoring, and treatment program with the Tribal Health Initiative in Sittilingi, a village in rural Southern India.

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.

Felicia Lester, MD, MPH
Felicia Lester, MD, MPH

Dr. Felicia Lester is a fellowship-trained specialist who works with women in the medical and surgical treatment of gynecologic conditions including abnormal uterine bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and endometrial polyps and fibroids. She also has expertise in contraception for women, adolescents and medically complex patients, the menopausal transition, abnormal pap smears, management of pregnancy loss and office-based procedures such as colposcopy, cryotherapy, loop excision, hysteroscopy, uterine aspiration, and endometrial biopsy. She has an active obstetrics practice and enjoys supporting women through their pregnancies, deliveries, and beyond.

Dr. Lester has a passion for global health and education and has developed a partnership with a university teaching hospital in Uganda through which she provides support for Ugandan Ob/Gyns and where UCSF residents rotate. She is active in the Pre-term Birth Initiative in Uganda and Kenya, which focuses on reducing the mortality and morbidity associated with preterm birth through training, simulation, and quality improvement. Her research interests include global health education, quality improvement, post-partum contraception, holistic approaches to pelvic pain, and reducing maternal and neonatal mortality.

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.