Joshua Delfin, MA
Joshua Delfin, MA
Operations Officer

Joshua Delfin grew up in Southern California and has called the Bay Area home for 13 years. Prior to joining HEAL, he has held positions in Bay Area nonprofits including The San Francisco Foundation, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and most recently The Greenlining Institute, where he worked with emerging leaders of color to cultivate their personal and professional development. He has approached social justice work through an intersectional lens and strives to create change by supporting equity-focused organizations. Joshua received his M.A. degree from San Francisco State University in Education Social Justice and Equity, focusing on issues centered around race, culture, language, ethnicity, ability, and gender diversity in education. He currently chairs Somos Familia, an Oakland-based LGBT organization that builds leadership in Latina/o/x families and communities.

Frances Fu, MPH
Frances Fu, MPH
Curriculum Officer
Ameryl Loi
Ameryl Loi
Program Coordinator

Ameryl joined the HEAL Initiative after earning her bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies from UC Berkeley. During college, she worked in partnership with Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal on WASH, nutrition, and safe pesticide handling projects through her work in GlobeMed at Berkeley. Currently, she is assisting research at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health on arsenic remediation in public water systems and coordinating the UCSF Functional Limb Service Clinic at SFGH.

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.

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
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.

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.

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.

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
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
Cristina Rivera Carpenter
Consultant to the HEAL Initiative

Cristina earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Arizona, and is a current PhD student in Nursing 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. Her interests are in cultural determinants of health for Indigenous Peoples, the decolonization of healthcare and wellness, 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

Faculty Advisors

Sheila Menezes
Sheila Menezes
Photographer
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.

POD PARTNERS

Jyoti Puvvula, MD, MPH
Jyoti Puvvula, MD, MPH
Cristina Rivera Carpenter, MSN, RN-BC
Cristina Rivera Carpenter, MSN, RN-BC

Cristina Rivera Carpenter earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University, Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Arizona, and is a current doctoral candidate in Nursing 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. She is the incoming Program Coordinator for Northern Arizona’s American Indian Nursing Program. Her Nursing experience is primarily in inpatient settings, and she is certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing and Gerontological Nursing. Her interests are in cultural determinants of health for Indigenous Peoples, the decolonization of healthcare and wellness, 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.

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.

Priyank Jain, MD
Priyank Jain, MD

Priyank 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 intricately intertwined with socio-economic conditions, and as such health is a political issue. Dr. Jain believes that the ultimate duty of physicians is to advocate for their patients. This responsibility extends beyond compassionate and effective medical care to an individual; and includes addressing systemic factors that contribute to illness and accessing healthcare. To this end a physician has to become a change agent within his professional and social community. Medical education should prepare future health care providers empowered to lead such a change. This is his guiding principle for medical education. Dr. Jain currently works at Cambridge Health Alliance as a hospitalist and Associate Program Director for IM residency program. Cambridge Health Alliance is a safety net hospital that emphasizes physician advocacy and equitable healthcare. Dr. Jain is interested in capacity building for health care in marginalized communities and LMICs via medical education and mentorship of young professionals.