Transformative Global Health: Impact and Accountability

The 4th Annual UT Southwestern Office of Global Health Symposium took place on January 30 and 31, 2015 at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s North Campus. The two-symposium convened faculty, students, administrators, and health care professionals from a variety of backgrounds to explore and discuss the following topics:

  • The evolution of global health education and research;
  • The current role for Academic Medical Centers in global health;
  • Education and capacity building in the global context.

The symposium showcased best practices in medical education, capacity building and the role of academic medical centers in global health.  The following speakers shared their work with attendees:

  • Miliard Derbew, M.D., FRCS, FCS (ECSA) shared his experiences as President of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA), President of the Surgical Society of Ethiopia, and PI for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) in Ethiopia.
  • Alexander Eastman, M.D., MPH
    Dr. Eastman is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He received his MD from George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery and fellowship in surgical critical care at UT Southwestern.

    His research interests include prehospital EMS, tactical medicine, and trauma surgery.
  • Honorable Commissioner Jide Idris, M.D.
    Dr. Olajide Idris, the Honorable Commissioner for Health, completed his undergraduate medical training at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos with an MB.BS degree in 1980. He completed his first year of residency at the State Hospital, Abeokuta and rotational internships in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Surgery, and Internal Medicine. In January 1982, he completed his National Youth Service Corps requirements Eku Baptist Hospital, Eku (now Delta State).

    Further pursuit in postgraduate studies was at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) in 1985. He then worked between 1985 and 1988 in a senior management position at the private health-consulting firm in Lagos, Health Aids Ltd. Between March 1992 and 1995, Dr. Idris was a Managing Partner of a private healthcare consulting firm.  From 1993 to 1995, he was the Chief Medical Doctor at a Company Staff Clinic, providing primary care services to company staff and their families.

    In 1995, he returned to the USA to continue his medical practice covering Clinical Clerkship with First Care Medical Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina, Metrolina Nephrology Associates, P.A. and Mid Carolina Cardiology. He completed an externship at the Presbyterian Hospital (Emergency Room), Charlotte, North Carolina. In 1998, he was a postdoctoral Research Fellow, in the Blood Pressure Research Unit, Irvin Center for Clinical Research, Division of Cardiology at Columbia University, New York.

    In recognition of his experience in areas of clinical practice, health planning, hospital management and health consulting/research, Dr. Idris was appointed as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in June 1999, a position he held till July 2007, after which he was appointed as the Honorable Commissioner for Health.

    He is a professional member of the American Public Health Association; the Nigerian Medical Association; and the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks.
  • Tawanda Gumbo, M.D.
    Tawanda Gumbo, M.D., attended the University of Zimbabwe Medical School. From 1993 to 1996 he was an intern and resident in Internal Medicine/International Health Tract at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and from 1996-1999 he was a fellow in Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2002 he established the hollow fiber model of tuberculosis or “glass mouse.”

    In 2006 he moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.  In 2007 he received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award to focus on efflux pump inhibition to accelerate therapy and reduce duration of antituberculosis therapy. He is also a contributor of two chapters in the 12th edition of the pre-eminent pharmacology text "Goodman and Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics" namely, "Principles of Chemotherapy of Infectious Diseases" and "Chemotherapy of Tuberculosis, Mycobacterium avium Complex, Leprosy."

    He has also published a poetry book "Songs for flame lily" (2005), arranged based on courtship stages of traditional Bantu society.

    Dr. Gumbo is an Honorary Professor of Medicine, University of Cape Town and currently serves as Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Experimental Therapeutics at Baylor Research Institute; Dallas, Texas.
  • Margaret Phillips, Ph.D.
    Dr. Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holds the endowed titles of the Carolynn R. Bacon Professorship in Medical Science and Education; and the Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science.

    Dr. Phillips was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis (1981) and her PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of California, San Francisco (1988), where she was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Dept. of Biochemistry (1988-1992).

    Her research focuses on biochemistry and drug discovery in parasitic protozoa.
  • Michelle Hsiang, M.D.
    Dr. Hsiang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and holds the endowed title of Horchow Family Scholar in Pediatrics.

    Dr. Michelle Hsiang’s career is focused on improving the health of children through clinical care and the study of malaria, an infectious disease that is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in resource-limited settings.

    Dr. Hsiang completed her undergraduate training at Stanford University.  She received her MD at Baylor College of Medicine, and completed a residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Francisco.

    Dr. Hsiang’s research is in the evaluation of surveillance and response strategies for malaria elimination. Specifically, she is interested in helping national malaria programs find and treat patients who are without symptoms, but are infected and serve as reservoirs for persistent transmission. She currently has field sites in Swaziland, Namibia, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is the Deputy Lead of Operational Research for the UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative, and is a member of the Malaria Elimination Group (MEG). She is funded by grants from the Horchow Family Fund for Endowed Scholars in Pediatrics at UT Southwestern, National Institutes of Health, Burroughs Wellcome Fund/American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development.

    She joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in August 2014 and splits her time between clinical care, malaria research, and teaching and mentoring trainees. In September 2014, Dr. Hsiang was appointed Assistant Adjunct Professor at UT School of Public Health.
  • Ugis Gruntmanis, M.D.
    Dr. Gruntmanis is the Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

    He received his MD at the Medical Academy of Latvia (1992) and completed a residency in intensive care also at the Medical Academy of Latvia (1994). He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine (1997), residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (1999), and fellowship in Endocrinology & Metabolism at UCLA School of Medicine (2001).

    His specialty areas are in endocrinology and thyroid disorders.
  • Rachel Jamison, M.D.
    Dr. Jamison attended UT Southwestern for her medical education as well as pediatric residency and chief residency.  She is now in her first year of pediatric cardiology fellowship. She is the Founder of the Pediatric Global Health Education Program, and is the Medical Director of a non-profit called Hope Ignited.  Her organization is involved in Guinea, West Africa and Guatemala where they work towards community transformation by meeting the spiritual, intellectual, and physical needs of the people.  Her long-term plans involve living in Guinea where she hopes to implement pediatric cardiology training for local physicians and nurses.
  • Kent Allen Stevens, M.D.
    Dr. Stevens is Assistant Professor of Surgery & International Health; Associate Director of Trauma & Clinical Services International Injury Research Unit at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine & Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Dr. Stevens was formerly an attending physician at Kernan Hospital, the University of Maryland Medical System and Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
  • Muhammad Pate, MD
    Dr. Pate is a Visiting Scholar at Duke Global Health Institute and former Minister of State for Health in Nigeria.

    Pate was named Minister of State for Health in 2011 and led the coordination and implementation of the African nation's primary health care system. He is also credited for Nigeria's bold efforts to expand vaccinations and access to essential health care services for women and children by 2015 through the 'Saving One Million Lives' initiative.
  • Allison Annette Foster
    Ms. Foster is a Senior Advisor for Human Resources for Health (HRH) at Intrahealth International in Washington DC. In 2013, IntraHealth reached more than 178,000 health workers in 35 countries with interventions designed to make sure health workers are present, ready, connected, and safe. At the 2013 HRH Global Forum in Recife, Brazil, IntraHealth committed to increasing its reach to at least 475,000 health workers annually by 2020 and Ms. Foster provides the organizational leadership behind this commitment.

    Before joining IntraHealth, Ms. Foster served as the team lead for health workforce development and performance and as senior advisor for quality improvement at University Research Corporation. There she designed and implemented interventions to improve health workforce performance and productivity, increase satisfaction and retention, empower team-based management and self-directed improvements, and build evidence about best practices in HRH. Before that, Ms. Foster worked as a regional advisor for the Americas at the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization.

    Ms. Foster has a master’s degree from the University of Florence Socrates Program in international communication and media.
  • Michael Cappello, M.D.
    Dr. Cappello is Professor of Pediatrics, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Public Health at the Yale School of Medicine. He graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biomedical Ethics and received his M.D. from Georgetown University. Since joining the Yale faculty in 1996, Dr. Cappello has developed a laboratory and field based research program focused on parasitic diseases, including helminth infections and more recently, malaria. In 2006, he was named a Global Health Ambassador by the Paul G. Rogers Society of Research!America, the nation's largest not-for-profit public education and advocacy alliance working to make research to improve health a higher national priority. Dr. Cappello received the 2007 Bailey K. Ashford medal, awarded by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene "for distinguished work in tropical medicine."

    In addition to his research, Dr. Cappello also provides clinical care as an Infectious Diseases specialist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and previously served as Co-Director of the Yale International Adoption Clinic. In 2002, he founded the Yale Program in International Child Health, which coordinates and develops global initiatives in Pediatric research, clinical care and medical education. In 2007, Yale President Richard Levin appointed Dr. Cappello Director of the Yale World Fellows Program, a novel initiative that provides academic enrichment and professional development to emerging international leaders across multiple disciplines, with a goal of building a network of individuals dedicated to effecting positive global change.