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Faculty and Staff


Director:

Stephen Berman, MD, FAAP, Steve Berman is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and School of Public Health and holds an endowed chair in Academic General Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Colorado. He is also the director of the Center for Global Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. Dr. Berman is a past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Berman has carried out many international research projects and has served as special advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He has also served as a consultant to the Ministry of Health of many countries throughout the world. He helped design the WHO Case Management of Acute Respiratory Infections Program, which is now incorporated in the WHO Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). He has served as the pediatric clinical research consultant to the National Academy of Sciences Board of Science and Technology in Developing Countries (BOSTID) project on the etiology and epidemiology of acute respiratory infections carried out in 12 countries around the world. He is chair of the "Helping the Children" initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the unique physical and psychological needs of children following an international disaster. He is the editor of the disaster course manual Pediatrics in Disasters (PEDS), which was developed and is being disseminated in collaboration with the AAP and World Health Organization. Course materials are now available in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Cambodian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Well known for his contributions to pediatric education, Dr. Berman has authored four editions of his pediatric textbook entitled Pediatric Decision Making, and has published over 100 peer reviewed research articles and many textbook chapters related to common pediatric clinical problems, such as acute respiratory infections, diarrhea, and immunizations. He has also published a book on child advocacy and health policy entitled Getting it Right for Children: Stories of Pediatric Care and Advocacy. He is also an editor of Global Child Health Advocacy: On the Front Lines.  

 

Administrative Assistant:

Molly Terhune, BA - Colorado School of Public Health

For further information about the Center for Global Health, or to receive announcements about local global health activities, please send an email to Molly Terhune at Molly.Terhune@ucdenver.edu.

Ms. Terhune is the Administrative Assistant at the Center for Global Health. Having interned at the Center for two years prior to this position, she has written extensively for the Center newsletter, Global Health Link and has assisted with the coordination of many of the Center’s courses and events. Her degree in medical anthropology from Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts, has equipped her with an understanding of the social determinants of health that often characterize public health in the global setting.   

 

Administrator:

N Michelle Shiver, BSE - Colorado School of Public Health

Ms. Shiver is the Administrator of the Center for Global Health. Prior to this role, she served as program manager for the Prescription for Health National Program Office with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and as Assistant Director of Medical Student Admissions at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. She holds a Baccalaureate of Science in Business Education from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. She has sixteen years of experience in medical education, with eleven of those years in medical student admissions. Her past work has focused on human resources/relations, fiscal management, admissions/interviewing/selection processes, marketing, recruiting, and program management.

 

Senior Global Health Advisor:

Lauren Heller-Szafran - Children's Hospital Colorado

Ms. Heller-Szafran represents Children's Hospital Colorado as Senior Global Health Advisor at the Center for Global Health. Prior to this role, she worked in women's reproductive health and protection programs in humanitarian settings Her work required her to travel to crisis settings, those caused by natural disasters and by conflict, in countries such as South Sudan; Haiti; the borders of Ethiopia with Eritrea and Somalia; Uganda; Nepal; Egypt; Jordan; Tanzania, Peru; Indonesia; the Thai/Burma border; Malaysia; Myanmar; Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Belize. While in the field, Lauren conducted needs assessments, data collection, and program monitoring—all for the purpose of international advocacy efforts. She has worked for the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, International Rescue Committee, the International Organization for Adolescents and ECPAT-USA.

   

Associate Director:

Edwin J Asturias, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Asturias graduated as a medical doctor from the San Carlos University in Guatemala in 1989 and was board certified in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 1995. Trained in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he has been working in the area of vaccine research and policy in Guatemala and the Latin region since 1998. Through the conduction of epidemiological studies and the inquiry into efficacy and safety issues of vacces against poliomyelitis, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcus and E. coli, the Center for Health Studies under his direction has provided answers to important implementation questions, especially for resource poor countries in Central and Latin America.

Dr. Asturias has served on the Guatemalan National Committee for Immunization Practices, the Poliovirus Contention Commission, and advisory groups for the World Health Organization, including the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety. He is the technical coordinator of the Immunization Group of the Mesoamerican Health Initiative, and a member of the Committee of Vaccines of the Latin American Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

 

Director, Maternal Health Programs:

Gretchen Heinrichs, MD, DTMH, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Colorado School of Medicine and Denver Health

Dr. Heinrichs is an OBGYN physician and researcher who completed a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the Gorgas Course in Lima, Peru and a Certificate in Public Health in 2011 from the Colorado School of Public Health. She has been in academics since 2006 and has received several teaching awards for her work with residents and medical students. She works clinically at Denver Health with a special focus on refugee and asylum seeking patients and her Global Health work is currently focused on projects in Guatemala through the Center for Global Health. She has worked in India, Mexico, Rwanda and Nigeria training physicians, nurses, and health care workers on gender-based violence, family planning, and obstetric and gynecologic conditions, as well as adapting international practice recommendations to local and low resource settings. She recently completed a mission with Doctors Without Borders in Northern Nigeria in Emergency Obstetrics. Her scholarly interests include Maternal Mortality, Female Genital Mutilation, Infectious Diseases and Refugee health services.

 

Senior Investigators:

Madiha F Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Abdel-Maksoud is a physician and researcher who completed her medical degree in Egypt from Tanta University School of Medicine, and her PhD degree in Epidemiology from the University of Colorado School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the MPH concentrations in Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Prior to obtaining her PhD degree in Epidemiology, Dr. Abdel-Maksoud taught, practiced medicine, and did research in Egypt. After finishing her PhD degree, Dr. Abdel-Maksoud spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow studying the racial/ethnic differences in obesity and its biomarkers. Her work in obesity earned her an award from the prestigious Obesity Society. She is a chronic disease epidemiologist, and her global health work is currently focused on child development projects in Guatemala through the Center for Global Health. She is also currently investigating the barriers and facilitators of cancer screening among the US Muslim community in order to develop culturally sensitive interventions to enhance the cancer screening practices of this population.

 

Lisa L Abuogi, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Abuogi obtained her medical degree at the University of Colorado and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco in 2008. After completing her residency she spent four years living and working in Kenya as a Fogarty International Health Clinical Fellowship (2009-2010) and as Deputy Country Director for Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) in Kenya, a PEPFAR funded collaboration between UCSF and the Kenya Medical Research Institute focused on building capacity of the Kenyan government to provide quality HIV preventive and treatment services. Currently, Dr. Abuogi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics University of Colorado where she divides her time between global health work, pediatric consultation in the CHIP clinic, and urgent care. Her primary academic interests include PMTCT research, global health program implementation and research in pediatric HIV/AIDS. She has spent time in several Latin American and African countries including Ecuador, Guatemala, Botswana, and Kenya.

 

John Brett, PhD, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Brett's research is focused on sustainable livelihoods and microfinance in Bolivia, dietary decision-making and urban food systems sustainability. Dr. Brett's just-finished project examines the relationship between food security, access to health resources and participation in microfinance programs, funded by Fulbright Scholars program and in collaboration with CRECER and Freedom from Hunger with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has done research on medicinal plant use in Chiapas, Mexico, conducted a number of large scale evaluation projects on HIV education programs in the US, Native American history in relation to Rocky Mountain National Park and a multi-year ethnographic study on the factors that influence diet physical activity patterns in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. His current research examines the host of food system “alternatives” emerging in urban areas and they might, or might not create an alternative food system. Dr. Brett received his PhD in Joint Program in Medical Anthropology at the University of California San Francisco and UC Berkeley.

 

Sheana Bull, PhD, Chair and Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Bull's research is focused on the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion interventions using computer-based technologies including kiosks, the internet and cell phones. Her current work in global health involves development and testing of an internet based comprehensive sexuality education program for Ugandan youth. If successful, this technology has ample potential for scalability and replication throughout East Africa, and for adaptation in South Africa, two regions with some of the highest rates of HIV and AIDS in the world. In addition, she is developing projects to test the efficacy of cell phones for HIV education and care seeking among populations at high risk for HIV in East and Southern Africa. Dr. Bull has been involved in data collection and reproductive health survey trainings in Paraguay; has participated in evaluation of family planning programs in Bolivia and Sri Lanka; and has trained family planning care providers in Bolivia.

 

Maureen Cunningham, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Cunningham is a pediatrician and researcher. Dr. Cunningham earned her medical degree in 2007 and completed residency in 2010 at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She completed a Primary Care Research Fellowship and earned her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2014. Dr. Cunningham works clinically as a pediatric hospitalist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Her current global health work is focused on child health and development in Guatemala. Her other research interests include health outcomes research for children with hearing loss.  

 

Gretchen J Domek, MD, MPhil, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Domek completed her undergraduate education in Biological Chemistry at the University of Utah. She then received her medical degree at Harvard Medical School and trained in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. Prior to medical school, Dr. Domek received a Master of Philosophy degree in Medical Anthropology at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Her prior research focused on pediatric HIV disclosure and the institutionalization of HIV-positive children in South Africa. She completed a Global Health Fellowship at the Center for Global Health and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado. Her current research focuses on using emerging technology for global health promotion, including SMS (short message service) text message reminders to improve more timely immunization coverage of the infant vaccination series in Guatemala. She is also involved in developing a digitalized birth registry of women and infants in the southwest Trifinio region of Guatemala as well as the development and implementation of a program promoting early childhood health and development in this region.   

 

James Gaensbauer, MD, MScPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Sections of Infectious Disease and Hospital Medicine, University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Gaensbauer is a pediatrician and infectious disease specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He completed a Master’s of Science in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Prior to joining the University of Colorado in 2011, Dr. Gaensbauer spent 5 years working in Ireland. Prior to that, he spent served as a pediatrician in American Samoa and rural Washington State (with migrant farm workers) as part of fulfillment of a National Health Service Scholarship. He has also spent time volunteering and teaching in Nepal, South Africa and St. Lucia. Current research interests explore the interaction of gastrointestinal pathogens, mucosal immunity, the intestinal microbiome and vaccine responses. Active research projects include participation in an international polio vaccine trial as part of the final effort to eradicate polio, and leading a trial to assess novel therapies for acute childhood diarrhea. 

 

Blair Gifford, PhD, Professor of International Health Management in the Business School and the Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Gifford administers the International Health Management specialties in the MBA/Health programs. Also, he founded and was the first Director of the Center for Global Health at UC Denver and is the Board Chair of Global Health Connections, a not-for-profit organization in Colorado. Dr. Gifford was awarded as a Fulbright/New Century Fellow in 2008, which led work in Haiti which culminated with the 2014 completion of a maternity center in Leogane by Global Health Connections. Dr. Gifford is currently involved in research on the impact of global trade in health services in India, Brazil, Thailand and Mexico. Also, he is leading the development health management education programs in Thailand, India and China. Dr. Gifford has PhD and MS degrees in Sociology (U. of Chicago) and a BA degree (economics) from the U. of California at Santa Cruz. He has had visiting professor appointments at Northwestern U. and Yale U.

 

Kathy Kennedy, DrPH, MA, Clinical Professor of Community and Behavioral Health, Colorado School of Public Health and Director of the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership

Dr. Kennedy is a public health scientist and educator who has conducted numerous studies in reproductive health, focusing in the areas of lactation, fertility and contraception. She has directed several multi-center international studies, and has written on women's health, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS) and post-partum issues. Although she has worked in more than 15 countries and on every continent, her global health work has been concentrated in Mexico, Egypt, Pakistan and the Philippines. Currently, Dr. Kennedy is active in research, education, public health practice, and she is an advisor to clinical practice.

 

Claudia Luna-Asturias, LGSW , Adjunct Faculty, Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA) at the University of Colorado School of Medicine    

Claudia Luna-Asturias is a licensed Social Worker. She is originally from Guatemala where she spent 13 years working as a school and college counselor. She was Director of the Counseling Center and faculty of the Psychology department at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala for 8 years. Now at CHA/PA she co-teaches the Psychosocial and Diversity series program in the first year and supervises the CU Unite track students. In the past two years Claudia has worked in developing the first on-going international experience to Guatemala’s “signature site” with University of Colorado; she assists in the process of placing CHA/PA students in clinical rotations in healthcare centers and the new University of Colorado/Trifinio clinic. Claudia also works with the Global Health Center where she is helping with the implementation of a child development program to improve the health, growth and development of children in Trifinio, Guatemala.

 

Amy Nacht, CNM, MSN, Senior Instructor and Director of the University Nurse Midwives, University of Colorado College of Nursing.  

Amy has worked with the University Nurse Midwives since 2008. She completed her training at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and is currently an MPH student at the Colorado School of Public Health. Prior to joining the University Nurse Midwives, Amy worked in rural Colorado for 6 years. Her professional interests include global health, quality improvement projects, perinatal mood disorders, and medical education. She lectures for both the College of Nursing and the School of Medicine and is actively involved with the Center for Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.

 

Rachel Chan Seay, MD, Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Clinical Instructor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical School; Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Dr. Seay is an OBGYN physician and researcher who received her MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her Internship and Residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC, where she served as Chief Resident. She has served as Visiting Clinical Faculty in Thomonde, Haiti; at Hospital Nacional Juan Jose Ortega in Coatepeque, Guatemala; and at Orotta School of Medicine in Asmara, Eritrea. She works with Doctors Without Borders and has completed emergency OBGYN missions in Sierra Leone and South Sudan. Dr. Seay’s scholarly interests include the history of medicine, strategies to decrease maternal mortality, and designing medical education curricula to encourage and support participation in global health. .

 

Elizabeth Shick, DDS, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Shick is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist who completed her DDS, Residency in Pediatric Dentistry and Masters of Public Health degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After spending four years in private practice, she moved to Denver to begin an academic career. For three years she was Director of the Cavity-Free at Three Program at the Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Dental Clinic focusing on reducing dental caries in underserved children 0-3 years old. Since joining the School of Dental Medicine in 2012 she has served as Director of Global Health Initiatives. Her projects include starting a Spanish language study abroad program for dental students and working with the Center for Global Health on the Trifinio Project in Guatemala. In July 2014 she opened a fully functional 2-chair dental clinic within the Trifinio medical clinic to serve the workers of the Banasa Plantation and the community at large in this region. Her research focuses on oral health of perinatal women and children in underserved regions in the US and developing countries and Global Health education in the dental school curriculum.

 

Eric A F Simoes, MB, BS, DCH, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Simoes carried out many of the studies that provide the scientific foundation for the WHO Integrated Case Management of Childhood Illness. Over the past twenty years, he has successfully collaborated with researchers throughout the world as well as in Colorado on respiratory infections in premature infants. He has conducted numerous collaborative studies on the epidemiology, prevention and treatment and pathogenesis of respiratory infections (both viral and bacterial) in India, the Philippines, Europe and Indonesia. His work with premature infants over the past 20 years has in part led to the development and licensure of 2 products for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prophylaxis (RSV –IGIV, and palivizumab). These studies carried out in premature infants have assessed the effects of prevention of RSV on long term respiratory morbidity. He has a broad background in infectious diseases with specific training and expertise in epidemiology and molecular virology. 

 

Wayne Sullender, MD, FAAP, Visiting Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Sullender is interested in understanding the viral causes of respiratory tract infections of children in developing countries. Working with collaborators at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi viral etiologies of respiratory infections in children have been assessed and the molecular epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus described. Influenza viruses are significant causes of human illness and death in developing countries and a vaccine is available to prevent influenza infections. Along with collaborators at the University of Alabama Birmingham and AIIMS, we are conducting a study to measure the ability of influenza vaccine given to children in India to protect both the children and unimmunized persons around them from influenza. It will also determine whether the best time to immunize in a country like India that has both summer and winter outbreaks of influenza is in the fall, as is done now, or whether immunization should be in the spring to protect against influenza infections in the summer These investigations are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Deborah Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver, where she also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health in the Colorado School of Public Health. She specializes in hazards and health geography, and has twenty years of experience working with geographic information systems (GIS) in a variety of social science application areas, including disaster management and health. Her research interests focus on issues of vulnerability/resilience as they relate to both natural and human-induced hazards and health outcomes. In 2005, she was a Fulbright Scholar to Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She has also worked the last 3 years in Tanzania, co-directing the UCD Tanzania Field School and conducting research. Currently, she is also PI on a NSF grant exploring health sector capacity in Haiti (co-PI Renee King also affiliated with the CGH).

 

Sara Yeatman, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Yeatman is a sociologist and demographer with degrees from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (MSc) and the University of Texas at Austin (PhD). Her research is largely based in Malawi where she has been using large-scale population-based surveys and in-depth qualitative data to study issues related to HIV, fertility and reproductive health since 2005. She is currently interested in how expanded access to antiretroviral therapy in rural Malawi affects perceptions of HIV, reproductive behavior, and inequities in access. In an effort to better understand the HIV epidemic in Malawi, she has been conducting a population-based panel study of young Malawian men, women and couples since 2009 (Tsogolo la Thanzi, http://sites.psu.edu/tltc/).

 

Senior Professional Research Assistant:

Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, MPH - Children's Outcomes Research Program, Colorado Health Outcomes Program and Center for Global Health

Ms. Jimenez-Zambrano, a native Peruvian, completed her undergraduate education in Biology and Spanish at the University of Colorado Denver. She received a Master of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has experience working with Latino population in the Denver Metro Area. After completing her MPH in 2012, Ms. Jimenez-Zambrano has been working in qualitative data methods, facilitating focus groups, developing and doing data collection through surveys, and analyzing data in SPSS. She has also worked on international rapid needs assessments in Guatemala and in Peru with the Center for Global Health. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences at University of Colorado Denver.

 

Fellows:

Rebekah Gaensbauer, MD, MPH - Global Health Fellow

Dr. Gaensbauer graduated with Honors in Development Studies from Brown University, and then attended Tulane School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine where she obtained an MPH in International Health. After graduate school she worked in the Tennessee State Health Department before deciding to pursue my medical degree at University College Cork in Ireland and Pediatric Residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado. In the course of her career she has worked and volunteered in Nepal, South Africa, Kenya, St. Lucia and Guatemala. Her interests within global health include malnutrition, and bridging disparities in health for women and children in the Developing World. Closer to home, she is interested in expanding health care to meet the often complex needs of refugee children. She is married to James Gaensbauer, a pediatrician, and has 2 children ages 11 and 13. 

 

Kimberly Insel, MD, MPH - Global Health Fellow

After finishing her BS in Neuroscience at Brown, Kim received her Masters in Public Health in International Health at Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). At BUSPH, Kim worked on Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission programming in Northwest Cameroon and worked with the Centers for International Health at BU teaching in the Complex Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters course. After public health school, Kim worked with the World Health Organization in Turkey training health care providers in disease surveillance and outbreak investigation. She completed her medical degree at the University of Arizona. In medical school she became an Applied Epidemiology Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she worked on developing an active surveillance tool for individuals traveling to the US from Haiti post Haiti-Earthquake in 2010. She completed her residency in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado. Her main interest is on resident and medical student education, capacity building and maternal-child health.

 

Saskia Bunge Montes, MD - Celgene Global Health Fellow

Saskia completed her Bachelors in Science and then received her medical degree at Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She is interested in community health, specifically the creation of sustainable preventative health programs that involve community participation.

 

 

Gabriela M Samayoa Reyes, BSc - Celgene Global Health Fellow

Gabriela completed her undergraduate education in Biochemistry and Microbiology in Guatemala City at the Del Valle University. She then worked with Tropical Diseases, mainly Chagas Disease, in the Center for Disease Studies in Del Valle University, Guatemala. Her prior research focused on the Control of Chagas Disease in rural areas of Guatemala.

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