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Executive Committee Members


The Executive Committee is the governing body of the Center for Global Health. The Committee is comprised of faculty and executive staff from the University of Colorado and Children's Colorado Hospital.
Heidi Baskfield, JD, Executive Director of Advocacy for Children’s Hospital Colorado
 
Mrs. Baskfield’s responsibilities focus on leading strategic advocacy and legislative efforts to influence child health policy at the local, state and federal level. Prior to joining Children’s, Heidi served under Governor Ritter’s administration as legislative program manager for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where she developed and implemented a natural resources policy and legislative agenda.
 
Prior to her work with the DNR, Heidi worked as an attorney for the Office for Civil Rights under the U.S. Department of Education where she advocated for children with disabilities. Heidi has also worked as an attorney for The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People.
 
Before earning her law degree, Heidi was press director for the La Jolla Group, a political consulting firm, and director of sales and marketing for Believe Productions, an independent record label. Heidi earned her law degree from California Western School of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
 
 
Thomas B Campbell, MD, Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine; Division of Infectious Disease and Microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Campbell joined the faculty of the Infectious Diseases Division in 1995 after completing clinical and research training in infectious diseases in the University of Colorado Denver Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.
 
He is a graduate of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern. 
Dr. Campbell is the Principal Investigator of the Colorado AIDS Clinical Trials Unit. His research interests are the use of antiretrovirals to treat HIV infection and its complications, particularly Kaposi’s sarcoma.
 
 
Stephen R Daniels, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus and Pediatrician-in-Chief L Joseph Butterfield Chair in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Colorado
 
Stephen R. Daniels, MD, PhD, held numerous academic and clinical appointments at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2006 as a Professor and the Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics.
Dr. Daniels’ area of expertise is in preventive cardiology, with a longtime interest in the application of sophisticated epidemiologic and bio statistical methods to pediatric clinical research problems. His studies have focused on better understanding the causes of blood pressure elevation and cholesterol abnormalities in children and adolescents, particularly the role that obesity may play in these health issues. He has also researched the development of structural and functional abnormalities in the heart and vascular system, including cardiovascular abnormalities occurring in pediatric patients with diabetes mellitus, as well as the relationship of left ventricular hypertrophy to obesity and hypertension. The role of lifestyle factors, such as diet and physical activity, is central to many of Dr. Daniels’ studies.
 
Dr. Daniels has served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Pediatrics since 1995. He is co-author of Medical Epidemiology, an introductory textbook for medical students, and co-author and editor of the book Pediatric Prevention of Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease.
 
 
Frank V deGruy, MD, MSFM, Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. deGruy is Woodward-Chisholm Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, a position he has held since 1999.
 
Dr. deGruy served as University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine for three years prior to his move to Denver.
 
Dr. deGruy received his undergraduate degree at Princeton University in 1970 (sociology, religion) and his medical degree in 1977 from the College of Medicine at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. He completed his family medicine residency at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia in 1980 and his family medicine fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Fellow in Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in 1982.
 
Dr. deGruy has held academic appointments at the Departments of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, Duke University, the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and currently the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
 
He currently serves on the editorial boards of Families, Systems and Health, the Annals of Family Medicine, and the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. He is past president of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA), is chair of the Board of Directors of the Family Physicians' Inquiries Network (FPIN), and the president-elect of the North American Primary Care Research Network.
 
 
Blair Gifford, PhD, Professor of International Health Management in the Business School, University of Colorado Denver and the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Gifford founded the Center for Global Health and Global Health Connections, a not-for-profit that provides global health opportunities for middle and high school students. Also, he is co-founder of a new organization, Professors Beyond Borders (Fulbright), and was a Fulbright/New Century Scholar for 2009-10.
 
Dr. Gifford is currently involved in research on the effects of health care privatization in India, Brazil and Mexico health market changes in China and, he is completing a book on sustainable business practices for small and medium-size businesses. He is also involved in a large-scale health and vocational training development project in Haiti and teaches for Yale University's Global Health Initiative in their China and Ethiopia programs. Gifford has also been a visiting professor at Yale and Northwestern Universities. 
 
 
 
Jena Hausmann, MHA, President and Chief Operating Officer, Children's Hospital Colorado
 
As President and Chief Operating Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado, she oversees an integrated healthcare system for children, which is affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Jena also oversees, the Children’s Hospital Colorado network of care in 17 locations in the metropolitan Denver area, the Children’s Hospital Colorado pediatric services at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, and the newly opened Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus, a full service generally licensed hospital in south Denver.
 
After earning a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota in 1996, Jena completed an administrative fellowship at the Fairview Health System in Minneapolis, MN. Following the fellowship, she served as the Director of Provider Relations at The University of Minnesota Medical Center, an organization consisting of a then recently-merged 500 bed community hospital and a 500 bed academic medical center. After 11 months in the role, she joined the senior management team and remained there for the next six years providing leadership.
 
 
Fernando Holguin, MD, Director, Asthma Program at the Center for Lungs and Breathing and Executive Director, Latino Research and Policy Center at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
A native of Mexico City, Dr. Holguin attended medical school at La Salle University. He continued his postgraduate education at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where as chief resident, he successfully completed an internal medicine residency. He then continued his training with a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care.
 
Dr. Holguin returned to Mexico where he joined the National Institute of Public Health and developed research programs in respiratory and cardiovascular health studying the effects of air pollution. He was recruited back to Emory University as an assistant professor and joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a medical epidemiologist. During his tenure as Emory faculty, Dr Holguin directed the Grady Hospital Asthma Clinic and obtained his master’s degree in public health and epidemiology.
 
He continued his academic career as associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh, where he co-directed the Asthma Institute, directed the Clinical and Translational Research Center at Montefiore Hospital and founded the Pulmonary Translational Research Core at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
 
Dr. Holguin currently directs the Asthma Program at the Center for Lungs and Breathing at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and is the Executive Director for the Latino Research and Policy Center at the Colorado School of Public Health.
 
Over his career, Dr. Holguin has been awarded several teaching and research awards and has received funding by the CDC, Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health among others. He has authored and co-authored over 120 papers and is internationally known for his work in asthma and COPD; currently serves as the co-chair of the American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society Task Force on severe asthma. 
 
 
 
Jodie Malhotra, PharmD, International Affairs Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Malhotra graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Lake Forest College. She then continued on to receive her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. She completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency with an emphasis in Primary Care at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center and a Psychiatric Pharmacy Practice Residency at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
 
Dr. Malhotra was an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice at the University of the Incarnate Word and an Assistant Professor in Pharmacy Practice and the Experiential Education Director at Regis University School of Pharmacy. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy, she served as the Psychiatric Clinical Pharmacy Specialist for the Behavioral Health Services and in the Managed Care department at the Denver Health Medical Center.
 
Dr. Malhotra’s teaching focuses primarily on psychiatric pharmacy and patient centered communication in the school’s traditional and distance-based programs. As the international affairs coordinator for the school, she is responsible for leading communication and relationship-building with international contacts, promoting international academic programs, serving as a liaison with local and international pharmacy faculty to develop didactic and/or experiential curricula, coordinating the clinical training and development of international faculty, and coordinating the development of site-specific international programs.
 
She is also currently enrolled in the Global Public Health Certificate program at the Colorado School of Public Health.
 
 
 
Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Following emergency medicine residency training, Nee-Kofi pursued dual fellowship training in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Global Emergency Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. His current global health research and projects focus on innovative approaches to low-resource prehospital education, clinical outcomes and effectiveness research, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa.
 
He is actively engaged in strengthening community-based emergency response, developing novel prehospital assessment strategies, and improving outcomes in interfacility emergency referrals. To accomplish this, Dr. Mould-Millman partners internationally with several academic, government and private healthcare and EMS agencies, most extensively in Ghana and South Africa. Projects from these successful collaborations have resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and international conference presentations.
 
In 2013, Dr. Mould-Millman Chaired the African Federation for Emergency Medicine’s 2nd Prehospital Consensus Conference, resulting in landmark consensus paper regarding development and advocacy for effective African out-of-hospital emergency care systems. He is currently leading an expert panel towards reaching consensus in standardization of African prehospital education and standards of care.
 
 

 
 
Lee S Newman, MD, MA, FCCP, FACOEM, Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Newman is the founding Director of the Center for Health, Work and Environment and of the NIOSH-funded Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC). Dr. Newman is a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and a Professor of Epidemiology in the Colorado School of Public Health. He is also Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Science and Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
 
Taking a Total Worker Health® approach to integrating worksite health promotion and health protection, as recommended by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is a focus of Dr. Newman’s research, teaching, and consulting. He and his colleagues advise employers on how to improve worker health, reduce injuries, improve worker well-being and improve productivity. In the Center for Global Health, he is collaborating with faculty to introduce Total Worker Health in Latin America.
 
Dr. Newman received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Amherst College and his Masters of Arts degree in social psychology from Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He earned his MD from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, completed internship and residency in InternalMedicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and pulmonary fellowship atthe University of Colorado Denver/National Jewish Health, including three years post-doctoral research in both immunology and occupational/environmental medicine. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine.
 
 
 
Pamela Prag, ​CNM, MS, MPH, Certified Nurse Midwife and Global Health Program Director, University of Colorado College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Pamela Prag completed her undergraduate work in nursing at Biola University, her master's degree at the University of Colorado specializing in midwifery then completed her MPH also at CU focusing on Global Health. She is passionate about collaborative global health projects and has developed an ongoing relationship with Scheer Memorial Hospital College of Nursing in Banepa, Nepal. Through this work, she has established venues for students from a broad range of academic disciplines to complete field work related broadly to public health at the community level and midwifery training in the hospital setting. As well, she is actively engaged as support faculty to the first midwifery training program in Nepal. As current director of Global Health at the College of Nursing, she is involved in creating future coursework and site development in Malawi. She remains in clinical practice with the University Nurse Midwives.
 
 
John J Reilly, Jr, MD, Dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University's Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Reilly became the dean of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the University’s vice chancellor for health affairs on April 6, 2015. 
 
Dr. Reilly came to CU Anschutz from the University of Pittsburgh, where he was the Jack D. Myers Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine. He joined Pitt in 2008 after more than two decades with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
 
Dr. Reilly, who holds the Richard D. Krugman, MD, School of Medicine Dean’s Endowed Chair, graduated from Harvard Medical School after earning an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Dartmouth College. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and later completed a fellowship there in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
 
Dr. Reilly is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and by that Board’s Pulmonary Subspecialty Board. He also holds a Board Certificate of Competence in Critical Care, is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and is a past chair of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Clinical Trials Study Section.
 
 
 
Jonathan M Samet, MD, Dean and Professor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist, is Dean and Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Previously, he held the positions of Distinguished Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Director of the USC Institute for Global Health.
 
His career has centered on epidemiologic research on threats to public health and using research findings to support policies that protect population health. His research has addressed indoor and outdoor air pollution, smoking, radiation risks, cancer etiology and outcomes, and sleep-disordered breathing. His work in global health has addressed the tobacco epidemic, environmental hazards, and non-communicable diseases. He has been involved with numerous committees related to use of scientific evidence in characterizing risks and decision-making.
 
For three decades he has authored and edited the reports of the Surgeon General on smoking and health, including serving as Senior Scientific Editor for the 50th Anniversary 2014 report. Dr. Samet received the 2004 Prince Mahidol Award for Global Health awarded by the King of Thailand, the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 1990 and 2006, the Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal from the American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association, the Fries Prize for Improving Health, and the Luther L. Terry Award for Distinguished Career from the American Cancer Society. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
 
 

 
Eric A F Simoes, MBBS, DCH, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
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 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. 
 
 
 
John Sunnygard, MIM, Executive Director of the Office of International Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Mr. Sunnygard has been actively involved in international education for 25 years, six of which have been with the University of Colorado. John has extensive experience in all aspects of international education program design, strategic partnership development, marketing, risk management, implementation and evaluation. Prior to his time with the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, he founded Innovations in Global Education, and worked for the University of Texas at Austin and IES Abroad. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Morocco). 
 
Over the course of his career, he has developed over 150 education abroad programs and partnerships. A relentless explorer, John has lived and worked on four continents. He has presented and written on international education trends, cross-cultural development, study abroad program evaluation, and engaging faculty in short-term study abroad programs. He is certified in the IDI (Intercultural Development Inventory) and as an evaluator with the Forum on Education Abroad’s QUIP. John has served on several national and international advisory boards including: Arcadia University, CIEE, IES, SFS and SIT. 
 
John is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Thunderbird Graduate School of International Management.
 
 
 
Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus
 
Dr. Wynia’s career has included developing a research institute and training programs focusing on bioethics, professionalism and policy issues (the American Medical Association (AMA) Institute for Ethics) and founding the AMA’s Center for Patient Safety. 
 
 His research has focused on novel uses of survey data to inform and improve the practical management of ethical issues in health care and public policy. He has led projects on a wide variety of topics related to ethics and professionalism, including public health and disaster ethics, and inequities in health and health care.
 
He has served on committees, expert panels and as a reviewer for the Institute of Medicine, The Joint Commission, the Hastings Center, the American Board of Medical Specialties, federal agencies, and other organizations. Dr. Wynia is the author of more than 140 published articles, chapters and essays, co-editor of several books, and co-author of a book on fairness in health care benefit design.
 
Dr. Wynia is a past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), and has chaired the Ethics Forum of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Ethics Committee of the Society for General Internal Medicine (SGIM).
 

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