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Faculty and Staff


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 res​piratory 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.

Program 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

Ms. Terhune is the Program 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.

Project Specialist:

Lyndsay Kopp Krisher, MPH - Colorado School of Public Health

Lyndsay serves as the Project Specialist for the Trifinio, Guatemala program, and assists in research and coordination for several other projects at the Center, including the Bright by 3 program. She received her MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2013, with a focus in Environmental and Occupational Health. Most recently she managed a dengue fever surveillance and capacity-building project in southern coastal Ecuador with SUNY Upstate Medical University, in collaboration with the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health. Her interests include occupational health and safety, community health and health education, and global health equity.


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.

Director, Latin American Projects:

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 vaccines 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, Clinical 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, MSc, 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.


Maya Bunik, MD, MSPH, FABM, FAAP, Associate Professorof Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine and Medical Director of Primary Care at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

In 2006 Dr. Bunik completed a two-year Primary Care Research Fellowship (T32-HRSA) that included a Master of Science in Public Health. In terms of breastfeeding research, she led a CDC-funded RCT using telephone support and culturally-enhanced scripted guidelines to support breastfeeding in low-income Latinas (Academic Pediatrics); and completed a secondary database study of breastfeeding and enrollment in the Special Supplementation Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program (Breastfeeding Medicine). She also participated in a qualitative study (R03) that explored the role of curanderos (Latino healers) in issues of overweight. Her qualitative work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011.

In addition, Dr. Bunik has been active in breastfeeding curriculum development and continues to run the breastfeeding curriculum for pediatrics residents in her home institution as well as the elective for 4th year medical students. She has received excellent feedback on her first book that came out this past October, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice published by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a helpful resource for physician practices and anyone providing telephone advice for breastfeeding. Currently, it is being distributed to US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative. She has a strong interest in culturally-sensitive and practical ways to support breastfeeding which would be useful in global health. A pilot evaluation of Mothers' Milk Messaging (MMM), a bilingual texting program, is currently progress. MMM aims at supporting exclusive breastfeeding from the continuum of pregnancy through the postpartum period.


Thomas B Campbell, MD, Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine; Division of Infectious Disease and Microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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.


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 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.


Molly M Lamb, PhD, Research Instructor of Epidemiology, Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Lamb earned her PhD in Epidemiology in 2008 from the University of Colorado Denver, after which she spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer based at the National Center for Health Statistics. Her current research focuses on improving the lives of vulnerable children. She works with the Center for Global Health on the design and analysis of infectious disease studies and community-based research projects in Guatemala. She also teaches an Applied Global Health Epidemiology course through the Colorado School of Public Health.


Maureen Lenssen, MSN, CPNP, IBCLC, Senior Instructor with Distinction of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Maureen has practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Children’s Hospital Colorado since 2001 and has been at the Child Health Clinic since 2005. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education in Washington, D.C., at Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America. Prior to moving toColorado, shee was in the rural public health program with the U.S. Peace Corps inEcuador and worked at Children’s National Medical Center in various roles. Maureen has been a clinical instructor with the University of Colorado since 1995, initially with the College of Nursing. Her professional interests include: maternal & child health, immigrant and refugee health, lactation, mentorship of NP and CHA/PA students and medical/nursing education.


Leana May, DO, MPH, Instructor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Research Affiliate at Boston Children's Hospital

Dr. May received her medical degree from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency at Connecticut Children's Medical Center followed by a pediatric global health service delivery fellowship in partnership with Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and Partners in Health. Dr. May has worked in 9 resource limited nations, most recently living and working half time in Rwanda. Her recent research has focused on the Rwandan national pediatric oncology protocols, and their delivery, as well as an ongoing low cost non-electric neonatal biotechnology clinical trial. Dr. May's additional global health scholarly interests include building health care capacity through health system strengthening and non-communicable diseases.


Nee-Kofi Mould-Millman, MD, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

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.


Amy Nacht, CNM, MPH, 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 completed her MPH 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.


Lee S Newman, MD, MA, FCCP, FACOEM, Director, Center for Health, Work & Environment, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado

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 Internal Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine, and pulmonary fellowship at the 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.


Susan Niermeyer, MD, MPH, FAAP, Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Neonatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health.

She practices and teaches clinical neonatology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University Hospital, and community hospital nurseries in the Denver area. In 2009 she completed a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health. Susan’s clinical and educational areas of emphasis include neonatal resuscitation and cardiopulmonary physiology in infancy. She has served as co-chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Neonatal Resuscitation Program Steering Committee and is currently editor for Helping Babies Breathe, the AAP global educational program for neonatal resuscitation in resource-limited settings. Her research interests center on adaptation in the neonatal period, with a focus on cardiopulmonary adaptation and low birth weight at high altitude. High-altitude research has included study of infant oxygenation in Lhasa, Tibet, studies of infant birth weight and cardiopulmonary adaptation in La Paz, Bolivia, studies of pulmonary hypertension and cardiopathies in Peruvian children, and analysis of the relationship of maternal smoking and birth weight at high altitude in Colorado. Underlying her interest in neonatal resuscitation and high-altitude physiology in infants and children is a strong commitment to the health of children around the world, including those in isolated and less-developed regions. This is reflected in her continuing role with the American Academy of Pediatrics to help disseminate the Neonatal Resuscitation Program and Helping Babies Breathe wherever babies are born.


Daniel Olson, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Olson graduated medical school in 2007 from Michigan State University, followed by a Residency in Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin from 2007-2010. Following residency, he completed a Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowship in Lilongwe, Malawi, partnering with the University of North Carolina section of infectious diseases. As a Fogarty Fellow, he worked on several studies focusing on clinical trials and outcomes research.

Dr. Olson began his pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Colorado in 2011. During fellowship, he participated in outbreak investigations for Mycoplasma-associated Stevens Johnson Syndrome in Colorado and dengue fever in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He worked with his mentor, Dr. Edwin Asturias, to develop and validate new surveillance systems for febrile and diarrheal illnesses using smartphone symptom diary applications. These systems have the potential to be used for vaccine trials, public health, and outbreak surveillance. This project is currently ongoing at the Center for Global Health Trifinio research site in Guatemala, and will be a used for an upcoming dengue vaccine trial at the site. As a faculty member, Dr. Olson hopes to advance and study these systems further, including measuring vaccine effectiveness in a community, performing larger-scale infectious disease surveillance, and evaluating syndromic-only surveillance with minimal diagnostic testing.


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, 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). 


Tien Vu, MD FAAP, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado and Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Vu is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician and Program Director for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program. She completed her undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University, received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and subsequently trained at Children’s National Medical Center. She was awarded a CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship and has since worked, taught, or volunteered in various capacities in Viet Nam, Cambodia, Philippines, Belize, and Kenya. Her current primary global health interest lies in education for trainees and faculty in pediatric emergency medicine topics and disaster preparedness training.


Investigator and CHA/PA Liaison:

Claudia Luna-Asturias, LGSW - Adjunct Faculty in the Physician Assistant Program and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Claudia Luna-Asturias is a licensed Social Worker who is currently faculty in the Child Health Associate Physician Assistant Program (CHA/PA) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.    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.

Senior Professional Research Assistant:

Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, MPH - Adult and Child Center for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science 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.


Kelly McConnell, MD - Global Health Fellow

Kelly is a recent graduate of Children’s Hospital Colorado Pediatric Residency. She attended college and medical school at the University of Miami with a break as an Emergency Medical Technician in San Francisco. Kelly has experience in short term medical missions. While she loves providing medical care to kids (& adults), she is interested in teaching, curriculum development, sustainable support programs & improving quality in resource limited settings.


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 medical education and maternal and infant health, specifically the creation of systems that involve both subjects by creating sustainable preventative health programs that integrate community participation and effective education methods.


Roberto Delgado Zapata, MD - Celgene Global Health Fellow

Roberto received his medical degree at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima,Peru. During his undergraduate years, he was part of health interventions in rural and suburban communities along the highlands of Peru. He also took part of the rapid needs assessments in the region of Iquitos, Peru, with the Center for Global Health. He is interested in maternal and child health care, and also in child growth and development, taking special interest in community-based education strategies for sustainable programs.


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