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Director and Associate Director for Global Health


Global Health Track Director

Madiha Abdel-Maksoud​

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Dr. Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH, 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 an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Epidemiology (University of Colorado School of Public Health) and Pediatrics (University of Colorado School of medicine). She is also the Director of the MPH concentrations in Epidemiology and 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. 

Global Health Track Associate Director

Leana May, DO, MPH​

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Leana May, DO, MPH, Instructor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Adjunct Faculty 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 is currently the Associate Director of the Global Health Track at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the co-director of the pediatric residency global health track at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. 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.