Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Student Advisory Committee

The Center for Global Health places great value on engaging with FSM students in global health education initiatives at the medical school and invites their participation in the center's work by announcing a call for new members for the FSM Student Committee on Global Health. FSM students from all class years are invited to participate. By serving on the student committee, FSM students have a unique opportunity to work alongside center administrators and faculty to help shape the vision and direction of global health education at Feinberg.  Members also gain an opportunity to network with peers and develop connections across classes with other student leaders interested in global health.

Committee Structure and Expectations

Committee Mission Statement

The FSM student committee on global health is committed to advocate for institutionalizing global health service, education, and research within the Feinberg School of Medicine and to build community among Feinberg students interested in global health work.

Call for Members

See the Call for Members of the Student Advisory Committee on Global Health

Feinberg's Student Committee on Global Health

The Student Committee advocates for FSM student interests in improving health worldwide and helps build a strong community of peers engaged in global health throughout their time at Feinberg and beyond.

KJ Blair, M4

KJ is from St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012 with a major in Medicine, Health & Society and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate, KJ developed a passion for global health and was very involved in service learning experiences, spending a considerable amount of time in Spain, Guatemala, El Salvador and Peru. Following graduation, KJ spent eleven months volunteering with The World Race, traveling to eleven countries across Europe, Africa & Asia, working with local organizations and churches and living with families in rural settings. Then, during his first year of medical school, he traveled to Bolivia to conduct trauma and surgical care systems research for his AoSC project. 

Caitlin Visek, M3

Caitlin Visek received an undergraduate degree in History and Science from Harvard University with a focus on the history of medicine. During her college years, she conducted research on the Cuban health care system, participated in global health projects in Chile, India, and the Dominican Republic, and worked as a research assistant at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation, she spent two years working as a strategic consultant for health systems in the US and abroad. As a member of SCGH, Caitlin’s hopes to promote conversation at Feinberg around finding sustainable solutions to health disparities.

Joshua Campbell, M3

Joshua is from rural Arkansas where he studied philosophy, mathematics and world religions at the University of Arkansas. There he became interested in global health while analyzing an HIV education program in Belize and traveling in Ecuador. Afterwards, he volunteered with a rural hospice program and began looking into palliative care in resource limited settings. He completed his AOSC research project focused on understanding patient and family preferences in end of life care with the support of Hospice Uganda in Kampala, Uganda. As a member of the SCGH, he hopes to work with like minded individuals and to encourage them to explore their interests in global health.

Smitha Sarma, M4

Smitha is from San Jose, California and graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Biology and minor in Global Health. She developed an interest in maternal and child health while studying in India and South Africa and continues to explore the field by participating in global health case competitions. As a member of SCGH, she hopes to create avenues for the Feinberg community to discuss global health issues and take action.

Shruti Zaveri, M4

Shruti is an MD/MPH student at Feinberg who recently graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Economics and a minor in Global Health Studies. During her time at Northwestern, Shruti was involved with the International Program Development department as a Global Health student ambassador and received grants to develop public health intervention programs in both Chile and Ghana. She was able to see firsthand how grassroots programs could initiate social change and empower communities to take charge of their health.  She is passionate about Global Health and hopes to work with the committee to increase the Global Health involvement and education here at Feinberg. 

Varshini Cherukupalli, M3

Varshini is from Cupertino, California and graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Human Biological Anthropology.  As an undergraduate, Varshini co-founded the Northwestern chapter of Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), and developed an interest in rural healthcare infrastructure and community-based development. She continues to stay involved with global health research in rural India. As a member of SCGH, she hopes to further promote conversation about global health innovations and sustainable ways to target prevalent issues.

Annette Dekker, M4

Annette hails from Virginia and graduated from Princeton University with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a minor in Global Health and Healthy Policy. During her time in undergrad, Annette conducted research on access to pain medicine in rural South Africa and remains involved in palliative care advocacy. Following graduation, Annette spent one year as a fellow at a pediatric HIV clinic in Gaborone, Botswana. As a member of SCGH, she hopes to promote conversation at Feinberg about underserved communities both in Chicago and internationally.

Alexa Monroy, M4

Alexa's interest in global health stems from growing up in Guatemala. After high school, Alexa worked as a translator for HELPS, Intl., an organization that sponsors short-term medical missions to underserved areas of the country. She went on to study Neuroscience and Global Health at Duke. She also studied in Geneva, Switzerland for a semester, where she worked in Policy & Advocacy at the International AIDS Society. After college, Alexa spent a year as the Global Health Corps fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank. She was able to work on maternal and child health projects with Central American governments, as well as contribute to  policy research about nutrition and health systems. As a member of SCGH, Alexa hopes to continue working with other members of the Feinberg community to address health care disparities and build a movement for global health equity.

Gaurang Garg, M3

Gaurang is a MD student at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He grew up in Wyandotte, MI, which lies just south of Detroit, MI. He attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where he majored in economics and minored in German. The youngest child to Indian immigrants, Gaurang's global health interests stem from his bicultural upbringing and numerous trips to India in his youth. After graduating, he spent two years deepening his global health knowledge and learning more about medicine in general. In that time, he spent roughly one year as a research assistant for the 1000+ OBGYN Initiative, a project started at the University of Michigan Medical School, and six months as an intern for the Salzburg Medical Seminars. As a member of the committee, Gaurang plans to continue developing his understanding of global health, as well as find ways to keep his classmates engaged in matters of international importance.

Victor Roy, Member-emeritus

Victor Roy is a founding member of GlobeMed, a non-profit network engaging students at over 30 university chapters across the US to advance the movement for global health equity. Along with travels in places like India, Ghana, and Rwanda, this experience with GlobeMed has inspired Victor’s commitment towards issues of poverty and poor health around the world. His particular interests include the politics of global health, access to treatment for tuberculosis, and community health worker models.  He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Cambridge University.

Liam Kane, M2

Liam is from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Pre-Professional Studies and Peace Studies. He was Co-President of Notre Dame’s GlobeMed chapter, an organization that partners undergraduate students with the Population Education Development Association (PEDA) in Vientiane, Laos. He organized the chapter’s first GROW Internship, which now occurs annually, in which students travel to Laos to help their partners develop and implement health education projects in order to reduce malaria transmission in the rural countryside. He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in a psychology lab studying the developmental effects of childhood exposure to violence. He is interested in giving students and faculty at Northwestern the platform and resources necessary to become leaders in global health and to close the gaps in health equity around the world.

Chintan Pathak, M2

Chintan is from the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. As an undergraduate, He became interested in global health through Project RISHI, a student organization which conducts health projects in rural India. Chintan is also interested in how healthcare infrastructure can be improved through through improvements in medical technology and equipment. He hopes to work with the Student Advisory Committee to increase awareness of global health issues in the Feinberg community.

Matthew Doerfler, M2

Matthew Doerfler received an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. During this time, he worked with Feinberg’s Center for Global Health and University College Hospital Ibadan to design a low-cost warming device for pediatric surgeries in Nigeria. He then won a grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern to perform non-clinical user testing at UCHI. Before starting medical school, Matthew researched at IST Austria in Klosterneuburg, Austria and participated in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Raub, Malaysia. He is looking forward to addressing health inequity in a sustainable, ethical, and meaningful manner. 

For More Information:
Daniel Young, Associate Director, Global Health Education
Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: +1 312 503 8829
fax: +1 312 503 8800