Assistant Director of Global Health Graduate Education, Curriculum Director of Masters of Science in Global Health
Dr. Doobay-Persaud graduated from Tufts University in 2002 with a combined major in Biology and Psychology. She then matriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine where she earned her MD as a part of the BA/MD program. She completed a residency in Traditional Internal Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. During medical school and residency she provided clinical care in medicine and partnered with two NGOs Himalayan Health Exchange on a longitudinal basis and also worked in South Africa as a Yale Johnson and Johnson scholar in an ARV clinic. After completing residency she participated as a physician volunteer at ASRI clinic in Borneo and partnered up with an NGO called Hillside Healthcare International, an NGO providing primary care in rural areas in Belize.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of medicine at Northwestern's Feinberg School of Medicine in the Division of Hospital medicine. She is the director of the Global Health Hospitalist program that focuses on providing trained faculty to staff Hillside's clinics in Belize. She is also the chair of Facuty Development in Global Health providing opportunities for those interested in volunteering abroad as well as connecting faculty and students who are already participating in global health. Dr. Doobay-Persaud is currently developing the The McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars Program, which is a two-year certificate program for residents and fellows from all different tracks. The program components and competencies are based on recommendations by global health educators that fulfill ACGME competencies.
Dr. Doobay-Persaud is the Assistant Director of Global Health Graduate Education and the Curriculum Director for the Masters of Science in Global Health.
Director of Clinical Programs & Training
Dr. Shannon Galvin is the Director of Clinical Programs & Training for the Center for Global Health. She coordinates and participates in clinical and research activities initiated and supported by the Center, aiming to facilitate new research projects of global import by Northwestern and partner researchers. This includes supporting existing research projects in HIV care and ART treatment, rapid diagnostics and models of clinical care in resource limited settings. In addition, Dr. Galvin assists in identifying global health opportunities both for new researchers and established researchers whose work translates to international settings. Dr. Galvin also serves as clinical advisor for any clinical activities of the Center.
Dr. Galvin has spent ten years as an infectious disease physician and HIV researcher in resource limited settings. Prior to joining Northwestern she was an Assistant Professor in Infectious Diseases at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she spent time living and working on the UNC Project Malawi in Lilongwe, Malawi. She also served as HIV clinical advisor to IntraHealth International and worked on HIV treatment programs in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan and Namibia as well as STD projects in India and Armenia and the global Capacity Project. Her research interests include correlates of immunity to HIV, diagnosis of acute HIV and delivery of care in resource limited settings. She has been principal investigator on clinical studies in Malawi and Swaziland and understands the tasks required to ethically and effectively perform research in sub-Saharan Africa as well as the challenges and rewards of providing care to communities with high burden of disease.
Professor Emeritus in Obstetrics and Gynecology
John J. Sciarra, MD, PhD, served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Northwestern University Medical School and Northwestern Memorial Hospital from 1974-2003. He is presently Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern. At Northwestern, he began the Northwestern Family Planning Fellowship in 2002 and served as the first Fellowship Director.
Dr. Sciarra attended Yale University and received both his medical degree and his PhD from Columbia, where he completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1965. He began his academic career at Columbia and relocated to the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1968 as Professor and head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. At Minnesota, he initiated the Program for Applied Research on Fertility Regulation (PARFR) whose primary objective was to develop contraceptives that would enhance family planning programs in low-resource settings. This program moved to Northwestern in 1975 and was responsible for much of the fundamental research leading to family planning methods that are used today around the world.
Internationally, Dr. Sciarra served as a Member and Chair of the Scientific and Ethical Review Group of the WHO’s Special Program for Research in Human Reproduction. From 1991-1994, he was President of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), an association representing over 100 member countries, most of them in the developing world. During this time, he and his FIGO colleagues began the Safe Motherhood Initiative to reduce the high levels of maternal mortality in developing countries. He was the Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics from 1985-2007 and he was the founding Editor of the Global Library of Women's Medicine that was launched in November, 2008, and now has readers from over 170 countries worldwide.
Sarah Pressman Lovinger, M.A., M.D., a Chicago native, has been writing and practicing medicine in community health centers for years. In addition to her work as the Fishbein Fellow at the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2002-03, she has written about health and medicine for www.Medscape.com, www.the-scientist.com and www.Health-ITworld.com, and has written about the environment for www.afreshsqueeze.com (Chicago version), www.planetsave.com and www.ecopreneurist.com.
Believing that writing about health and the environment and caring for uninsured patients was still not doing enough to save the world, Sarah became the Executive Director of the Chicago chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility several years ago, www.chicagopsr.org. ChicagoPSR works on climate change and other environmental health threats in Chicago.
Peter Locke is a cultural and medical anthropologist focused on bringing ethnographic evidence to the comparative study of global health and humanitarian intervention in post-conflict societies. His field research, writing, and teaching all explore and critique the intersection of humanitarian work and reigning modes of evidence production in contexts of contentious local politics and lingering histories of conflict and mass violence. Locke’s doctoral research in Bosnia-Herzegovina examined how the urban poor cope with traumatic histories and rebuild their lives in a new post-war state and economy; more specifically, he charted the impact and sustainability of humanitarian psychiatry and psychosocial support services for war survivors in Sarajevo. Locke’s dissertation (under revision as a book manuscript) aims to illustrate how anthropological evidence can help to ground debates about international humanitarianism and democracy-building, enrich social scientific and clinical approaches to trauma, and imagine alternative approaches to post-war social repair that better incorporate the values, needs, and desires of survivors.
More recently, Locke has accompanied small undergraduate teams to Sierra Leone to conduct ethnographic research on the encounter between the booming transnational discourses and practices of “global health” and local understandings of and struggles for healing, care, and survival. Locke has worked together with students and the leaders, caregivers, and beneficiaries of a small American-funded medical humanitarian NGO (nongovernmental organization) to explore how some of the key themes and dynamics of today’s “new world of global health” play out in one of Africa’s poorest nations, where public health infrastructure is deeply limited and a range of actors, from Western humanitarians to local networks of traditional healers, are struggling to fill in the void.
Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, Locke served as a postdoctoral research associate and then as a lecturer for Princeton University’s Program in Global Health and Health Policy.
Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine
Instructor in Pediatrics-Hospital-Based Medicine
Career interest in global health; currently involved in coordination of bi-directional exchange program for pediatric residents with our sister site in Mwanza, Tanzania. Research involving medical education abroad and use of low-resource simulation. Clinical interests focus on inpatient medicine, particularly neonatal care.
Assistant Professor in Surgery-Trauma/Critical Care
Dr. Mamta Swaroop is a surgeon in Chicago, Illinois and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Northwestern Medical Center and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She received her medical degree from University of Texas Medical School at Houston and has been in practice for 11 years. She is one of 27 doctors at Northwestern Medical Center and one of 89 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital who specialize in Surgery.
Lecturer in Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Sarah B. Rodriguez is a medical historian who focuses on women’s reproductive and sexual health since the early 20th century, and how history has framed current discourse. Her first book, published in the fall of 2014, Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment, prompted Rodriguez to examine the ways female circumcision and clitoridectomy are regarded as foreign cultural practices performed for non-medical reasons. She is currently writing an article concerning how female circumcision and clitoridectomy are framed by the WHO, USAID, the United States Department of Health and Human Services, in addition to other international organizations, and the importance of adding the American historical context to this frame.
Rodriguez is also working on the history of episiotomy, with one paper looking at how the routine practice of this procedure during childbirth was challenged by women’s health activists, home-birth advocates, and nurse-midwives in the United States in the 1970s and a second paper on how evidence-based medicine has affected the practice of routine episiotomy in countries where there has been a recent push to move childbirth to the clinic. In the future, Rodriguez plans on doing research to write a history on the ‘standard of care debate’ regarding the mid-1990s trials to reduce the likelihood of vertical transmission of HIV from mother to fetus.
Prior to joining Northwestern’s faculty, Rodriguez was a postdoctural fellow at Northwestern University, first in the Woodruff Laboratory with the Oncofertility Consortium and then in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program.
Juliet Sorensen is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law with the law school’s Center for International Human Rights, where her teaching and research interests include international criminal law, corruption, and health and human rights. Professor Sorensen is a founder of the Northwestern Access to Health Project, an interdisciplinary partnership that analyzes access to health in resource limited settings. Professor Sorensen received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Master’s in Public Health Program in 2014. In 2010, Professor Sorensen was appointed to the American Bar Association's Global Anti-Corruption Task Force. Professor Sorensen serves on the screening committee that assists Senator Durbin in selecting federal district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois.
Instructor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Shah is the Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency at Erie Family Health Center-Humboldt Park. He practices full spectrum family medicine at Erie, a federally qualified health center on the west side of Chicago. The residency program was started in 2010 in order to address the growing demand for primary care and healthcare leadership in underserved, Spanish-speaking communities. Dr. Shah has particular interest in complex patient care, group visit care, integrative medicine, and graduate medical education.
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