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Tomer BarakTomer Barak, MD, Msc, DTM&H

Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Tomer Barak is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at BIDMC and at the Scottish Livingstone Hospital (SLH) in Botswana. After graduating from medical school and completing his medical internship in Tel- Aviv, Israel he held various positions as a military doctor, expedition physician and generalist in Israel, Argentina, Chile, Honduras and Nigeria. As a member of Physicians for Human Rights, Israel he assisted in clinical care of undocumented work immigrants and refugees as well as residents of the Palestinian territories who have limited access to healthcare as a consequence of Israeli occupation. His global health experience additionally includes research in rural Ecuador and further clinical work in Gabon and Botswana. He also completed a Masters in Tropical Medicine and International Health as well as a Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at BIDMC and now directs the BIDMC-SLH program in Botswana where he supervises residents on international health rotations and leads quality improvement and educational projects in a rural hospital setting.

Dagan Coppock, MD

Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Dagan Coppock was born and raised in East Tennessee. He received a BS in biology with a minor in creative writing at the University of Tennessee. During his time at UT, he was a Whittle Scholar and, through that program, worked as a phlebotomist in a rural clinic in Ghana. Following his time at UT, he was a Fulbright scholar in Nigeria, during which he studied the poetry of traditional healers. Dr. Coppock went on to attend medical school at Yale University School of Medicine, following which, he did his residency at BIDMC. After graduating from BIDMC, he went to work at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center as a National Health Service Corps scholar. During that service, he also worked on a project called Mas Saudi Pa Kabu Verdi, a program designed to promote health in Cape Verde. Through that program he helped conduct free clinics on various islands in Cape Verde. Otherwise, Dr. Coppock has also worked on global health projects in both South Africa and India.

Jonathan Crocker, MDJonathan Crocker, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jonathan Crocker is assistant professor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at BIDMC. He is a graduate of UMASS Medical School and he completed his residency and chief residency at Boston Medical Center in 2001. He has extensive field experience in global health, including prior clinical work in Nicaragua, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. After working as a primary care clinician at Massachusetts General Hospital for nearly six years, Dr. Crocker moved to rural Malawi as Director of Clinical Services with Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (Partners In Health), Malawi. In this role, he supported and augmented clinical services focused on HIV, TB and malaria at the district level, oversaw the creation of Chronic Care and Kaposi Sarcoma clinics, and up-staffed the medical inpatient services at the newly built district hospital. Dr. Crocker joined the BIDMC medicine faculty in the summer of 2009. He completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education in 2011-2012, and is now director of the Global Health Program with the internal medicine residency program. Dr. Crocker's academic interests include health care delivery in resource-poor settings, mentorship of residents in global health activities, resident and hospitalist procedural training, and graduate medical education.

Claudia Denkinger, MD, PhD, Msc, DTM&H

Infectious Disease Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Claudia Denkinger completed her medical school and doctor thesis in Wuerzburg, Germany and her internal medicine training at the BIDMC. She has worked in non-governmental organizations in HIV and tuberculosis in South Africa and South America. She also completed a Master in Tropical Medicine and International Public Health as well as a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She currently holds a part-time position in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the BIDMC and a position of as the head of tuberculosis program for the Foundation of Innovative New Diagnostics in Geneva, Switzerland. Her main research interest is in tuberculosis diagnostics.

Adrian Gardner, MD, MPH

Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Adrian Gardner is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at BIDMC. He is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Research) at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and works as an attending in Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital in Providence, RI. Dr. Gardner received his medical degree from Brown Medical School and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2003 and completed his residency in internal medicine and infectious disease fellowship at BIDMC. Since his medical student rotation to western Kenya in 2001, Dr. Gardner has been involved with the USAID- Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) program in various capacities. The Indiana University-Kenya program began as a medical exchange program in 1989.

Facing the HIV epidemic in 2000, Moi University School of Medicine, its affiliated hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, and its US collaborators (including Brown Medical School and Indiana University School of Medicine) developed AMPATH, originally titled the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in western Kenya. The USAID-AMPATH is now one of the largest HIV care programs in East Africa, caring for more than 60,000 active patients in 25 clinics throughout western Kenya. Dr. Gardner worked on site in 2006-2007 as Team Leader of the Medical Exchange Program, and continues his work in Kenya. Dr. Gardner's academic interests include medical education as well as implementation and operational research in tuberculosis, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, HIV, and health care systems.

B. Lachlan Forrow, MD

Director of Ethics and Palliative Care Programs
Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
President of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship

Dr. Lachlan Forrow earned his A.B. (summa cum laude in Philosophy) from Princeton University in 1978 and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School (HMS) in 1983. As a senior medical student, he spent three months in Africa as an Albert Schweitzer Fellow at the Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. After completing his residency training in primary care internal medicine at Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University, he returned to Harvard for a two year Faculty Development Fellowship in General Internal Medicine, followed by a year as a Fellow in the Harvard University Program in Ethics and the Professions, where he continues as a Faculty Associate.

Beginning as a medical student in 1980, Dr. Forrow has been active for more than twenty-five years in the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), which was honored in 1985 with the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. Forrow has served as the New England Regional Director of IPPNW's U.S. affiliate, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and as a member of PSR's Board of Directors and Executive Committee. From 1993-1996, Dr. Forrow served as Chair of IPPNW's Board of Directors, and in 1994-95 he served also as IPPNW's Chief Executive Officer. He has served more recently as the organization's Parliamentarian and helps lead the organization's ICAN Campaign which seeks a Nuclear Weapons Convention, a treaty committing the world to the permanent, verifiable and enforceable elimination of nuclear weapons in a specified timetable.

Dr. Forrow also serves as President of The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and as Vice President and the U.S. representative on the governing Council of The Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. Founded in 1940 to support Dr. Schweitzer's work when World War II interrupted supply lines from Europe, The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship administers a variety of programs designed to translate Dr. Schweitzer's ethic of "Reverence for Life" into tangible action. These programs include: sending at least four senior U.S. medical students annually to serve as Schweitzer Fellows in Lambarene; providing additional support for other programs (including village-based preventive and community health services) at the Lambarene Hospital; and supporting over 200 health professional students each year as Schweitzer Fellows within the United States, who engage in public service activities through Schweitzer Fellows Programs.

In 2007, Dr. Forrow was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from Harvard Medical School. He has lectured widely and published numerous articles and book chapters on issues in medical ethics education, palliative care, medical decision-making and the social responsibilities of physicians. His work has appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine and other leading publications.

Howard Libman, MD

Director, HIV Program in Healthcare Associates, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Director, Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN)
Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Howard Libman is Director of the HIV Program in Healthcare Associates at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He directs the Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN), a CDC-funded project which trains Vietnamese clinicians in the care of HIV-infected patients. He has prior international HIV training experience in India and China.

Dr. Libman received his medical degree from Case Western Researve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He completed residency training in internal medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland and fellowship training in infectious diseases at Boston University Affiliated Hospitals. From 1983 to 1993, Dr. Libman was a member of the Section of General Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital, where he served as Associate Director of the Clinical AIDS Program. From 1993 to the present time, he has served as Director of the HIV Program in Healthcare Associates, a hospital-based, academic primary care practice that provides care for 500 HIV-infected patients.

Dr. Libman's career has focused on caring for persons with HIV disease and educating clinicians and patients. He has authored numerous original manuscripts, review articles, textbooks, and multimedia resources on this topic. Dr. Libman is co-editor of the textbook, HIV, a third edition of which was published in 2007 by the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America national expert panel on HIV primary care guidelines, which have been published in Clinical Infectious Diseases. He is also clinical director of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center.

Jennifer Mitty, MD, MPH

Director of Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program
Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Mitty's main area of research has been in HIV and underserved populations. Her work has focused on developing interventions to improve medication adherence and secondary prevention among HIV populations, as well as integrating substance abuse treatment into the HIV care setting.

As the fellowship director for Infectious Diseases she will be able to help link residents to global health opportunities in that field, both within the BIDMC, as well as in the Harvard wide community.

Todd Pollack BIDMC Harvard Global Health Program Vietnam AIDS Todd Pollack, MD

Deputy Medical Director, Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam
Clinical instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Pollack is a member of the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care and the Division of Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). He graduated from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and completed his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at BIDMC. He also spent a year as Chief Medical Resident in the Department of Medicine at BIDMC.

Since 2009, when he joined the Harvard Medical School AIDS Initiative in Vietnam (HAIVN), he has been based full-time in Hanoi, Vietnam. Dr. Pollack provides training and clinical mentoring in HIV care and treatment to Vietnamese clinicians. He also provides technical assistance to the Vietnam Ministry of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other partner agencies in the development of HIV curricula, guidelines, and policies. He has a particular interest in the use of technology to provide training in resource-limited settings and is currently leading a project to provide HIV training and clinical mentoring over the internet to distant sites in Vietnam. Dr. Pollack mentors visiting medical students and residents from BIDMC and other institutions.

Kate Powis Kate Powis, MD

Instructor, Harvard Medical School
Research Associate, Harvard School of Public Health

Kate Powis is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and works in Botswana at least six months out of each academic year. Her efforts in Botswana are divided between precepting Internal Medicine and/or Pediatric Residents at a village hospital in Molepolole, where she also provides capacity building for the medical officers and nursing staff at the hospital, and researching the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV through the rich research infrastructure afforded by the Botswana-Harvard School of Public Health AIDS Initiative Partnership (BHP). When Kate is not working in Botswana, she has clinical responsibilities in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Kate attended Medical College of Virginia and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital. Following residency, she was selected as one of the first recipients of the Global Women's Health Fellowship program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. The fellowship afforded Kate the opportunity to obtain her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. In addition, she worked for BHP on a clinical trial, the Mma Bana study. This randomized controlled trial investigated the safety and efficacy of two different highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) regimens initiated during pregnancy and continued throughout breastfeeding up to six months postpartum in HIV-infected women who did not require HAART for their own health. The Mma Bana study reported a combined 1.1% mother-to-child HIV transmission (MTCT) rate through six months postpartum (NEJM 17Jun10). This low rate is below that of United States where breastfeeding is not practiced. The study provided evidence that led the World Health Organization to revise their guidelines for prevention of MTCT in 2010.

Christopher Rowley, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Christopher Rowley is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at BIDMC and a research associate in the Division of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). He is a member of the Botswana-Harvard AIDS Initiative Partnership (BHP) and through this collaboration he lived and worked in Botswana from 2004-05 providing care in the national HIV treatment program and working in the laboratory. He currently is working in the lab at HSPH focused on evaluating clinical samples from Botswana in women exposed to nevirapine during pregnancy and how this impacts future maternal success with antiretrovirals. He also is employing new techniques to evaluate transmitted drug resistance in treatment-naive patients. He previously has been involved in clinical care in Uganda and Zambia and is collaborating with researchers in Papua New Guinea on a project looking at the cost-effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment in Papua New Guinea.

Roger Shapiro, MD

Faculty Director, Botswana Clinical Fellowship Program, Harvard Initiative for Global Health
Associate Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Roger Shapiro is an Associate Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. His primary research interests are in the prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) and the reduction of morbidity and mortality among infants born to HIV-infected women. Since 1999, Dr. Shapiro has studied infant outcomes and peripartum PMTCT strategies among 1200 mothers and infants in the Mashi Study in Botswana. He is the principal investigator of the Mma Bana Study, which is evaluating virologic efficacy and HIV transmission rates among 730 women receiving 3 different antiretroviral combinations during pregnancy, delivery, and breastfeeding. Dr. Shapiro is also the principal investigator for a study of birth outcomes in Botswana that will evaluate more than 25,000 deliveries among HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected women in Botswana. He is also a co-investigator for a pilot implementation study to provide male infant circumcision services in Botswana. Dr. Shapiro works closely with the Botswana PMTCT Programme, and is a member of the PMTCT Advisory Panel for the World Health Organization.

Dr. Shapiro is an Associate Director for Education at the Harvard Initiative for Global Health. In this capacity, he helps to mentor Infectious Disease fellows, residents, and students who are interested in research projects related to international HIV. With funding from the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, Dr. Shapiro has helped establish a Clinical Care and Research Fellowship at the Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Molepolole, Botswana to support fellows and junior faculty starting careers in international HIV.

Gordon Strewler, MD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Vice-Chair for Education, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Master of the Walter Bradford Cannon Society, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Gordon "Buck" Strewler graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1968 and cum laude from Harvard Medical School Class of 1971. He completed his residency at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, the predecessor of Brigham and Womens. After clinical and research training in Endocrinology-Metabolism at the National Institutes of Health, he joined the faculty of the University of California, San Francisco in 1979. He is an expert in calcium and bone metabolism; his laboratory identified, sequenced and cloned the parathyroid hormone-related protein, PTHrP, developed the first assay to detect PTHrP in patients with hypercalcemia, and led the way to the understanding of its role in disease. He was Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Endocrine Unit at the SFVAMC and also directed the UCSF Endocrinology Fellowship Program for many years.

Dr. Strewler returned to Boston in 1996 to become Chief of Medicine at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center (now part of the VA Boston Healthcare System), Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Medicine for Educational and Clinical Affairs and a member of the Division of Endocrinology. In 2001, Dr. Strewler also became Master of the Walter Bradford Cannon Society, one of five academic societies in which students at Harvard Medical School spend their academic lives.

At BIDMC, Dr. Strewler is directly involved with residents in several ways. He manages the resident research program, meeting with residents to help find mentors, tracking their progress and helping when things get difficult, and he teaches the Research for Residents course with Dr. Ken Mukamal. he works with faculty advisers in the Physician-Scientist Program. he is the adviser for the Resident Journal Club and oversees the Firm System. Dr. Strewler is deeply engaged in recruitment and in crafting unique program for residents with special talents in research, education, health care quality or global health.

Michael Wong, MD

Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Wong is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and is on staff in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has extensive experience in healthcare policy development from the local to the international arenas. He currently serves as the Board Chair for AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts and served as Public Policy Chair of the American Academy of HIV Medicine from 2006-2008. Internationally, he successfully developed a healthcare prevention program in Vladivostok, Russia through a USAID grant to address general vaccination strategies, bloodborne pathogens, and hospital-borne infections. He has provided external consultative services for HIV and TB rollout programs in Ukraine for Medicines sans Frontieres, and reviewed HIV/malaria/TB services for a private health consortium in Lusaka, Zambia.

Emergency Medicine

Philip Anderson, MD

Director, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program
Attending Physician, Director, International Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Philip Anderson began his medical studies at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Aarhus University, Arhus, Denmark and graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 1993. He completed his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at Boston University Medical School / Boston City Hospital in 1997. he has been involved with the international development of emergency medicine for over 10 years and has led or participated in educational, quality assessment and emergency care system consulting projects in over a dozen countries, including Denmark, Iceland, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Turkey, Dubai, Ukraine, Armenia, Russia, Panama, and Honduras.

Susan Bartels, MD, MPH

Associate Director, International Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Susan Bartels completed a five-year residency in Emergency Medicine at Queen's University in Canada followed by a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a Masters of Public Health degree at Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Bartels is now an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her previous international work has included HIV/AIDS programmatic work in Kenya, working with Burundian refugees in Tanzania, and helping to develop an early warning drought surveillance system in Ethiopia. Dr. Bartels has also helped manage a cholera outbreak in central Ethiopia and participated in the International Rescue Committee's nation-wide mortality study in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

At the present time, Dr. Bartels is focused on women's health and sexual violence as a weapon of war. Her work with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and Physicians for Human Rights recently led to the release of a report describing rape as a war crime in Darfur. Dr. Bartels also has an ongoing project in Eastern DRC, working with women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence.

David Callaway, MD, MPA

Director, Emergency Management
Co- Director, The Operational Medicine Institute

Dr. David Callaway is the Medical Director for Emergency Management at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Attending Physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine. He performed a basic surgery internship at the Naval Hospital in San Diego before completing training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency, BIDMC. While serving as Chief Resident, Dr. Callaway helped found The Operational Medicine Institute (OMI) at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians and currently serves as Co-Director, responsible for strategic alignment and core mission planning.

Dr. Callaway has extensive overseas experience as both a humanitarian and military physician. He is a combat experienced physician who served as the Battalion Surgeon for 1st Radio Battalion, USMC and as a trauma surgeon for Alpha Surgical Company during operation Iraqi Freedom. He subsequently represented the Marine Corps on the SOCOM Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care. In this role, he trained over 4000 Americans from conventional and unconventional forces in the principles and application of TCCC in combat. He continues to advise the Defense Health Board on the development and application of combat trauma techniques and equipment.

Dr. Callaway is a member of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and a Zuckerman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He has published extensively on Tactical EMS, Disaster response, Trauma care and Prehospital trauma management. He was recently selected as a Truman Security Fellow and is recognized as an expert in reconstruction and stabilization, briefing Congressional staff on the development of the Civilian Response Corps (CRC).

Obstetrics & Gynecology

Hope Ricciotti, MD

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Hope Ricciotti is an Associate Professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School and practices obstetrics and gynecology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is the Vice Chair for Medical Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the Residency Program Director and the Harvard medical School OBGYN Clerkship Director. She is the OBGYN Clerkship Committee Chair for Harvard Medical School. She practices general obstetrics and gynecology and is the Clinical Director of OBGYN at the Dimock Center in Roxbury, MA. Her academic interests include reducing health care disparities in women's health, with particular interest in teen pregnancy, prenatal care, contraception, and cervical cancer screening and prevention in urban, underserved areas of Boston. She has mentored medical students and residents in these areas, and encouraged her mentees to get involved locally as well as internationally.

Jennifer Scott, Global Health, Medical Education, BIDMC Jennifer Scott, MD, MBA, MPH

Director, Global and Community Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Instructor, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Jennifer Scott graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine MD/MBA degree program in 2005. She completed a four-year Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009. In 2009-2011, she pursued a two-year Global Women's Health Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She received a Master of Public Health Degree from Harvard School of Public Health in 2011.

In 2011, the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at BIDMC established a Global and Community Health Program to build on the Department's long-standing commitment to medically underserved communities. As Director, Jennifer will work within the BIDMC and Harvard communities to further local partnerships, engage globally to foster international academic partnerships, and work to enhance an academic model of global obstetric and gynecologic care that is designed to meet the needs of the local and global communities.

Locally, Jennifer works clinically at The Dimock Center in Roxbury, MA, and at BIDMC. Internationally, Jennifer has worked clinically in Ghana, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Haiti. Her research focuses on reproductive health in humanitarian crises, with a particular focus on gender-based violence and gender equality. She has been involved in research collaborations in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, and South Sudan.


Koralnik, Global Health, BIDMC Igor Koralnik, MD

Director, HIV/Neurology Center
Chief, Division of Neurovirology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Igor Koralnik, MD, is Director of the HIV/Neurology Center and Chief, Division of Neurovirology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. He has contributed to the development of a Global Neurology program in Lusaka, Zambia.

Dr. Koralnik received his medical degree and did a residency in Internal Medicine in Geneva, Switzerland. He then performed a postdoctoral fellowship in Retrovirology at the NIH, followed by a residency in Neurology at the Harvard Neurology Longwood program. Since 1997, he has been the director of the HIV/Neurology Center at BIDMC, an outpatient clinic dedicated to the care of HIV-infected individuals presenting with neurological complications in particular, and to Neuro-Infectious diseases, in general.

Dr. Koralnik's laboratory in the Division of Neurovirology is focused on the pathogenesis of the polyomavirus JC (JCV) the etiologic agent of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML). He has mentored many young physicians and scientists in patient-oriented research in the field of Neurovirology, including Dr Omar Siddiqi, who is currently establishing a Global Neurology Program in Zambia. Dr Koralnik is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America national expert panel on PML and has authored numerous research articles, reviews and book chapters on the topic of neurological complications of HIV infection, JCV and PML. Dr Koralnik is dedicated to mentoring Neurology residents and fellows in the field of Neuro- Infectious diseases and Global Neurology.

Omar Siddiqi, MD Omar Siddiqi, MD

Clinical Instructor in Neurology

Dr. Omar Siddiqi is the Director of the Global Neurology Center in the Department of Neurology at BIDMC. He is currently based in Lusaka, Zambia where he has been a Lecturer at the University of Zambia School of Medicine since 2010. He graduated from Tufts University where he studied psychology. After graduation he was awarded a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at the University of Cape Town, where he obtained a Diploma in African Studies. While in medical school at the University of Rochester, Dr. Siddiqi spent a summer in Madagascar evaluating the role of sexual behavior in rural populations as it related to the spread of HIV infection. He completed his neurology residency and epilepsy fellowship from BIDMC. Dr. Siddiqi has a specific interest in neuroinfectious diseases and has been involved in a collaboration with the University of Zambia School of Medicine since 2006. He was a 2010/2011 Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka. His work focused on molecular diagnosis of CNS opportunistic infections in HIV-infected Zambian adults. He was an American Academy of Neurology Clinical Research Training Fellow where he completed a study on the etiology of new onset seizures in HIV-infected Zambians. He is currently conducting research evaluating novel diagnostic tests and host susceptibility factors in tuberculous meningitis.


Rosemary B. Duda, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Surgical Oncologist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Rosemary Duda received her undergraduate education at the Pennsylvania State University, earned her MD degree from Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University and her MPH degree in Population and International Health from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her training in General Surgery at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont and her Surgical Oncology fellowship at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, California.

Her international health research includes program development to reduce the risk of maternal to child transmission of HIV from mother to child in Nigeria, a comprehensive women's health study in Accra, Ghana investigating communicable and non-communicable illnesses in this population and studies on body image perceptions. She serves as a co-investigator on the multi-institutional NIH R01 funded study "Health, Poverty, and Place: Modeling Inequalities in Accra using RS and GIS". She serves as a consultant for the development of women's cancer program in Haiti and Nicaragua and IMAF, a foundation in Nigeria established to develop local resources to address health issues. She also regularly serves as a medical and surgical volunteer in rural Nicaragua and Haiti and has worked in other locations including Bangladesh and St. Lucia. As the Director of the International Surgical Fellowship Program in the Department of surgery at BIDMC, she supervises surgical residents working in developing countries and will help facilitate these opportunities for residents in any department. She also serves as the mentor of several medical student and resident research projects in Ghana and Nicaragua.

She has presented nationally on the topic of global health and surgery in developing countries, she is an active member and has held several leadership roles in professional organizations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the Association of Women in Surgery. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Surgerons and served for ten years on the ACEs Commission on Cancer.


Contact Information

Global Health Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
303 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-0902