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.
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. 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 supported the growth of medical inpatient services at Neno district hospital, after it was built. Dr. Crocker joined the BIDMC medicine faculty in the summer of 2009. He completed a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education in 2011-2012. He directs the Global Health Program (track and elective) with the internal medicine residency program, and directs a new global health fellowship in medicine at BIDMC. 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.
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 Lambaréné, 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 Lambaréné, 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 Lambaréné; providing additional support for other programs (including village-based preventive and community health services) at the Lambaréné 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.
Director, HIV Program in Healthcare Associates
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 Reserve 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 <em<>. He is also clinical director of the New England AIDS Education and Training Center.</em<>
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.
Dr. Beth Riviello is an instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School, an intensivist at BIDMC, and an intensivist and pulmonologist at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali in Rwanda. She received her medical degree from Vanderbilt School of Medicine in 2006, spent a year working at a hospital in Angola, then completed the Internal Medicine and Global Health Equity residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2011. During residency she completed her MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health, with a focus on health care delivery in resource constrained settings. She graduated from the Harvard combined pulmonary and critical care fellowship in 2014 and then joined the faculty at BIDMC. Since 2008, she has spent time each year in Rwanda, first developing clinical care protocols and conducting research, and now also as an educator for the Human Resources for Health program. She has created a network for critical care physicians working in sub-Saharan Africa and mentors trainees interested in global health and critical care through research and clinical rotations in Rwanda. Dr. Riviello's areas of interest are the translation of current evidence for critically ill patients to resource constrained settings, medical education, the epidemiology of critical illness in Rwanda, and respiratory failure and sepsis in resource constrained settings.
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.
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.
Director, Global Neurology Program, Department of Neurology
Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Omar Siddiqi is the Director of the Global Neurology Program 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.
Associate Director, Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Program & Global Health Fellowship, Department of Medicine
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Rebecca Zash is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at BIDMC and a Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and then completed Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at BIDMC where she currently serves as Associate Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Global Health Program and the Global Health Fellowship in Medicine. Prior to medical school, Rebecca helped to run an NGO to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in South Africa. She continued to pursue her interest in HIV in pregnancy throughout training and lived in Botswana during ID fellowship where she ran several research studies related to the safety of antiretroviral therapy in pregnancy and infant outcomes. Her current research interests include understanding the mechanisms of adverse birth outcomes among HIV-infected women in Botswana and implementing drug-safety surveillance in pregnancy in resource-limited settings.