Nora Alvarez Agila, MD, a radio-oncologist from the National Cancer Institute of Mexico, is Visiting Scientist with the Harvard Global Equity Initiative. Dr. Alvarez will be involved on research to improve quality of cancer care and increase access to care among low-income populations.
Visiting Scientist in Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr. Farías completed his MD with honors at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico. He interned and completed his residency in psychiatry with Harvard Medical School at the Cambridge Hospital. He also was a fellow in the Departments of Anthropology and Social Medicine at Harvard. For 10 years, Dr. Farías worked in Chiapas, Mexico, where he served as a clinical psychiatrist and later directed a research institute focused on health and agriculture. Under his leadership, this institute broadened its scope of research and training, extending its reach across southern Mexico and Central America.
Visiting Graduate Student in Global Health and Social Medicine
Sandra Staudacher is writing a PhD thesis on how people at the age of sixty years and above organize and practice their living and care arrangements in a changing urban and transnational Swahili society in the city of Zanzibar, Tanzania and Muscat, Oman in the Swiss National Science Foundation funded research project "Aging, Agency and Health in Urbanizing Tanzania." The study aims at examining forms of agency in response to critical health moments in everyday life of elderly and analyzes gender roles in connection to aging, health and care.
Visiting Post Baccalaureate Student in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)
Darshali Vyas, a recent Harvard College graduate, joined the Department as a Visiting Postgraduate Research Fellow. Salmaan Keshavjee and Mercedes Becerra are training her in methods for measuring and evaluating the long-term advocacy effort, Zero TB Deaths.
Visiting Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Dr. Wilkes is a professor of internal medicine, director of global health, and former vice dean for medical education at the University of California, Davis. He is appointed as visiting professor of global health and social medicine while he leads development of educational programs as part of the Human Resources for Health Program in Rwanda.