Student & Alumni Accomplishments

  • 2020

    Christophe Millien, MD, MMSc ’20 was selected as one of the Top 100 Visionaries in Education for the year 2020 by the Global Forum for Education and Learning (GFEL). (November, 2020)

    Christophe Millien, MD, MMSc ’20 is first author on an article “Assessing burden, risk factors, and perceived impact of uterine fibroids on women’s lives in rural Haiti: implications for advancing a health equity agenda, a mixed methods study” which was accepted for publication by the International Journal for Equity in Health. (November, 2020).

    Nada Abu Kishk, MMSc '20 was first author on the article "Anaemia prevalence in children newly registered at UNRWA schools: A cross- sectional study" in BMJ Open. (September, 2020)

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc ’17  was promoted to be the Africa Region Policy and Partnerships Advisor at Partners In Health. (September, 2020)

    Sandeep Nanwani, MD, MMSc '18 was second author on the article "Understanding the challenges faced in community-based outreach programs aimed at men who have sex with men in urban Indonesia" in the journal Sexual Health. (August, 2020)

    Ana Cristina Sedas. MS, MMSc '21 (expected) co-authored a joint memo with Pr. Jacqueline Bhabah and the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights which was published by the United Nations High Commissioners Office for Human Rights titled: Protecting Human Rights During and After COVID-19: Q Child’s Rights Perspective.

    Mercedes Aguerrebere, MD, MMSc ’18 is first author on an article “Intimate-partner violence types and symptoms of common mental disorders in a rural community of Chiapas, Mexico: Implications for global mental-health practice” which was accepted for publication by PLOS One. (August, 2020)

    Ana Cristina Sedas. MS, MMSc '21 (expected) co-moderated the webinar "Multilateral conversation between academic institutions, Pan-American Health Organization/ World Health Organization, International Organization for Migration, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and United Nations Women" for Lancet Migration. (August, 2020)

    Elizabeth Campa, MS, MMSc '20 has been named Director of the University of Global Health Equity-Haiti. She will work closely with the UGHE team in Rwanda as the Haiti team establishes the university's first satellite site. (July, 2020)

    Ana Cristina Sedas, MD, MMSc '21 (expected) has been named a Lancet Migration Regional Research Fellow. (June, 2020)

    Ana Cristina Sedas, MD, MMSc '21 (expected) and Mercedes Aguerrebere, MD, MMSc '18 are the first two authors on the publication: Situational Brief: Migration in Mexico during the COVID-19 Pandemic published in Lancet Migration. Please find a PDF of the briefing here. (May, 2020)

    Marise Stuart, MD. MMSc '21 (anticipated) leads Takahitia Korowira, or Stamp Out COVID19, is a Ngāpuhi pandemic response strategy in New Zealand. Her work was mentioned in the article "Northland iwi establish coronavirus testing centre" put out by New Zealand Radio (April, 2020).

    Gloria Prado Pino, MD, MMSc '19, leads State Committee for Prevention, Control and Mitigation of COVID-19 in Chocó, Columbia.

    Yassah Lavelah, BSN, MMSc '20 was recognized by the K&G Global Initiative for her contribution in providing healthcare services for women and advocating for better healthcare services in Liberia (March, 2020).

    Danta Bien-Aimé, BSN, RN, MMSc '20 was recognized by the Midwest Association Of Haitian American Women in collaboration with K&G Global Initiative for her contribution in tackling cervical cancer among women in Haiti, and for creating a path to higher education for Haitian Nurses to follow (March, 2020).

    Kumar Rana, MMSc '17 was first author on the report "Living World of the Adivasis of West Bengal: An Ethnographic Exploration" put out by The Asiatic Society.

    Reginald Fils-Aimé, MD, MMSc '16 was an author on the article "A validation study of the Zanmi Lasante Depression Symptom Inventory (ZLDSI) in a school-based study population of transitional age youth in Haiti" in BMC (February, 2020).

    Sandeep Nanwani, MD, MMSc '18 co-authored the article  "Providing Hope" for Inside Indonesia (January, 2020).

  • 2019

    Elsie Ballah, MD, MMSc '18, is first author on the article Maternal mortality and the metempsychosis of user fees in Liberia: A mixed-methods analysis, in Scientific African (March 2019).

    Elsie Ballah, MD, MMSc '18, and her work in Liberia, was featured in imagine, the 2018–2019 Dean's Report.

    Elsie Ballah, MD, MMSc '18, and her work in Liberia, was featured in the HMS News in an article titled Shaping Global Solutions (January 2019).

    Yusupha Dibba, MD, MMSc '20 (anticipated), gave a talk My Story/Journey in Global Health, State of Health in Sierra Leone, and An Overview of PIH's Work in Sierra Leone, at Partners In Health Engage at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. on July 14, 2019.

    Renato Errea, MD, MMSc '20 (anticipated), is first author on the article Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis in Children from a Rural Community Taking Part in a Periodic Deworming Program in the Peruvian Amazon in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (July 2019).

    Ghenjezo Gonani, MMSc '19, presented his research project Family Caregiving in Mental Health, at the Partner In Health's office in Boston, Massachusetts on April 30, 2019.

    Nada Abu Kishk, MMSc '20 (anticipated), is first author on the article, Model to improve cardiometabolic risk factors in Palestine refugees with diabetes mellitus attending UNRWA health centers, in the in the BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care (August 2019).

    Christophe Millien, MD, MMSc '20 (anticipated), contributed to a chapter in the second edition of the AFEM Handbook of Acute and Emergency Care (February 2019).

    Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, associate professor at Harvard Medical School and MMSc-GHD program director delivered a keynote address, Sustainable Development Goals and Health as a Human Right, at the Unite for Sight conference in New Haven, CT on April 13, 2019

    Christine Mutaganzwa, MD, MSc, MMSc '20 (anticipated), presented on The Warp and the Weft: Interweaving Child Development into Health Programs in Resource-poor Settings panel at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health 2019 on March 10, 2019.

    Christine Mutaganzwa, MD, MSc, MMSc '20 (anticipated), presented on the Pediatric Development Clinic for the Boston Children's Hospital staff at the Martha Eliot Health Center on January 20, 2019

    Melino Ndayizigiye, MD, MMSc '14, led a Department of Global Health and Social Medicine seminar titled, Impact of integration of an early childhood development intervention into an existing community-based primary health care platform in rural Lesotho on April 10, 2019.

    Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19, presented a talk titled, From crisis to sustainability: Building palliative care with limited resources in the plenary session at the 16th World Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care on May 25, 2019.

    Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19, presented on Palliative Care: The Neglected Global Health Priority, as part of a panel at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health 2019 on March 9, 2019.

    Gloria Prado Pino, MD, MMSc '19, served on the organizing committee for the Sixth Annual Conference, Shaping Colombia: Towards Sustainable Development held April 5-7, 2019 at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, is first author on the article, Improving global emergency and essential surgical care in Latin America and the Caribbean: A collaborative approach in Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (March 2019).

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, had her paper Improving global emergency and essential surgical care in Latin America in the Caribbean: A collaborative approach, published by Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons (March 2019).

  • 2018

    Nadege Belizaire, MD, MMSc '15, was one of only eight from more than 100 physicians selected to participate in a pediatric residency. This residency is a partnership between Project Medishare, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, Haiti, L’Hopital Bernard Mevs, Haiti, and Université Notre Dame d'Haïti

    Danta Bien-Aime, BSN, MMSc '20 (anticipated), was quoted in an announcement celebrating the Fulbright Program in Haiti (June 2018).

    Danta Bien-Aime, BSN, MMSc '20 (anticipated), presented a talk titled, The role of Nurses in addressing the burden of Cervical Cancer in Haiti: Advocacy to reduce mortality from a preventable disease at the Global Nursing Caucus in Boston, Massachusetts on October 26, 2018.

    Elizabeth Campa, MSc, MMSc '20 (anticipated), presented in the course, Preparing for Global Health Work at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Ms. Campa spoke on the topics of global health advocacy and participated in a panel discussion on understanding the stakeholders involved in global health. (February 20, 2019).

    Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School which hosts the MMSc-GHD program, was interviewed as part of The Harvard Gazette’s Experience series (May 2018).

    Yassah Lavelah, BSN, MMSc '20, (anticipated), was profiled in a Front Page Africa article titled, Liberia: From the Slums of Wood Camp, Paynesville to Harvard University (August 2018)

    Valeria Macias, MD, MMSc '17, presented the results of her thesis research, Rethinking referral systems in rural Chiapas: a mixed methods study, at the Bethune Roundtable Surgical Conference on May 26, 2018 in Toronto, Canada.

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, was promoted to chief medical officer of Partners In Health Rwanda.

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, is first author on the article A low cost, re-usable electricity-free infant warmer: evaluation of safety, effectiveness and feasibility in the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (December 2018).

    Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19, was named policy/advocacy champion by the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance for his work on palliative care in October 2018. “The WHPCA is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Palliative Care Champions Awards, announced today on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. These extraordinary individuals are making a significant contribution to developing palliative care in low- and middle-income countries.” 

    Lisa Parvin, MS, MMSc '19, is an author on an opinion piece, Dispelling myths about drug procurement policy, in The Lancet Global Health, Volume 6, Issue 6, e609-e610. Read the full piece here.

    Kumar Rana, MMSc '17, wrote an op-ed piece, One who does not question is less than blind: Health is not just prevention or cure: it's a right, in Anandabazar Patrika, the largest selling Bengali daily in India. This piece mentions the MMSc-GHD program director Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH. (March 2018)

    Dimitri Suffrin, MD, MMSc '16, presented a poster on his thesis research at the 18th Harvard University CFAR Annual Symposium titled, The Importance of Reproductive Health in Ending HIV. His thesis mentors were Arlene Katz, EdD, Louise Ivers, MD, MPH, Hannah Gilbert, PhD, and Christina Lively, EdM. (April 2018)

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, gave an invited "Quick Shot Presentation" as part of the Annual Academic Surgical Congress, held in January 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. Her talk titled, Access to Surgical Care in Rural Ecuador the Role of Cinterandes Mobile Surgery in Addressing Barriers and Delays: a Qualitative and Biosocial Research Analysis, was based on Martha's thesis work from the MMSc-GHD program with authors and affiliates: M.P. Vega, M.F. Franke, R. Riviello, H.N. Gilbert.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, had her research, Access to Surgical Care in Rural Ecuador the Role of Cinterandes Mobile Surgery in Addressing Barriers and Delays: a Qualitative and Biosocial Research Analysis, accepted for an e-Poster presentation in the Scientific Forum program at the American College of Surgeons. The meeting was held at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center in October 2018.

  • 2017

    Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMSc '16, is first author on an article on her MMSc-GHD thesis research titled Validity and Utility of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)‐2 and PHQ‐9 for Screening and Diagnosis of Depression in Rural Chiapas, Mexico: A Cross‐Sectional Study in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. (February 2017).

    Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19, presented a talk at the AORTIC conference in Kigali, Rwanda in November 2017 and another talk at Les Congres Francophones des Soins Palliatifs held in November 2017.

    Sandeep Nanwani, MD, MMSc '18, was featured in an NPR article titled Transgender Women Of Indonesia Have A Champion In A 26-Year-Old Doctor. Faculty member Byron Good, PhD, is also mentioned in the article. (January 2017)

    Christian Ntizimira, MD, MMSc '19, presented a talk at the 5th International Public Health & Palliative Care conference held in Ottawa in September 2017.

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, is one of the authors on an article titled, Health worker attrition at a rural district hospital in Rwanda: a need for improved placement and retention strategies, The Pan African Medical Journal. (April 2017).

    Sandeep Nanwani, MMSc '18, published an article with co-author Clara Saigian titled, Falling Through the Cracks in Inside Indonesia. (February 2017).

    Lisa Parvin, MS, MMSc '19 and Chenjezo Gonani, MMSc '19, discussed their research in progress at the Global Health Graduate Student Research Seminar at the Harvard T.H. Chan School on November 13, 2017.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, was invited to present on to "Lancet Commission for Global Surgery 2030" in March 2017 at the XXII Latin American Congress of General Surgery.

  • 2016

    Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, had his research featured in a Harvard Gazette article on the Ebola pandemic titled, Lessons from a Pandemic. Barrie conducted ethnographic research with Ebola survivors and wrote his thesis based on this research, advised by mentors Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD.

    Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, served as an invited member on a committee of Ebola experts that produced a report, Ethics considerations for the Implementation of Public Health containment of Ebola and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks in LMICs. (September 2016)

    Phenide Beaussejour, MD, MMSc '16, was featured in imagine, the 2015–2016 Harvard Medical School Dean’s Report, page 7. A full-length story about Phenide, Walking Together: Strengthening community partnerships to build equity, may be found here.

    Phenide Beaussejour, MD, MMSc '16, presented the results from her thesis research Accessing Health Care in a Fragmented Health System: A Mixed Methods Study of Short-term Health Insurance in Urban Haiti, to members of the team who implemented the insurance, the Haiti Ethics Committee, and two directors of the Haitian Ministry of Health in August 2016.

    Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, was featured in a March 2016 article in the Huffington Post written by Kiran Kumbhar titled, This Harvard student Has Dedicated Years to Making Life Better for Rural Women.

    Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, chief operating officer of the Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre in Rajasthan, India and Head of Global Programs for Prominent Homes Charitable Organization, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, extended his MMSc-GHD training in the department for the year of 2016-2017. With mentoring from Mary-Jo Good, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Giuseppe Raviola, and others, he will revise his thesis for publication, conduct geospatial analyses, and develop a maternal mental health intervention in Rajasthan.

    David Brown, JD, MMSc '16, served on the Massachusetts Getting To Zero Data Evaluation Committee, a group that seeks to set priorities for reducing the HIV/AIDS infection rate in Massachusetts to zero.

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, is first author on the article Race to the Top: Evaluation of A Novel Performance-Based Financing Initiative to Promote Healthcare Delivery in Rural Rwanda in Global Health Action. (November 2016).

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, gave an invited talk on Social determinants of childhood vulnerability at the Rwanda Pediatric Association's annual conference in September 2016.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, gave an invited "Quick Shot Presentation" as part of the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held in February 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. Her talk, Comparing access to surgical care between Sweden and Zambia using geospatial mapping tools, was based on a paper written by Dr. Vega and others who are affiliated with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. A link to the abstract is here.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, presented the Lancet’s Global Surgery 2030 key messages at the Socios en Salud TB-Global Health Symposium in September 2016.

  • 2015

    Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, had his research featured in a Harvard Gazette article on the Ebola pandemic titled, Lessons from a Pandemic. Barrie conducted ethnographic research with Ebola survivors and wrote his thesis based on this research, advised by mentors Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD and Paul Farmer, MD, PhD.

    Bailor Barrie, MD, MMSc '16, served as an invited member on a committee of Ebola experts that produced a report, Ethics considerations for the Implementation of Public Health containment of Ebola and Other Infectious Disease Outbreaks in LMICs. (September 2016)

    Phenide Beaussejour, MD, MMSc '16, was featured in imagine, the 2015–2016 Harvard Medical School Dean’s Report, page 7. A full-length story about Phenide, Walking Together: Strengthening community partnerships to build equity, may be found here.

    Phenide Beaussejour, MD, MMSc '16, presented the results from her thesis research Accessing Health Care in a Fragmented Health System: A Mixed Methods Study of Short-term Health Insurance in Urban Haiti, to members of the team who implemented the insurance, the Haiti Ethics Committee, and two directors of the Haitian Ministry of Health in August 2016.

    Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, was featured in a March 2016 article in the Huffington Post written by Kiran Kumbhar titled, This Harvard student Has Dedicated Years to Making Life Better for Rural Women.

    Aneel Brar, MA, MMSc '16, chief operating officer of the Mata Jai Kaur Maternal and Child Health Centre in Rajasthan, India and Head of Global Programs for Prominent Homes Charitable Organization, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, extended his MMSc-GHD training in the department for the year of 2016-2017. With mentoring from Mary-Jo Good, Bethany Hedt-Gauthier, Giuseppe Raviola, and others, he will revise his thesis for publication, conduct geospatial analyses, and develop a maternal mental health intervention in Rajasthan.

    David Brown, JD, MMSc '16, served on the Massachusetts Getting To Zero Data Evaluation Committee, a group that seeks to set priorities for reducing the HIV/AIDS infection rate in Massachusetts to zero.

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, is first author on the article Race to the Top: Evaluation of A Novel Performance-Based Financing Initiative to Promote Healthcare Delivery in Rural Rwanda in Global Health Action. (November 2016).

    Evrard Nahimana, MD, MMSc '17, gave an invited talk on Social determinants of childhood vulnerability at the Rwanda Pediatric Association's annual conference in September 2016.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, gave an invited "Quick Shot Presentation" as part of the 11th Annual Academic Surgical Congress held in February 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida. Her talk, Comparing access to surgical care between Sweden and Zambia using geospatial mapping tools, was based on a paper written by Dr. Vega and others who are affiliated with the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. A link to the abstract is here.

    Martha Vega, MD, MMSc '18, presented the Lancet’s Global Surgery 2030 key messages at the Socios en Salud TB-Global Health Symposium in September 2016.

  • 2014

    Jafet Arrieta, MD, MMSc '15, presented a talk in Bogota, Colombia at the conference "23rd Foro Internacional Oes Mejoamiento de Resultados en Salud: estrategias, herramientas y experiencias existosas," in June 2014. She presented her talk, "CLICSS. La colaboración como motor de la mejora. Campaña Adiós Bacteriemias," with Ezequiel Garcia-Elorrio, MD, MSc.

    Kobel Dubique, MD, MMSc '14, was interviewed about his experience advocating for internally displaced persons with Partners In Health in Camp Jean Marie Vincent after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. You may view The Abundance Foundation video here.

    Reginald Fils-Aime, MD, MMSc '16, spoke at Partners In Health about his work in Haiti. The article titled, Working in Mental Health Gives Me Hope, describes Dr. Fils-Aime’s efforts to bring mental health care into the community-based health system. (September 2014)

    Enrique Valdespino, MD, MMSc '17, participated in an interview at the Partners In Health Boston office where before he even applied to the program, mentions his hope of earning his Master of Medical Science in Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School. Please read a transcript of this interview on the PIH website.

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