Department Newsletter - December 2012

Announcements Recent Publications
Awards & Committee Appointments Seminars, Lectures, Workshops, & Abstracts


HMS Partners with Rwanda Ministry of Health

Global-health delivery specialists and clinician-teachers will help strengthen sustainable national health care system.
In 2012, the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MoH) launched the Human Resources for Health (HRH) Program. This initiative seeks to increase the quality and quantity of health professionals in Rwanda by improving collaboration between a consortium of U.S. academic institutions, including Harvard Medical School (HMS) and HMS-affiliated hospitals, and the Government of Rwanda. The U.S. academic institutions have made a commitment that is unprecedented in global health. They are supplying full-time medical, nursing, health management, and dentistry faculty to collaborate with each other and with leading Rwandan educators in medicine and public health on all aspects of health professionals’ education.

The HRH Program is intended to provide a new framework for development programs emphasizing country ownership of program design and implementation, strategic coordination of international donors and development partners, and long-term sustainability. Both the leading academic institutions in Rwanda and the U.S. universities participating in the HRH Program intend to capitalize on these outstanding opportunities to collaborate on mentored research and educational projects and to generate and disseminate new knowledge in global health delivery.

For more information, please visit these websites:
  • View the Clinton Global Initiative Rwanda Human Resources for Health Commitment Announcement video (HRH segment starts at 15m/37s)
  • If you are interested in applying as a faculty member in Rwanda or know someone who might be, please visit the Harvard ARIeS website for more details and applications.


Castro is Named Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health at Tulane University

Arachu Castro, PhD, MPH, has been named the Samuel Z. Stone Endowed Chair of Public Health in Latin America at Tulane University. This tenured position was newly created in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. See Tulane's announcement.

Dr. Castro’s position at Tulane takes effect in January 2013. Tulane will benefit from her expertise in medical anthropology and public health, her knowledge of infectious disease and women’s health-related concerns in Latin America, and her passion for translating research into beneficial health policies and practices. Congratulations Arachu!


Matthew Bonds, PhD Receives James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award

21st Century Science Initiative Grant: Studying Complex Systems

Matthew Bonds, PhD, has received a six-year, $450,000 scholar award for his work on "Poverty Traps and the Ecology of Economic Development." Dr. Bonds' current research agenda focuses on building coupled models of economic-epidemiological systems, and exploring the ways that health conditions can influence poverty traps. He proposes to build a small team of mathematicians and computer analysts to develop new models of coupled disease-economic systems that have the appropriate level of realism to be ultimately parameterized with field data. These models will be tested from field data in Rwanda. [To read more about Dr. Bonds' grant or the James S. McDonnell Foundation click here.]


News from the Global Health Delivery Project

GHD Cases Available

The entire Global Health Delivery (GHD) Case Collection is now available for free download directly from Each of the 30+ Harvard Business School-style teaching case studies and companion teaching notes are designed to educate current and future managers on how health care leaders implement value-based principles.

Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive (GHDI) - Formerly called the Global Health Effectiveness (GHE) Program, the GHDI is now accepting applications for the fifth cohort to begin in July 2013. Please forward this announcement and/or the link to our website ( to anyone seeking training in value-based health care delivery. Information and the application are online - the application deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013. Please email Amy Scheffler at for more information.


Doris Duke Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship Announced

Applications now being accepted

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation International Clinical Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School provides medical students with a yearlong high-quality, mentored research experience that offers them the opportunity to address key clinical and public health issues in resource-limited settings around the world. This fellowship strives to foster medical student growth and development as future investigators and to contribute to the pipeline of academic researchers who work internationally.

If you know of medical students (do not need to be from HMS) who would be great candidates to take a year out from medical school to conduct clinical research abroad and who will be between their 3rd and 4th years (preferably) in the fall of 2013, please direct them to our webpage for more information.


The 2012 Eddie and Ozzie Award Winners Announced

Recognizing excellence in magazine and digital editorial and design.

The envelope please ... on November 14, 2012 the Stanford Social Innovation Review received a Bronze Eddie Award in recognition of the article "Realigning Health and Care: Lessons in Delivering More with Less" co-authored by Paul Farmer, Rebecca Onie, and Heidi Behforouz The annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards honor magazines publishers for the best in editorial the best in design. To read more about these awards and to see a listing of all winners, please click here. [To read the winning article, click here.]


Traveling Abroad? Register your Itinerary for your Safety

Members of the Harvard community, if you travel abroad, please register your itinerary with the new Harvard Travel Registry so the University can locate you quickly and provide assistance in the unlikely event of an emergency. Registering is required for all students traveling on trips funded or arranged by Harvard or for which they will receive Harvard credit, and strongly recommended for all faculty and staff.

To register your itinerary, visit and click “Harvard Travel Registry.” Be sure to update your itinerary and contact information if they change during the course of your trip. The Travel Tools webpage also contains useful information for planning a safe trip, including links to important resources such as 1) International SOS, which provides 24-hour worldwide medical and security advice and assistance to Harvard travelers, and 2) visa services vendors, which provide assistance with visa and passport requirements and applications. If you have questions about the Travel Registry or any information on the Travel Tools webpage, email

Harvard’s global teaching and research activities are expanding rapidly and the University is committed to traveler safety. Registering your itinerary is a quick and simple step that can help Harvard help you.

Safe Travels!


On Sunday, December 9, 2012, the Treatment Action Group's (TAG) annual Research in Action Awards honored those who have made extraordinary contributions in the fight against AIDS. Among the distinguished honorees was Paul Farmer, MD, PhD; Chelsea Clinton made the presentation. The event was filmed, so please visit the Department News webpage for links to the online video. Congratulations Paul!

Congratulations to Nir Eyal, DPhil, on his appointment to the Committee on Philosophy and Medicine at The American Philosophical Association. The APA was founded to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline. Dr. Eyal will begin serving on July 1, 2013.

Congratulations to Annekathryn Goodman, MD, on receiving the 2012 American College of Obstetrician Gynecologist's Award to International Service. This award is given to a Fellow of the College who currently or was recently involved in a community program designed to help underserved patient populations outside the geographical confines of the College.


Nir Eyal, DPhil, Paul G. Firth, MBChB, BA, and colleagues at the MGH Disaster Relief Ethics Group have recently published "Repeat Triage in Disaster Relief: Questions from Haiti." PLoS Currents (October 22): 4: e4fbbdec6279ec. [Click here to read]

Annekathryn Goodman, MD, and colleagues have recently published the following:
  • Leslie S. Bradford, Bimalangshu R. Dey, Syed Md Akram Hussain, Sultana Razia Begum, Farhat Hussain, Sharmina Hoque, Annekathryn Goodman. "Development of a cervical cancer screening program in a slum setting using visual inspection with acetic acid: Analysis of feasibility and cost." Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol.2 No.2, June 2012DOI: 10.4236/ojog.2012.22027 Published Online June 2012. [Click here to read]
  • Leslie S. Bradford, M.D. & Annekathryn Goodman, M.S., M.D. "Suffer Little Children." Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 2012 vol 66 No 2. (commentary on street children in Bangladesh). [Subscribers to the Journal may purchase this personal reflection by clicking here.]
  • Goodman A, Clark RC, Bradford LS. "Caring for Women with Gynecologic Cancers Around the World: The Need for Global Health Training in Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Programs." Am J Clin Oncol. December 2012 - Volume 35 - Issue 6 - p 511–513;doi: 10.1097/COC.0b013e318271b18a;Opinion Piece. [This article is available for purchase by clicking here.]

Members of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change team recently published this article:

  • Hagander LE, Hughes CD, Nash K, Ganjawalla K, Linden A, Martins Y, Meara JG. "Surgeon Migration Between Developing Countries and the United States: Train, Retain, and Gain from Brain Drain." World Journal of Surgery. Oct 4 2012. [Click here to read.]

Lisa Hirschhorn, MD, MPH, and colleagues have recently published a paper describing the initial results of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Rwanda PHIT Partnership "Nurse mentorship to improve the quality of health care delivery in rural Rwanda." Nurs Outlook. 2012 Nov 16. pii: S0029-6554(12)00291-6. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2012.10.003. [Click here to read.]

Dr. Hirschhorn also wrote an editorial with Dr. MB Pagano, "Estimating the benefits of ART programs: How certain can we get?" J Infect Dis. 2012 Oct 24. PMID:23100565. [Click here to read.]



Paul G. Firth, MBChB, BA, has recently presented the following abstracts:

  • Firth PG, Eyal N. Repeat-triage in disaster relief: experience and lessons of the Haitian earthquake. 15th WFSA World Congress of Anesthesiologists Buenos Aires 2012
  • Bugembe RN, Duan ME, Costello F, Dubowitz G, Ttendo S, Firth PG. A pilot project of anesthesia education by video-conferencing between Uganda and the United States. 15th WFSA World Congress of Anesthesiologists Buenos Aires 2012
  • Kiwanuka JK, Duan ME, Joseph SE, Eromo E, Haastrup AA, Baker KH, Ttendo SS, Firth PG. Preliminary results: A prospective study of international education via internet videoconference. American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Conference 2012
  • Kiwanuka JK, Duan ME, Joseph SE, Eromo E, Haastrup AA, Baker KH, Ttendo SS, Firth PG. Preliminary results: A prospective study of international education via internet video conference. Harvard Medical Education Day 2012

Paul G. Firth, MBChB, BA, has recently presented "Trauma Workshop - Anesthesia during disaster relief" at the World Congress of Anesthesiologists, Quadrennial Meeting of the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The 16th World Congress of Anesthesiologists will be August 28-September 2, 2016 in Hong Kong.