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Alumni Notes


Doug Armstrong, MHS ’98, was recently promoted to Director of Policy Analysis at the BlueCross and BlueShield Association.

Anne-Emanuelle Birn, ScD ’93, Yogan Pillay, PhD ’95, and Timothy H. Holtz, MPH ’89, have just published the Textbook of International Health: Global Health in a Dynamic World, 3rd edition.  Oxford University Press, 2009.

Rashid Chotani, MD, MPH ’96, DTM, is the Scientific Director/Chief Science Manager at the Joint Project Manager Chemical Biological Medical Systems, U.S. Department of Defense. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, and is a member of the Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee for the Office of the Maryland Governor.

Jeffrey Crowley, MPH ’94, former senior research scholar at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, was appointed by President Obama as the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy. He is coordinating the federal government’s efforts on HIV/AIDS policy and helping guide the administration’s development of disability policies.

Joan Dawson, MPH ’97, is leading a delegation to Guatemala to research violence against women and the sociopolitical context of femicide in Guatemala. The delegation is being sponsored jointly by the Guatemala Human Rights Commission and the Virginia Commonwealth University.

Alka Dev, MHS ’98, has led, since 2003, the implementation of tuberculosis control projects in Kosovo, Romania and Mexico focused on capacity building of the TB program and inclusion of minority areas. Her most recent work in Mexico was to develop a community tuberculosis care strategy for rural and ethnic minority communities.

Karla Eisen, MPH ’96, MSW, has worked in program evaluation and research, with an emphasis on qualitative research, mixed methods and survey operations at Westat (Rockville, Md.). Her latest project involves dietary and other health risk exposures among an American Indian population in the Pacific Northwest.

Angela Foehl, MPH ’94, director of Private Health Plans Advocacy with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Rockville, Md.), lobbies private health plans such as BlueCross BlueShield to provide equitable coverage and reimbursement for the services of speech-language pathologists and audiologists.

Louis Francescutti, MPH ’94, a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta recently founded the Coalition for Cellphone Free Driving and Injury Alberta. In 2005, he was selected as one of the hundred most influential physicians in Alberta in the past one hundred years. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Valerio Gennaro, MD, PhD ’95, recently published two articles in the International Journal of Cancer.

Francisco Gutierrez, MD, MHS ’95, MHA, was recently appointed senior vice president for medicine and health sciences for Laureate Education (Baltimore, Md.).

Lynne Jones, PhD ’97, is president of the Society for Biomaterials and was elected as a Fellow, Biomaterials Science and Engineering (International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering). She also was elected as a Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

Joel Levis, MD, PhD ’94, is an attending physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Kaiser Santa Clara Medical Center, with a Clinical Instructor appointment at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He co-authored the textbook Clinical Emergency Medicine Casebook, published in April (Cambridge University Press).

Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS ’99, is on faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She continues to write about health and medicine and was recently named Contributing Health Editor at Parade Magazine.

Jacqueline Patterson, MPH ’98, MSW, was recently elected co-chair of Health GAP (Global Access Project), which works on access to medicine, health care and treatment for AIDS globally.

Mikko Paunio, MD, MPH, MHS ’93, Senior Medical Officer, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland, co-authored the World Bank’s Environmental Health and Child Survival: Epidemiology, Economics, Experiences.

Melissa Perry, ScD ’93, MHS ’90, associate professor of occupational epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology. At Harvard she is co-director of the Occupational Injury Prevention Training Program and the director of the MPH in Occupational and Environmental Health.

Monique Petrofsky, MPH ’95, a nurse-epidemiologist with the Coordinating Office for Global Health, CDC, was recently awarded Saint Anselm College’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of her contributions to global health improvement. She has worked with the UN, UN Foundation, International Foundation of the Red Cross and Peace Corps.

Ravi Rao, MD, PhD ’97, is a consultant and trainer of emotional intelligence for executives in the entertainment, financial services, public sector and health care industries. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Los Angeles.

Marguerite J. Ro, DrPH ’99, MPH ’94, deputy director, policy and programs, oversees the health programming and the policy advocacy work for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

Sheila Weiss Smith, PhD ’96, was recently appointed director of the Center for Drug Safety at the University of Maryland. Currently on sabbatical at the National Cancer Institute, she is a professor at the University of Maryland and is an adjunct faculty member at Hopkins.

Richard Evan (Rick) Steele, MD, MPH ’90, PDC, BCSPHM, has recently published “A Novel and Effective Treatment Modality for Medically Unexplained Symptoms” in the Journal of Pain Management.

Molly Strachan, MHS ’98, accepted a position as director of monitoring and evaluation with Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.

Judith Weinstein, MPH ’91, MA, is associate director for Refugee Health Programs at Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, in Chicago.

Michel Youwakim, MPH ’98, MBBCh, works with the Ministry of Health in Kuwait on hepatitis B transmission and risk factors, and in Egypt with USAID, the Ministry of Health and colleagues on maternal mortality.


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