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Current Fellows

2013 - 2015

Leana May, DO, MPH Rwanda
Brittany Potts, MD Haiti
Theresa Strong Liberia

2014 - 2016

Ophelia Adipa, MD Liberia
Xinshu She, MD Haiti
Jennifer Werdenberg, MD Rwanda

Alumni

Jill Veselik, MD
Chris Carpenter, MD, MPH
Sara Gonzalez, DO
Molly Moore, MD
Vanessa Wolfman, MD

Leana May, DO, MPH

Second Year Fellow, Field Site: Rwanda
Pediatric District Clinical Advisor, Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima;
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School;





Leana May, DO, MPH received her B.S from the University of Michigan, her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her Masters of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, CT. Prior to starting her pediatric residency, Dr. May spent a year in upstate New York working with re-settled refugees, in addition to a Cancer Prevention Fellowship through MD Anderson and Texas Children’s Cancer Epidemiology Center. Throughout her medical training Dr. May has taken part in clinical and medical research in Guatemala, Costa Rica, India, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Morocco. During residency Dr. May collaborated with St. Jude’s International Outreach Program on examining barriers to accessing pediatric oncologic care in low resource settings. Dr. May enjoys volunteering as a camp doctor at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp sitting on the Serious Fun Network Global Partnership Program advisory board for their 12 international camps and sitting on the Young Leaders Cancer Council of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Dr. May will be splitting her time between Boston and Butaro, Rwanda with Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima during her fellowship.

 

Brittany Potts, MD

Second Year Fellow, Field Site: Haiti
Pediatrician, St. Marc Hospital, Partners In Health/Zanmi Lasante;
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School





Originally from Ohio, Brittany received a Bachelors degree in Natural Science and a minor in Chemistry from The University of Akron as part of a combined BS/MD program. She matriculated from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2009 and completed a pediatric residency at Akron Children's Hospital. Following residency, she worked for a year as a chief pediatric resident at Akron Children's Hospital prior to joining the Boston Children's Hospital team in 2013 as a Fellow in Global Pediatric Health Service Delivery. Brittany is a board-certified pediatrician with international experience in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Haiti. She has served as a faculty advisor to residents both clinically and in quality improvement projects overseas. Her areas of interest include medical education, quality improvement and improving healthcare delivery at the system-level. Brittany will be splitting her time between Boston and Haiti during her fellowship.

 

Theresa Strong, MD

Second Year Fellow, Field Site: Liberia
Pediatric Faculty, Liberia Post Graduate Medical Council;
Affiliate Pediatric Faculty, JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia;
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School



Originally from Houston, TX, Theresa received a BA in Biology and History from the University of Texas, and attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. During medical school, she participated in/co-led a Global Health Student Interest group that took part in a medical mission-trip to Danli, Honduras. She subsequently took an independent study year during which I completed medical student rotations in Ecuador, Peru, and Guatemala. In 2013, Theresa completed her pediatric residency at Phoenix Children's/Maricopa Medical Center Joint Pediatric Residency Program. As a resident, she participated in an international rotation with BIPAI Malawi. Within her residency program, she lead a group of residents interested in community service/advocacy for refugee populations and participated in a curriculum committee to develop a Global Health Track. She’s the oldest of 8 kids, bakes and brings goodies to work frequently, organized her residency softball team, and likes to read. Theresa will be splitting her time between Boston and Liberia during her fellowship.

 

Ophelia Adipa, MD

First Year Fellow, Field Site: Liberia
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School






I graduated from Williams College in 2006 and from Jefferson Medical College in 2011. I was awarded a Howard Hughes Summer research fellowship in 2005 when I assisted in one of the microbiology laboratories at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. I explored my interest in HIV through a summer research fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in August, 2008 and was accepted into the Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society in 2009. I subsequently started my pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC in June, 2011. During residency, I completed an international elective in Ghana and will earn a Certificate in Global Child Health. My additional volunteer experiences have been in Senegal and Nicaragua.

 

 

Xinshu She, MD, MPH

First Year Fellow, Field Site: Haiti
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School







Born in China, raised in Spain and educated in America, I grew up navigating across cultural and social systems. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and learning from them. My experiences with health disparities began when I taught African American children in West Philadelphia during College. By mentoring young children from an underserved community, we empowered them to live a healthy life and to pursue big dreams. In medical school, I lobbied in Washington DC and co-organized a national medical student service Project “Cover the Uninsured". I learned that as physicians, we can and we must become advocates for patients who otherwise have no voice in an imperfect system. As an MPH student, I studied the association between early puberty, childhood obesity and hypertension using a large Chinese epidemiological study. It changed my idea of challenges facing today's developing countries: chronic diseases are rapidly becoming predominant. I also coordinated a microfinance project in the DR Congo that provided sustainable funding to women and orphans despite the worldwide financial crisis. Empowerment, rather than charity, seemed to be the key to sustainable impact in Global Health. In 2009, I helped conduct a randomized controlled trial of iron fortification among rural children with the Chinese Center for Disease Control to prevent neuro-developmental delays. In 2010, I helped set up a pilot study in Guatemala City to incentivize early HIV detection via social networks. During residency, I spent 2 months living in the poorest province in China studying the health behaviors of school-age children and the community readiness for holistic school-based interventions. I am a recipient of the Albert Einstein Scholarship of Research and Service, The Albert Einstein Public Health Scholarship, the Johns Hopkins Global Health Field Study Grant and the American College of Preventive Medicine Future Leaders Student Award.


Werdenberg
Jennifer Werdenberg, MD

First Year Fellow, Field Site: Haiti
Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School





Jennifer graduated from Rice University in 2006 with a B.S. in Bioengineering focused on cellular and molecular engineering. During her time as an undergraduate Jenny remained active in serving under-resourced populations in Mexico, Boliva and Guatemala through her church as a medical translator as well as being a leader the Rice Student Volunteer Program her Junior year. As a senior she was awarded the Alan Grob Award in recognition of “Being a voice for those who cannot speak.” Following graduation she started medical School at University of Texas at Southwestern where she graduated in 2010 with her medical degree and a Certificate of Knowledge in Community Medicine which she earned secondary to her work throughout medical school in additional lectures, coursework, time spent in community clinics and capstone project with Vaccines for Children. Following medical school she became part of the first class of Global Health Pediatric Residents at Baylor College of Medicine. As part of her residency she spent twelve months working with the Baylor International Pediatric AIDs Initiative in Maseru, Lesotho in the Baylor Children’s Center of Excellence, an outpatient clinic for children with HIV, and as a supervisor on the wards of Lesotho’s national referral Center, Queen Mammohato Memorial Hospital. In addition to daily clinical duties she assisted in the mentoring and training of medical officers, organized and created lectures regarding common pediatric issues, assisted in the revision of clinical care guidelines and developed learning tools to assist the hospital medical officers during their transition to pediatric care. Additionally she became a certified Helping Babies Breathe trainer and participated in a grant to study the efficacy of this curriculum in Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland and Malawi.


Alumni

 

Jill Veselik, MD

Jill received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, her medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. She is board certified in pediatrics and is a recipient of Loyola’s Magis Spirit Award and Mullins Scholarship. Dr. Veselik has volunteered at the American Diabetes Association Teen Camp, the Chapin Street Clinic in South Bend, and volunteered in various international medical missions in Guatemala and Haiti. Currently, she is developing a neonatal project in Rwanda as a Fellow in the Global Pediatric Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, competing in triathlons, and reading.


Chris Carpenter, MD, MPH

Associate Director & Haiti Site Supervisor, Global Pediatrics Program;
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Christopher Carpenter, MD, MPH recently completed the Global Pediatric Fellowship at Boston Children's. After medical school at Albert Einstein, he completed his pediatric/pediatric chief residency at the University of California, San Francisco and obtained an MPH concentrating in International Health at Boston University. Prior to starting his fellowship, he volunteered as a pediatrician for two years in the DR Congo, East Timor and Liberia. During his Global Health Fellowship at BCH, Dr. Carpenter worked in Haiti where he improved pediatric care by training local doctors and nurses. In the town of St. Marc, he developed and piloted a nursing apprenticeship program in advanced neonatal nursing care. At the end of his fellowship, he co-founded a clinic for children with chronic diseases in Pierre Payen.

Sara Gonzalez, DO

Dr. Gonzalez is a board-certified osteopathic pediatrician. Sara Gonzalez is a global pediatrics fellow at Children's Hospital Boston with an interest in applying QI methodology to improve delivery of healthcare in resource-limited settings. She graduated in 2004 from University of Scranton with a BS in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She then attended Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine - California. She went on to complete her pediatrics residency at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville PA, where she began learning and applying QI methodology to improve delivery of pediatric care within the hospital system. During that time she worked in Honduras and Namibia with Geisinger's support. She completed her Global Pediatrics Fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Partners in Health in 2013.

 

Molly Moore, MD

Molly received her A.B. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard College, and her M.D. from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s National Medical Center in 2010. During fellowship, she worked as a distric clinical advisor in pediatrics with Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima in rural Rwanda. Her activities in Rwanda included clinical mentorship and health systems strengthening in inpatient pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric oncology, non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, pediatric HIV and PMTCT. She worked to develop national pediatric oncology protocols, supported a pilot program to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, and ran an HIV education program for nurses. After fellowship, Molly spent another year working with PIH at the Butaro Hospital Cancer Center of Excellence. She currently holds an academic appointment at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where she is involved with medical student and pediatric resident education in global health.

 

Vanessa Wolfman, MD

Vanessa Wolfman’s career focus is in international health development and child health, with main interests in pediatric infectious disease, HIV, prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and neonatal care. After graduating from Brown University in 1998 with a degree in international development, she served in the Peace Corps as a community health development volunteer in Gabon, Central Africa. Following her Peace Corps service, she received an MPH in public health in developing countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2002. As part of her Master’s dissertation she worked in the World Health Organization’s Department of Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response with the Global Alert and Response Team to revise the algorithm for infectious disease notification. Dr. Wolfman went on to pursue her M.D. from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2007. During medical school, Dr. Wolfman was selected as a NIH/Fogarty International Center fellow and conducted clinical research from 2005-2006 in Pretoria, South Africa in collaboration with Yale University, University of Pretoria, and the Serithi Maternal and Child HIV/AIDS project. Her research included improvements in pediatric HIV diagnosis, evaluation of PMTCT program activities, adverse events of HAART in children, and factors influencing feeding choices of HIV-positive mothers. In 2010, she completed her pediatrics residency at Brown University/Hasbro Children’s Hospital. As part of the fellowship, she has worked as a district clinical advisor in pediatrics with Partners in Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) in rural Rwanda. Her activities in Rwanda included clinical mentorship and health systems strengthening in inpatient pediatrics, neonatology, pediatric oncology, non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, pediatric HIV and PMTCT. Upon completion of the fellowship, Dr. Wolfman plans to continue work internationally towards health system development and to improve clinical care and access for underserved and vulnerable pediatric populations.

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