Global Pediatrics Program

Judith Palfrey, MD - Director
Kim Wilson, MD, MPH - Associate Director
Christiana Russ, MD, DTMH - Associate Director

Global Pediatric Fellowship

Kim Wilson, MD, MPH - Director & Rwanda Site Supervisor
Michelle Niescierenko, MD - Liberia & Laos Site Supervisor
Joia Stepleton Mukherjee, MD, MPH - Haiti Site Supervisor


Judith Palfrey, MDJudith Palfrey, MD

Director, Global Pediatrics Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Senior Associate in Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital
T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Professor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School


Judith Palfrey is the T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Associate in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. As the Director of the Global Pediatrics Program at BCH, she and the team are working to establish training and service partnerships in global sites to enhance the hospital and community care for children and families. Dr. Palfrey is working with an interdisciplinary group of Chilean and American partners on Recupera Chile, a program of community reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake in the Bio Bio region of Chile. She is also working with the China Medical Board on standardizing medical residency training in Pediatrics. She and several international colleagues are the authors of the book Global Child Health Advocacy.

Dr. Palfrey has focused her career on developing programs that address the social determinants of child health. She has promoted community interventions such as home visiting, school based coordination for children with disabilities, and early education. She has been active nationally in expanding opportunities for physicians to learn how to integrate advocacy into their daily practice as well as into their overall career directions. Her book Child Health in America, Making a Difference Through Advocacy includes information on clinical, group, legislative and professional advocacy. She served as the 2010 President of the American Academy of Pediatrics and actively promoted advocacy in domestic and global health during her tenure on the Executive Committee of the AAP.


Kim Wilson, MD, MPHKim Wilson, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Global Pediatrics Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Director, Global Pediatrics Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Primary Care Pediatrician, Boston Children’s Hospital


Kim Wilson, M.D., M.P.H. is a primary care pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School, and the Associate Director of the Global Pediatrics Program in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Wilson’s work focuses on strategies to improve access to quality health care for underserved populations domestically and internationally. In Boston, Dr. Wilson has implemented programs to improve quality of health care for children with medical, developmental and social complexity, most recently developing evidence based guidelines for primary care of newly arrived foreign born children.

Globally, Dr. Wilson has led programs to improve newborn care with implementation of newborn resuscitation and labor monitoring programs at hospital facilities in the Dominican Republic, and with research initiative assessing the impact of mobile phone based decision support on quality of care for newborns in inpatient and outpatient settings in Tanzania. More recently, Dr. Wilson has focused on programs that integrate childhood development and health care delivery, working with PIH to implement the Pediatric Developmental Clinic program, a medical home based Early Intervention program providing medical, nutrition, and developmental services to infants with perinatal risk factors in rural Rwanda. Dr. Wilson is also working with D-tree international to develop and implement a digital platform for community health workers to provide integrated care for health, nutrition and early childhood development across Zanzibar. As a leader in global health education, Dr. Wilson serves as the lead pediatric specialist at HMS for the Human Resources for Health Program Rwanda, a collaboration of academic medical centers supporting expanded residency training programs in Rwanda. She also founded and directs the Global Pediatric Fellowship Program in Health Service Delivery at Boston Children’s Hospital.


Christina Russ, MDChristiana M. Russ, MD, DTMH

Associate Director, Global Pediatrics Program
Director, Global Health Pathway, Boston Combined Residency Program
Associate Medical Director, Intermediate Care Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Christiana Russ is a pediatric hospitalist and Associate Medical Director of the Intermediate Care Unit at Boston Children’s Hospital, Director of the Global Health Pathway for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP), and past-chair of the Global Health Learning Community in the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. She trained in medicine at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, and in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital. Following residency she completed the Harvard Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education and received a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Russ aims to advance pediatric care domestically and in global health through improving pediatric education. She recently completed a Delphi study to standardize components of global health tracks in pediatric residencies, and an international survey in collaboration with the International Pediatric Association to describe at country level the current global pediatric workforce, pediatric training and subspecialty training. She has a strong interest in faculty development and recently developed and implemented faculty development workshops for a consortium of Chinese university teaching hospitals in partnership with the China Medical Board. Her clinical interest is in intermediate care units, which provide care to complex or critically ill children requiring intense nursing and monitoring.


Michelle Niescierenko, MD, MPH

Director Global Health Program, Boston Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending, Boston Children’s Hospital
Liberia & Laos Fellowship Site Supervisor
Assistant Professor Emergency Medicine & Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Michelle Niescierenko, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician, Director of the Global Health Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and Health Specialist in partnership with Avenir Analytics. The Boston Children's Global Health Program works to improve child health globally through partnerships for clinical quality improvement, education, research and advocacy in over 30 countries around the world. Avenir Analytics health focuses on high quality humanitarian health systems interventions.

She has experience in pediatric care and program development in China, Bolivia, Lesotho, Guatemala, Liberia, Laos, Indonesia, Iraq, Lebanon, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Syria. In Liberia she provided pediatric humanitarian aid in the immediate post-conflict setting partnering local remaining infrastructure to US academic institutions for the last 8 years. Through these partnerships, sustainable programs for health system rebuilding including physician education and care for vulnerable children were developed in Liberia. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreaks, she led the Liberian hospital public health response utilizing a rapid deployment of training done by local healthcare workers. This work continued into Liberia’s recovery phase with implementation of a national program for hospital quality improvement and emergency care training. Her particular areas of interest are in the provision of healthcare in humanitarian settings through system development, the development of emergency care systems for children as well as the role of children in humanitarian crises.


Joia Stepleton Mukherjee, MD, MPHJoia Stepleton Mukherjee, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Associate Professor, Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Haiti Fellowship Site Supervisor


Dr. Mukherjee has been Chief Medical Officer of PIH since 2000, supporting PIH’s efforts to provide high quality, comprehensive health care to the poorest and most vulnerable in partnership with local communities and health officials. Dr. Mukherjee’s clinical focus in resource-poor settings has been HIV/AIDS, multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, mental health and most recently, Ebola. She is involved in the direct implementation of health programs and disease specific initiatives across PIH’s 10 focus countries, as well as research and the generation of new knowledge in these arenas. In 2014, Dr. Mukherjee was one of the lead strategists in launching PIH’s efforts to fight Ebola and strengthen health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia. As an innovator, teacher, and mentor, she has been involved in leveraging the clinical implementation experience of PIH to develop the field of Global Health Delivery at Harvard Medical School.

As such she teaches healthcare professionals and emerging leaders in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she has developed and now runs the Masters of Medical Science program in Global Health Delivery. This program builds research capacity among global health professionals from all over the world. She also teaches Global Health Delivery, social medicine, infectious disease and human rights to medical students, residents and fellows at a wide variety of US and international institutions. Dr. Mukherjee’s academic work and field experience include expanding HIV and TB services through the public sector and linking such programs to the revitalization of primary health care. Her scholarly work is focused upon generating a body of evidence to inform the development of health care delivery systems that can effectively address the burden of disease in resource poor settings.

Dr. Mukherjee serves on the board of directors for Last Mile Health (Liberia), Village Health Works (Burundi) and Project Muso (Mali). She also consults for the World Health Organization and other international agencies on health systems strengthening, human resources for health, the treatment for HIV, Hepatitis C and the control of drug resistant tuberculosis.


Samantha Rosman, MDSamantha Rosman, MD, MPH

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Attending, Boston Children's Hospital
Pediatric Emergency Physician, Rwanda Human Resources for Health
Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


Samantha Rosman, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Emergency Physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. Samantha also works at Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK) through the Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program, a large grant devoted to Rwandan health system strengthening. She lived and worked in Rwanda with HRH for two years from 2013-2015 and now continues her involvement working 2 months a year in Kigali. In Rwanda she has supported the strengthening of the Rwandan pediatrics residency, taught both clinically and formally about acute pediatric health care, and launched a simulation based acute-care curriculum, and mentored a variety of pediatric resident research projects. Samantha’s research has focused on developing a novel Pediatric Early Warning Score for use in Resource-Limited settings as well as in simulation techniques to improve pediatric resuscitation performance in resource-limited settings. In 2016 Dr. Rosman completed the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School and her MPH in Health Management at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has been active in health policy and advocacy since medical school. During residency and fellowship she served on the American Medical Association Board of Trustees, helping lead their efforts on advocacy for covering the uninsured. Samantha is committed to addressing social determinants of health, disparities in health care, and implicit bias both in the U.S. as well as internationally.