Michelle Williams, ScD
Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Michelle Williams is the Dean of the Faculty, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is an internationally renowned epidemiologist and public health scientist, an award-winning educator, and a widely recognized academic leader. Prior to becoming Dean, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and Program Leader of the Population Health and Health Disparities Research Programs at Harvard’s Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. Dean Williams previously had a distinguished career at the University Of Washington School Of Public Health. Her scientific work focuses on integrating genomic sciences and epidemiological research methods to identify risk factors, diagnostic markers, treatments, and prevention targets for disorders that contribute to maternal and infant mortality. Dean Williams has published over 450 scientific articles and has received numerous research and teaching awards, including the American Public Health Association’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Dean Williams was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016. She holds an undergraduate degree in biology and genetics from Princeton University, a master’s in civil engineering from Tufts University, and masters and doctoral degrees in epidemiology from the Harvard Chan School.
Piyush Tewari, MPA
CEO, SaveLIFE Foundation
Piyush Tewari is the Founder & CEO of SaveLIFE Foundation (SLF), a non-profit organization committed to improving road safety and access to emergency medical care across India. SLF combines system-change advocacy with on-ground interventions to save lives on India’s roads. It is best known getting India a Good Samaritan Law that insulates lay rescuers of injured victims from systemic harassment and intimidation. It is also credited with delivering a dramatic 30% drop in fatalities last year on one of India’s most dangerous roads, the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, with plans to make it 100% fatality-free by 2021. Piyush holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Delhi University. He is an Ashoka Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow and a Rolex Laureate.
Panel: Preventing Road Traffic Injuries
Gayle Di Pietro
International Road Safety Expert, Global Road Safety Program
Gayle Di Pietro has been working for more than two decades at the international level to address the huge global public health challenge of road traffic deaths and serious injuries. She has worked with road safety leaders in around 40 (mostly low- and middle-income) countries to plan and implement contextualized, policy driven, evidence based solutions to reduce the burden. In 2004 Gayle began working for the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) with their portfolio of global road safety programmes in the ASEAN region, and from 2010-16 was GRSPs global programme manager of the Bloomberg Philanthropies global road safety initiative. In this period she has represented the organization at many high level international road safety meetings and events and has chaired a committee within the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration.
Mamta Swaroop, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Mamta Swaroop, MD FACS is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and serves in the Center for Global Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of South Florida in 2009 and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Northwestern in 2010. She serves as the Global Surgery Program Director for the residency and as a coveted mentor for the medical students’ Area of Scholarly Concentration Projects. Dr. Swaroop’s research focus is Academic Global Surgery, including trauma education and prevention. Her global surgery lab, the Northwestern Trauma and Surgical Initiative (www.ntsinitiative.org) aims to build sustainable access to surgical care through education and research in low resource settings, both locally and in international settings with varying levels of both healthcare infrastructure and personnel. Dr. Swaroop’s lab works in Southeast Asia, South America and Chicago. Her research on helmet usage in female pillions (backseat passengers) on Motorized Two Wheeler added to the literature that led to legislative change in the governance of women needing to wear helmets in the capital city of New Delhi, India. In Bolivia, her team has written legislation for the implementation of a hybrid prehospital system, based upon local resources. Her work in Chicago, aims to empower communities to take action by making bystanders Immediate Responders during the first few minutes after a traumatic event. She is a Co-Editor of the book, Success in Academic Surgery: Academic Global Surgery. She has authored numerous peer reviewed research articles, and presented nationally/internationally on Trauma and Global Surgery topics. She has served and serves on multiple national and international leadership boards. Recently, she was honored as one of Oprah’s Health Heroes of 2018 and also received the 39th annual Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Northwestern Memorial Hospital. For the past 8 years, Dr. Swaroop has worked as a Trauma, Acute Care, and Critical Care Surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Living and working in Chicago, she has a deep appreciation for the strengths of the city and the complex challenges of high violence rates, shootings and homicides in particular. The goal of TRUE (Trauma Responders Unify to Empower) Communities Course developed by Dr. Swaroop and her team is to empower the community and to involve and make changes - positive change from within the neighborhoods. The aim is to train and engage everyone in the community: high-school students, barbers, churchgoers, and high-risk individuals, transforming passive bystanders to active owners of their health and community. The TRUE Communities Course is an opportunity to reduce the traumatic death toll in our Great City in a way that is simple, evidence based, and community-driven.
Matthew Wansley, JD
General Counsel, nuTonomy
Matt Wansley is the General Counsel of nuTonomy, an MIT-spinoff start-up testing autonomous vehicles on the public roads in Boston and Singapore. nuTonomy was recently acquired by Aptiv, a global automotive technology company. From 2013 to 2016, he was a Lecturer on Law and Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School. His article, “Regulation of Emerging Risks,” published in the Vanderbilt Law Review in 2016, addressed the regulation of autonomous vehicles. He clerked for the Hon. Scott Matheson Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit and the Hon. Edgardo Ramos of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has a BA from Yale College and a JD Harvard Law School. He is member of the New York Bar.
Jay Winsten, PhD
Faculty Director, Center for Health Communication, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Jay Winsten is best known for path-breaking initiatives to harness the power of mass communication to influence behavior and inform public policy, including large-scale campaigns on drunken driving, youth violence, and youth mentoring. Originally trained as a molecular biologist, Winsten served as co-editor of the three-volume work, Origins of Human Cancer with Nobel laureate James Watson and Howard Hiatt, former dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. Winsten's study, Science and the Media: The Boundaries of Truth, was praised by the Columbia Journalism Review as a "landmark study on the relationship between science and the press." As founding director of the Center for Health Communication, Winsten was the driving force behind the Harvard Alcohol Project, which is widely credited for introducing the designated driver concept into American culture. The Harvard Alcohol Project secured the involvement of the broadcasting and entertainment industries to spread the designated driver concept through advertising, news coverage, portrayals of the use of designated drivers in more than 160 prime-time TV programs. Subsequently, Winsten headed the communications task force for the Presidents’ Summit on Youth Development chaired by General Colin Powell with the participation of all living U.S. presidents. As an outgrowth of the Summit, Winsten and colleagues turned their attention to using communication strategies to recruit volunteer mentors for at-risk youth as a powerful public health intervention. Over a fifteen-year period starting in 1997, the Center's Harvard Mentoring Project won the direct support and involvement of President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, and President Barack Obama, and helped to establish youth mentoring as an important national priority. Over that period, the annual number of young people matched with mentors through local mentoring programs grew from 300,000 to over 3 million. The Center currently is developing a major traffic safety initiative to prevent distracted driving.
Anupam B. Jena, MD, PhD
Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Anupam B. Jena, M.D., Ph.D. is the Ruth L. Newhouse Associate Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and a physician in the Department of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. As an economist and a physician, Dr. Jena’s research involves several areas of health economics and policy including the economics of physician behavior and the physician workforce, health care productivity, medical malpractice, and the economics of medical innovation. His work has been published in leading journals of medicine and economics and been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and other prominent news outlets. His work has been featured in several Freakonomics podcasts. Dr. Jena graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with majors in biology and economics. He received his MD and PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, where he was funded by the NIH Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2007, he was awarded the Eugene Garfield Award by Research America for his work demonstrating the economic value of medical innovation in HIV/AIDS. In 2013, he received the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award to fund research on the physician determinants of health care spending, quality, and patient outcomes. In 2015, he was awarded the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) New Investigator Award. From 2014-15, Dr. Jena served as a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Diagnostic Errors in Health care.
Adnan A. Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD
Professor and Associate Chair, International Health
Director, Health Systems Program
Director, Johns Hopkins International Injury Research Unit
Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Dr. Adnan A. Hyder serves as Professor and Director of the Health Systems Program, and Associate Chair in the Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University. As Director of one of the largest academic Health Systems programs, he leads a team of experts to conduct groundbreaking research on health systems strengthening and capacity building. He has been working on health systems in developing countries for 20 years and has co-authored over 300 papers in the scientific literature. Dr. Hyder was a Research Ambassador for the Paul Roger’s Society for Global Health, recipient of the IRTE/Prince Michael Award for Road Safety, and the American Public Health Association-International Health Section Career Award, past Chairman of the global Road Traffic Injuries Research Network and current board member of Health Systems Global. Dr. Hyder did his M.D. from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan and obtained his MPH and Ph.D. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Panel: Responding to Road Traffic Injuries:
Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS
Kessler Director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Adil Haider, MD, MPH, FACS is an active trauma and acute care surgeon, prolific researcher, and the Kessler Director for the Center for Surgery and Public Health (CSPH), a joint initiative of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He is also the Deputy Editor of JAMA Surgery and holds numerous leadership positions, including President of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS). Dr. Haider is credited with uncovering racial disparities after traumatic injury and establishing the field of trauma disparities research. He is regarded as one of the foremost experts on healthcare inequities in the United States, with projects focused on describing and mitigating unequal outcomes based on gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age and socioeconomic status. His other research focuses on long-term clinical and functional outcomes after trauma and emergency general surgery, optimal treatment of trauma/critically ill patients in resource-poor settings, and advanced analytic techniques for surgical health services research. He has formally mentored more than 100 research trainees, published more than 250 peer reviewed papers and currently serves as Principal Investigator (PI) on extramural grants worth more than ten million dollars. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, one of the highest civilian honors in the U.S. Dr. Haider believes that equality is the cornerstone of medicine, and his professional goal is to eradicate disparities in healthcare in the United States and around the globe.
Jon Moussally, MD, MPH
President, TraumaLink Bangladesh
Dr. Jon Moussally is an Attending Emergency Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and North Shore Medical Center. He received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia and an MPH with a concentration in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a graduate of the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency and completed a research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the President and co-founder of TraumaLink, a community-based emergency medical system for victims of road traffic injuries in Bangladesh.
Teri Reynolds, MD, MS
Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care Lead, Department for Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization
Teri Reynolds, Scientist, World Health Organization, leads the emergency and trauma care programmes in the Department for the Management of NCDs, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. As Associate Professor and Director of Global Health for the Department of Emergency Medicine University of California, San Francisco, she directed the Emergency Medicine Residency and research programs at Muhimbili National Hospital in Tanzania, and chaired the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM) Scientific Committee. She has served as an Associate Editor for BMJ Emergency Medicine Journal, and Department Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine. She completed her MD, MS in Global Health Sciences, and fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at UCSF; residency at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California; and PhD in literature at Columbia University in New York.
Vijay Kannan, MD, MPH
Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Dr. Kannan is the current International Emergency Medicine Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. He serves as a consultant to the World Health Organization Emergency, Trauma and Acute Care program. His primary research is in data to support effective development of emergency care systems in limited resource settings. He has a strong interest in addressing the rapidly growing burden of injury and other non-communicable disease.
Andrew Iliff, MA, JD
Program Lead, Harvard Global Health Institute
Andrew Iliff received an AB in Social Studies and African Studies from Harvard University, and completed a joint degree in law and African Studies at Yale University. He recently worked as the Research and Advocacy Officer at the Center for Conflict Management and Transformation in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he grew up, funded by the Gruber Fellowship in Global Justice and Women’s Rights. He has also worked at Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, WilmerHale, and the Harvard University Center for African Studies. Andrew is the author of a chapter on community engagement in the forthcoming edited volume Transitional Justice and Civil Society in Africa.