Interim Director, Climate Change & Health Initiative
Aaron (Ari) Bernstein is a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bernstein focuses on the health impacts of the climate crisis on children’s health and healthcare, and on advancing solutions to address its causes to improve the health and well-being of children around the world.
At Harvard, he serves as the Assistant Faculty Lead to the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Climate and Health Initiative and the co-Director of the Center for Climate Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
In 2015, he was awarded a Lokey-Businesswire visiting professorship at Stanford University and has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University. Dr. Bernstein has been a member of the Harvard President’s Climate Change Task Force and co-Chairs the University Food Standards Committee.
He serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee, the Board of Scientific Counselors to the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, he received graduate degrees in medicine (MD) and public health (MPH), from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, respectively. He is a recipient of Stanford University’s Firestone Medal for Research and a Harvard University Zuckerman Fellowship.
An avid bicyclist, Dr. Bernstein pedals to and from work year-round.
Laura Burke is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and an emergency medicine attending at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She received her MD from the University of Massachusetts in 2007.
After completing her emergency medicine residency at BIDMC in 2010, she went on to get her MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health while completing a Zuckerman Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Burke works as a health services researcher within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and has worked on a number of projects on the measurement of and variation in quality of emergency and acute care. In particular, her recent work published in JAMA in May 2017, examined the association between teaching status and mortality among Medicare beneficiaries treated in United States hospitals. She is the current recipient of the Emergency Medicine Foundation Health Policy Research Scholar Award.
Ryan Burke, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist with a dual appointment to the Emergency Medicine Research Department at Beth Israel Medical Center and Harvard Global Health Institute.
She advises faculty members on study design and statistical methodology, performs data management and analysis, and summarizes and interprets results. She received her PhD from Kent State University, an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Saint Louis University, and a BS in Statistics from the University of Missouri. Her work primarily focuses on health services research in the emergency medicine and maternal and child health settings.
Senior Multimedia & Engagement Editor
Caroline Claflin is an artist, filmmaker, and designer. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania.
She supports a broad swath of communications needs at HGHI, visualizing materials and telling stories across the Institute’s social media channels and web presence. Specializing in video and animation, Claflin has produced a range of commercial and independent shorts. Her work has been screened at domestic film festivals as well as internationally. She enjoys storytelling and project management in equal measure. Before joining HGHI, Claflin was part of the communications team at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University.
Associate Director, Global Health & Health Policy Undergraduate Program
Christy directs HGHI’s Undergraduate Summer Research & Internships Program and the academic Global Health & Health Policy (GHHP) Secondary Field. She has 18 years of university administration experience with both undergraduate and graduate students at Harvard and MIT.
Prior to joining HGHI/GHHP, Christy worked on a maternal mortality research study at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Before that she ran the student internships and grants programs at Harvard's Center for European Studies. Christy's previous experience in global health includes working for the World Health Organization and UNAIDS in Geneva, Switzerland, for the international development arm of World Learning in D.C., and for a medical device division of Johnson & Johnson. In addition, she has volunteered at rural health clinics in Honduras and Haiti. Christy earned an MA in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University and a BA in English Literature from Miami University.
Assistant Director of Programs & Innovation
Megan Diamond oversees initiatives on Technology & Health and Global Health Quality. In this role, she brings together partners across disciplines, sectors and geographies to engage in critical conversations that identify gaps and articulate tangible solutions. Her team drives toward impact through fostering novel partnerships, producing groundbreaking research and disseminating educational material.
Prior to joining HGHI, Megan worked with the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma where she coordinated a portfolio of projects on global mental health. She has conducted research on the intersection of the built environment and mental health and explored how complex geopolitical environments impact access to health services. She holds a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and BA in sociology from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana.
Jose Figueroa, MD, MPH, is an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Physician at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. He graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management.
He currently is the 2017-2018 Burke Global Health Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute and the Faculty Director of the Residency Management & Leadership Pathway at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. His research focuses on identifying drivers of spending and poor outcomes among high-need, high-cost populations, improving health equity, and evaluating the impact of pay-for-performance efforts globally on health care quality and costs. He was a member of a national planning committee at the National Academy of Medicine for high-need patients and serves as a faculty advisor for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Austin is a health economist, associate professor, and researcher; the creator, co-manager, and a primary author of The Incidental Economist; and a regular contributor to The New York Times’ The Upshot.
He has an educational background in physics and engineering. After receiving his PhD in statistical and applied mathematics, he spent 4 years at a research and consulting firm conducting policy evaluations for federal health agencies.
Austin is now the Director of the Partnered Evidence-based Policy Resource Center (PEPReC) at the Boston VA Healthcare System, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is also an Associate Professor with the Department of Health Law, Policy and Management at Boston University’s School of Public Health. In addition, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Austin is a Senior Associate Editor for Health Services Research and serves on the editorial board of The American Journal of Managed Care. He is also a member of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council.
Austin has authored numerous peer-reviewed, scholarly publications, many relevant to health care financing, economics, and policy.
In addition to regular contributions to The New York Times’ The Upshot, he writes for the JAMA Forum.
Director of Content and Strategy
Stefanie Friedhoff is a German-American journalist and content strategist with 25+ years of experience in international media and higher education. As part of the HGHI leadership team, she executes the Institute's vision through the delivery of new programs, initiatives, strategies and symposia.
Friedhoff is an expert at creating innovative approaches to engage audiences in critical conversations about global health. She has worked as a foreign correspondent, feature writer, editor and photographer on three continents. Her stories have been published in TIME magazine, The Boston Globe, Geo, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine, and many other publications. From 2006 to 2014, she directed a variety of programs at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, including Nieman’s Global Health Reporting Fellowship. A 2001 Nieman Fellow herself, Friedhoff is also a senior advisor to the Trust for Trauma Journalism and a board member at RiffReporter.
Tynan Friend is a research assistant at HGHI and in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
He supports HGHI’s work in climate change and health, emergency medicine, global population health, and domestic health policy. Passionate about the intersection of community- and systems-level factors contributing to the health of each patient, Tynan comes to HGHI excited to work with physicians and researchers dedicated to improving the health of underserved and vulnerable populations. Tynan earned a B.A. in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University in 2019 where he studied genetics and genomics, Spanish, and music. He plans to pursue a dual career in clinical medicine and public health.
Andrew Iliff led the Climate Change & Health portfolio at HGHI before becoming the Institute’s Senior Writer. In this role, Andrew collaborates with global health leaders within the Institute and beyond to produce op-eds, reports and other written products on a range of subjects including physician burnout and public-private partnerships.
Andrew 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. Andrew has worked at Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, WilmerHale, and the Harvard University Center for African Studies.
Research Associate | Project Manager
A Research Associate and Project Manager at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Global Health Institute, Mahrokh Irani works on Health System Reforms and Quality of Care in India. She also manages a variety of other projects at HGHI.
Prior to joining the Institute, Mahrokh was a practicing Oral Surgeon and Oral Public Health Researcher in Mumbai. She primarily worked with marginalized populations and underprivileged patients suffering from systemic diseases like HIV, Tuberculosis, and Oral cancer. She conducted research on identifying health seeking behaviors in minority groups, women and children; as well implemented quality improvement processes for oral health services at public hospitals. Mahrokh holds a Bachelor’s in Dental Surgery from Nair Hospital Dental College and a Master’s in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Ben graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Computer Science.
He conducted his senior thesis research on the phenotypic and epigenetic effects of hydraulic fracking exposure in children. Ben is excited to join the HGHI team and shift his focus from biology to global health and health policy. In the future, he hopes to attend medical school and to continue working to make healthcare more equitable, effective, and efficient.
Ashish K. Jha
Former Faculty Director
As of Sept. 1, 2020, Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH, is the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. From 2014 to 2020, he was Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI).
A practicing physician, Ashish K. Jha, M.D., MPH, is recognized globally as an expert on pandemic preparedness and response as well as on health policy research and practice. He transitioned from his role as faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute to become dean of the Brown University School of Public Health on September 1, 2020.
Before joining the Brown School of Public Health, Dr. Jha was a faculty member at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH) since 2004 and Harvard Medical School since 2005. He was the Faculty Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute from 2014 until September 2020. From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Dean for Global Strategy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For more information, visit his faculty page at Brown.
Associate Faculty Director
Dr. Katz, the Associate Faculty Director at HGHI, serves as an Associate Physician in the Department of Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and is a research scientist at the Center for Global Health at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research over the past decade has focused on the social determinants of health-seeking behavior among people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, with the goal of developing sustainable, socio-behavioral interventions aimed at improving care for the most under-served.
She is trained in Infectious Diseases and received her MD from the University of California at San Francisco and trained in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and in Infectious Diseases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in Global Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and has been on staff there since 2009.
She has been consistently funded as a Principal Investigator through the National Institutes of Health since 2012 and has served as an Editorial Fellow and a National Correspondent for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Abby Kawola is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts and graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Irish Studies. Abby comes to HGHI with work experience in sexual assault advocacy and legislation, community programming, and higher education administration and is excited to work across HGHI’s research, education and programmatic initiatives.
She is currently pursuing a Masters of Education Policy and Leadership at Boston College. In her spare time, Abby loves to read, run on the beach, and spend time with her two dogs, Pearl and Rosie.
Kathryn Kempton Amaral
Director of Education, Research and Operations
Kathryn comes to HGHI with more than 20 years of diverse experience in global health. For 16 years, she worked for Partners In Health, where she built a team responsible for procurement, logistics, inventory management, security, and other operational issues at all of PIH’s international sites.
She supported the implementation of the first Global Fund grant made to Haiti by working on the procurement and tracking of HIV drugs. Kathryn and her team were deeply involved with the PIH response to the Haiti earthquake in 2010. She has programmatic experience in several broad areas, including multi drug-resistant tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, women’s health, emergency response, and supply chain. More recently, Kathryn spent four years in the Netherlands working for IDA Foundation, a non-profit supplier of essential medicines. At IDA, Kathryn was responsible for analyzing and developing the HIV/AIDS-related product line, with a focus on novel diagnostics and prevention tools. She also managed IDA’s marketing and communication team, overseeing a re-branding effort and the launch of a new company website. Kathryn holds a B.S. from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University.
Ryan Kim graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in Art and Architecture and holds a diploma in Hospitality and Hotel Management from the Institute of Culinary Education.
She is excited to support the Institute’s interdisciplinary mission through programmatic, research and educational initiatives and to continue learning about global health and healthcare systems. Prior to joining HGHI, Ryan was the Operations Associate at a skincare start-up in New York. She has work experience in culinary photography and hotel operations. In her free time, Ryan enjoys cooking, traveling and designing her dream house.
Dr. Miranda Lam is an instructor in radiation oncology at Harvard Medical School and a radiation oncology attending physician at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
She received her MD/MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School/Wharton Business School and completed her residency training in the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program. In addition to her active clinical practice of treating patients with sarcoma and gastrointestinal cancers, Dr. Lam works as a health services research within the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is working to understand how health policy impacts both costs and quality of cancer care. She has recently identified factors that drive the cost of care among the high-cost patients and has evaluated the impact of new and emerging payment models such as accountable care organizations on cancer patients. She is also engaged in research to understand how national policies impact end-of-life advanced cancer care and how specific factors contribute to variations in cost and quality in oncology.
Elie graduated from Cornell University in 2018 where he studied Philosophy and Global Health. He joined HGHI in 2019 as a research assistant where his focus is on the Technology & Health and Initiative on Global Health Quality portfolios.
Elie is excited to continue pursuing his passion for global health through programing and research at HGHI. In his spare time, Elie enjoys Ultimate Frisbee, playing music, and making pizza.
Carmen is a Financial Administrator with more than 18 years of experience in accounting and Finance. She holds a Masters degree in Accounting, Auditing, and Controlling from the University of Valencia, Spain.
In her current role, she oversees HGHI’s financial administration including preparing, verifying, and monitoring budgets; financial analysis; forecasting; and application of financial policies.
Prior to joining the Institute Carmen has worked as a chief accountant, auditor, and data analyst with both nonprofit and private institutions. Her background also includes significant experience with sponsored research and OMB Uniform Guidance.
Professionally, she enjoys the challenge of identifying and solving problems, improving processes, and increasing efficiency in the organization.
Senior Program Coordinator
Emily Maguire coordinates the Harvard Global Health Institute’s summer undergraduate programs and supports the Secondary Field in Global Health and Health Policy (GHHP).
Prior to joining HGHI in 2015, she worked with Education First and the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. She earned a Master’s in Education from Harvard and a BA in Psychology from Boston College.
Senior Coordinator of Engagement and Events
Olivia Mulvey joins HGHI as the Senior Coordinator of Education, Engagement and Events. Prior to Joining HGHI, Olivia was an Education Coordinator in the Department of Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital.
At BCH, Olivia managed international fellowship programs and trainee education. Olivia graduated from Regis College with an undergraduate degree in Public Health and Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Through her experiences working with Partners In Health, EqualHealth and Boston Children’s Hospital she developed a strong interest in supporting global health education and student engagement. Olivia enjoys reading, music, spending time with family and traveling!
Caroline Niu is an Analyst Programmer at the Harvard Global Health Institute. In this role, Caroline works as a member in the analytical team. Her responsibilities include data management of datasets from different sources such as Medicare claim data, and analysis programming for health care policy research projects.
She received her Masters degree in Computer Science Information Systems from Northeastern University. Caroline enjoys swimming and traveling.
André Nogueira is a visiting scientist and instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as well as an adjunct faculty member and PhD Candidate at IIT-Institute of Design. His research focuses on choice-making in complex spaces of innovation, and sustainable solutions for socio-ecological-technical challenges.
André Nogueira, Ph.D., is an associate researcher and instructor for the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. André investigates how design frameworks and methods can help create infrastructural interventions to support the well-being of people, organizations, and the ecosystems within which they live in. His work has been funded by The Kresge Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, Chicago Food Policy Action Council, among others. He currently leads investigations on complex challenges related to life after pandemics, eradicating tuberculosis, urban food systems, infrastructures for local circular economies, and organizational models and leadership for environmental conservation.
André also advises senior executives in corporations and leaders of NGOs and in the public sector interested in building design capacity within their organizations. Before coming to Harvard, André completed his Ph.D. in Design at the IIT-Institute of Design, where he helped create the Chicago Design Lab and led projects that influenced food policy change. He holds an M.S. in Contemporary Urban Planning and a dual major bachelor’s in Architecture and Urban Design from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, São Paulo, and a Masters in Geography, Cities, and Architecture, from Escola da Cidade, São Paulo.
Carissa Novak manages the Technology and Global Health portfolio at HGHI. Prior to joining HGHI, she worked at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment on an ecology and infectious disease research program, where she spent a significant amount of time collecting data in rural Madagascar.
She has also worked at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, managing a sexual assault research network; leading the first ever prospective study of sexual assault trauma in adult women. She has spent time living and working in rural Kenya and Uganda, studying barriers to reproductive healthcare, specifically in seeking treatment for HPV and Cervical Cancer. She received her Master of Science in Global Health from Duke University’s Global Health Institute, and her BA in International Relations from Auburn University.
Assistant Faculty Director, Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality
Irene Papanicolas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health economics in the Department of Social Policy/LSE Health at the London School of Economics and a visiting assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was a 2015-2016 U.K. Harkness Fellow in Health Care Policy and Practice.
She has previously served as a research officer at LSE Health as well as the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford. Papanicolas has published extensively for governmental agencies such as the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and has been a member of a working group advising WHO European Region on the development of a regional framework for health system performance assessment. Her research interests include performance assessment of health and public services, international comparisons and benchmarking, financial incentives, and health economics. Papanicolas received her Ph.D. in social policy from the London School of Economics, a M.Sc. in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, and a M.Sc. in public policy from University College London.
Statistical Analyst Programmer
Jessica provides data management and statistical analysis support for health care research.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Georgetown University. Previously, she worked as a Statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau, where she conducted demographic and self-response research related to the decennial census.
Kelly Phouyaphone joins HGHI as Program Manager for HGHI’s initiatives in Climate Change and Health and Healthy Cities. Prior to joining HGHI, she oversaw research programs in urban slum health and infectious diseases, including the Zika virus epidemic in Northeastern Brazil, at the Yale School of Public Health.
She has also been based in Southeast Asia as a Malaria Program Associate for the Lao PDR country office under the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). She received her MPH in Global Health Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Milken Institute School of Public Health and a BSc. in Biomedical and Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University
Program Coordinator, GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative
Juliana is the Program Coordinator for the GlobalMentalHealth@Harvard Initiative and the Assistant to Professor Vikram Patel. Based in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is responsible for the administrative tasks, event programing, and communications of the Initiative as well as supporting Dr. Patel's administrative needs.
She is also a Research Assistant on the National Institute of Mental Health funded U19 Scale Up Hubs project, ESSENCE (Enabling Science to Service to ENhance depression CarE) Prior to joining Harvard Juliana worked in the Department of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health as the Events and Communications Specialist and the Executive Assistant to the Chair of the Global Health Department. Juliana received her MPH degree focused on Global Health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BS degree in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University Maryland.
Kristen joined HGHI after graduating from Amherst College with a BA in English. Kristen is interested in health equity and thus, hopes to pursue a career in healthcare where she can help improve the wellbeing of vulnerable communities.
She looks forward to broadening her understanding of global health and health policy while at HGHI. In her free time, Kristen likes to write poetry, try new restaurants, and practice yoga.
Liana Rosenkrantz Woskie
Liana R. Woskie is a PhD candidate in Health Policy and Health Economics at the LSE and is a Research Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Her dissertation focuses on the evaluation of health system performance with a focus on person-centered care and autonomy; using this work to quantify human rights violations.
Prior to her PhD, Liana served as the Assistant Director of the Harvard Initiative on Global Health Quality (HIGHQ). In 2015-16, as an extension of her role at the Institute, she coordinated the Harvard-LSHTM Lancet Report on the Global Response to Ebola. More recently, she worked with Irene Papanicolas and Ashish Jha on an NASEM commission to quantify harm caused by poor quality healthcare in LMICs and a series of comparative health system performance evaluations in high income countries, with published output in JAMA, the BMJ and HealthAffairs. Current COVID-related projects include: 1.) Assessing the impact of social distancing policies on changes in aggregate human mobility, and 2.) Developing a risk score-card to mitigate reproductive health sequalae from COVID-19.
Liana holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and completed an MSc at the LSE and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Prior to joining the Institute, she worked with the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and was a Global Health Corps Fellow at Partners In Health. As a Thomas J Watson Fellow Liana also worked with, and studied, iterations of the Community Health Worker model in over ten countries including Rwanda, Bangladesh, India and the United States.
Dr. Renee N. Salas is Affiliated Faculty and previous Burke Fellow at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) and a Yerby Fellow at the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She is also a practicing emergency medicine physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Salas served as the lead author for the 2018 and 2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change U.S. Brief and will again in 2020. Dr. Salas was a Co-Director for the first Climate Crisis and Clinical Practice Symposium and launched the broader Initiative in partnership with The New England Journal of Medicine and serves on the planning committee for the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Human Health Initiative. She engages in research on how climate change is impacting the healthcare system and developing evidence-based adaptation. She lectures on climate and health nationally and internationally, has published in high impact journals, and her work and expertise has been featured in mainstream media outlets like the New York Times, NPR, Time, and the Associated Press. Her Doctor of Medicine is from the innovative five-year medical school program to train physician-investigators at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine with a Master of Science in Clinical Research from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her Master of Public Health degree is from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.
Luke graduated from Saint Anselm College in May, 2019 where he studied sociology, economics, and public policy. Before joining HGHI, Luke was involved with several nonprofit and public service initiatives where he gained experience in program development, research, and entrepreneurship.
Between 2013 and 2017, Luke co-founded and managed the nonprofit Project PLAY NH which sought to increase youth access to organized sports in Manchester, NH. More recently, Luke served as the Director of Program for HOBY NH and was committed to several positions at the Sununu Youth Services Center (SYSC). At SYSC, he researched, developed, and managed programs that aimed to lower the youth recidivism rate. Luke’s passion for global health is rooted in the time he spent performing research in Dolpo, Nepal.
Dr. Thomas C. Tsai is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), an Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Tsai received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, and his MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He completed a general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an advanced minimally invasive gastrointestinal and bariatric surgery fellowship Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Tsai is board certified in general surgery. His clinical interests include laparoscopic and robotic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and paraesophageal hernias; complex abdominal wall reconstruction; and bariatric surgery. Dr. Tsai’s research focuses on health policy evaluation and on policy and systems-level interventions to improve the quality and value of surgical care.
Patrick Whitney is the former dean of the Institute of Design (ID), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where he was the Steelcase/Robert C. Pew Professor of Design and an IIT distinguished professor. During his leadership of ID, the school created the first PhD program in design in the USA, transformed ID into a leading institution in design methods and theory, and created an executive education program translating design to organizational leadership. In 2017, Mr. Whitney was visiting professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard Chan School.
Mr. Whitney is widely regarded as a thought leader for pioneering the notions of human-centered design and strategic design. He conducts executive seminars and advises many organizations including Aetna, BP, Godrej & Boyce (Mumbai), Proctor & Gamble, SC Johnson, Texas Instruments, and government agencies in Denmark, Hong Kong, India, and the UK.
As professor in residence, Mr. Whitney applies design methods and frameworks to seemingly intractable public health problems, while expanding human-centered design to contribute to scholarship and the educational mission of the School.
Mr. Whitney earned his bachelor of fine arts in visual communication design at the University of Alberta, followed by a master of fine arts in design at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mr. Whitney was appointed associate professor and chair of the Division of Design at Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1979. Five years later, he was appointed associate professor and head of communication design at the Institute of Design. In 1987, he was appointed professor and director, and then dean of ID.
Daisy Winner is a Program Manager at the Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) where she oversees thePandemics, and Misinformation and Health initiatives.
In this role, Daisy aims to convene experts and actors across disciplines and geographies to engage in critical conversations and foster collaboration for meaningful solutions. Prior to joining HGHI, Daisy worked at Seed Global Health, where she oversaw a portfolio of projects focused on strengthening medical and nursing education in several sub-Saharan African countries. She also managed the organization's strategic communications, using storytelling and engagement strategies to advocate for quality healthcare access and to highlight our shared human connection. She holds a BA in Psychology and Global Health from Lesley University.
Associate Director of Analytics
Jie Zheng, Ph.D, MStats is the Associate Director of Analytics at the Harvard Global Health Institute. Leading the analytical team, she is responsible for data management and statistical analysis in the research branch at HGHI in collaboration with physicians, economists, statisticians and other researchers.
The statistical analyses involve in working with Medicare claims, AHA annual survey and publicly available hospital-level data related to patient satisfaction and hospital process measures. Using these large and national data sets, the analytical team performs simple and complex analytical methods, ranging from basic linear regression to complex hierarchical and multi-step models which incorporate risk adjustment, instrumental variable analysis, and several types of sensitivity analyses to rigorously evaluate a stated research hypothesis in health quality, cost and measurement. Jie received her Ph.D in Medical Sociology from University of Utah and a Masters of Biostatistics from University of Utah Medical School.