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Alumni Notes


Mohamed Atta, MD, MPH '05, was promoted to associate professor at the School of Medicine in July.

Veronica Barcelona de Mendoza, MPH '01, MSN, is a faculty instructor of community health nursing at Louisiana State University School of Nursing in New Orleans.

Elizabeth Beachy, MHS '00, recently returned to the U.S. after working with Population Services International overseas for six years in the Caribbean region, and she now consults for international health NGOs.

Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya, MPH '06, JD, LLM, joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of Health Law and Policy in the Department of Medical Humanities.

Pitakpol Boonyamalik, MD, PhD '05, MBA, has been promoted to director of Nakhon Phanom Psychiatric Hospital in Thailand.

Darryl Brown, PhD '05, was appointed in July to assistant professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel School of Public Health.

Sarah Coffman, ScM '07, is training to be an osteopathic physician at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Julie Cook, MPH '07, MSN, is a member of the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Community Psychiatry, as a public health nurse and nurse psychotherapist, engaging in mental illness as a public health issue.

Winston De La Haye, MPH '03, chairs the Academic Committee for the Online Certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, offered since September 2007 through the Fourth (Virtual) Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Abdourahmane Diallo, MD, MPH '01, writes, "After working with John Snow, Inc. (JSI) at the Arlington, Va. office for about five years, I recently moved to Dar es Salaam,Tanzania, as Country Director for the PEPFAR funded project—SCMS (Supply Chain Management Systems)—managed by JSI in Tanzania."

Nitish Dogra, MPH '05, will serve as temporary adviser to the WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia with regard to an expert group meeting on Chikungunya fever held in India in September 2007.

Rich Dressler, MPH '03, and his family moved from Baltimore to Maale Adumim, Israel. Beginning in November 2008, he will serve as a medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces.

Louis Hugo Francescutti, MPH '04, is a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta, Canada. He is the founder of the Coalition for Cellphone-Free Driving and Injury, Alberta. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Jacqueline Francis, MPH '03, works at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a medical officer in device evaluation and postmarket safety. She also practices pediatrics at Georgetown Medical Center and at Sibley hospital.

Michael Freitag, MD, MPH '04, is the deputy director of the Department of General Practice and Family Medicine at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany.

Omar Galarraga, PhD '06, is working in Mexico on a project to test the feasibility and acceptability of using conditional cash transfers to prevent HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in high-risk populations (men who have sex with men and male sex workers). He has joint academic appointments at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health / Mexican School of Public Health and at the Institute of Business and Economic Research at the University of California, Berkeley.

Alena Groopman, MHS '06, is the Global Community Health Coordinator at the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, where she works on a regional initiative in the Asia and Pacific region to reduce viral hepatitis transmission.

Judith Hagedorn, MHS '04, finished medical school at Stanford School of Medicine in June and has started her residency in Urology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

David Hausner, PhD '02, MPH, MIA, and his wife Gita Pillai, PhD '01, have lived for four years with their three children in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He works for JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. as regional director of the CAPACITY Project (funded by USAID) and the TUMAR Project (funded by the Central Asia AIDS Control Project), both of which focus on HIV and AIDS in the five former Soviet republics of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). "We provide technical support to build capacity among nongovernment and government AIDS service organizations to improve the quality of comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment services and to increase coverage among at-risk populations, and we are happy to welcome visitors," he writes.

Awori Hayanga, MPH '08, was named a 2008 WHO Patient Safety Scholar and selected as a 2008 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fellow. He is also a senior medical adviser to the HHS Deputy Secretary. He received the 2008 American Medical Association Leadership in Medicine Award and the 2007 American College of Surgeons Resident Leadership Award.

Xiaoxing He, MPH '01, moved to Cleveland, Ohio, for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the Health Science Department at Cleveland State University. At the annual meeting of the APHA in October in San Diego, he was scheduled to moderate two scientific sessions: Public Health Without Borders, and Evidence-Based Public Health Practice.

Kristin Kelling, MHS '07, is currently in Salvador, Brazil, on a Fulbright grant studying local PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) efforts. Upon completing her Fulbright research, she will return to the CDC in Atlanta to resume her Presidential Management Fellowship position with the Global AIDS Program. Kelling is a public health analyst and focuses on PMTCT-related public health evaluation efforts.

Rebekah Kent, PhD '07, has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Arbovirus Diseases Branch of the CDC in Fort Collins, Colo., since February 2007, studying arbovirus ecology and mosquito-vertebrate-virus interactions. In July 2007 she was awarded the Robert E. Shope International Fellowship in Infectious Diseases by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to study West Nile virus ecology in Guatemala. Kent accepted an American Society for Microbiology postdoctoral fellowship to work at CDC for two more years in Virology Activity.

Dae Hyun Kim, MD, MPH '05, received a Young Investigator Award in May 2007 at the Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke meeting of the American Heart Association. In 2007 he received the first-place prize at the research abstract competition of the American College of Physicians' southeast Pennsylvania regional meeting. He received the Kowlessar Award for Excellence in General Medicine in June 2008 at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia.

Dwip Kitayaporn, MD, DrPH '90, MPH '87, is professor emeritus of Epidemiology at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. He serves on the WHO's Ethics Review Committee, and is a member of the Subcommittee on Drafting Regulations Relating to Ethics on the Use of Stem Cell Transplantation.

Julia LeBlanc nee Kim, MPH '00, was recently awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor of Medicine at Indiana University.

Brett Lee, PhD, MHS '02, is a vice president at Children's Medical Center of Dallas and has completed his first book, Growing Leaders in Health Care, Lessons from the Corporate World, which will be published in the spring of 2009.

Jieun Lee, MPH '04, is in his senior year at Temple University School of Dentistry.

Jennifer Mark, MPH '05, has completed two years of research with the CDC Division of STD Prevention in International Activities.

Sally McCormack, MPH '05, DPT, received her doctorate in physical therapy in May and was promoted to Clinical Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education in the physical therapy program at the University of New England in Portland, Maine.

Rita McWilliams, PhD '05, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Medicine and Dentistry Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and a member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Suzanne Meehan, MPH '01, is a second-year resident in Psychiatry at Yale, having completed her internship at University of Massachusetts and having graduated from the Medical School for International Health in Beer Sheva, Israel.

Shaun Morris, MD, MPH '06, has been awarded a Fellowship of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program. He will be conducting population-based research on vaccine preventable pediatric infectious diseases as part of the Million Death Study in India, one of the largest cohort studies ever conducted.

Thoai Ngo, MHS '08, was recently named a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and will travel to the U.K. to pursue his MPhil/PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He will concentrate in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit within the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health.

Parul Divya Parikh, MPH '07, is the director of loss prevention and research with the Physician Insurers Association of America (PIAA). Previously, she was the clinical research coordinator and interim intramural training director at the NIH, where she worked with the National Institute of Nursing Research and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research divisions.

Julie Rajaratnam, PhD '07, is a research scientist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and she writes, "I welcome contact from JHSPH students and recent alumni with an interest in global health metrics who would like to learn more about our post-graduate fellowship program."

Amanda Kalaydjian Richardson, PhD '06, was selected as a 2008-2009 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Medicine, Science and Public Health, under the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Defense.

Mona Sharma, MHS '08, writes, "I am starting a mobile treatment team in New Delhi. I volunteered with the mobile psychiatric team at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and realized how useful it would be to have a similar program in India. After coming to India, I met with psychiatrists here, and am ready to launch the project in November."

Rajendra Shukla, DrPH '06, MHS '01, was appointed a joint secretary in the Ministry of Health, Government of India, New Delhi, with responsibilities for policy formulation and program implementation regarding vector-borne diseases and tuberculosis.

Vijay Singh, MD, MPH '03, is in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He works as a family medicine physician, teaches social work and medical students, and conducts research in domestic violence prevention.

Alicen Burns Spaulding, MPH '06, is pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and continues to research HIV/AIDS in Latin America.

Kenneth Spicer, MHS '07, was deployed to Iraq less than a year after finishing the MHS program in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (Department of Environmental Health Sciences) and currently serves as the Division Environmental Science Officer for Task Force Iron, Multinational Division-North, where he is responsible for the occupational and environmental health (O/EH) of more than 25,000 coalition force military personnel and DOD civilians operating in northern Iraq. He was recently promoted from captain to major.

Alfred Sorbello, MPH '07, DO, was named a recipient of the Regulatory Science Excellence Award by the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (U.S. Food and Drug Administration).

John Tyburski, PhD, MPH '05, is lead author of the paper "Radiation Metabolomics. 1. Identification of Minimally Invasive Urine Biomarkers for Gamma-Radiation Exposure in Mice" (Radiation Research), which was selected as paper of the month by the journal editors.

Vikrum Vishnubhakta, MPH '07, is a health intelligence consultant for APS Healthcare, a behavioral health care consultancy. He previously conducted independent research at Harvard University.

Ulyana Vjugina, PhD '08, recently completed the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Population, and she is currently a Scientific Affairs Manager in the Department of Government Relations and Practice at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in Washington, D.C., where she provides scientific and technical expertise for ASH's legislative/regulatory activities and scientific programs.

Kelly Sarti Wroblewski, MPH '07, recently began working as a public health program manager for a nonprofit in Washington, D.C.

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