Global Health Pathway Residents

Global Health Resident Biographies

Class of 2019

Helen Jack

Nancy Mugisha

Chinonso Opara

Class of 2018

Michela Blain

Christopher Brown

Kevin Means

Class of 2017

Molly Anderson

Nate Furukawa

Ilya Golovaty

Nate Tulloch

Class of 2016

Angel Desai, MD

Darya Kizub, MD

Jenell Stewart, DO, MPH is currently an Infectious Diseases Fellow at University of Washington. She has an extensive global health background, and worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, a WHO intern in Geneva, and a Fogarty Scholar in Peru. As a global health pathway resident, she worked with Dr. Scott McClelland on HIV clinical epidemiology research in Mombasa, Kenya. Following residency, Jenell was the global health chief resident in Naivasha, Kenya from 2016 to 2017.

Class of 2015

Deborah Haisch, MD: While in medical school at Cornell, Dr. Haisch first researched tuberculosis in rural India, followed by a year working with Dr. Rachel Moresky on emergency medicine development at the district level in Ghana. She continued this work in residency, identifying further applications of the Ghanaian needs assessment tool in Rwanda. She is currently a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Columbia University, now working with the East African Training Initiative's program in Pulmonary and Critical Care in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Joshua Lacsina, MD, PhD: Dr. Lacsina is a graduate of the Duke University MD-PhD Program and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in 2015. During residency, he conducted research on dengue epidemiology in Western Kenya with the CDC and on the association between helminth infection, host cytokine profiles, and antibody responses to measles vaccination in Kenyan children with Dr. Judd Walson. From 2015-2016 he lived in Naivasha, Kenya, where he served as the UW CEPI Global Health Chief Resident at the Naivasha Sub-County Hospital. Josh is currently a clinical fellow in infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. His fellowship research focuses on immune responses to the bites of insect vectors of tropical infectious diseases.

Diya Surie, MD: Dr. Surie earned her MD from Louisiana State University. She is currently an EIS fellow at the Centers for Disease Control working on tuberculosis epidemiology and control in Africa.

Class of 2014

Katie Benziger, MD: Dr. Benziger is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. As a medical student, she participated in the former Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars program, conducting cardiovascular research in Lima, Peru with Dr. Jaime Miranda. Dr. Benziger completed her Master's of Public Health in Global Health in 2017 as part of her cardiology fellowship at UW and worked on the Global Burden of Disease Study with Dr. Greg Roth. She works as a general, non-invasive cardiologist in Duluth, MN with a focus on population health and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease.

Vin Gupta, MD: Dr. Gupta attended medical school at Columbia University. He is currently a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellow at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston working and publishing on healthcare policy.

Jill Schondebare, MD, MBA: Dr. Schondebare earned her MD from the University of Connecticut and her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While pursuing these degrees, she served as a consultant at PATH in Seattle, working on several projects that combine science and business, including a comparison of the public health impact of introducing vaccine delivery technologies versus their technical and commercial feasibility. She continued working with PATH in residency, evaluating the legal and economic aspects of rice fortification in the Philippines and Costa Rica, the resulting analysis of which has been accepted by the WHO for publication. After residency, Dr. Schondebare is currently an internist at Northwest Hospital.

Class of 2013

Noelle Benzekri, MD: Dr. Benzekri attended UCLA medical school, and completed internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Washington. After fellowship she joined the faculty of the UW Division of Infectious Diseases. She has worked with the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, and non-governmental organizations on numerous projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently based in Senegal, West Africa where she is the PI of studies on HIV, tuberculosis, food insecurity and malnutrition.

Laura Hooper, MD, MPH: Dr. Hooper earned both her MD and MPH at Tufts. She is currently a pulmonary/critical care fellow at UW.

David Watkins, MD: While in medical school at Duke University, Dr. Watkins spent a year working with mentor Bongani Mayosi at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, doing clinic- and community-based projects on the genetics and epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. In residency, under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel Nugent and Dr. Jim Logerfo at UW, he broadened his focus to include the economic impact of cardiovascular disease in developing countries. He has published two manuscripts and several abstracts based on his research. Dr. Watkins completed his MPH in 2015 and currently works as a hospitalist at Harborview Medical Center. He also continues his research on the global health and noncommunicable diseases.

Class of 2012

Mahri Haider, MD, MPH: Dr. Haider earned both her MD and MPH from the University of Washington, where she worked on expanding contraception in Kabul, Afghanistan as part of a project on Management Sciences for Health. She is currently an attending at the International Medical Clinic at Harborview, where, she works with the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, a collaboration with the King County Department of Public Health, to provide treatment for newly arrived refugees with latent tuberculosis and hepatitis B. Dr. Haider also coordinates clinical care and asylum medical evaluations for victims of torture as part of the Northwest Health and Human Rights Project.

Deborah Kahal, MD: Dr. Kahal is a graduate of Tulane Medical School. She completed her infectious disease fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2015 and currently works for Christiana Care Health System as an HIV Program Physician.

Amanda Marshall, MD: Dr. Marshall is a graduate of Duke Medical School. She is currently a nocturnist at UW Medical Center.

Aliza Monroe-Wise, MD, MSc: After college, Dr. Monroe-Wise worked in HIV prevention, analyzing risk-taking behavior among adolescents in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. She earned her Masters in Epidemiolgy from Johns Hopkins, where she studied HSV risk factors among married men in Chennai, India. She continued to pursue her interest in global health in medical school at Stanford, first studying domestic violence and HIV voluntary counseling and testing in Kampala, Uganda, followed by a study of adherence among MSM enrolled in a PrEP trail in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In residency, Dr. Monroe-Wise conducted a project to reduce wait times among HIV-positive patients at a high-volume clinic in Kibera, Kenya, as well as coordinating monitoring and evaluation of the Afya Bora Consortium Fellowship for Global Health Leadership, under the mentorship of Dr. Carey Farquhar. As part of the Clinical Education Partnership Initiative, she served as Chief Resident in Naivasha, Kenya for the 2012-2013 academic year. She completed her ID fellowship at UW and currently works as an acting instructor in infectious diseases at UW.

Class of 2011

Lindley Barbee, MD, MPH: Dr. Barbee is an infectious diseases physician at Harborview Medical Center whose clinical and research focus is on HIV and STDs. She is a UW Assistant Professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and is Medical Director of the Public Health – Seattle & King County STD Clinic. Her current research projects examine clinical and epidemiologic aspects of gonorrhea and chlamydia, antimicrobial resistant gonorrhea and novel treatment regimens. Dr. Barbee earned her M.D. at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and her MPH in health policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Washington. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.

Jason Goldman, MD: Dr. Goldman earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. A former UW chief resident, he is currently doing fellowship in infectious diseases at UW.

Christopher Vanderwarker, MD, MBA: Dr. Vanderwarker earned his MD and MBA at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently works for the Puget Sound Veterans Affairs Medical Center.