2018 Keynote Speakers

The Hon. Mark Dybul, MD

Mark Dybul, MD, is the Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Global Health and Quality and Professor in the Department of Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Mark has worked on HIV and public health for more than 25 years as a clinician, scientist, teacher, and administrator, most recently as the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

After graduating from Georgetown Medical School in Washington D.C., Mark joined the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as a research fellow under director Dr. Anthony Fauci, where he conducted basic and clinical studies on HIV virology, immunology and treatment optimization, including the first randomized, controlled trial with combination antiretroviral therapy in Africa.

Mark was one of the founding architects in the formation of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, better known as PEPFAR. After serving as Chief Medical officer, Assistant, Deputy and Acting Director, he was appointed as its leader in 2006, becoming U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, with the rank of Ambassador at the level of an Assistant Secretary of State. He served until early 2009.

Mark has written extensively in scientific and policy literature, and has received several Honorary Degrees and awards, including a Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from Georgetown University.

Michelle Morse, MD, MPH

Dr. Morse is Founding Co-Director of EqualHealth and Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Morse co-founded EqualHealth (www.equalhealth.org), an organization that aims to inspire and support the development of Haiti's next generation of healthcare leaders through transforming medical and nursing education and creating opportunities for Haitian health professionals to thrive. She works to strengthen medical education globally, expand the teaching of social medicine in the US and abroad, and to support health systems strengthening through EqualHealth. In 2015 Dr. Morse worked with several partners to found the Social Medicine Consortium, a global coalition of over 450 people representing over 50 universities and organizations in twelve countries, which seeks to use activism and disruptive pedagogy rooted in the practice and teaching of social medicine to address the miseducation of health professionals on the root causes of illness.

Dr. Morse is an internal medicine hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) through the Division of Global Health Equity, an instructor on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, and an affiliate of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. She served as Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Partners in Health (PIH) from 2013 to 2016. She also served as an advisor to the Medical Director of Mirebalais Hospital, a newly built public academic medical center established through a partnership between the government of Haiti and PIH. Previously, she served as Director of Medical Education at Mirebalais Hospital, where she started the hospital’s first three residency programs.

As a Howard Hiatt Global Health Equity resident in Internal Medicine at BWH, Dr. Morse worked in Haiti, Rwanda, and Botswana. She focused her international work in Haiti where she helped to coordinate Partners In Health’s (PIH) earthquake relief efforts, was a first-responder for the cholera epidemic, and worked on women's health and quality improvement projects.

Dr. Morse earned her B.S. in French in 2003 from the University of Virginia, her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2008, and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in May 2012. 

2018 Breakout Speakers

Room 1: Gender, Sexual Identity, and Health

This track features speakers who have devoted their careers to understanding and promoting health equity as it relates to gender and sexual identity. In the context of armed conflict, motherhood, cancer care, or public health leadership and advocacy, this track will enable attendees to gain a wide perspective on how our speakers are shifting priorities, empowering communities, and building the future for women and the LGBTQ community around the world.

Gabriel Maldonado, MBA

Founder and CEO, TruEvolution; Former Member, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS; LGBT Activist


As the Executive Director and CEO of TruEvolution, Gabriel has been a community organizer for almost 10-years and now serves—openly as an Afro-Latino gay man living with HIV—as a city commissioner on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Riverside and Vice-Chair of the Ryan White HIV Planning Council for the Inland Empire Transitional Grant Area (TGA). He is a member of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Board of Directors as well as the Janssen Pharmaceutical and Viiv Healthcare HIV Advisory Boards. Gabriel was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services onto the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS where he now serves as Co-Chair of the Disparities Committee.


Ophira M. Ginsburg, MD

Director, NYU Langone Perlmutter Cancer Center High Risk Program; Associate Professor of Oncology and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine

Dr. Ginsburg is a medical oncologist with expertise in cancer genetics, epidemiology, prevention, and screening. Her research spans more than a decade in global cancer control and women’s health equity. Since 2004, she has developed a program of population intervention research and training in global cancer control, with projects in Vietnam, Bangladesh, and Tanzania. She is a principal investigator on studies of population differences in breast cancer risk factors; and of public health interventions to improve access to cancer services for women in low-income countries, and women from ethno-cultural minority communities in North America.

She is an Advisor to the National Cancer Hospital and National Institute for Cancer Control of Vietnam, and is a faculty member of the Institute of Cancer Policy, King's College London and the James P Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University, Bangladesh. She serves on several NGO advisory boards including Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (U.S.), Global Focus on Cancer (U.S.), and is a founding member of WEMA, Women's Health Equity Through Mobile Approaches (Canada).

From October 2015- November 2016, Dr Ginsburg worked in Geneva Switzerland, as a Medical Officer in the NCDs Management Unit at the World Health Organization. In March 2017 she began a new post as Director of the High Risk/Cancer Genetics Program at the Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health, and is Associate Professor in the Section on Global Health, Division of Health and Behavior in the Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine.

Dr. Ginsburg has co-authored 5 book chapters, 2 books, and 70 articles including high impact journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Global Health, JAMA, British Medical Journal, British Journal of Cancer, and Annals of Oncology. She led a three-part commissioned series for The Lancet, “Health, equity, and women’s cancers”, a global effort with 40+ authors from 18 countries, the Series was published along with invited commentaries at the World Cancer Congress (Paris, Nov 2, 2016). She is a founding editorial board member of the Journal of Global Oncology (ASCO) and Journal of Cancer Policy (Elsevier).

Lara Stemple, JD

Director, UCLA Health and Human Rights Law Project; Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs, UCLA School of Law


Lara Stemple, JD is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs at UCLA School of Law, where she oversees the law school’s LL.M. (masters) and S.J.D. (doctoral) degree programs and directs the Health and Human Rights Law Project. Stemple teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, global health, gender, sexuality, and incarceration.

Before joining UCLA, Stemple was the Executive Director of the human rights organization Just Detention International and was a Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellow at Columbia University’s Program on Sexuality, Gender, Health, and Human Rights. She also served as the Senior Advocacy Officer at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health. Before that, Stemple worked for the international program at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York and was a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University.

Stemple currently serves on the Advisory Board of UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women, and she is a founding faculty member of the UC Global Health Institute’s Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment.

Stemple has drafted legislation that was signed into law, lobbied members of Congress and United Nations delegates, and testified before legislative bodies. Media commentary has included CNN, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, and The Atlantic.

Robin Allinson Smalley

Co-Founder and Chief Connector, mothers2mothers

Robin Smalley enjoyed an award-winning career as a television producer/director/writer before realizing that the legacy she wanted to leave had nothing to do with entertainment. Turning her attention to the non-profit world, she became the Executive Director of The Media Project, working to incorporate healthy messages around sexuality and reproductive health into television. From there she uprooted her family to South Africa, where she co-founded mothers2mothers (m2m), an Africa-based, global NGO that employs HIV-positive women in eight countries to eliminate pediatric AIDS and deliver a range of health services, education, and support to women and their families. In 2016 alone, m2m and its partners enrolled almost two million new clients and helped to prevent HIV infection in over 700,000 infants across eight African countries. m2m has virtually eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV among its enrolled clients with an average transmission rate of just 1.6%.

Robin and m2m have been recognized with the Ambassadors of Caring Award, the Skoll Entrepreneurial Award, the Schwab Entrepreneurial Award, the Global Health Council’s Best Practices Award, the Kravis Leadership Prize, and the AIDS Research Alliance Prize. Her work on behalf of Africa’s mothers has been lauded in a number of books including Laura Bush’s memoir “Spoken from the Heart,” “ Kenneth Cole’s “Awearness,” and Harriet Cabelly “Living Well Despite Adversity.” She is a member of both the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. Robin resides in Los Angeles with her husband and has two daughters.

Room 2: Community Health and Innovation

Communities, both physical spaces and groups of people, engender connection and a sense of belonging. This track features speakers who innovate at the intersection of individual and community health in the US and around the globe. From trauma surgery in South Side Chicago to mental health in Chiapas, Mexico, from creating a tech platform for universal health coverage to training frontline health professionals – these talks will focus on driving healthcare solutions for global communities. 

Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H

Co-Founder, HEAL Initiative; Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine


Sriram Shamasunder, MD, DTM&H is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and co-founder of the HEAL Initiative, a health workforce strengthening fellowship working in Navajo Nation and 7 countries around the world. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at Harbor UCLA. He has worked extensively in Rwanda, Liberia, Haiti, Burundi, and India. Recently, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship where he studied implementation in resource-poor tribal areas in rural India. In 2010, he was named an Asia 21 fellow as well as the Northern California Young Physician of the Year. He continues to work with Partners in Health (PIH) several months a year.



Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS

Founding Director, University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center; Chief, Section for Trauma and Acute Care Surgery and Executive Vice President of Community Health Engagement, University of Chicago Medicine; Professor of Surgery, Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago

Selwyn O. Rogers, Jr., MD, MPH, FACS, has been named the new section chief of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine. Dr. Rogers is an acclaimed critical care surgeon and public health expert. As founding director of the University of Chicago Medicine Trauma Center, Dr. Rogers is building an interdisciplinary team of specialists to treat patients who suffer injury from life-threatening events, such as car crashes, serious falls and gun violence. His team works with leaders in the city's trauma network to expand trauma care on the South Side.

Dr. Rogers has served in leadership capacities at health centers across the country, including most recently as vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Dr. Rogers has also served as the chairman of surgery at Temple University School of Medicine and as the division chief of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care at Harvard Medical School. While at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), he helped launch the Center for Surgery and Public Health to understand the nature, quality and utilization of surgical care nationally and internationally. Dr. Rogers earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed both his surgery residency and an NIH research fellowship in surgical oncology at BWH in Boston. He completed a surgical critical care fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and BWH. Additionally, Dr. Rogers has a master's degree in public health from Vanderbilt University.

Additionally, as executive vice president for community health engagement, Dr. Rogers works with faculty across the University of Chicago as well as members of the community to develop a multidisciplinary approach to trauma care and health disparities. His work will help enhance the understanding of social factors that affect victims of violence and underserved populations, in addition to identifying approaches necessary to achieving better outcomes for trauma victims.

Dr. Rogers' clinical and research interests focus on understanding the healthcare needs of underserved populations. He has published numerous articles relating to health disparities and the impact of race and ethnicity on surgical outcomes.

Fátima G. Rodríguez Cuevas, MD

Director of Mental Health Programs, Compañeros en Salud, Partners In Health Mexico


Fátima Rodriguez is originally from Mexico City. She studied Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she worked as an instructor in Tissue and Cell Biology for 3 years. She did her social service year in rural Chiapas, running one primary care clinic supported by the MoH and Partners In Health (PIH) Mexico. After learning that mental health disorders were highly prevalent in these communities, she decided to stay and work as the Mental Health Coordinator in PIH Mexico. She has continued to integrate mental health services in rural primary care clinics by training physicians and Community Health Workers in treating mental health disorders. She is also a clinical supervisor and is very interested in improving her clinical skills to provide high quality healthcare to patients and medical education to young physicians.

Chase Adam

Co-Founder and CEO, Watsi

Co-Founder and CEO of Watsi, Chase Adam, traveled, worked, or studied in more than 20 countries around the world before the age of 21. He spent time in private-sector intelligence in Washington, started a national health program in Haiti, served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, and launched an impact loan fund in San Francisco. Chase was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change, he's a Forbes 30-under-30, a Draper Richards Kaplan Fellow, and he was named the 2016 Visionary of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle



Room 3: Environmental Advocacy and Health After Disaster

These days, it seems like disaster is everywhere. Perhaps the only thing more pervasive are the health impacts of these disasters, both natural and manmade. From physicians advocating against fracking to an NGO providing humanitarian aid after the disasters of 2017, researching the communities of workers that extract our fossil fuels and the decades-long impact of the 1988 Armenian earthquake, the speakers in this track highlight the current reality and ways forward for health amid environmental crisis.

Catherine Thomasson, MD

Former Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility

Catherine Thomasson, MD is an environmental health consultant working to advance climate solutions in Oregon and Colorado. She was the executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and leader at Oregon PSR for sixteen years, an organization concerned with the gravest threats to human health and survival. PSR works in coalition bringing the health voice to halt fracking, close coal plants and stop coal and oil exports and to advance health protection by reduction in toxics in the environment. PSR is an affiliate of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985 and is leading efforts in the U.S. to remove the option of use of nuclear weapons and advance the United Nations Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty. Dr. Thomasson is an internal medicine physician by training, and prior to her role as ED, had interwoven her clinical work with advocacy work. She taught Climate Change and Public Health at Portland State University. Her undergraduate degree in chemistry and medical degree are both from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI. 

Richard M. Walden, JD

President and CEO, Operation USA


Richard M. Walden is President, CEO and Founder of Operation USA (also known as Operation California), a Los Angeles-based nongovernmental organization specializing in disaster relief as well as international and domestic health care and economic development projects.

Privately funded, Operation USA has worked in 100 countries since 1979 and has provided over $450 million in aid and development assistance. Operation USA implemented long-term development projects in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Cuba, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia and Ethiopia. Operation USA has also been active in Haiti, Chile, Japan, The Philippines, Iraq, Iran, the Balkans, Turkey, Georgia, China, Taiwan, North Korea and East Timor. The 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, the 2006 South Asia Quake, the 2008 Sichuan China Quake and the 2010 Haiti Quake, the 2011 Japan Quake & Tsunami, the 2013 Philippines typhoon, the 2014 West African Ebola outbreak and the 2015 Nepal quakes were among Operation USA’s most daunting challenges—managing a relief and recovery program involving airlifts and sea shipments of supplies as well as grants for the Tsunami-affected region; over $2.2 million in cash grants to 50 health clinics and $14 million in emergency supplies to the affected Gulf Coast states after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita; and, over $700,000 in emergency and longer term assistance to 3 million quake victims in Pakistan. In China, Operation USA built 2 schools and 5 clinics following the Sichuan Quake. The opening of a $1 million school in Jacmel, Haiti put Operation USA in rare company as few such projects have been completed since the January 2010 quake. Operation USA also provides California nonprofit community clinics with medical supplies and equipment.
Walden is also an active California-licensed attorney (1975-present) who specializes in international law, civil rights and health care issues; and, he served as Commissioner of the California Health Facilities Commission for the State of California (1977-82) under Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. Earlier in his career, he served as Deputy General Counsel of the New York City Health Services Administration under Mayor John Lindsay; and, has been a private consultant on both health care and international development.

Walden holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's College of Arts & Sciences while also attending the Wharton School of Finance and earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mijin Cha, JD, LLM, PhD

Assistant Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College; Fellow, The Worker's Institute at Cornell University


Dr. Mijin Cha writes about climate and environmental justice, green jobs, politics, race, and gender. Currently, she’s an Assistant Professor at Occidental College, Urban and Environmental Policy Department and a Fellow at Cornell University’s Worker Institute. She’s also on the Board of Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CRPE) and Good for Girls. Her previous work experience includes Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law, PolicyLink, Demos, Urban Agenda (now ALIGN), the Progressive States Network, CRPE, ICIMOD and IUCN.

Dr. Cha is also a policy and research consultant. Her current and past consulting clients include the Worker Institute at Cornell University, Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Common Cause, Demos, and the Building Movement Project.

She holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University, a J.D. from UC Hastings, College of the Law, and LLM and PhD degrees from the Univ. of London, SOAS. If you ever have trouble sleeping, her PhD thesis, Law, Justice & the Environment: A Comparative Analysis of Access to Justice Movements in India and the U.S., can be found in the depths of the SOAS library in London.

Haroutune K. Armenian, MD, DrPH

Professor In Residence of Epidemiology, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health


Dr. Haroutune K. Armenian is Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health where he received his MPH, and Dr.P.H. degrees (1972-4) and his M.D. from the American University of Beirut in 1968 where he has specialized in internal medicine. His career in epidemiology has spanned a number of countries and regions of the world. He has special interests in the application of epidemiologic methods to health services research and chronic diseases. He is one of the earliest to apply epidemiologic methods to study the effects of the civil war at the population level during the 1980s in Lebanon, and the long-term effects of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia. In the 1980s, he pioneered epidemiologic research by using Armenian Church parish records to study infant mortality as well as other health indicators in 16 diasporan countries over a timeframe of 300 years. More recent research includes the 23 year follow up of the survivors of the earthquake in Armenia.

Dr. Armenian’s academic and development leadership has included program development at the Ministry of Health in Bahrain, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut, Director of the MPH Program at the Johns Hopkins University, and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia. Dr. Armenian is President Emeritus of the American University of Armenia (AUA). As President of the AUA for fourteen years, he was at the forefront of the establishment of novel educational and development programs in Armenia and the Middle East.

Recent awards include the Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal for Excellence in Education and the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Movses Khorenatsi Presidential Medal of Service in 2001 from the Republic of Armenia, Presidential Medal of the Order of Cedars from the Republic of Lebanon, and membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical and Delta Omega public health honorary societies.

Room 4: Immigration, Displacement, and Marginalization

This track highlights speakers dedicated to careers in health equity and justice for a wide variety of peoples, including communities particularly subject to marginalization, persecution, rejection, or attack. Our speakers dedicate their careers to serving the health and human rights of these communities: they will speak to this direct service and bring to their talk members of the communities they serve. This track will provide insight into the health of displaced, immigrating, or marginalized peoples here in Los Angeles and around the globe and discuss what is required of us to better listen to and lift up the voices of these communities.

Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr, MD

Medical Director of Urgent Care and Continuity Care and Jail Health Services, Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center; Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC

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Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr is a family doctor in the Emergency Department of LAC + USC and the Medical Director of Urgent Care and Continuity Care Center, and Jail Health Services. She opens the doors to Los Angeles County Department of Health Services for all regardless of immigration or insurance status. As a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Rebecca designs the nation's largest immigration medical legal partnership, with Office of Immigrant Affairs and our public hospitals. She is faculty at Keck School of Medicine at USC, and lectures on immigration as a modifiable health determinant. Additionally, Rebecca is the medical consultant with Al Otro Lado, a bi-national legal service non-profit at The Wellness Center in LA providing medical forensic documentation for asylum cases. In Tijuana, Mexico the group focuses on successful re-integration and family reunification of Los Angeles County's deportees. During medical school, Rebecca was a Fulbright Scholar in Venezuela studying health care system transformations. After residency at Harbor UCLA and Kaiser Permanente, Rebecca was staff at Program for Torture Victims treating asylum seekers.

Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH

Chief, USC Division of International Emergency Medicine; Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of USC


Dr. Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. She conducted a study on sexual violence among refugees and host populations in Eastern Cameroon in collaboration with International Medical Corps. Working with Physicians for Human Rights, Dr. Parmar conducted a population-based study of residents of Chin State, Burma, which quantified the prevalence of human rights violations inside Burma and was presented to members of the UN Human Rights Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor organization, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In collaboration with Community Partners International and community-based ethnic health organizations in eastern Burma, Dr. Parmar has studied health and human rights violations before and after the political transition in Burma. She designed and taught an innovative course on field research methods in humanitarian crisis, which allowed HSPH students and Burmese refugees to learn research methods collaboratively in a Thai refugee camp. Dr. Parmar is currently the Chief of the Division of International Emergency Medicine at LAC+USC Medical Center, an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and serves on the faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Paula Palmer, PhD

Associate Professor of Global Health, Claremont Graduate University School of Community & Global Health; Director of Global Health Programs, Claremont Graduate University

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Paula Palmer is an associate professor at Claremont Graduate University’s School of Community & Global Health. She is also the director of CGU’s Global Health Programs. Her research interests include social and cultural determinants of health among ethnically diverse populations in the United States and abroad; community-based participatory research among underserved, underrepresented populations (Pacific Islanders, South Asians in the United States) and in other global settings; technology applications for health behavior interventions and graduate and professional training. Within these topic areas, Palmer studies tobacco control, mental health, disaster management, health of migrants and indigenous peoples, and maternal and child health.

Palmer has been a clinical health and community psychologist by training since completing her PhD at the California School of Professional Psychology. She began her research career at the University of Southern California as co-investigator of the Pacific Rim Transdisciplinary Tobacco and Alcohol Use Research Center, a transnational collaboration between university researchers and Chinese public health leaders focusing on the environmental, social, and cultural determinants influencing tobacco and alcohol use behavior among adolescents. Related studies in China have included the role of rapid social, economic, and cultural change on a wide range of public health challenges, such as the rising rates of obesity and internal migration.

Palmer’s current research focuses on the reduction of cancer health disparities among ethnically diverse and underrepresented populations. Through the NCI Community Network Programs, she and her team are developing and testing a smoking cessation program for young adult Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders utilizing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach and communication technologies, including a Facebook app and cell phones. She is also working on another study to develop and test educational materials that will inform Pacific Islander populations about biospecimen collection, biobanking, and genetic research.

Elizabeth Barnert, MD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

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Elizabeth Barnert, MD, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Through the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program, she received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and earned a Masters of Science degree from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Her public health Master’s thesis used ethnography to examine the process of family reunification of the “disappeared” children of El Salvador. She then completed residency training in pediatrics at Stanford University Medical Center. She came to UCLA in 2012 as a Clinical Scholar in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. During fellowship, she also completed training in health policy and earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Dr. Barnert’s clinical work is in general pediatrics. A Cuban-American born and raised in Los Angeles, she is passionate about improving health outcomes of vulnerable youth, especially Latino children and adolescents. Dr. Barnert’s research focuses on youth involved in the juvenile justice system, commercially sexually exploited youth, youth undergoing family separation and reunification, and youth with medical complexity. Her current projects examine the health needs of youth transitioning home after incarceration, including commercially sexually exploited youth; and population health approaches to children with medical complexity. Dr. Barnert serves as a policy advisor for the California state legislature on legislation to protect commercially sexually exploited youth.

Student Speakers

To be Announced!