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  • Sarah Coffman
    ScM ’07, DO

    Sarah Coffman recently graduated medical school with her doctor of osteopathic medicine from Ohio University. She is now pursuing residency training in Dermatology at Largo Medical Center, FL.

  • Asghar Nazeer

    Asghar Nazeer accepted the invitation to join the Delta Omega Mentor Network and to be the Member under the Spotlight for March 2012 from the National Office of Delta Omega. His profile as a Delta Omega Member under the Spotlight can be seen at link and his Delta Omega Mentor Profile at link.

    Asghar has published an article "Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus metrics for patients in Saudi Arabia." with coauthor Dr. Jaffar Al Tawfiq in the Journal of Infections in Developing Countries. This free open-access full-text article can be accessed at link and the Abstract at link. He would appreciate comments and suggestions on this article from JHU faculty and students. He would also welcome any requests for assistance from students and young public health professionals for academic and career related queries as he is now a committed member of the Delta Omega Mentor Network.

  • Elizabeth Arend

    Elizabeth Arend recently moved back to the United States after four years of working abroad. She now works for Gender Action in Washington DC, analyzing African Development Bank and World Bank projects on reproductive health and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

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    David Hausner
    PhD ’02, MPH, MIA

    David Hausner has been living in New Delhi, India for a little over one year with his wife, Gita Pillai (JHSPH, PhD, 2001), and three children, Ravi (15), Arjun (11), and Uma (5). He is focusing mostly on HIV and AIDS and working for John Snow, Inc. (JSI) as the Country Representative for the AIDSTAR-One Project in India. This is David's second time living and working in India, having lived here for 5 years between 1994 and 1999. David and his family moved a year ago from Almaty, Kazakhstan where they lived for 5 years, working for JSI in the five former Soviet Republics of Central Asia, also focusing on HIV. He worked for USAID in Phnom Penh, Cambodia for 3 years before that. He and his family have enjoyed exploring many parts of the world, learning new cultures, tasting various cuisines, and meeting many fascinating people. He is happy to welcome visitors.

  • Karen Kinder

    Karen Kinder recently received her MBA.

  • Esther Johnston

    Esther Johnston is currently an MD Candidate for 2011.

  • Scott Weier

    Scott Weier recently accepted the position of vice president, public affairs, at The Glover Park Group in Washington, D.C.

  • Hinrichs James

    James Hinrichs has been named chief medical officer/executive director of medical affairs for SSM St. Joseph Health Center-Wentzville and SSM St. Joseph Medical Park.

    He has been on staff at SSM St. Joseph Health Center since 1982 and has served in many capacities. He is a past chief of staff of SSM St. Joseph Health Center, a past medical director at SSM St. Joseph Hospital West, and has held several management positions at SSM DePaul Health Center.

  • Stephen Haering

    Stephen A. Haering has been named Alexandria, Virginia's new health director. His appointment by the Virginia Department of Health was effective July 31, 2010.

    Haering had served as health director for the Lord Fairfax Health District, which includes Winchester and the surrounding area, since 2008.

    He has lived in California, Florida and elsewhere doing internships and working in private practice. He completed a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins, after which he was selected as chief resident for the preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins.

  • Kyden Creekpaum

    After graduation, Kyden Creekpaum started work in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes, Hubbard and Reed. He was quickly transfered to the New York office for three months, and then to the Paris office. He is doing anti-corruption internal investigations, all related to bribery in international business. While most of his work involves oil and gas companies, there is a health tie-in regarding pharmaceutical companies.

    He is currently writing a book chapter on the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) and its special application to international Pharma and medical device companies.

  • Hope Hamrick Biswas

    Hope Hamrick Biswas received the University of California, Berkeley Center for Global Public Health and Graduate Division Summer Fellowship to support her field research in Managua, Nicaragua for her dissertation on dengue virus. She is currently a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.

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    Rachel Thornton

    Rachel Thornton has been named a White House Fellow. The White House announced its 2010-2011 class of 13 Fellows on June 22, 2010.

    As a pediatrician, Thornton cares for children in Hopkins Children’s Harriet Lane clinic, whose patients and families are drawn from the neighboring East Baltimore community. A researcher, she examines racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care, with a focus on childhood obesity.

  • Harley Feldbaum

    Harley Feldbaum was selected as a 2010-11 White House Fellow. Selection is highly competitive and based on a record o early career professional achievement, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government.

  • Chrisa Arcan
    MHS ’04, PhD, MBA

    Chrisa Arcan received her PhD in Public Health Nutrition from the University of Minnesota in 2009. Currently, she is a postdoctoral associate in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota.

  • Erica Penn

    Erica Penn is president-elect of the Foundation for Science and Disability (FSD), which is affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. (AAAS) She recently created a Group for FSD on Facebook:

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  • Hope Biswas

    Hope Hamrick Biswas received a Young Investigator Award at the 17th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2010) for her abstract on increased all-cause and cancer mortality associated with HTLV-II infection.

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    Beatriz Tapia
    MPH ’05, MD

    Beatriz Tapia was recently accepted into the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) VI cohort (2010-11).

  • Rohit Chitale

    Rohit Chitale works in the Global Disease Detection program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA.

  • Elizabeth Arend

    Elizabeth Arend recently began a new job as the Associate Director of Research for Partners in Health in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda.

  • Eileen Hederman

    Eileen Hederman married Corey Witherspoon on September 19, 2009 in Fairfax, VA.

  • Elaine Wolff

    Elaine Wolff is currently the departmental pandemic influenza coordinator for the Department of the Interior Office of Emergency Management. Since January 2007, she has been responsible for overall coordination of the Department’s nationwide planning and preparedness activities for pandemic influenza and the H1N1 flu pandemic. In this role, she represents the Department to multiple interagency policy and planning groups, and coordinates with a broad spectrum of organizational units within DOI in the Department’s H1N1 Flu Pandemic planning/preparation and implementation activities.

    A major function of this role has been communicating the evolving situation and public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other interagency partners to DOI’s bureaus and offices.

    The information is communicated through guidance policy memos and the DOI H1N1 flu website (link).

  • David Windt

    David Windt produced a documentary film about a malaria prevention project that won nine film awards including a CINE Golden Eagle. Access to Survival, which describes the USAID-funded NetMark project, can be viewed at link

  • Ruwan Ratnayake

    Ruwan Ratnayake is a Fellow of the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program, Public Health Agency of Canada, and recently worked with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) in Belgium.

  • Hope Biswas

    Hope Hamrick Biswas is working toward a doctorate in epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley. She was previously a staff scientist at Blood Systems Research Institute in San Francisco.

  • Xiaoxing He
    MPH ’01, MD

    Xiaoxing He is an assistant professor in health sciences at Cleveland State University.

    He received a Teaching Enhancement Award from the University's Center for Teaching Excellence for a STATA analytical project to develop health sciences graduate students.

  • Eric Mah

    Eric Mah is the director of the human research protection program at the University of California, Davis.

  • Mona Sharma

    Mona Sharma provides home-based clinical services to children in the United Arab Emirates who show early symptoms of psychiatric disorders.

  • Matthew Kelley

    Matthew Kelly is a health and human services program analyst for the Office of the City Administrator, Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington D.C.

  • Christina Khaokham
    MPH ’08, MSN

    Christina B. Khaokham was appointed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

    She is the fourth nurse graduate of the National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health Educational Research Center’s Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program.

  • Yung-Chieh Yen
    PhD ’07, MD, ScM

    Yung-Chieh Yen is the director of the Department of Psychiatry at E-Da Hospital in Kaohsiung, Taiwan recently. He is also assistant professor in the College of Medicine at I-Shou University in Kaohsiung. His research focus is in geriatric psychiatry.

    The International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology (ICGP) awarded him the International Junior Investigator Award in 2008.

  • Lisa Purvis
    MHS ’00, MBA

    Lisa Purvis is a senior research program manager at Dartmouth Medical School's Department of Pediatrics, working on research projects related to chidren and families.

    She is on the faculty of Dartmouth's MPH program, where she teaches and works closely with Fogarty scholars visiting from Tanzania. Purvis is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire's MPH program and at the Bloomberg School.

  • Kenneth Spicer

    Kenneth Spicer was deployed to Iraq less than a year after finishing the MHS program in Occupational and Environmental Hygiene in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

    Recently promoted from captain to major, he currently serves as the division environmental science officer for Task Force Iron, Multinational Division-North. Spicer is responsible for the occupational and environmental health (O/EH) of over 25,000 coalition force military personnel and DOD civilians operating in Northern Iraq. He works closely with provincial reconstruction teams, providing O/EH subject matter expertise to local Iraqi public health officials and helping to build a more robust public heatlh system for the Iraqi populace.

    He routinely travels the entire Division battlespace (about the size of Ohio) conducting O/EH assessments to facilitate the prevention of disease and non-battle injury.

  • Julie Cook
    MPH ’07, MSN

    Julie Cook is a public health nurse and nurse psychotherapist with the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

    Previously, Cook was on the clinical faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing for undergraduate nursing students in public health nursing. She also worked with NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore (National Alliance for Mental Illness) in program coordination, and with Arlington County (Virginia) Department of Behavioral Health.

  • Elizabeth Beachy

    Elizabeth Beachy recently returned to the U.S. after working with PSI overseas for 6 years in the Caribbean region, and am now consulting for international health NGOs.

  • Pitakpol Boonyamalik
    PhD ’05, MD, MBA

    Pitakpol Boonyamalik was recently promoted to director of Nakhon Phanom Psychiatric Hospital in Thailand.

  • Sarah Coffman

    Sarah Coffman is attending Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, with plans to graduate in 2012.

  • Nitish Dogra

    Nitish Dogra served as a temporary adviser to the WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia in connection with a meeting on Chikungunya Fever held in India last September.

  • Brett Lee
    MHS ’02, PhD

    Brett Lee is a vice president at Children's Medical Center of Dallas, one of the nation's largest children's hospitals.

    He also completed his first book, "Growing Leaders in Health Care, Lessons from the Corporate World."

  • Omar Galarraga

    Omar Galarraga 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 is funded through a K-01 award from the NIH (Fogarty International Center). He has joint academic appointment at the Mexican National Institute of Public Health (INSP) / Mexican School of Public Health; and at the Institute of Business and Economic Research (IBER) at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Rita McWilliams
    PhD ’05, MPH

    Rita McWilliams 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.

  • Rajendra Shukla

    In April 2008, Rajendra Shukla was appointed a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Government of India, New Delhi with responsibilities for policy formulation and program implementation in respect of control of vector borne diseases and tuberculosis in India. He is also heading a team of ministry officials and consultants charged with the responsibility of developing new super speciality, tertiary care, teaching and research institutions in the public sector in India. He is the nodal officer in the ministry for policy and legal matters and international collaboration & cooperation in regard to his portfolios.

  • Thoai Ngo

    Thoai Ngo was recently named one of the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholars to travel to the United Kingdom to pursue his MPhil/PhD at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholars program is to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. As a Rotary Scholar, he will serve as a goodwill ambassador to the United Kingdom and give presentations to Rotary clubs and other groups. He will be concentrating in the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Unit within the Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at LSHTM. He hopes to conduct his disertation in Vietnam investigating the HIV-1 transmission pattern among injection drug users in the northern region.

  • Kelly Sarti Wroblewski

    Kelly Sarti Wroblewski got married at the end of 2007 and started work as a public health program manager for a non-profit in Washington, D.C.

  • David Hausner
    PhD ’02, MPH, MIA

    David Hausner has been living in Almaty, Kazakstan for the past four years with his wife, Gita Pillai (PhD, 2001), and three children, Ravi (13), Arjun (9), and Uma (3). He is working for JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. as a 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).  He provides technical support to build capacity among non-government and government AIDS service organizations to improve the quality of comprehensive HIV prevention and treatment services and increase coverage among most-at-risk populations.  Central Asia is a fascinating and beautiful historical region.  He and his family have enjoyed learning about Amir Timur, eating the local breads called "naan," hiking and skiing in the Tian Shan mountains, viewing 2,000 year old petroglyphs, sleeping in a yurta, riding horses in the mountains, and gazing out at camels on the never ending steppe. He is happy to welcome visitors.

  • Rich Dressler

    Rich Dressler and his family have moved from Baltimore to Maale Adumim, Israel. He will start serving as a medical officer in the Israel Defense Forces in November, 2008.

  • Awori Hayanga

    Awori Hayanga was named a 2008 World Health Organization Patient Safety Scholar and was also selected as a 2008 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Fellow and Senior Medical Adviser to the Deputy Secretary in Washington, D.C. In addition, he was awarded the 2008 American Medical Association Leadership in Medicine Award and the 2007 American College of Surgeons Resident Leadership Award.

  • Mona Sharma

    Mona Sharma is starting a Mobile Treatment Team in New Delhi, India. She volunteered with the mobile psychiatric team at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and realized how useful it would be to have a similar program in India. It will be ready to launch in November 2008. She also got married on October 1, 2008.

  • Winston De La Haye

    Winston De La Haye is the Chairman of the Academic Committee for a new Online Certificate in Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment, offered through the Fourth (Virtual) Campus of The University of the West Indies. The certificate commenced in September 2007. link

  • Parul Divya Parikh

    Parul Divya Parikh was selected by the PIAA to serve as the new Director of Loss Prevention and Research.

  • Amanda Kalaydjian

    Amanda Kalaydjian Richardson was selected as a 2008-2009 AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow and was assigned to the U.S. Deptartment of Health and Human Services in the Office of Medicine, Science and Public Health under the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Defense.

  • Jennifer Mark

    Jennifer Mark has completed 2 years of research with the CDC Division of STD prevention in International Activities.

  • Rebekah Kent

    Rebekah Kent has been working as a post-doctoral fellow at the Arbovirus Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Fort Collins, CO for the past 18 months. She is 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. In July 2008, she accepted an American Society for Microbiology post-doctoral fellowship to continue working at CDC for an additional two years.

  • Veronica Barcelona de Mendoza
    MPH ’01, MSN

    Veronica Barcelona de Mendoza and Martin have moved to New Orleans. She has recently taken a job as a faculty instructor of community health nursing at LSU School of Nursing. She is enjoying New Orleans with her two children, Sofia (3) and Marco (10 months).

  • John Tyburski
    MPH ’05, PhD

    John Tyburski's recent paper entitled "Radiation Metabolomics. 1. Identification of Minimally Invasive Urine Biomarkers for Gamma-Radiation Exposure in Mice" (Radiation Research. 2008 Jul;170(1):1-14) was selected as Paper of the Month by the journal editors. He is lead author on this paper.

  • Jieun Lee

    Jieun Lee is in her senior year at Temple University School of Dentistry.

  • Dae Hyun Kim
    MPH ’05, MD

    Dae Hyun Kim received a Young Investigator Award at the American Heart Association Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke meeting in May 2007. He received 1st prize at the research abstract competition of the American College of Physicians Southeast Pennsylvania regional meeting in October 2007. He was selected as a winner at the Associate Research Competition in Internal Medicine in May 2008. He also received the Kowlessar Award for Excellence in General Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA in June 2008.

  • Vikrum Vishnubhakta

    Vikrum Vishnubhakta recently started as a Health Intelligence Consultant for APS Healthcare, a behavioral health care consultancy. He was previously conducting independent research at Harvard University.

  • Elizabeth Yi
    MPH ’08, MBA

    Elizabeth Yi is currently the Clinical Research Site Manager at the Children's Hospital of Orange County, the largest community children's hospital in Orange County, California. She oversees and manages all aspects of industry-sponsored clinical research activities.

  • Vijay Singh
    MPH ’03, MD

    Vijay Singh 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.

  • Darryl Brown

    Darryl Brown was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel School of Public Health on July 1, 2008.

  • Kristin Kelling

    Kristin Kelling is currently in Salvador, Brazil on a Fulbright grant studying local PMTCT 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. Kristin is a public health analyst and focuses on PMTCT-related public health evaluation efforts.

  • Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya

    Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya recently 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.

  • Ulyana Vjugina

    Ulyana recently completed the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellowship at the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Population, where she was involved in a project on collecting, storing and protecting biological samples and data. Ulyana 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. She provides scientific and technical expertise for ASH's legislative/regulatory activities and scientific programs.

  • Michael Freitag
    MPH ’04, MD

    Michael Freitag has been the Deputy Director of the Dept. of General Practice and Family Medicine at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany since June 2008

  • Sally McCormack
    MPH ’05, DPT

    Sally McCormack received her doctorate in physical therapy in May. She also 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.

  • Alicen Burns Spaulding

    Alicen Burns Spaulding is currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and continues to focus her research on HIV/AIDS in Latin America. She would like to encourage her classmates to contact me if they, too, are interested in this area of research or happen to be stopping by Minneapolis!

  • Jacqueline Francis

    Jacqueline Francis is currently working as a Medical Officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in device evaluation and post-market safety. She is also practicing pediatrics at Kids Mobile Clinic with Georgetown Medical Center and the baby nursery at Sibley Hospital.

  • Alena Groopman

    Alena Groopman is the Global Community Health Coordinator at the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University working on the formation of a new regional initiative in the Asia and Pacific region to reduce viral hepatitis transmission.

  • Mohamed Atta
    MPH ’05, MD

    Mohamed Atta was promoted to Associate Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in July 2008.

  • Julie Rajaratnam

    Julie Rajaratnam is now a Research Scientist at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington and welcomes contact from JHSPH students and recent alumni with an interest in global health metrics who would like to learn more about the post-graduate fellowship program.

  • Judith Hagedorn

    Judith Hagedorn has finished medical school at Stanford School of Medicine in June 2008 and has started her residency in Urology at Stanford Hospital and Clinics.

  • Abdourahmane Diallo
    MPH ’01, MD

    Abdourahman Diallo recently moved to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, as Country Director for the PEPFAR funded project - SCMS (Supply Chain Management Systems) managed by John Snow Inc. After working with John Snow, Inc. He had previously worked in JSI's Arlington office for five years. The project procures HIV/AIDS commodities (ARV drugs, HIV test kits and other Lab reagents, OI drugs, etc.) and provides technical assistance in strengthening the in-country management of those commodities.

  • Shaun Morris
    MPH ’06, MD

    Shaun Morris has been awarded a Fellowship of the Pediatric Scientist Development Program. He will be conducting population-based research on vaccine preventable pediatric infectious diseases under the supervision of Dr. Prabhat Jha. His research is part of the Million Death Study in India, one of the largest cohort studies ever conducted.