Today is Monday, Jun. 26, 2017

Office of Global Health

Global Health Advisory Council


Jason Blackard

Director - Office of Global Health
Associate Professor - Dept. of Internal Medicine
Phone: 513-558-4389

Dr. Blackard has research experience in Honduras, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, Japan, and India. He instructs several classes with travel components to China, Ghana, South Africa, and Botswana and facilitates the Global and International Health (MED 280179) and Global Health Volunteerism (PMM 7053i) electives. He is the faculty advisor for Globe Med and the Global Health Interest Group and has supervised students. 

Alisa Blumenthaler

Third-Year Medical Student 

Alisa is a third-year medical student who spent time doing clinic work and educational community outreach in rural Tanzania during the summer of 2014.  Along with her classmate John Kroger, Alisa established the Global Health Interest Group to increase medical student accessibility to global health experiences.

Charles Doarn

Research Professor - Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Phone: 513-558-6148

Charles Doarn is a research professor in UC’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and a core faculty member of the MPH program where he teaches courses on Global and International Health Systems and is developing a course in Global Health and Diplomacy. Professor Doarn has worked in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand, and the Middle East on healthcare issues through the integration of technology. He is a Fulbright Specialist, having spent time in Macedonia, is an editor- in-chief of Telemedicine and E-Health, and regularly contributes to peer-reviewed journals. He is currently working with NATO on a Multinational Telemedicine System for disaster response.

Anne Sheridan Fugard

Executive Director - UC International Programs
Phone: 513-556-4278

Dr. Fugard is the Executive Director for UC International Programs (Study Abroad)

John Kroger

Third-Year Medical Student

John Kroger is a third-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Along with his classmate Alisa Blumenthaler, John established the Global Health Interest Group to increase medical student accessibility to global health experiences.

Christine O'Dea

Director of Global Health Education - Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
Phone: 513-721-2221

Dr. O'Dea spent 5 years in rural family medicine practice in Northern Wisconsin and then moved with her family and small children to rural Honduras where she spent two years as a volunteer family physician with the NGO Shoulder to Shoulder. She is the Director of Global Health Education at the Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency program. She is the course director for the Medical Spanish/Latino Health Elective. She has a clinical practice at Crossroads Health Center and is active in underserved and Latino health. 

Anand Selvam

PGY-4 Emergency Medicine Resident

Dr. Selvam is currently a PGY-4 Emergency Medicine resident.  He is a former Doris Duke International Clinical Research fellow through the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  He has clinical and research experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Indian sub-continent.  He is one of the co-founding members of the Global Health group in the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Next year, he will be pursuing a Global Health Fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine and pursuing his Masters degree in public health and tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Chuck Schubert

Professor - Dept. of Pediatrics
Phone: 513-636-8502

Dr. Schubert is a Professor of Pediatrics at UC and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC) in the Division of Emergency Medicine.  He has spent significant time in Zambia and Malawi and directs the Global Health Residency Program at CCHMC. He was also one of the founders of the Global Health Pediatric Educators which is a national pediatric residency education group developing curriculum and defining best practices for residents completing global health rotations. 

Mahima Venkatesh

First-Year Medical Student

Mahima Venkatesh is a first-year medical student who recently completed a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Management. Her passion for global health began with her work with GlobeMed at UC as a freshman, which she continued on to become Internal Co-President. She has studied abroad in Ghana and Spain. She has completed global health internships in Thailand with Social Action for Women, GlobeMed at UC's partner, and in India, for the MPH practicum project. She has much experience in community health through the Community Chemical Addiction Treatment Center, Crossroad Health Center, and other free clinics.

Kathy Wedig-Stevie

Associate Professor - Dept. of Pediatrics
Phone: 513-872-2748

Dr. Wedig-Stevie is heavily involved in the Cincinnati sister cities program, particularly in Munich with the medical student exchange program. Her specialties include neonatal high risk infant follow-up and developmental follow-up. 

Sarah Winston Bush

Assistant Professor - Dept. of Emergency Medicine
Phone: 513-558-5281

Dr. Winston Bush serves as the Director of Global Health for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She helps coordinate resident electives, improves the global health experience for her residents, and has been to Haiti, Guatemala, and Tanzania during her time at UC. 



Interested in a Global Experience?

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