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Meet the Division of Emergency Medicine & Global Health team.
Chief: Thomas Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM
Thomas F. Burke, MD, FACEP, FRSM is Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the department of emergency medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, a practicing emergency physician, and an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Burke has extensive experience in the public health arena as a senior emergency physician, a faculty member and researcher, and as a leader in the nonprofit sector directing overseas health interventions since 1994. Current active programs on the African continent include community-based maternal and infant health delivery and human resource development; advanced midwifery training; national maternal and child health strategic planning; and development of service and research capacity. Much of his work involves global health technologies; he leads MGH’s 2013 Saving Lives at Birth Transition to Scale winning-team for its “Scaling up uterine balloon tamponade” grant. He has led 6 teams (lead or subcontractor) that have been finalists at Saving Lives at Birth and 3 teams that have won Saving Lives at Birth awards (2 Seed and 1 Transition to Scale awards). Dr. Burke was the founding Director of the MGH Center for Global Health, the African Institute for Health Transformation, the Ujenzi Charitable Trust, and the popular Harvard Summer School program in Western Kenya. Prior to joining MGH, Dr. Burke was Associate Clinical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a faculty member for the hospital’s Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs. Dr. Burke is widely recognized as an expert on disruptive innovations for the poor and consequently holds several prestigious grants and awards. He is often invited to speak at high profile forums and leading universities around the globe, and he is widely published. Dr. Burke serves on the Harvard Medical School Committee on Admissions and the Harvard University Center for African Studies. He earned his medical degree at Albany Medical College and his bachelors in neuroscience and mathematics at the University of Massachusetts.
Faculty and Director of Operations and Finance: Moytrayee Guha, MPH
Moytrayee Guha, MPH is the Director of Operations and Finance for the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Guha is a public health and healthcare management professional with 7+ years of experience in global health, program development, program management, quantitative and qualitative research, epidemiology, grant management, operations and strategy development. She has traveled extensively to resource-limited countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, India and Thailand for global health and humanitarian work. Prior to her role at MGH, Ms. Guha served as a Maternal and Child Health Consultant for the United Nations and HIV/AIDS Research Fellow for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She was also a Program Officer for Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP). Additionally, she has held various research and healthcare management positions at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brown University. Ms. Guha earned her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University.
Faculty and Director, Human Trafficking Initiative: Wendy Macias Konstantopoulos, MD, MPHWendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH is a board-certified practicing emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, she completed a Global Health Fellowship at the MGH Center for Global Health and a certificate studies program on Humanitarian Emergencies at the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. An MPH graduate from the Harvard School of Public Health, she is the co-founding Director of the MGH Human Trafficking Initiative, as well as Chief Medical and Executive Director of the MGH Freedom Clinic, a primary and preventative care clinic for human trafficking survivors that won the 2014 Partnership for Freedom national competition for innovations to meet the needs of this population and offers comprehensive trauma-informed medical, mental health, and case management services. Dr. Macias-Konstantopoulos worked with the International Organization for Migration’s Counter-Trafficking Unit in Indonesia; represented MGH at the 2008 UN Global Forum to Fight Human Trafficking in Vienna; maintains membership in multiple state and federal policy advocacy groups including the National Technical Working Group for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and has published and lectured widely on the topic of health and human trafficking.
Faculty and Director of Maternal Health: Melody Eckardt, MD, MPH
Melody Eckardt, MD, MPH, is a leader in advancing the science of saving the lives of mothers and newborns, traveling extensively as a speaker, educator, and leading researcher. The Division of Global Health and Human Rights is focused on high impact, low cost innovations and in fact just this past week(Friday) was recognized for the second year in a row as a global leader at the Saving Lives at Birth Competition here in Washington DC. Most recently Melody’s work has focused on new and innovative ways to end postpartum hemorrhage, make cesarean section available when needed for every African woman, and to discover a new and remarkable way to prevent fistula. As an obstetrician/ gynecologist, Melody also serves as the Director of Global Health for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University Medical Center and she is the Director of Women’s Refugee Health in the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. Melody teaches at both Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School.
Director of Pediatric and Newborn Programs: Brett D. Nelson, MD, MPH, DTM&H
Brett Nelson, MD, MPH, DTM&H is an attending pediatrician and global health faculty member at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His professional interests are health care provision, development, research, and advocacy for vulnerable populations, particularly newborns and children in settings affected by poverty, conflict, or disaster. Dr Nelson received advanced degrees in medicine and public health at Johns Hopkins and a diploma degree in tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has been involved in clinical care, academic research, program management, and global health consultancy in dozens of resource-limited areas while working for organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control, Médecins Sans Frontières, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee, International Red Cross and Red Crescent, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. Dr Nelson helped establish the United States’ first Pediatric Global Health Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and was its first fellow. Recently in Liberia, Dr Nelson served as the country’s Senior Pediatrician and as the Interim Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Newborn Medicine for Liberia's sole teaching hospital. He currently leads newborn and child health programs in several countries in East and West Africa. Dr Nelson works clinically as a newborn hospitalist, he is the Director of Pediatric and Newborn Programs at the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights, and he co-directs a popular course at Harvard Medical School on global health and tropical medicine
Senior Faculty: Sigmund Kharasch, MD
Dr. Sigmund Kharasch, MD, is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician and attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency department at MGH. He is a graduate of Rush Medical College in Chicago and completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Kharasch was the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center from 1996-2008 and joined the staff at MGH in 2012. From 2010-2011, he moved with his wife and 3 children to Israel where he was an attending physician in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus in Jerusalem. He continues to return to this area of conflict 3 times per year where he works with Arab and Jewish families as well as residents and attendings in the Department of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. His research in Israel has ranged from pulmonary infections in children, asthma, child abuse, and many more. He is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Visiting Professor at Hadassah, Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Senior Faculty: Kevin Schwartz, MD
Kevin Schwartz, MD is a pediatric hospitalist and pediatric emergency medicine attending at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is Co-Founder and U.S. Executive Director of The Child is Innocent, an NGO focusing on education and leadership development for youth in post-conflict Northern Uganda. His prior academic work has focused on pediatric resident and medical student education in resource-limited settings, the use of high-fidelity simulation in global health clinical training, as well as pediatric oncology outcomes in low-income countries. He has completed training in general pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital, pediatric emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center, and an additional year of clinical pediatric hematology and oncology training at Brown University.
Zaid Altawil is a post-doctoral research fellow at the division of global health and human rights. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 2014 and plans to pursue post-graduate education in Emergency Medicine. His main career interests are strengthening health systems, vulnerable populations and global health.
Hao graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology and Public Health. She joined the Division in May 2015. Hao provides research and administrative assistance to the Division.
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