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Meet the Division of Emergency Medicine & Global Health team.
Chief: Thomas Burke, MD, FACEPThomas F. Burke, MD is the Chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as a practicing emergency physician. He was the founding Director of the MGH Center for Global Health. Prior to the MGH, Dr. Burke was Associate Clinical Director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a senior faculty member for the hospital's Division of International Health and Humanitarian Programs and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Burke currently holds a senior faculty position at Harvard Medical School.
During his seven years in the U.S. Army Dr. Burke had several overseas deployments and served as the doctor for the FBI Hostage Rescue Team at Waco, Texas, and Ruby Ridge, Idaho. In 1995 Dr Burke helped establish a health system for 28,000 refugees in Guantanamo Bay Cuba and later that same year, as the Bosnian crisis escalated, he directed the emergency department in the U.S. Army's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Dr Burke successfully started 3 companies and ran an NGO that developed medical education systems in Eastern Europe. He is widely published and serves on several boards, including Americans for UNFPA, I-Scale, and the National Youth Leadership.
Associate Director, Policy and Research: Roy Ahn, MPH, ScDRoy Ahn was most recently senior administrative manager of the MGH Center for Global Health. Prior to MGH, he was Research Fellow of Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations. He has published various case studies on philanthropy in Harvard Kennedy School’s Case Program, the largest program of its kind in the world. He has consulted to major private philanthropic foundations, and served on an advisory committee of the City of Boston's Office of New Bostonians. Roy's background is in public health policy research and consulting, including stints at the Lewin Group and Research Triangle Institute. Roy oversees the division's research activities.
Faculty and Medical Director, Initiative to End Slavery: Wendy Macias Konstantopoulos, MD, MPHWendy Macias Konstantopoulos is an emergency physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. An MPH graduate from Harvard, Dr. Macias Konstantopoulos was instrumental in the development of anti-trafficking work as a core program of the Division. She has lectured regionally and nationally at various forums on the individual and public health consequences of human trafficking and slavery. Dr. Macias Konstantopoulos has worked with the International Organization on Migration Counter-Trafficking Unit in Indonesia and represented MGH at the United Nation's 2008 Global Forum Against Human Trafficking. 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. She is a member of the Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network.
Faculty and Director of Maternal Health: Melody Eckardt, MD, MPH Dr. Eckardt 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 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
Research Assistant: Emily de RedonEmily de Redon graduated from the George Washington University in 2013 with a degree in International Affairs and Global Health. She joined the Division in May 2013. Emily provides research and administrative assistance to the Division and also serves as administrative assistant for the Ujenzi Charitable Trust.
Research Assistant: Kristina Tester Kristina graduated from Harvard College in 2014 with a degree in African Studies and Global Health. She joined the Division in August 2014. Kristina provides research and administrative assistance to the Division.
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