​Global Health Committee

SIU Global Health Committee 2019-2020

Contact: globalhealth@siumed.edu

Faculty Members

Janak Koirala, MD MPH, Professor and Chief, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine  (Committee Chair)            

Edem Agamah, MD, Associate Professor, Heme/Onc, Internal Medicine                        

Sangita Basnet, MD, Associate Professor and Chief, Pediatric Critical Care, Department of Pediatrics

Careyana Brenham, MD, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, Family and Community Medicine           

Jeffrey Bennett, MD, Professor, Psychiatry                              

Kevin Calder, MD, Assistant Professor, Plastic Surgery                      

John Mellinger, MD, Professor and Chief, General Surgery                          

Michael Neumeister, MD, Professor and Department Chair, Plastic Surgery     

Daniel Niebrugge, MD, Assistant Professor, Hematology/Oncology, Pediatrics

Ahmed Sokrab MD MPH, Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine 

Vidya Sundareshan, MD, Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine           

John Sutyak, MD, Associate Professor, Trauma Surgery    

Sowmyanarayanan Thuppal, PhD MD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Clinical Research

Tabatha Wells, MD, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine   

Resident Physicians

Christine Warner, MD, PGY-3, Internal Medicine

Asiya Mohammed, MD, PGY-3, Family Practice

Suhayb Ranjha, MD, PGY-2, Internal Medicine


Dolapo Oseni (Class of 2020)

Molly Geraghty (Class of 2021)

Community Representatives

Karen Hoelzer, MD, Heme/Onc, Springfield Clinic

Osartan Idusuyi, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Center of Illinois 

Administrative Members

Wendi El-Amin, MD, Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Lesley Barfield, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

(Updated 11/2019)




Four SIU medical students received Global Health Student Award at the SIU Global Health Conference held at MCLI, Springfield, IL, on December 3rd, 2019. They will receive $500.00 each which can be used for their global health activities.

      Award Recipients                    Destination                       

  1.  Dolapo 'Dolly' Oseni (MS4)    Peru
  2.  Tatiana Kelley (MS4)            Ghana  
  3.  Brea Sturm (MS4)                Peru     
  4.  Peyton Thomas (MS4)          Peru     


2019 Global Health Poster Presentations

  1. Expanded Access IND Program (EAP) to Provide Stamaril® Vaccine to Persons Traveling to Yellow Fever Endemic Countries: One Center’s Experience: Abigail House1, Lori Miedwig1, Sana Waqar1, Najwa Pervin1, Mary Francine Chua1, Christine Warner1, Vidya Sundareshan1, Riyadh Muhammad2, Janak Koirala1; Southern Illinois School of Medicine1, Springfield, IL; Sanofi Pasteur2, Swiftwater, PA
  2. Challenges and Opportunities in Maternal and Reproductive Health Services in Low Resource Settings: Nahla B. Gadalla, Esra Saleh, Salaheldin Abusin, Bushra Ibnauf, Elhadi Miskeen, Mohamed Elsanousi, Sami Mahmoud, Ezzeldin Saleh, Mohamed Ibrahim. SIU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Sudanese American Medical Association (SAMA), Springfield, IL
  3. Overcoming Obstetric and Gynecologic Challenges in Resource Limited Settings: A visiting resident’s experience in Kampala, Uganda: Katherine Hyon, MD and Erica Nelson MD, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecoloogy, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  4. Making them whole again: understanding the physical and social implications of women with obstetric fistulas: Jennifer Addo, MD, MPH; Department of Ob/Gyn, SIU School of Medicine
  5. The Uganda Exstrophy-Epispadias Complex Initiative – Developing a third world program for transference of complex surgical reconstruction skills: Ranjiv Mathews, MD for the ABeC/Urocare Uganda Initiative (Stephen Watya, MD, Martin Sutima, MD, Anthony Schaeffer, MD, Marlo Eldridge ANP, PhD, Emily Haddad LCSW, Vicki Davis, Janet Gibson and Pamela Artigas); SIU School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Urology