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Leadership & Staff

Our institute’s leadership and administrative staff develop and support our many educational programs, research and clinical outreach initiatives. Learn more about our team below.

Leadership

Robert Murphy, MD

Robert Murphy, MD

Executive Director, Institute for Global Health

John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases

Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering

Murphy is the executive director of the Institute for Global Health at Northwestern University, where he holds his primary academic appointment as the John P. Phair Professor of Medicine. He also holds an appointment as Professeur Associé de Recherche at the Pierre et Marie Curie Université-Paris in France. Murphy’s primary research and clinical interest is in viral infections. His research includes drug development of new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines for HIV and viral hepatitis and the scale-up of therapy for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in sub-Saharan Africa.

Murphy is special adviser for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief program in Nigeria, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health, where he has overseen the set up of 42 clinics that currently treat over 75,000 patients with HIV/AIDS. He also consults on NIH-supported antiretroviral education projects in Senegal and is principal investigator for Northwestern’s NIH/Fogarty International AIDS Training Grant based in Nigeria and Mali and the Northwestern Fogarty Frameworks grant. International activities and interests include assisting in the establishment of an AIDS Clinic in rural southern Kenya funded by the African Village Clinics Foundation of Chicago.

Murphy is the principal investigator for the National Institutes for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Adult AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG) at Northwestern. Within ACTG, he has held numerous leadership positions, including membership on the Scientific Agenda Steering Committee and Adult Executive Committee, the governing body of the group. He is a member of multiple medical societies and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Drucker Family Charitable Trust, the International AIDS Education Project, Objectif Recherche Vaccin SIDA and the Midwest AIDS Foundation, of which he is the founder.

Murphy has been with Northwestern University since 1978. After receiving his AB from Boston University, he attended the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine and later completed his internship, residency and fellowship in infectious diseases at the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University. Murphy has remained with Northwestern, becoming professor of medicine in 1999.
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Robert Havey, MD

Deputy Director, Institute for Global Health

Founder of the Global Health Initiative

Clinical Professor of Medicine (General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics)

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Kate Klein, MA, MPH

Kate Klein, MA, MPH

Administrative Director, Institute for Global Health

Administration

Klein serves as the administrative director at the Institute for Global Health. She is responsible for the effective operations of the institute's research and administrative activities as well as the development, oversight and management of international education in clinical medicine and research opportunities for Feinberg School of Medicine students. Klein oversees the integration of all international educational programs for Feinberg and is responsible for developing and maintaining the school’s global educational partnerships.

Prior to joining the institute, Klein worked on the Zika virus response at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Vietnam country office and at headquarters in Atlanta on the Global Health Security Agenda. She also served as the associate director for the Program of African Studies at Northwestern.

Klein holds a master's of public health from Northwestern University and a master's degree in anthropology from American University.

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Chad Achenbach, MD, MPH

Associate Director, Institute for Global Health

Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Preventive Medicine

Achenbach is an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Achenbach has clinical interests in the treatment of HIV infection and co-infections. He is currently participating in several research projects and training programs through the Institute for Global Health, including PEPFAR Nigeria, NU AITRP and the Eramune study.

Achenbach's research interests and expertise are in clinical epidemiology of HIV treatment and co-morbidities in both the U.S and sub-Saharan Africa. He has ongoing research projects in the following areas: cancer among persons with HIV in the U.S. and sub-Saharan Africa, outcomes of TB-HIV co-infection in Nigeria, paradoxical immune reconstitution inflammatory syndromes and second-line treatment of HIV in Nigeria.

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Center Directors

Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD

Fizan Abdullah, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Global Surgery

Head, Division of Pediatric Surgery

Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Professor of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)

Center for Global Surgery

Dr. Abdullah is a recognized leader in the field of pediatric surgery, a world renowned authority on minimally invasive surgery and chest wall deformities and a pioneer and thought leader in the arena of health services research and surgical quality improvement.

Dr. Abdullah’s clinical areas of expertise include neonatal surgery, pulmonary and upper airway malformations, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, abdominal wall defects, esophageal and gastrointestinal anomalies, among others.

As an academician, Dr. Abdullah has devoted much of his research to studying systemic predictors that influence the quality and safety of surgical care, affect patient outcomes and have the potential to reduce complications, length of stay and cost of care. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles.

Dr. Abdullah has an interest in global health and disparities stemming from access to surgical care. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the G4 Alliance, an advocacy organization dedicated to catalyzing systemic changes on a global scale to improve the availability of surgical, obstetric, trauma and anesthesia care in underserved and impoverished areas of the world, as part of universal health coverage.

Dr. Abdullah is a Senior Member and past Director of the American Board of Surgery (ABS), an organization designed to improve the safety of surgical care by assessing the technical qualifications of individual providers and granting board certifications to surgeons. Dr. Abdullah is also a past Director of ABS’ Board of Pediatric Surgery, which grants certifications to U.S. pediatric surgeons. 

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Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD

Co-director, Center for Global Health Education

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hospital Medicine) and Medical Education

Center for Global Health Education

Doobay-Persaud graduated from Tufts University in 2002 with a combined major in biology and psychology. She then matriculated at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she earned her MD as a part of the BA/MD program. She completed a residency in traditional internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. During medical school and residency, she provided clinical care in medicine and partnered with two NGOs, Himalayan Health Exchange on a longitudinal basis and in South Africa as a Yale Johnson and Johnson scholar in an ARV clinic. After completing residency, she participated as a physician volunteer at ASRI clinic in Borneo and partnered up with an NGO called Hillside Healthcare International, an NGO providing primary care in rural areas in Belize.

Currently, Dr. Doobay-Persaud is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine and Medical Education and is the Co-Director of the Center for Global Health Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s (NUFSM) Institute for Global Health. She developed and directs the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars program for residents and fellows, directs a Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) degree program as well as overseeing the medical student global health electives. Her research area of interest is ethical practice in global health.

Doobay-Persaud is the assistant director of Global Health Graduate Education and the curriculum director for the Masters of Science in Global Health.

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Matthew Glucksberg, PhD

Matthew Glucksberg, PhD

Director, Inter-collaborative Council

Director, Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies

Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Matt Glucksberg is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University, and the Director of the Center for Innovation in Global Health Technologies. His technical expertise is in tissue mechanics, microcirculation, and optical instrumentation. His laboratory has developed photonics-based instrumentation to measure pressure and flow in the circulation of the eye, instruments to measure the response of pulmonary alveolar epithelial cells to their immediate mechanical environment, and is currently involved in developing minimally invasive optical biosensors for monitoring glucose, lactate, and other measures of metabolic function. He is a co-Founder of Northwestern’s Global Healthcare Technologies Program in Cape Town South Africa, co-director of an MS certificate program in Global and Ecological Health, and is working with the Center for Global Health at Feinberg to develop BME degree programs at three Universities in Nigeria.

Dr. Glucksberg is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and serves as a founding board member for the Northwestern Global Health Foundation. 

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Claudia Hawkins, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Global Communicable and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Center for Global Communicable Diseases

Claudia Hawkins is an Associate Professor of Medicine-Infectious Diseases at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. Her specialty is Infectious Diseases with a focus on the care of individuals with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and viral hepatitis B and C. As Director of the Viral Hepatitis/HIV Co-infection Program within the Division of Infectious Diseases, she oversees the clinical management of patients with HIV and viral hepatitis B and C in a multidisciplinary outpatient clinic and teaches rotating fellows, residents and students.

Dr. Hawkins is Principal and Co-Investigator on a number of epidemiological studies of HIV, Viral Hepatitis B and C, and Hepatocellular Carcinoma as well as trials investigating novel Hepatitis B therapeutic agents. Most of her research is conducted in Tanzania and Nigeria where she also provides technical and clinical guidance to large HIV care and treatment programs, and mentors junior faculty on HIV research through global health research training programs. She is currently Principal Investigator of a NIH Fogarty International Center (FIC) funded HIV research training grant on Patient Centered Outcomes Research.

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Lifang Hou, MD, PhD

Lifang Hou, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Global Oncology

Chief of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention in the Department of Preventive Medicine

Professor of Preventive Medicine (Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention) and Pediatrics

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Mark Huffman, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Global Cardiovascular Health

Quentin D. Young Professor of Health Policy

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) and Medicine (Cardiology)

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 Igor J. Koralnik, MD

Igor J. Koralnik, MD

Director, Program for Global Neurology

Chief of Neuro-infectious Disease and Global Neurology, Department of Neurology

Archibald Church Professor of Neurology

Professor of Neurology (Neuro-infectious Disease and Global Neurology)

Dr. Koralnik’s laboratory investigates how viruses affect the nervous system. These include the polyoma-virus JC (JCV), and the etiologic agent of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML).  Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Koralnik has leveraged his expertise from the AIDS epidemic to offer insight and conduct research regarding how COVID-19 affects the nervous system.  His research team published the first study on the neurological complications in hospitalized COVID-19 patients in the US. In May 2020, Dr. Koralnik also created one of the first Neuro COVID-19 clinics in the country where he and his team investigate, diagnose and manage neurological symptoms of COVID-19 long haulers.  When he was at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Koralnik initiated in 2010 a Global Neurology research program at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Over the years, this program has grown tremendously and has become a Multi-institutional consortium, the Zambia Institute for Neurological Care, Research, and Education (ZINCARE).

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William R. Leonard, PhD

William R. Leonard, PhD

Co-director, Center for Global Health Education

Abraham Harris Professor of Anthropology & Global Health

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Egon A. Ozer, MD, PhD

Egon A. Ozer, MD, PhD

Director, Center for Pathogen Genomics and Microbial Evolution

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Dr. Ozer received his PhD in Molecular Biology and his MD through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He joined the Physician Scientist Training Program at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in 2006 to perform his residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Disease before joining the faculty in 2012. His research focuses on genomic explorations of microbial pathogens and includes uncovering genetic determinants of virulence and antimicrobial resistance and exploring genomic features to investigate the transmission and evolution of bacterial, fungal, and viral pathogens. Since early 2020, Dr. Ozer has adapted his expertise to perform whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 to track the population structure of the virus and study genomic correlations with clinical features in COVID-19 patients.

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Lori A. Post, PhD

Lori A. Post, PhD

Director, Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics

Buehler Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Social Sciences

Lori Ann Post, PhD is the Buehler Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Social Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She is the inaugural Director of the Buehler Center for Health Policy and Economics. She moved from Michigan State (Assistant Prof and Research Dean), Yale University (Associate Prof and Research Director, Research Section Chief), and now full professor and center director at Northwestern University. She did her dissertation (Applied Demography) indirectly estimating the invisible population of elderly women being abused and exploited, funded by CDC. She was funded by the Center for Medicare to develop a background check system to vet the healthcare workforce for persons in long-term care. The state of Michigan is the only pilot state still using the system. Dr. Post wrote the legislation for “Best Practices in background checks for the Affordable Healthcare Act which appropriated $3,000,000 per state and territory to develop a system similar to Michigan. Dr. Post has also been funded by Medicaid to derive estimates of various types of abuse and disabilities. Dr. Post worked with Yale New Haven Health Care System to develop an App to screen for disabilities and to provide healthcare providers with a prognostic score of death, admit, and return to the ED at 30 days. This project is listed on AHRQ’s website as one of their successful studies. Dr. Post has been working in information technology or Informatics and violence prevention/intervention for the past 20 years including the first sexual assault surveillance system and a community based violence intervention - - both funded by CDC. Dr. Post is a seasoned researcher who utilizes unique mixed methods studies to address complex problems. Furthermore, she works on a line of research to mobilize Public Will to align with Political Will to reduce violence.

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Affiliated Faculty and Staff

Sara Caudillo

Sara Caudillo

Program Assistant

Administration

Caudillo supports the education programs, including the Master’s in Global Health and the McGaw Global Health Clinical Scholars residency certificate. Previously, Caudillo worked at AgeOptions, the Area Agency on Aging for Suburban Cook County, where she was responsible for furthering the statewide implementation of health education programming for older adults as well as facilitating clinical-community partnerships. Caudillo studied American culture at the University of Michigan and is a certified bilingual master trainer for Stanford University’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management Programs and A Matter of Balance. Her more than eight years of social services experience includes youth leadership development, violence prevention, mentoring and intergenerational workforce development.
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Elizabeth Christian, MPPA

Elizabeth Christian, MPPA

Research Project Coordinator

Administration

Christian serves as the research program coordinator at the Institute for Global Health. Her main responsibilities include support for programmatic activities, monitoring and reporting for all National Institutes of Health–sponsored research projects. Christian works directly with faculty members in implementing the long-term and short-term research training programs in Nigeria and Mali and the development of the first cancer center in Nigeria.

Christian holds a master's degree in public policy and administration focusing in global policy and a certificate of applied program management from Northwestern University.

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Kristen Weber

Kristen Weber

Program Coordinator, Communications

Administration

Weber supports the communication efforts of the Institute for Global Health, including the dissemination of research, news, and announcements. In addition, Kristen oversees and facilitates the IGH website, monthly newsletter, and IGH social media channels. She also supports the Institute's "First Friday" Seminar Series and other events.

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Sandra Ellis

Sandra Ellis

Business Coordinator

Administration

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Matthew Caputo

Matthew Caputo

Research Data Analyst

Administration

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