Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Student Advisory Committee

The Center for Global Health places great value on engaging with FSM students in global health education initiatives at the medical school and invites their participation in the center's work by announcing a call for new members for the FSM Student Committee on Global Health. FSM students from all class years are invited to participate. By serving on the student committee, FSM students have a unique opportunity to work alongside center administrators and faculty to help shape the vision and direction of global health education at Feinberg.  Members also gain an opportunity to network with peers and develop connections across classes with other student leaders interested in global health.

Committee Structure and Expectations

Committee Mission Statement

The FSM student committee on global health is committed to advocate for institutionalizing global health service, education, and research within the Feinberg School of Medicine and to build community among Feinberg students interested in global health work.

Call for Members

See the Call for Members of the Student Advisory Committee on Global Health

Feinberg's Student Committee on Global Health

The Student Committee advocates for FSM student interests in improving health worldwide and helps build a strong community of peers engaged in global health throughout their time at Feinberg and beyond.

Swetapadma Tripathy, M2

Sweta is originally from Odisha, India. She became interested in global health due to personal experiences growing up in an area where medical care was sparse. She graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a major in Molecular and Cellular  Biology and Psychology in 2016. She was global health chair in AMSA and raised awareness on current issues and facilitated studying/traveling abroad programs. As part of the committee, she hopes to develop a greater understanding of actions that can be taken as students and future physicians to address health care disparities globally.  

Wenyuan Zhou, M2

Wenyuan is from a suburb outside of Philly. She spent four wonderful years at the University of Pittsburgh (H2P!), where she studied molecular biology, chemistry, Spanish, and sociology. There, her interest in global health was nurtured by active involvement in Global Brigades, where she learned and discussed global health ethics and sustainable development with fellow students. After graduation, she served as a preschool tutor in Guatemala City for a year. Over M1 summer, she completed her MPH Field Experience in Cuba, where she learned about the national health system and integration of public health and medicine in practice. Her interests lie in primary care, community health, reducing health disparities, and working with underserved populations. As part of the student committee, Wenyuan hopes to work on events and activities that will get students involved in global health issues locally and abroad.

Natalie Colaneri, M2

Natalie Colaneri is from New York and graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in Biology and minor in Psychology in 2012. As an undergraduate, Natalie became very interested in substance abuse and pursued research related to addiction and the use of cognitive-enhancing drugs in higher education. She also interned at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in order to gain a better understanding of policy related to drug use. After graduating from college, Natalie spent a year in England pursuing research on the ethics of pharmacological cognitive enhancement and examined differences between the US and UK educational systems. She became increasingly interested in medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry during this time. During her M1 summer, she participated in a program focused on Public Health and Community Medicine in Delhi, India. Natalie is interested to continue to pursue global health work in the future and further develop her interests in this field.

Adeolu Ilesanmi, M2

Ade Ilesanmi is an M2 who graduated from Wake Forest University, located in her hometown, in 2015. While there, she was able to nurture her interests in global health. In 2012, she conducted an independent study on the effective practice of the Community-Based Participatory Model at a health non-profit in Nicaragua that implemented water filter use in its rural communities. In 2013, she studied healthcare and shadowed physicians practicing under the NHS in London, England. After graduating, she studied child and adolescent psychiatry at the University College Hospital of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and conducted a mental health education intervention with secondary students in Ibadan under a Fulbright research grant. As chair of the committee, she and her colleagues hope to use programs and educational opportunities to encourage fellow students to be "glocal" in their time as medical students and as future physicians.

Caitlin Visek, M4

Caitlin Visek received an undergraduate degree in History and Science from Harvard University with a focus on the history of medicine. During her college years, she conducted research on the Cuban health care system, participated in global health projects in Chile, India, and the Dominican Republic, and worked as a research assistant at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Following graduation, she spent two years working as a strategic consultant for health systems in the US and abroad. As a member of SCGH, Caitlin’s hopes to promote conversation at Feinberg around finding sustainable solutions to health disparities.

Joshua Campbell, M4

Joshua is from rural Arkansas where he studied philosophy, mathematics and world religions at the University of Arkansas. There he became interested in global health while analyzing an HIV education program in Belize and traveling in Ecuador. Afterwards, he volunteered with a rural hospice program and began looking into palliative care in resource limited settings. He completed his AOSC research project focused on understanding patient and family preferences in end of life care with the support of Hospice Uganda in Kampala, Uganda. As a member of the SCGH, he hopes to work with like minded individuals and to encourage them to explore their interests in global health.

Smitha Sarma, M4

Smitha is from San Jose, California and graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Biology and minor in Global Health. She developed an interest in maternal and child health while studying in India and South Africa and continues to explore the field by participating in global health case competitions. As a member of SCGH, she hopes to create avenues for the Feinberg community to discuss global health issues and take action.

Varshini Cherukupalli, M4

Varshini is from Cupertino, California and graduated from Northwestern University with a major in Human Biological Anthropology.  As an undergraduate, Varshini co-founded the Northwestern chapter of Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), and developed an interest in rural healthcare infrastructure and community-based development. She continues to stay involved with global health research in rural India. As a member of SCGH, she hopes to further promote conversation about global health innovations and sustainable ways to target prevalent issues.

Gaurang Garg, M4

Gaurang is a MD student at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He grew up in Wyandotte, MI, which lies just south of Detroit, MI. He attended the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where he majored in economics and minored in German. The youngest child to Indian immigrants, Gaurang's global health interests stem from his bicultural upbringing and numerous trips to India in his youth. After graduating, he spent two years deepening his global health knowledge and learning more about medicine in general. In that time, he spent roughly one year as a research assistant for the 1000+ OBGYN Initiative, a project started at the University of Michigan Medical School, and six months as an intern for the Salzburg Medical Seminars. As a member of the committee, Gaurang plans to continue developing his understanding of global health, as well as find ways to keep his classmates engaged in matters of international importance.

Victor Roy, Member-emeritus

Victor Roy is a founding member of GlobeMed, a non-profit network engaging students at over 30 university chapters across the US to advance the movement for global health equity. Along with travels in places like India, Ghana, and Rwanda, this experience with GlobeMed has inspired Victor’s commitment towards issues of poverty and poor health around the world. His particular interests include the politics of global health, access to treatment for tuberculosis, and community health worker models.  He is currently enrolled in a PhD program at Cambridge University.

Liam Kane, M3

Liam is from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Pre-Professional Studies and Peace Studies. He was Co-President of Notre Dame’s GlobeMed chapter, an organization that partners undergraduate students with the Population Education Development Association (PEDA) in Vientiane, Laos. He organized the chapter’s first GROW Internship, which now occurs annually, in which students travel to Laos to help their partners develop and implement health education projects in order to reduce malaria transmission in the rural countryside. He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant in a psychology lab studying the developmental effects of childhood exposure to violence. He is interested in giving students and faculty at Northwestern the platform and resources necessary to become leaders in global health and to close the gaps in health equity around the world.

Chintan Pathak, M3

Chintan is from the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. As an undergraduate, He became interested in global health through Project RISHI, a student organization which conducts health projects in rural India. Chintan is also interested in how healthcare infrastructure can be improved through through improvements in medical technology and equipment. He hopes to work with the Student Advisory Committee to increase awareness of global health issues in the Feinberg community.

Matthew Doerfler, M3

Matthew Doerfler received an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. During this time, he worked with Feinberg’s Center for Global Health and University College Hospital Ibadan to design a low-cost warming device for pediatric surgeries in Nigeria. He then won a grant from The Alumnae of Northwestern to perform non-clinical user testing at UCHI. Before starting medical school, Matthew researched at IST Austria in Klosterneuburg, Austria and participated in the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program in Raub, Malaysia. He is looking forward to addressing health inequity in a sustainable, ethical, and meaningful manner. 

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