Class of 2022
Michael Hoggard was born in California, raised predominantly in Utah, and has lived on an off in Finland. For his bachelor’s degree, Michael studied economics, during which time he had the opportunity to study abroad in Chile with an emphasis on Chilean poetry and in Thailand with an emphasis on global health. After he graduated in 2016, Michael pursued his MPH in Finland, where his daughter was born.
Ramzi Ben-Yelles was born in New York City, but spent the first half of his childhood in the North African nation of Algeria. Upon moving back to the U.S., Ramzi’s family settled down in Southern California. He subsequently completed his undergraduate education at UCLA, majoring in Global Studies and specializing in Global Health. Because of his families experience living in a developing nation during state conflict, the field of refugee health is of particular interest to Ramzi. Consequently, he completed his capstone work on PTSD occurrence and treatment options available to Syrian Refugees within the state systems of Lebanon, Germany, and the United States. Looking ahead, Ramzi hopes to merge his interests in Emergency medicine and global health to address medical challenges in disadvantaged nations.
Outside of medicine, Ramzi comes from a loud, loving Mediterranean family. He enjoys running, trying new food, and spending time with his loved ones
Maggie Leech is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2017. She first became interested in global health through her coursework but was able to apply this knowledge to real-world experiences working for the global health team at Ashoka Innovators for the Public, an incubator for social entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. During her senior year, she focused on American health care while working at The Dartmouth Institute for Dr. Carrie Colla to identify low- and no-value care practices. After graduation, Maggie took a gap year to work for SilverStay, a dementia care startup out of Johns Hopkins University and to spend a brief internship at The Lancet headquarters in London. At Geisel, her interests are focused on women’s health disparities around the globe, and she is specially interested in last-mile strategies to deliver care.
Kate Miller is from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she graduated with a degree in Microbiology and Immunology. During her undergraduate degree, she was able to travel to Haiti and volunteer with an organization called the New World Community. There, she was able to shadow a medical volunteer that was providing care to individuals in the community with tuberculous and HIV. This experience motivated her to learn more about the role that she can play in improving the health of individuals around the world.
Kate went on to complete a Master of Science in Global Health from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Through this degree, she was able to gain research experience in both India and Australia. She is excited to be part of the Global Health Scholars program to work with others and develop the skills needed for a career in global health.
Class of 2021
Stephanie was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She attended Kenyon College, graduating with a degree in molecular biology. During college, she had the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica with the Organization for Tropical Studies. This experience clarified her interest in working in community settings to address the root causes of health inequity and improve access to care. After graduating, she returned to Northeast Ohio for a year to serve as an AmeriCorps member. She worked with high school students, helping them to identify health disparities in their schools and neighborhoods and develop projects to address these concerns. At Geisel, Stephanie is a member of Global Health Scholars, Project Salud, and the Dermatones. The summer after M1, she went to Lima, Peru through the Dickey Center´s Global Health internship program, where she worked with the nonprofit Visionarios on community health outreach.
Patrick has a keen interest in the interdisciplinary nature of everything from environmental conservation to healthcare to macroeconomic patterns.
Patrick is interested in how empowerment through health can be one of the most versatile and effective avenues for combating the intersections of poverty and well-being. He is also a true New Englander who enjoys camping, trail running, and skiing, no matter the weather, and is looking forward to the newest class of Geisel students joining the Global Health Scholars!
Emily is from Amherst, MA and graduated from Vassar College in 2014. She then went on to pursue a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Epidemiology and Global Health. During that time, she lived in Durban, South Africa conducting research on the relationship between HIV and other STIs as well as social barriers to access to medicine. Her main interests in the field of global health include the development of novel technologies as well as addressing disparities in access to healthcare.
My name is Laura Cristina Herrera. I was born in Colombia and went to the University of Florida. I have always been passionate about global health and health equity. I’ve had global health experiences in South America and the Caribbean and am currently part of the Global PaedSurg collaboration.
Prajesh Gongal was born and grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal. He completed his high school education in Nepal and came to the US to study Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Maine, Orono. While in college he was part of various multicultural organizations and worked with homeless populations in Maine and in Canada. After completing his undergraduate studies, he volunteered in a clinical research that studied the effect of diarrheal diseases on oral polio vaccine seroconversion at Kanti Children’s Hospital, Nepal. Thereafter, he worked at the UCSF Sleep and Pulmonary Disorders Center in California managing patient appointments and insurance coverage. He also volunteered at a transitional housing facility for homeless families in West Berkeley, California and helped run RotaCare Richmond Free Medical Clinic, a free clinic that provides urgent care to people without health insurance in Contra Costa County, California. His interest in global health stems from his health care experiences in Nepal. The challenges people face in accessing health care and in living a healthy life have inspired him to learn ways to address these challenges. With that goal in mind, he worked with One-Heart World Wide, a maternal and neonatal health nonprofit establishing sustainable programs in rural Nepal, during his first summer in medical school.
Allie is from Colorado Springs, CO. She graduated with a degree in molecular, cellular, developmental biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder. During college she took several trips to Namatumba, Uganda to conduct community health needs assessments and work on capacity building projects with a local school. During her gap year, she worked with the Global Livingston Institute to put on the iKnow concert series which provided free HIV testing and counseling during concert weekends in several towns across Uganda. At Geisel, she also helps with the Allies of Women in Medicine and the Claremont Soup Kitchen. Outside of school, she enjoys all of the wonderful outdoorsy things that the Upper Valley offers: running, hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing.
I’m from Northern California and completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley where I focused on biomechanics and cell and tissue engineering. After graduating, I worked as a medical device engineer for three years at Abbott Laboratories and then completed my Master’s of Translational Medicine from a joint program between UCSF and UC Berkeley. As an undergraduate, I spent time in Ecuador participating in a medical brigade/community development organization called MEDLIFE. Then, during my senior year, I worked on a CAPSTONE project that aimed to reduce newborn mortality in rural regions of Guatemala. These experiences helped me understand the importance of sustainable aid both internationally as well as within the United States. I plan to focus my career on increasing access to care by developing lower-cost, innovative solutions to address current medical needs. I look forward to working with others that are passionate about global health in the years to come!
Class of 2020
TLALLIAZTLAN ELIZABETH MOYA-SMITH
HOMETOWN: WELLESLEY, MA
UNDERGRADUATE: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
HOMETOWN: CANTON, GA
UNDERGRADUATE: san diego state university
HOMETOWN: DEERFIELD, IL
UNDERGRADUATE: northwestern university
HOMETOWN: NEWARK, DE
UNDERGRADUATE: university of pennsylvania
HOMETOWN: LOS ANGELES, CA
UNDERGRADUATE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
HOMETOWN: KERALA, INDIA
UNDERGRADUATE: brown university
HOMETOWN: SAN JOSE, CA
UNDERGRADUATE: harvard college
HOMETOWN: NEW ORLEANS, lA
UNDERGRADUATE: brown university
UNDERGRADUATE: CORNELL UNIVERSITY
David hails from Parker, Colorado. After graduating from Cornell University in 2008 he founded a software company that made Facebook games and quizzes. In 2011, David sold his company so he could pursue medicine and build software that helped others. He relocated to Cape Town, South Africa where he helped design mobile health software that sends emergency alerts to community first responders who live in the Cape Flats. Outside of school, David likes to rock climb and ski.
HOMETOWN: BUFFALO, NY
I am an MD/PhD student working towards a PhD in Biomedical Engineering researching novel methods for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. I do not have extensive experience in global health work but have done some in Guatemala and in our local community in the Upper Valley. I hope to incorporate more global service as I obtain greater skills through my engineering and medical training. My interests in global health include device development and adaptation in resource poor environments.
LUCA F. VALLE
HOMETOWN: SPOKANE, WA
UNDERGRADUATE: OCCIDENTAL COLLEGE
While my passions are always expanding in new and unanticipated directions, I have been most consistently interested in acute medical care, resource-limited medicine, and health equity for underserved populations. I attended Occidental College and conducted independent research on upstream determinants of health throughout Europe and North Africa during my time outside the classroom. After graduating in 2010 with a BA in Biology, I spent a year in rural Indonesia, teaching English with the Fulbright Program and developing resources to increase cultural exchange between the United States and Indonesia. My mission to learn more about deconstructing barriers to healthcare continues in medical school, where I was fortunate enough to spend my spring break immersed in the American Indian healthcare system on the Red Lake Reservation in Minnesota. Then, equipped with the knowledge of a first year medical student, I returned to Indonesia the following summer and worked with the State Department to coordinate a morbidity and mortality study at the US Embassy in Jakarta. Now, as one of the inaugural Global Health Scholars at Dartmouth, the explorations continue as I work toward focusing my interests in an area where I can be most effective. A dedicated Couch Surfer, urban hiker, and budding horticulturist, I originally hail from Spokane, WA and look forward to being a part of the conversations, collaborations, and innovations that lie ahead.
PEACE N. ENEH
HOMETOWN: ENUGU STATE, NIGERIA
UNDERGRADUATE: CONCORDIA COLLEGE
I am Nigerian and moved to the United States in 2007 for my undergrad. I graduated from Concordia College in Minnesota in 2011 with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. I did clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital for 2 years before coming to Geisel. I am pursuing a career in medicine because it is the best way that I can empower the sick and give them the opportunity to be well so they can follow their dreams. I am passionate about global health and looking for a career in medicine that would allow me contribute to efforts to improve access to quality health care globally. To this end, I have been on a research trip to Bangladesh with my undergraduate research team where we took surveys to better our understanding of the socioeconomic connection between people and parasites, since our lab is working toward developing a vaccine against hookworms. I have also co-founded an organization called New Afrique, and one of the aims of this organization is to bring reform to medical education and medical practices in Africa. I am interested in using active listening and storytelling as a medium to bring healing to victims and also interested in how ethical and unbiased storytelling could be used as a tool to reshape how we view and do global health work.
CHENGETAI R. MAHOMVA
HOMETOWN: DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
UNDERGRADUATE: SWARTHMORE COLLEGE
I was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and grew up in the coastal town of Durban, South Africa. I was fortunate to attended Swarthmore College as a Thomas B. McCabe Scholar and majored in Biochemistry. Driven by my strong desire to give back to my community, as a freshman I started a student group that raised funds to build ten eco-latrines for the Mathew Rusike Children’s’ Home (MRCH) in Epworth, Zimbabwe. The latrines (which convert human waste into fertilizer) improved sanitation while enabling the orphanage to grow their own food at the height of the political and economic unrest in Zimbabwe. Through a grant from the Eugene Lang Opportunity Scholarship and other donors, the MRCH and I were able to start an Early Childhood Development Center at the MRCH for 50 AIDS orphans between the ages of two and six. My contribution to this two and a half year project was the fundraising, planning, construction and furnishing of the first classroom, whose doors we opened in the spring of 2011. After graduating from Swarthmore in 2011, I worked at the National Institutes of Health-National Human Genome Research Institute as the Scientific Program Analyst for the H3Africa (Human Heredity and Health in Africa, www.h3africa.org ) Initiative for two years. The goal of this initiative is to provide funding directly to African institutes to conduct disease orientated genomic studies on African populations and to build scientific infrastructure on the continent. For my work with H3Africa, I was a recipient of the 2012 Common Fund Leadership Award as a member of the Global Health Leadership Team (a category of the NIH Director’s Awards). I am very grateful for the opportunities I have had to travel to several African countries and the exposure to different health and biomedical research systems. Outside of the office\classroom, I enjoy listening to live jazz, baking and “skyping” with my two younger siblings.
HOMETOWN: NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
UNDERGRADUATE: RUTGERS UNIVERSITY
I was born in Cali, Colombia and moved to New Jersey when I was 5 years old. I went to Rutgers University where I majored in Biology. In college I gained exposure to healthcare through a clerical position at the hospital I went to throughout my childhood. I was exposed to the incredible impact clinical medicine can have on patients’ lives, but I also saw a large disparity in access to healthcare in my community. I am interested in global health because it aims at helping some of the world’s most vulnerable populations. I was lucky enough to work with an NGO in Peru this past summer where I worked in an impoverished community, which helped reaffirm my conviction to help particularly vulnerable communities.
HOMETOWN: WESTLAND, MI
UNDERGRADUATE: OBERLIN COLLEGE
I was brought up by Irish, Scottish, and Maltese grandparents, the Bangladeshi family that my parents sponsored for immigration, and a variety of Midwest folks. Between stories and visits to family abroad, I was given an intimate window into some of challenges in international health. Values like respect, solidarity, and human dignity were gleaned from Catholic social teaching and impressed upon my worldview. While studying at Oberlin College, I had the privilege of learning in clinics from quiet Amish country and snowy Bloomington, IN to bustling Nairobi and crowded Dhaka. With the resulting global bias, my goal is to help build international partnerships that promote justice and inclusivity in health care.
HOMETOWN: ELLICOTT CITY, MD
UNDERGRADUATE: DARTMOUTH COLLEGE
Tara is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland. She is Indian, Irish, and German, with half of her family living in India. She graduated in 2012 from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Anthropology and Biology, and is especially interested in community development, ethics, and health equity for underserved populations. Her previous global health experiences include helping with quality improvement measures at a pediatric HIV clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, research-consulting for an microfinance initiative by ACCION International, and interning in the Stop TB Department of the World Health Organization Headquarters. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, hiking, cooking, salsa dancing, and learning languages.
MEGAN ROSE CARR LAPORTE
HOMETOWN: PORTLAND, OREGON
UNDERGRADUATE: EMMANUEL COLLEGE
Megan Rose Carr LaPorte is an Oregon native with an interest in optimizing healthcare outcomes in low-resource settings. She graduated from Emmanuel College in 2011 with a degree in biology and a concentration in neuroscience. After graduating, she spent a year in Thailand on a Fulbright grant, teaching English, traveling throughout Southeast Asia, and interning at hospitals in Chiang Mai and the Thai-Burma border. She speaks fluent English, tolerable Thai, and abysmal Spanish.
UNDERGRADUATE: UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
Kristen is a Global Health Scholar and in the Geisel School of Medicine Class of 2016. She grew up in Iowa and graduated from The University of Iowa with a major in Integrative Physiology and minors in Global Health and French before attending Geisel. Here at Geisel, she is the Peer Advisor for Global Health for the Center for Health Equity (CHE). She helped found the new Global Health Scholars programs during the spring – fall of 2013. Most of her experience abroad is in Haiti: she is one of the clinic managers for the NGO, Community Health Initiative and did her first year summer project with the Dartmouth Infectious Disease Department there. Her NGO primarly focuses on primary care and community health, with emphasis on public health projects from clean water, to community built latrines, to primary care clinics held every 3 months, to women’s health and Community Health Worker training (http://www.chihaiti.org/). Her 2013 summer project took place in Les Cayes, Haiti. She focused on improving adherence to anti-retroviral therapy and retention in care, for pregnant and post-partum HIV+ women who were formerly Lost to Follow Up. She worked primarily with Drs. Jodie Dionne-Odom (now at UAB), Peter Wright (Dept. of Infectious Disease), Cleonas Destine (local Dartmouth Haitian physician at HIC in Les Cayes) and the CHW’s at HIC. She is also the national medical student representative for the Consortium of Universities on Global Health (CUGH) Education Committee. She works with this committee and it’s “Core Competencies Subcommittee” helping faculty to draft global health competency standards that will be recommended to global health programs at schools across the country. She is working peripherally with Geisel’s curriculum redesign committee to draft Global Health competencies for students to meet before they graduate from programs such as GHS. She is a member of Physicians for Human Rights and she co-leads the medical school’s OB/GYN interest group for the 2013-2014 school year. She is pursuing a joint MD/MPH degree and will likely graduate in 2017. She hopes to have a career in academic medicine, with emphases on teaching and global health program development within medical schools.