Global Health Programs Executive Council

MANDATE

The overall goal of the McGill Global Health Programs Executive Council (Executive Council) is to create and help implement a new, comprehensive strategy for global health within the Faculty of Medicine.

In order to achieve this goal, the Executive Council will be a mechanism for a diverse group of individuals to collaborate, debate and create a vision for the future of global health within the Faculty of Medicine. The members will sit on the Executive Council for a three year, renewable term.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES

The Executive Council will function as fora for exchange of ideas and issues, ensuring communication with each other and with external partners. They will be responsible for crafting the strategic vision for GHP and identifying opportunities for the future development for global health related research, teaching and service to McGill and its affiliated communities.

In addition to examining approaches and opportunities, the Executive Council will focus on strategic cross-collaborative initiatives between the Faculty of Medicine as well as other disciplines within the University.

Tasha Ayinde, MPPPA

Tasha Ayinde is Associate Director, Administration, responsible for six departments within the McGill Faculty of Medicine, including: Global Health Programs, McGill AIDS Centre, Social Studies of Medicine, Institute for Health and Social Policy, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity. Ms. Ayinde oversees the strategic operations and administration of the departments and serves as senior advisor to the chairs and directors. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, British Columbia and McGill University, Montreal, Ms. Ayinde also holds a Master of Public Policy and Public Administration degree from Concordia University.

Ms. Ayinde has worked within the higher education sector for the past twelve years. Her research and professional interests include health policy, organizational development, issues related to governance and program evaluation. Prior to joining McGill University she worked as a human resource consultant in her own firm servicing public and private organizations and held management positions within the British Columbia provincial government, private sector and not-for-profit groups. Ms. Ayinde has actively participated and sat on various steering committees such the Faculty of Medicine's Think Dangerously Strategic Planning Initiative, Family Medicine Task Force and the Dean of Medicine Global Health Task Force. She formally sat on the Administrative Excellence Project Team, the Executive Committee for the Institute of Public Health and Population Health and the Dean of Medicine Awards of Excellence Selection Committee. Ms. Ayinde was recently appointed as Co-Chair, Global Health Group, Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (term 2018-2021)

Email: tasha.ayindeATmcgill.ca

 

Dan Deckelbaum, MD, CM, FRCSC, MPH

Dr. Dan Deckelbaum is assistant professor at the Divisions of Trauma and General Surgery at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), associate member of the Department of Epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health at McGill University, and honorary associate professor of the National University of Rwanda. He obtained his subspecialty training in trauma surgery and critical care at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. During his fellowship he also completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Miami. In addition to his passion for clinical practice, he has developed an avid interest in global surgical education and development, as well as disaster preparedness and response, establishing and co-directing the MUHC Centre for Global Surgery. Dr. Deckelbaum is also previous Interim Director of the McGill University Global Health Programs. His interest in global health is founded upon on-site clinical experience in government hospitals in East Africa as well as disaster response activities in Somalia, Kenya, Turks and Caicos, and Haiti. This clinical experience is the basis for ongoing capacity building programs in resource limited settings across the globe. This includes education programs in resource limited setting. Along with Dr. Razek, Dr. Deckelbaum implemented the first Trauma Team Training courses in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Ukraine. In addition, he spearheaded and is the Canadian director for Centre for Global Surgery-National University of Rwanda partnership for surgical education, a program to augment the academic components of post-graduate surgical training in Rwanda (Augmenting surgical capacity in resource - limited settings. Lancet 2012); and subsequently an advisor for the Steering Committee on Strengthening Rwanda Surgery. He also serves as an external examiner for the College of Surgeons of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa.

Dr. Deckelbaum is active in identifying innovative approaches to enhance medical student education in global health and global surgery and has supervised numerous students and resident through their global surgical research, education and clinical activities. He has lectured and organized global health seminars at the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University including being the Conference Chair of the Bethune Round Table International surgery meeting, as well as at the Medical School for International Health in Israel, Aga Khan University in Kenya, State University of Haiti, National University of Rwanda, Donetsk Research and Development Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics in the Ukraine, and many others.

In addition, Dr. Deckelbaum has recognized the significant impact of injury on global mortality and has implemented (with Dr. Razek) trauma registries in Tanzania, the Ukraine and will be piloting these registries in Malawi, Mozambique and Haiti providing some of the earliest hospital based injury data in resource limited settings. While addressing baseline trauma epidemiology, he has also participated in disaster preparedness and risk assessment in the Ukraine in preparation for Euro 2012.

Injury and surgical disease represent a leading cause of global mortality and morbidity. Dr. Deckelbaum has dedicated his career both locally and abroad engaging in partnerships working towards multidisciplinary capacity building interventions to address this challenge.

Email: dan.deckelbaumATmcgill.ca

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Theresa Gyorkos, PhD

 Dr. Gyorkos has been a researcher in parasite disease and infectious disease epidemiology for over 20 years and has conducted population-based primary epidemiological field research both in Canada and abroad. Her Canadian-based research focuses primarily on infections in child and educator populations in the daycare setting and imported and endemic parasite infections in at-risk populations (eg. immigrants, travelers). Her international health research activities centre mainly on: (1) Helminth control programs in high risk population subgroups (eg. school-aged children and pregnant women); (2) Multidisciplinary approaches to the prevention and control of endemic infectious and parasitic diseases; and (3) Reducing health inequalities in communities of extreme poverty.

She spent her sabbatical year from 1998-99 at WHO with the Schistosomiasis and Intestinal Parasite Unit (SIP), where she participated with this group in developing a WHO policy on helminth control programs targeted to school-age children which was ratified at the 2001 World Health Assembly. Together with her WHO colleagues she has since co-authored a manual on Monitoring Helminth Control Programmes (1999) and a book on Helminth Control in school-age children which is a guide for managers of control programmes (2002). She is a member on WHO’s Expert Advisory Panel on Parasitology. Her current sabbatical year (2006-2007) is based primarily in Peru and Mexico.

Email: theresa.gyorkosATmcgill.ca

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Matthew Hunt, PT, PhD

Matthew Hunt is an Associate Professor at the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy of McGill University and a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation. He chairs the clinical ethics committee of the Shriners Hospital for Children, and is an associate member of the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Biomedical Ethics Unit. Dr. Hunt conducts research related to ethics of global health practices and research, and on equity of rehabilitation services. Current research projects include inquiries into the ethics of research and innovation in disaster relief, wait list management and equity of access to physiotherapy in Canada, and ethics of humanitarian health policy and practice. He leads a capacity building project focused on rehabilitation providers in Haiti and co-directs the humanitarian health ethics network (humanitarianhealthethics.net).

Email: matthew.hunt1ATmcgill.ca

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Charles Larson, MD, MSc

Dr. Charles Larson is Senior Advisor-Education at McGill Global Health Programs. Born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, Dr. Larson moved to Montreal to study medicine at McGill University.  He subsequently specialized in Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine & Public Health.  His global health career began in the late 1980s when he joined the McGill-Ethiopia Strengthening Community Health Project, which he directed from 1989 to 1992.   Since 2008, he has been a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia and Director of the BC Children's Hospital-Centre for International Child Health (CICH) from 2008 to 2015. The CICH currently carries out capacity building and research projects in Bangladesh, China, Uganda, India and Senegal. Prior to joining UBC he lived in Dhaka, Bangladesh for 6 years where he directed the Health Systems and Infectious Diseases Division at the International Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh.  He also led a five-year McGill University population child health project in Chelyabinsk, Russia from 1998 to 2003.  Frm 2011 to 2016 he has been the PI on a Muskoka Initiative grant being carried out in rural Bangladesh, titled “Interrupting pathways to Maternal, Newborn and Early Childhood Sepsis". Dr. Larson’s interests currently focus on implementation studies, including research in support of the scale up of zinc treatment of childhood diarrhea and interventions that address the early detection, referral, treatment and follow-up management of sepsis in newborns and young children.   Charles is a past Board of Directors Chair of the Canadian Society for International Health and currently the National Coordinator of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Email: clarsonATmcgillDOTca

 

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Greg Matlashewski, PhD

Greg Matlashewski has considerable experience working on the diagnosis and treatment of leishmaniasis both from academia (McGill University) and with the World Health Organization (WHO) where he led the  program for elimination of visceral leishmaniasis from South East Asia (2009-11). Over the past 20 years he has worked extensively in Peru, India, Nepal and Bangladesh. He continues to perform implementation research in the field on the elimination of visceral leishmaniasis including developing diagnostics, studying transmission in endemic villages and increasing awareness of visceral leishmaniasis in endemic regions through training village health workers.

Through his laboratory research, he is studying the genetic basis that differentiates Leishmania species that cause cutaneous disease from visceral disease. The approach is to identify and characterize  naturally occurring strains from the field such as a L. donovani mutant which causes cutaneous leishmaniasis in Sri Lanka and visceral leishmaniasis in India.

Email: greg.matlashewskiATmcgill.ca

 

Tobias Rees, PhD

Tobias Rees is Assistant Professor of Anthropology with a dual appointment in the Departments of Social Studies of Medicine and Anthropology. Prior to joining the McGill Faculty he held positions at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany) and Zurich (Switzerland). Professor Rees’ expertise lies at the intersection of anthropology, art history, history of science, and the philosophy of modernity and concerns the critical study of knowledge/thinking. More specifically, he is interested in how categories that order knowledge mutate over time (or differ across space) – and in what effects these mutations have on conceptions of the human. The main areas of Professor Rees’ research have been emergent phenomena in the life sciences and in medicine, with a particular focus on neurobiology/neuropharmacology. In addition to his work on science/medicine, he has a long-standing interest in the intellectual history of anthropology/ethnography – and in how it may unfold after its partial divorce from the philosophy of history.

Email: tobias.reesATmcgill.ca

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Erwin Schurr, PhD

Erwin Schurr obtained his Ph.D. from the Institute of Biophysics and Radiation Biology at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg/Br, Germany. He then did his postdoctoral studies in molecular genetics with E. Skamene and P. Gros at McGill University. In 1991, he joined the McGill Centre for the Study of Host Resistance and the Faculty of Medicine at McGill as Assistant Professor. He is a James McGill Professor of Human Genetics and Medicine at McGill University. At the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, he is the leader of the program on Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health. His main research interest is the identification of host genetic factors predisposing to tuberculosis and leprosy; research that is supported by both national and international funding agencies. He has published extensively on the identification of genetic host susceptibility factors in both leprosy and tuberculosis. He has established field sites in several endemic countries for genetic epidemiological studies of tuberculosis and leprosy and is involved in projects aiming to develop effective low cost tools for the control of both diseases.

Email: erwin.schurrATmcgill.ca

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The McGill GHP International Advisory Board in 2016. Not Pictured: Greg Matlashewski and Tobias Rees. Photo Credit: Owen Egan for McGill University.

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