Downs Fellowship Committee

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Leonard Munstermann, PhD, MA, BA

Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Head Curator of Entomology (Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History)

Research Interests

Biological Evolution; Colombia; Communicable Diseases, Emerging; DDT; El Salvador; Entomology; Genetics; Global Health; Guatemala; Honduras; Insect Vectors; Leishmaniasis; Leishmaniasis, Cutaneous; Leishmaniasis, Visceral; Malaria; West Nile virus; Yellow Fever

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Linda D Arnold, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Emergency Medicine) and of Emergency Medicine

Director, Pediatric Global Health Track

Research Interests

Emergency Medicine; Global Health; Medical Errors; Pediatrics

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Jamie Emory Childs, ScD

Senior Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Arenavirus; Bartonella; Borrelia; Global Health; Hantavirus; Leptospira; Lyme Disease; Rabies; Rickettsia; Zoonoses

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Luke Davis, MD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine)

Research Interests

Critical Care; Global Health; Mobile Applications; Tuberculosis

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Mayur Mahesh Desai, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program

Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Research Interests

Cardiovascular Diseases; Emigrants and Immigrants; Epidemiologic Methods; Global Health; Health Services Research; Mental Disorders; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Veterans

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John Nevins Forrest, Jr, MD

Professor of Medicine

Director, Office of Student Research

Research Interests

Chloride Channels; Cystic Fibrosis; Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator; Kidney; Nephrology; Sharks; SNARE Proteins

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Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso, PharmD, MPH

Assistant Professor in the Physician Associate Program, Department of Medicine

Faculty Director, Workforce Development and Research, Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC)

Research Interests

Health Services Research; Hispanic Americans

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Frank A Grosso

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Yale School of Public Health

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Nicola Hawley, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

American Samoa; Diabetes Mellitus; Global Health; Maternal Health Services; Maternal-Child Health Centers; Obesity; Pregnancy; Prenatal Care; Samoa; South Africa

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Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Program Director- BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health at Yale

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Diseases; Epidemiology; Ethics; Global Health; HIV; Human Rights; Infectious Disease Medicine; Public Health; Violence

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Sunil Parikh, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests

Africa; Burkina Faso; Developing Countries; Epidemiology; Global Health; Infectious Disease Medicine; Malaria; Nigeria; Parasitic Diseases; Public Health; Uganda

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Curtis L Patton, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

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Nancy Radcliffe Reynolds

Independence Foundation Professor of Nursing

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Robert M Rohrbaugh, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Deputy Chair for Education and Career Development, Department of Psychiatry

Residency Program Director, Department of Psychiatry

Director, Office of International Medical Student Education, Yale School of Medicine

Research Interests

Electronic Health Records; Ethical Analysis; Evidence-Based Medicine; Global Health; Health Care; Internship and Residency; Medicine; Mental Health Services; Psychiatry and Psychology

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Andre N. Sofair, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Communicable Diseases, Emerging; Hepatitis C; Infectious Disease Medicine; Internal Medicine; Liver

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Felicia C Spencer

Director, Career Services

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Some of the members of the 2015 Downs Committee. (Left to right): Luis Maldonado, Leonard Munstermann, Nicola Hawley, Mayur Desai, and Rosana Gonzalez-Colaso.

Downs Fellowship Committee

(formerly Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship)

The Downs International Health Student Travel Fellowship honors Wilbur G. Downs (1913 - 1991), M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale University School of Medicine, renowned physician/scientist in the fields of tropical medicine and infectious diseases, and mentor to many students and colleagues. The Fellowship supports Yale students who undertake biomedical, medical, nursing and/or public health research in developing countries. The selection committee is comprised of faculty from Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health as well as administrators from the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. Committee members will be asked to serve three-year terms to maintain continuity, beginning in 2011-2012.

rev. 2/16/2015