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Meet the IHY Team

  • Kaveh Khoshnood

    Faculty Director

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Faculty Director, InnovateHealth Yale; Program Co-Director, Global Health Ethics Program, Yale Institute for Global Health; Program Director- BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health at Yale

    Kaveh Khoshnood is the new Faculty Director for InnovateHealth Yale. Kaveh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and the Director of the BA-BS/MPH Program at the Yale School of Public Health. Kaveh’s research interests are the epidemiology and prevention of HIV/AIDS; ethical issues in research with vulnerable populations and the health of conflict-affected and forcibly displaced populations, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa region. Kaveh teaches courses on public health ethics and global health. Kaveh’s favorite part of his job is mentoring students who are committed to tackle public health issues, especially those affecting marginalized communities domestically and internationally. Kaveh is an immigrant from Iran who believes in providing second chances to those who were forced to leave their countries due to violent conflict. Kaveh is grateful for the educational and mentorship opportunities he has had and eager to provide similar support to those in need. 

  • Fatema Basrai

    Assistant Director

    Assistant Director, InnovateHealth Yale

    Fatema Basrai was born in India and was raised in rural Oklahoma and Texas. After living in Rome and graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, She moved to San Antonio, TX to teach.

    Fatema currently serves as the Assistant Director of InnovateHealth Yale at Yale University. In her role, she works with students, faculty, staff and community members to support social ventures in health and education across the globe. She is active in the educational equity community as has presented nationally on panels including those for DreamWeek, The American Association for University Women, and Leadership for Educational Equity. She also served as the Vice Chair for the San Antonio ISD's 2016 Bond Committee which oversaw a $450 million dollar bond and was a founding member of SA RISE, an educational equity community organizing group.

    Fatema was named to Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education list for 2018 and is dedicated to ensuring educational and health equity for vulnerable populations globally.

Office Hours

InnovateHealth is thrilled to learn alongside fauclty members doing wonderful work in the context of public health entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship. If you would like to connect with any of the faculty below, please first schedule office hours with Fatema Basrai.

Affiliated Faculty

  • Teresa Chahine

    Sheila and Ron ’92 B.A. Marcelo Senior Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship

    Teresa Chahine is the inaugural Sheila and Ron ’92 B.A. Marcelo Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship. She is the author of "Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship," a twelve-step framework for building impactful ventures in new and existing organizations. Dr. Chahine's research focuses on developing tools to characterize and advance social and environmental determinants of health. She launched the first social entrepreneurship program in the context of public health, at Harvard University. She was also responsible for launching the first venture philanthropy organization in her home country of Lebanon, providing tailored financing and critical management support to social enterprises serving marginalized populations through education and job creation for youth and women.

  • Martin Klein

    Senior Advisor (Dean's Office) and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy); Executive Director, Yale Center on Climate Change and Health, Health Policy & Management

    Martin Klein, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Senior Advisor to the Dean of the Yale School of Public Health. He is also the founder of InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship and the co-founder and Executive Director of the Yale Center on Climate Change and Health CCCH). Martin believes that using the tools of entrepreneurship and innovation can accelerate equity and access and is excited to work with individuals and teams committed to improving health and education for low-income communities in the US and low-resource countries.

  • Rafael Perez-Escamilla

    Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences); Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration

    Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D., is Professor of Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. He is the PI of the Yale-Griffin CDC Prevention Research Center (PRC). His global public health nutrition and food security research program has contributed to improvements in breastfeeding and other maternal, infant and young child nutrition outcomes, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security, and early child development. His health disparities research involves assessing the impact of community health workers at improving behavioral and metabolic outcomes in vulnerable communities. He has published over 240 research articles, 3 books/monographs, and numerous journal supplements, book chapters, and technical reports. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine (elected in 2019) and served in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Food and Nutrition Board from 2012-18. He has been a senior advisor to maternal-child community nutrition programs as well as household food security measurement projects funded by the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the U.S. Agency for International Development, The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH),The World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Governments in Latin America & Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Europe . He obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and his MS in Food Science and his PhD in Nutrition from the University of California at Davis. His postdoctoral training at UC Davis focused on the link between nutrition and early childhood development.

  • Yetsa Tuakli-Wosornu

    Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

    Yetsa A. Tuakli-Wosornu, MD, MPH is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) physician, also known as a physiatrist. A physiatrist focuses on treating problems with the muscles, joints and nerves without surgery.

    Dr. Tuakli-Wosornu specializes in interventional spine and sports medicine treatments, helping people achieve high physical and athletic performance at all stages of life through “holistic mind-body development” and therapies. She approaches her work with a sense of compassion and innovation. Physiatry allows “my experiences as a physician, athlete and public health advocate to dovetail,” she says.

    She is also a co-founder of BambooAbility, an initiative focused on mobility equipment.

    “For persons with disabilities in low-resource and tropical settings, barriers to mobility and physical activity are steep. Our initiative, BambooAbility, sees the development and design for manufacture of low-cost, durable, sustainable, purpose-built personal mobility equipment in order to support wheelchair users and others with mobility impairment in low-resource and tropical settings.”

  • Sten H. Vermund

    Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health; Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

    Dr. Sten Vermund is a pediatrician and infectious disease epidemiologist focused on diseases of low and middle income countries. His work on HIV-HPV interactions among women in Bronx methadone programs motivated a change in the 1993 CDC AIDS case surveillance definition and inspired cervical cancer screening programs launched within HIV/AIDS programs around the world. The thrust of his research has focused on health care access, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, and prevention of  HIV transmission among general and key populations, including mother-to-child.  Dr. Vermund has become increasingly engaged in health policy, particularly around sustainability of HIV/AIDS programs and their expansion to non-communicable diseases, pandemic respiratory disease response and prevention, and public health workforce development.