I have been a global health practitioner, researcher, and executive leader for almost 3 decades. I am trained in medical oncology and HIV medicine and have conducted clinical, epidemiological and implementation research in Africa since 1985. I was first “introduced” to global health when finishing my Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in the mid-1980’s in Boston. During my Hematology/Oncology fellowship and after the co-organizing the first AIDS care clinic in the New England region with Jerry Groopman, I was trying to learn the ropes in virology and molecular biology in the in the laboratory group of Max Essex at Harvard. During that time, our laboratory group along with Senegalese and French collaborators discovered the first evidence for the existence of a new human retrovirus, HIV-2, a second human AIDS virus, with its apparent origins in West Africa.
As a clinician, I was able to help in Senegal then, helping set up clinical care and create a research cohort in Dakar for hundreds of women sex workers infected with this new human retrovirus and care for their families. I discovered that a little can go a long way in poor settings, such as in Senegal. I became hooked on helping create solutions to help people in poor settings in Africa and elsewhere. Longterm partnerships and friendships have subsequently been made in many developing countries. This website and blog are a reflection of these partnerships and what my friends have taught me in building, from the ground up, successful public health programs in poor regions of the world.
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