University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Global Health Faculty

The Global Health Pathway brings together faculty from multiple subspecialties in the Department of Medicine. Trainees can get involved with these projects, and partner with local and global mentors to design projects in their specific fields of interest (e.g., Cardiology, Hematology and Oncology, Palliative Care).

Dr. Gauthier is an infectious disease physician whose research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of fungal pathogenesis; specifically, dimorphic fungi and Blastomyces dermatitidis.

Dr. Gauthier's Global Health Activities

  • Developer of WiscSIM Lectures (UW NetID required for viewing). This simulation-based curriculum prepares trainees to provide high-quality health care in resource-limited settings, hone ethical and cultural skills, and provide opportunities for career development. It centers around simulation and includes pre-simulation video capture lectures, audio podcasts, and group discussions in addition to simulation cases.
  • Co-host of the Think Blasto! podcast
  • Clinical Manifestations and Treatment of Blastomycosis, 2017

Dr. Hjertstedt is a hospitalist in medicine and pediatrics with a master's degree in global health.

Dr. Hjerstedt's Global Health Activities

  • Coupling medical education and global health training to design a recurring, comprehensive curriculum for the Global Health Pathway.

Dr. Kaiksow is a hospitalist with interests in how public and health policy can reduce healthcare disparities.

Dr. Kaiksow's Global Health Activities

  • Researching the impacts of incarceration on cancer outcomes
  • Creating curriculum on providing care to immigrant and refugee populations in Wisconsin
  • Volunteer physician for MEDiC, a student-led organization that runs free health care clinics to the underserved

Dr. Misch is an infectious disease physician with a focus on M. tuberculosis, nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), leprosy, and Buruli ulcer. She also has interests in health equity; specifically the uneven distribution of mycobacterial disease in Wisconsin and the unexpected association between poor socioeconomic status and NTM infection.

Dr. Misch's Global Health Activities

  • Consultant to the Wisconsin State Tuberculosis Program
  • Participant in in mass TB screening programs to detect and treat active and latent tuberculosis in the highly TB-endemic island nations of the Pacific.
  • Developed a Tuberculosis Lecture for the WiscSIM Curriculum

Dr. Munir is a hospitalist whose scholarly activity focuses on preventive medicine and medical education.

Dr. Munir's Global Health Activities

  • Global health education for trainees on the global health pathway

Dr. Safdar is an infectious disease physician whose clinical and research activities focus on preventing health-care associated infections and promoting antimicrobial stewardship, particularly in the acute-care setting.

Dr. Shirley is an infectious disease physician whose research centers around infection control and epidemiology, including preparation for emerging pathogens and preventing hospital-associated infections.

Dr. Shirley's Global Health Activities

Activities

  • Worked with collaborators at Jimma University, Mekelle University, and Black Lion Hospital to improve hand hygiene and prevent surgical site infection in Ethiopia and mentoring trainee global health research.
  • Served as faculty for the GHP global health elective in Ethiopia.
  • Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude, and Hand Hygiene Compliance amongst Health Care Professionals in Jimma University Medical Center, Medical Student Research Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 25, 2019 (research mentor)
  • Advisor for Ebola Preparedness in Ethiopia, 2019
  • Provides care for the homeless through the SMPH's MEDiC clinics and on Street Rounds as part of the Madison Street Medicine Initiative.

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Dr. Siraj is an infectious disease physician whose clinical interests center around improving health equity and healthcare delivery in the USA and Ethiopia, with a focus on infection control, infectious diseases, HIV and travel medicine. He also works to promote diversity in healthcare.

Dr. Siraj's Global Health Activities

Activities

  • Led the GHP global health elective in Ethiopia.
  • Advisor on COVID-19 Task Force for the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, 2020
  • Assessment of Knowledge, Attitude, and Hand Hygiene Compliance amongst Health Care Professionals in Jimma University Medical Center, Medical Student Research Forum, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November 25, 2019 (research mentor)
  • Advisor for Ebola Preparedness in Ethiopia, 2019

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View Dr. Dawd Siraj's publications on NCBI MyBibliography