Speakers

Clay Marsh, MD

Executive Dean and Vice President, WVU Health Sciences

A national leader in personalized medicine and in pulmonary and critical care medicine, Dr. Marsh has concentrated his efforts in determining how to help individuals stay healthy and how to create ecosystems to make this easy.  His research has focused on defining the underlying mechanisms that determine health and disease, including the molecular regulation of longevity and epigenetic controls of aging. He holds more than 20 patents or patent disclosures. He has mentored more than 50 MD, MD/PhD and PhD doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and junior faculty.  He has been responsible for more than $20 million in National Institutes of Health funding as principal investigator, co-PI, co-investigator, and mentor, and has published more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  He serves on national scientific advisory committees for organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the American Thoracic Society, the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline, and Caris Life Sciences. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. Kathryn Kell, DDS 

President, FDI World Dental Federation  

Dr. Kell currently serves as President of the FDI World Dental Federation and is a member of their Executive Committee.    She previously was the FDI President-Elect, Treasurer, and then FDI Council member as the North American Liaison.    She was a member of the FDI’s Congress and Education Committee for nine years and Chair for six of those years also concurrently serving on the FDI Science Committee and FDI Strategic Planning sessions.     From 2004-2008 she was on the Board of Trustees for the American Dental Association after serving on multiple Councils and Committees and receiving two Presidential Citations.  Dr. Kell received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 1979 and a Masters in Health Care Administration from St. Ambrose University in 1999.  Dr. Kell is a member of the American College of Dentists, International College of Dentists, Academy of Dentistry International, American Association of Health Care Executives and Delta Mu Delta Honorary Society, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.   Dr. Kell is a Past-President of the Iowa Dental Association receiving their President’s Award, Outstanding Service Award, and Distinguished Service Award.    She was the President of the American Association of Women Dentists and national President in 1988-89.   She received their AAWD Lucy Hobbs Taylor Woman Dentist of the Year Award in 2007.

Alice Aluoch

Global Health Organizer at RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund

Ms. Aluoch is the Global Health Organizer for RESULTS. She has over seven years’ experience in health advocacy, social justice, and economic empowerment for women and girls. She has significant experience in grassroots organizing, advocating with members of congress, community engagement, and living and working in developing countries. After personally experiencing the inequality and vulnerability that young women living in poverty in Kenya face, she founded Mfariji Africa, an initiative focused on ensuring girls and young women attend school and complete their education. In 2014 she served as a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, a global movement of young leaders working to get every child in school and learning. In 2015 she was awarded Social Entrepreneur Award of the year by Start Up Africa for her commitment to empowering young girls.  She is also a recipient of a three-year fellowship from Vital Voices, which offers training and mentorship to women who are pioneering change for women and girls in communities and countries across the globe. She joined RESULTS in 2014 and started the RESULTS Delaware chapter where she was a group leader for three years before transitioning to full time staff at RESULTS.

Lawrence O. Gostin, JD

University Professor at Georgetown University, Founding O'Neill Chair in Global Health Law; Faculty Director, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law; Director, World Health Organization Collaborating Center on National & Global Health Law

As the Founding O’Neill Chair in Global Health Law at Georgetown University, Prof. Gostin directs the World Health Organization Center on National and Global Health Law.  The WHO Director-General appointed Prof. Gostin to high-level positions, including expert panels on the International Health Regulations (IHR) and on Mental Health. He served on the Director-General’s Advisory Committee on Reforming WHO, as well as WHO expert advisory committees on pandemic influenza, smallpox, genomic sequencing, and migrant health. He served on WHO’s Blue Ribbon Panel on global health equity. He co-chairs the Lancet Commission of Global Health Law. Professor Gostin served on two global commissions on the 2015 Ebola epidemic. He was senior advisor to the UN Secretary General’s post-Ebola Commission. He served on the drafting committee for the G-7 Summit agenda in Tokyo 2016 on global health security and Universal Health Coverage. Prof. Gostin’s book Global Health Law (Harvard University Press) is read throughout the world—translated into simplified and traditional Chinese, and into Spanish.

Ranjita Misra, PhD

Professor, WVU School of Public Health

Dr. Misra is a national and international health disparities expert for examining the prevalence and management of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and CVD in community, faith-based, and clinical settings. She uses low-cost models (such as community health workers and health coaches) and community based participatory approaches to tailor culturally-appropriate strategies in multi-ethnic populations in India, Mexico, and the United States. Dr. Misra has led several national and international multi-center epidemiological studies to examine the Indian and Mexican Diasporas in rural/urban Indians/immigrant Asian Indians. In recognition of her outstanding activities, she has received several research, teaching, mentoring, and community engagement awards, including the Health Disparities Scholars Award from MD Anderson, Armstrong Scholar Award and Montague Scholar Award at Texas A&M University, and the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) Research & Service Award. She served as the President of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Education Honorary from 2009 to 2012, and President of the US South Asian Public Health Association (SAPHA) 2006-2010. In recognition of her outstanding service, she has received the Distinguished Service Awards from the American School Health Association, South Asian Public Health Association, the National Health Science Honor Society of Eta Sigma Gamma, and Distinguished Service and Research Award from the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin.

Susan A Newfield 

PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Chair of Family and Community Health & Associate Professor, WVU School of Nursing

Dr. Newfield is an Associate Professor at the WVU School of Nursing.  Her research interests include adolescent mental health in the school setting and human trafficking in Southeast Asia.  For over ten years, she has provided mental health services to high school students in support of the county school health program.  Internationally, she has been involved in a fourteen-year capacity building project in Viet Nam that supports the development of social service and community workers who address issues of human trafficking. This has been accomplished by building collaborations with INGOs, local Vietnamese universities, and the WVU School of Social Work. Her major publication includes a nursing diagnosis care plan book that is utilized internationally. Dr. Newfield’s teaching efforts include integrating mental health concepts into the undergraduate curriculum, issues related to human trafficking, and facilitating student learning exchanges.

Keith Martin, MD, PC

Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Dr. Martin is a physician who, since Sept. 2012, has served as the founding Executive Director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), a rapidly growing organization of over 170 academic institutions from around the world. It harnesses the capabilities of these institutions across research, education, advocacy, and service to address global challenges and is particularly focused on improving health outcomes for the global poor and strengthening academic global health programs.  Between 1993-2011, Dr. Martin served as a Member of Parliament in Canada’s House of Commons representing a riding on Vancouver Island. During that time he held shadow ministerial portfolios in foreign affairs, international development, and health. He also served as Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Defense. In 2004, he was appointed to the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada. His main areas of focus are in global health, foreign policy, security, international development, conservation and the environment. He is particularly interested in strengthening human resources capabilities and scaling up initiatives in low-income settings that improve environmental sustainability and human security.

Amelia Adcock, MD 

Assistant Professor, WVU School of Medicine, Telestroke and Teleneurology Medical Director

Dr. Adcock is an Associate Professor of Neurology, Cerebrovascular Division. She is the Associate Director of the WVU Comprehensive Stroke Center and the Director of the WVU Center for Telestroke and Teleneurology. She is currently a WVClinical and Translational Science Institute Research Scholar, directing the majority of her award towards a clinical trial studying repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) in patients with post-stroke depression. This year she has begun what she hopes will be a long-term partnership using a telemedicine platform with rural Guatemala focused on participatory rural action and community development. Additional interests include global neurology, wake up stroke, establishment of sustainable telemedicine networks in low resource areas, and partnering with basic scientists to shed light on clinical questions. Dr. Adcock is passionate about mentorship and innovation in medical education.

Rich Fletcher, PhD

Pappalardo Fellow in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Fletcher directs the Mobile Technology Group within the MIT D-Lab, which develops a variety of mobile sensors, analytic tools, and diagnostic algorithms to study problems in global health and behavior medicine.  Dr. Fletcher travels to India approximately 5 times per year and his group partners with organizations in India serving the rural and urban poor, with ongoing research studies funded by NIH, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, Vodafone and the Tata Trust.  In the US, Dr. Fletcher works in the area of behavior medicine and public health, addressing health disparities and important issues such as drug addiction and mental health.  Bridging together the fields of engineering and medicine, Dr. Fletcher’s research utilizes a variety of mobile technologies and wearable sensors for use in behavior monitoring as well as psychological and behavioral interventions.  Dr. Fletcher is currently an investigator on several clinical studies with partner hospitals in the US and India exploring ways that mobile technology, Internet of Things, and Artificial Intelligence can be used for diagnostic guidance as well as to predict and guide human behavior in the context of health. 

Douglas Slain, PharmD, BCPS, FCCP, FASHP

Chair and Professor of Clinical Pharmacy, WVU School of Pharmacy

Dr. Salain is an Infectious Diseases Clinical Specialist, and received his BS Pharmacy degree and his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.  He then completed a residency and fellowship in infectious diseases pharmacotherapy at the Medical College of Virginia-Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.  Additionally, he has the distinction of being a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) with added qualifications in Infectious Diseases. Dr. Slain is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Additionally, he was selected as “Clinician of the Year” by the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists in 2007.  Dr. Slain’s clinical and research interests include antimicrobial stewardship, antifungal therapies, pharmacokinetics, and practice-related research.