Moderators

Masoud Dara, MD

Masoud Dara, MD

Moderator

Bio

Dr. Masoud Dara is a Senior Advisor of the World Health Organization Office at the European Union. Dr. Masoud Dara is a physician and public health expert from Belgium. In addition to his medical degree, he has accomplished several courses and postgraduate studies including courses at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Dara’s professional career began as a clinician responsible for diagnosis and treating tuberculosis patients and implementing DOTS in rural and urban areas of Iran. Since 1998, Dr. Dara has been working with multiple national and international organizations implementing TB control programmes, public health interventions and emergency response. He has worked as the Médecins Sans Frontières programme manager and medical coordinator of several TB control projects in Central Asia from 1998 to 2001. From 2001-2003 Dr. Dara worked as a WHO Medical Officer in the Russian Federation providing technical assistance to national health authorities and TB control services across the country. From 2003-2010, Dr. Dara worked as a senior consultant of KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation in different countries mainly in the fields of MDR-TB, TB/HIV and TB-IC. Since 2008 Dr. Dara has been appointed as the Chair of scientific working group of TB control in prisons of International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. From 2004 to 2010, he has provided technical assistance to different countries as a GLC consultant and MDR-TB and TB-IC trainer. Since 2010, Dr. Dara has joined WHO providing technical assistance to the Member States in prevention and control of drug resistant TB. Since 2012, he is based at WHO Office at European Union in Brussels and currently functions as a Senior Advisor for communicable diseases and emergency response including Ebola. Dr. Dara speaks English, French, Russian, Persian and Dutch.

Work Location

  • Belgium

Organization

  • WHO Europe - EURO

Bio

Dr Christopher Gilpin has over twenty years experience as a Microbiology Laboratory Scientist managing diagnostic laboratories in Australia and the Middle-East. Chris completed studies in England for his doctorate in the molecular diagnosis and epidemiology of tuberculosis and was formerly Head of the TB Supranational Reference Laboratory in Brisbane, Australia. He has extensive experience in TB laboratory capacity strengthening and training in Africa, Asia and in the Pacific Islands. Chris holds a master of Public Health degree focused on tuberculosis and migration. He relocated to Geneva, Switzerland in 2007 to work as the Global Laboratory Manager for the International Organization for Migration and is currently employed by the World Health Organization as a Scientist in TB Diagnostics and Laboratory Strengthening Unit (TBL) of the StopTB Department. Chris is part of the team at WHO leading the roll-out of recently endorsed Xpert MTB/RIF assay.

Work Location

  • Switzerland

Organization

  • World Health Organization - WHO
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Irina Gelmanova, MD

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Dr. Gelmanova is a Project Consultant to Partners In Health’s DOTS-Plus program in Tomsk oblast. She also serves as a Research Committee member for the PIH TB services and MDR TB project in Tomsk. Prior to assuming these roles, she worked in PIH’s Moscow office as Project Coordinator of the Tomsk oblast MDR TB Project. Dr. Gelmanova also has experience working in the pharmaceutical industry and spent eight months coordinating a pilot TB project with Médecins Sans Frontières in Kazakstan. Dr. Gelmanova received her MD from Almaty State Medical Institute in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She completed her Masters in Public Health at Boston University School of Public Health.

Work Location

  • Thailand

Organization

  • Partners In Health - PIH
Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD

Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, PhD

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Salmaan Keshavjee, MD, Ph.D, MA, Sc.M, is the Director of the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine (DGHSM) at Harvard Medical School. Trained as a physician and social anthropologist, Dr. Keshavjee is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is also an attending in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Keshavjee completed his thesis work in Harvard’s Department of Anthropology and Center for Middle Eastern Studies on health policies in post-Soviet Tajikistan. Dr. Keshavjee’s clinical research has focused on the implementation of drug-resistant tuberculosis treatment projects run by Partners In Health, and associated treatment outcomes. He has worked extensively with PIH’s drug-resistant tuberculosis program in Russia since 2000. From 2006 to 2008, he was Deputy Country Director for the PIH Lesotho Initiative, launching one of the first community-based treatment programs for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis/HIV co-infection in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2007 he has led PIH’s Russia research initiative, coordinating a multi-disciplinary team studying treatment outcomes in drug-resistant tuberculosis. This work is informing efforts to treat drug-resistant tuberculosis in the region, including Central Asia, and has resulted in several manuscripts of global clinical and policy significance. Starting in 2005, Dr. Keshavjee has represented PIH/Harvard on the Green Light Committee (GLC) for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, the principal global mechanism for MDR-TB treatment expansion, housed at the Stop TB Partnership and the World Health Organization. From 2007 until September, 2010, he served as the Committee’s Chair. Through his roles at Harvard, PIH and the GLC, he has advised numerous national programs on the clinical and programmatic management of MDR-TB. (Source: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/socialmedicine/keshavjeebio.aspx)

Work Locations

  • Russian Federation
  • United States

Organizations

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity
  • Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
  • Partners In Health - PIH
Carole Mitnick, ScD

Carole Mitnick, ScD

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Carole Mitnick, ScD received both her ScM and ScD in International Health Epidemiology and Ecology from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. She began working with Partners In Health in 1996 when she was a Fellow in Health and Social Justice. Dr. Mitnick was appointed an Instructor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in 2002. Her primary research centers on clinical outcomes research on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), particularly in resource-poor communities. Dr. Mitnick's current projects involve evaluating treatment protocols using novel analytic approaches and performing clinical trials of MDR-TB. She is also working to identify surrogate endpoints for MDR-TB therapy and to assess the effect of quality improvement initiatives on TB treatment outcomes. (Source: http://www.brighamandwomens.org/socialmedicine/mitnickbio.aspx - photo credit: ©Suzanne Camarata Photography)

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity
  • Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
  • Partners In Health - PIH
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Tom Nicholson

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Tom Nicholson earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science with concentrations in Russian and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, and his master's in International Development Policy at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. At Partners In Health (PIH), Tom coordinated MDR-TB projects in the Russian Federation from 2006 through 2009. Tom served as the Project Director of a population health grant to Brigham and Women's Hospital and PIH from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, implemented in eastern Rwanda. Tom is currently appointed as Associate in Research at the Duke Center for International Development, working on MDR-TB drug supply and care delivery innovations in collaboration with Harvard Medical School's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

Work Locations

  • Kazakhstan
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • United States

Organizations

  • Duke University
  • Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
  • Partners In Health - PIH
Dylan Tierney

Dylan Tierney

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

I am an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a tuberculosis specialist at Partners In Health. I also work as a clinician with the Division of Infectious Disease at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I earned my medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. I've been working on the prevention and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis infection in the setting of socioeconomic disparities since 1999. My current projects focus on the development of training materials for MDR-TB clinicians in resource limited settings. I also conduct research on TB diagnostics and MDR-TB treatment regimens.

Work Locations

  • Bangladesh
  • Peru
  • United States

Organization

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Global Health Equity
Paul Zintl

Paul Zintl

Moderator Emeritus

Bio

Paul Zintl recently retired as Chief Operating Officer for Partners In Health (PIH) and as Senior Advisor for Planning and Finance for the Program in Infectious Disease and Social Change (PIDSC) at Harvard Medical School (HMS). He joined PIH and HMS in January, 2002. Prior to joining PIH/HMS, Mr. Zintl was a managing director of J.P. Morgan & Co. in New York, where he worked for 18 years, until 1995. In this capacity, his responsibilities included management, control, analysis, and evaluation of the firm’s trading businesses. After leaving J.P. Morgan, he studied state criminal justice systems and worked as a private consultant for two years. In 1998 he received a Master in Public Administration degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Work Location

  • United States

Organizations

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Partners In Health - PIH
  • Stop TB Partnership