Torben K. "Tom" Becker, MD, PhD, RDMS, FAWM; Editor-in-Chief
Torben Becker graduated from the University of Heidelberg Medical School in Germany, followed by initial residency training in anesthesiology. After relocating to the United States, he trained in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Michigan. This was followed by fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh in Multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine, Clinical Research, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), as well as an EMS fellowship at the University of Florida. Dr. Becker has a particular interest in global medicine with a focus on improving prehospital care and developing critical care capacities. He has worked in Greece, Mexico, Haiti, Rwanda, and Ghana. He is the Program Director of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the University of Florida. He also serves as the UF Department of Emergency Medicine’s Director of Prehospital Research, and as faculty for the EMS, ultrasound and critical care medicine fellowship programs. He is the Associate Medical Director for Alachua County Fire Rescue and oversees its critical care division. He joined GEMLR in 2009 as a reviewer and served as GEMLR’s Managing Editor from 2013-2018. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of GEMLR.
Indi Trehan, MD, MPH, DTM&H, Managing Editor
Indi Trehan is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and an attending physician at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He currently serves as the Medical Director of Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR. Previously he was a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Malawi and a Visiting Consultant at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi. He received his medical and public health degrees from Northwestern University. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He completed a dual fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his training in Clinical Tropical Medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He has worked clinically in Nicaragua, Belize, Bolivia, Malawi, Ghana, Haiti, Liberia, Laos, Bangladesh, and Sierra Leone where he served as the Clinical Lead at an Ebola Treatment Unit. His primary research focus is in the prevention, etiology, diagnosis, and management of childhood malnutrition in low- and middle-income countries, has published his work in journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, PNAS, and BMJ. His other research interests include the application of low-cost diagnostic and therapeutic modalities to high-burden illnesses in global child health. He also currently serves as the founding director of the Pediatrics Global Health Residency Pathway at Washington University.
Sean Kivlehan, MD, MPH, Senior Editor
Sean Kivlehan is the Fellowship Director for International Emergency Medicine at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. He completed the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Brigham and Harvard, as well as a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital where he served as chief resident. His medical and Master of Public Health degrees were completed at New York Medical College. He was a New York City paramedic for ten years and is a member of the NYC Medics International Disaster relief NGO. He currently works in several countries with multiple organizations including the World Health Organization and Partners in Health, researching the development of emergency care systems in low- and middle-income countries with a specific focus on EMS.
Maxwell Osei-Ampofo, MD, MPH, MBA, Assistant Managing Editor
Maxwell Osei-Ampofo is an Emergency Physician Specialist at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa. He completed his medical education at the School of medical sciences of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and obtained his MPH from the same University. He also holds an MBA (Management option) from the Delta International University of New Orleans. He is part of the pioneer class of emergency physicians to be trained in emergency medicine at the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons through a collaboration with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
He joined GEMLR as a reviewer in 2012 and was appointed Editor in 2014. He is also an associate editor of the African Journal of emergency medicine (AfJEM) responsible for the ‘Practical Pearl’ regular feature. Dr. Osei-Ampofo has also completed a Clinical Fellowship in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
His interests include improving referral systems, pre-hospital care and emergency care in resource-limited settings.
Joseph Bonney, MD, Assistant Editor
Joseph Bonney is an energetic Emergency Medicine Specialist from Ghana. He trained in the local Emergency Medicine training program with the Ghana College of Physician and Surgeons, currently pursuing his fellowship program in Adult Emergency Medicine with the same program and a fellowship in Disaster and Emergency Preparedness from SUNY Downstate Medical Center . Dr. Bonney holds a Masters in Public Health (Health Service Planning and Management) and has been involved in many research projects in Ghana and Sierra Leone. Joe has been active in African federation of Emergency Medicine, world association of Disaster and Emergency Medicine, IFEM, American college of Emergency Medicine and is advocating for the solidification of the Emergency Medicine Society of Ghana. Dr. Bonney is a member of the Editorial Team of the Ghana Medical Journal, African journal of Emergency Medicine and also the executive director is the Young Researchers' Forum, a group dedicated to promote research in Ghana. He has a big interest in Pre-hospital and Disaster Medicine with and currently a Candidate from the European Masters of Disaster Medicine, CRIMEDIM, Italy. Joe is a fun and focus leader, team player and wonderful photographer.
Megan Rybarczyk, MD, MPH Assistant Editor
Megan Rybarczyk is currently the Associate Fellowship Director of the Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. She currently works clinically at BWH as well as South Shore Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2009 and her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2013. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center in 2017, serving as Chief Resident her final year. Additionally, she completed a two-year Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship in the BWH Program in June 2019. To date, her experiences in the field of Global Health have involved clinical work, research, and/or medical education in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, India, Pakistan, Uganda, and South Africa. Her primary areas of focus are Emergency Medicine education and program development and emergency care systems development.
Braden Hexom, MD, Senior Editor
Braden Hexom, MD, is an emergency physician and Associate Professor at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently the residency program director for Rush's new emergency medicine residency program whose inaugural class began in July 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. During residency training at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, he developed an interest in global health through clinical work in Guatemala, Honduras, Liberia, and Haiti. Dr. Hexom worked with Mount Sinai's Global Health Training Center and other collaborating institutions to provide emergency care and infrastructure development support at JFK Medical Center in Monrovia, Liberia. He was a faculty mentor for Mount Sinai's Global Health Student Program and has advised students working in Jamkhed, India, and Queens, New York. He was a founding director of the Libertas Center for Human Rights, a comprehensive medical clinic for survivors of torture based at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York. His research interests include identifying the health care seeking behaviors of trauma survivors and improving access to care. He has served as a reviewer for GEMLR since 2011.
Amelia Pousson, MD, MPH, Editor
Amelia Pousson, MD, MPH, FACEP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University and works clinically at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, USA. She is also remote faculty at CHUK (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali) in Kigali, Rwanda under the Human Resources for Health Program. Her recent work has involved emergency systems development on behalf of sidHARTe at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health as Senior Advisor on Emergency Health Systems & Medical Education. Dr. Pousson completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and residency training at Christiana Care in Delaware. She is a graduate of the International Emergency Medicine & Global Public Health Fellowship of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University and the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine with a Masters in Public Health from the George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health. Over the past 10 years, she has collaborated on projects with USAID, UNAIDS, the NIH, local and international NGOs and governments in Brazil, Botswana, El Salvador, Ethiopia, the Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Oman, Rwanda, UAE, and Uganda. Dr. Pousson's research focuses on the ways that emergency medicine practitioners can become a first-order determinant of improved patient outcomes, from district to tertiary hospital levels in resource-restricted settings. She has specific interests in the role of point-of-care ultrasonography, medical education including low-resource simulation/flipped classroom models and evidence-based emergency medical provider training.
Anand Selvam, MD, DTM&H, Editor
Anand Selvam is a senior Global Health and International Emergency Medicine Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine and a Masters candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He received his medical and undergraduate degrees from Boston University’s 7-year Liberal Arts/Medical Education program. Prior to starting residency, he was awarded a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship through Yale University and the University of Pretoria, where he spent a year in the former townships of Pretoria, South Africa conducting HIV/AIDS research in maternal/fetal health and working clinically in a labor ward. He has spent significant time conducting research and working clinically in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, as well as the Indian subcontinent. His interests include complex humanitarian emergencies, conflict/refugee medicine, EM development, and global health ethics/human rights. During his fellowship, he has worked to strengthen the capacity of emergency care in Palestine, co-founded an NGO called The Global Health Marketplace (tGHM), and also worked clinically near the front lines in Mosul, Iraq during the 2017 liberation of the city from ISIS control.
Kamna Balhara, MD, MA, Grey Literature Editor
Kamna Balhara is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Residency Program director at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Kamna lived in New Delhi and Singapore before receiving her undergraduate degree from Rice University, where she participated in preventative care initiatives and courses in Mexico and the UK. She then completed a Master’s degree in French Cultural Studies from Columbia University while living in France. She completed medical school and residency at Johns Hopkins. During residency, she focused on a specialized track in Global Emergency Services. Her work in global emergency medicine has centered on EM operations and education, and her projects have involved international collaborations within the Middle East, Brazil, and Nepal. Her other research interests include access to care and health disparities at home and abroad.
Nana Serwaa Agyeman Quao, MD, Assistant Editor
Nana Serwaa Agyeman Quao is an Emergency Physician at the Accident and Emergency Centre, Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. She obtained her undergraduate and medical degrees from the School of Medical Sciences-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and completed her residency in emergency medicine at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, both in Kumasi. During her residency, she served as the Resident research coordinator in the Emergency department overseeing the activities in the research office as well as being actively involved in on-going research projects in the department. Her interests include clinical research, emergency care, global health and medical education. Nana Serwaa is passionate about providing enhanced emergency care to the Ghanaian populace where this is a budding field. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in a Public Health at the School of Public health, University of Ghana.
Nidhi Bhaskar, Technical Editor
Nidhi Bhaskar is a 3rd-year BA/MD student at Brown University and Alpert Medical School through the Program in Liberal Medical Education. During her undergraduate years at Brown, she is exploring her interests in medical ethics, healthcare policy, emergency medical systems, bioarchaeology, and global healthcare in trauma-stricken locations. Nidhi has previously done research with the Brown School of Public Health's Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies regarding social perceptions in MSM populations of colour in the New England Area and looks forward to gaining new perspectives on global emergency medical care during her time with GEMLR.
Adam Levine, MD, MPH
Adam Levine is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his Medical Doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco and his Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley before completing his specialty training in Emergency Medicine at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency in Boston.
In recent years, Dr. Levine has responded to humanitarian emergencies in Haiti, Libya, South Sudan, and Liberia and has led research and training initiatives in South Asia, East Africa, and West Africa. He currently serves as the Director for the Humanitarian Innovation Initiative at Brown University, whose goals are to improve the quality and professionalize the delivery of humanitarian assistance worldwide, and as the Primary Investigator for the Global Emergency Response and Recovery Project for International Medical Corps, focused on improving international and local capacity for responding to future epidemics and pandemics. He also serves as Editor-in-chief for Academic Emergency Medicine's annual Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review. His own NIH and foundation-funded research focus on improving the delivery of emergency care in resource-limited settings and during humanitarian emergencies.
Alison Hayward, MD, MPH, Advisor:
Alison S. Hayward, MD, MPH completed residency as well as disaster and emergency preparedness fellowship at the University of Massachusetts (UMass), obtaining her Master's in Public Health. Dr. Hayward serves as a faculty member of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She also currently serves as faculty on The Practitioner's Guide to Global Health, a massive open online course, and runs social media accounts for @globalfoamed and the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review. In 2017, she was part of a team that received the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Global Emergency Medicine Academy's award for global health education, for the Practitioner's Guide course.
Dr. Hayward has maintained a strong commitment to volunteer work, serving as the director and now chair of the board for Uganda Village Project, a public health nonprofit organization serving rural eastern Uganda, for the past 15 years.
Daniel Cho, Advisor
Daniel Cho is a first year MD/SCM student at Alpert Medical School through the Program in Liberal Medical Education. At Brown, he is pursuing his research interests in global health, healthcare policy, and infectious disease - specifically Ebola virus disease. Daniel has worked internationally in China, Taiwan, and London where he was an exchange student at the Zhejiang University School of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine, and King's College London. He has also spent a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark where he did research with CHIP/PERSIMUNE at Righospitalet on latent tuberculosis screening practices.