Harris Berman, M.D., FACP is the Dean at Tufts University School of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. His previous administrative positions include Vice Dean of the Medical School, Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine. Before coming to Tufts University, Dr. Berman was a pioneer in the development of managed care in New England, and for 17 years, the CEO of the Tufts Health Plan. Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Dr. Berman co-founded the Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, NH, one of the first HMOs in New England. Dr. Berman is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Tufts Health Care Institute, New England Healthcare Institute, Tufts Medical Center, and Tufts Health Plan. Before that, was a member of the Board of AvMed Health Plan, a not-for-profit plan in Florida, and Hebrew SeniorLife. Dr. Berman has international experience as a Peace Corps Physician in India and a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development in several international projects. At TUSM, he has spearheaded the expansion of the Global Health Program and has helped grow the affiliation between Tufts and Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, into many new areas of cooperation. A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Berman served as a resident on the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and at Tufts-New England Medical Center, and an Infectious Disease fellowship at Tufts-New England Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.
Mr. Alejandro Biguria, MArch is a leading Guatemalan architect and one of the founding members of Despertemos Guatemala: a local initiative that promotes the awakening of Guatemalans through awareness campaigns. This initiative looks into fostering the convergence of Guatemalans across the country and the globe in order to create synergies through the creation of a collective voice in common dilemmas faced within Guatemala and the region. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Boston University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. He directs LAAB and TORUS, both creative companies offering a wide range of design services in Guatemala and the region. He is an active member of the newly formed Alliance for Nutrition in Guatemala City and is currently working in the development of technologies that foster education systems centered around malnutrition.
Odilia Bermudez, PhD, MPH, LND, is an Associate Professor at Tufts University Medical School, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. She also holds secondary appointments as Associate Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and as Adjunct Scientist at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and, both at Tufts University. Dr Bermudez holds a Ph.D. in Nutrition (University of Massachusetts), a Master’s in Public Health (University of San Carlos, Guatemala), and advanced training in Food, Nutrition, Biotechnology and Poverty from the United Nations University (Chile and Guatemala). Within the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Tufts Medical School, Dr. Bermudez is the Concentration Leader of Global Health for the MPH Program. In addition, Dr. Bermudez is an Associate Nutritionist at the Frances Stern Nutrition Center at Tufts Medical Center of Boston. In 2007, she was awarded an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship – award from the European Union for teaching, research and assessment in Food Science Technology and Nutrition at the Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland and the Katholieke Hogeschool Sint-Lieven in Gent, Belgium, and she continues teaching and research collaborations with those universities. She also serves on the Observational Study Monitoring Board for the Hispanic Community Health Study and as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health research, a program at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Bermudez is a Reviewer for the NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Areas of expertise for Dr. Bermudez include international public health and nutrition, nutrition and aging, nutritional epidemiology, nutritional assessment, and poverty and food security. Both nationally and internationally, her current research is focused on the health, nutrition and dietary status of population groups and relationships between diet, nutrient intake, health and poverty conditions, particularly undernutrition, obesity and chronic diseases of ethnically and culturally diverse populations, including those affected by poverty, malnutrition, hunger, poor health and poor food environments. She also researches dietary and nutrition assessment methodologies related to socio-cultural and environmental determinants of food, nutrition and health.
Dr. Patricia Palma de Fulladolsa is the Director of the Regional Program for Food Security and Nutrition for Central America, Phase Two, PRESANCA II. She received her degrees in Nutrution at the University of San Carlos of Guatemala, a Master in International Development with an emphasis in International Nutrition at Cornell University, and a PhD in Nutrition, Public Health and Development, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London University, UK. Her areas of interest include: Planning Food and Nutrition, Nutritional Epidemiology, Food and Nutrition Monitoring, Analysis, Food and Nutrition Policy Development, Community Development, Human Resources Development Related to Food, Nutrition and Development, Policy and areas Public Management and Regional Integration Ethics.
Aviva Must, Ph.D., is Morton A. Madoff Professor of Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine and Chair of its Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. Dr. Must is a nutritional epidemiologist who has worked in population-based obesity research since 1988 and published widely. In her research, she focuses on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan with a particular interest in physical and psychosocial health consequences during adolescence. Current projects explore bidirectional associations of child mental health and obesity, obesity and cardiometabolic consequences in South Asians, dietary patterns and obesity in children and adolescents and modifying the food environment in schools. Additional research foci include the obesity measurement in populations, development of valid survey measures and surveillance systems for pediatric obesity and proximal modifiable behaviors (nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior). Recent efforts have been directed towards developing the descriptive epidemiology and health promotion for children with special health care needs, a population of youth who have been underserved by preventive health efforts, (ironically) due to their complex medical needs. Dr. Must heads the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, a cross-institution Obesity Center (BNORC), which has been funded by NIDDK since 1994.
Mkaya Mwamburi, MD, PhD, MA (Econ) is the director of the Tufts Center for Global Public Health and an Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine here at Tufts University School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree at the University of Nairobi and relocated and practiced to South Africa. He earned his PhD in Health Outcomes Research and Masters in Economics from Tufts University. His primary research focus over the past 12 years has been in HIV in Kenya, South Africa, India, Pakistan, and the United States. Dr. Mwamburi has extensive clinical trial and research experience in urban and rural settings in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, in response to the changing patterns in disease burden in limited resource settings, Dr. Mwamburi has shifted his focus in research to non-communicable diseases in rural Kenya including characterizing the burden of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, depression, cancer, and maternal and child health. The research involves understanding the role of social, cultural, and economic factors as well as food security and nutrition on access to prevention and management services for care for non-communicable disorders. In addition to his research, Dr. Mwamburi serves on the Tufts University Institutional Review Board, has trained, advised and mentored, numerous graduate, doctorate students, and junior faculty here at Tufts University. Dr. Mwamburi also played an instrumental role in establishing the Tufts Center for Global Public Health.
Joyce Sackey, M.D. is Dean of Global Health & Multicultural Affairs and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, as well as a practicing internist at Tufts Medical Center. Under Dr. Sackey’s direction, Tufts University School of Medicine’s global health programs encourage faculty, staff and students’ efforts to engage in collaborative research, education and training with colleagues in countries around the world, including India, Panama, Haiti, Ghana, Nicaragua and Namibia. Dr. Sackey also spearheads Tufts’ commitment to promoting diversity and equality in the health science professions by working to recruit and graduate people with backgrounds that are underrepresented in the field. She also manages the school’s “pipeline” programs, which work with middle and high school students as well as college students to increase minority students’ interest in and inspire young people to consider the fields of medicine, biomedical sciences, and health professions.
Deeb Salem, M.D., FACP, FACC, FAHA is the Physician-in-Chief at Tufts Medical Center. He is also the Sheldon M. Wolff Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Sarbattama Sen, M.D., is a leading researcher on the short- and long-term effects of maternal obesity on mother and infant. Most recently, Dr. Sen’s research has focused on interventions to limit the harmful effects of maternal obesity. She is a Neonatologist in the Division of Newborn Medicine at Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center and an investigator in the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center. She is also an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Sen is board certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine.
Emily Benotti is a public health student at Tufts University School of Medicine with a concentration in global health. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Italian from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Last summer, Emily completed her Applied Learning Experience (ALE) in Voi, Kenya with Tufts faculty at a regional hospital where she characterized infant feeding practices and examined community and family influence on rates of exclusive breastfeeding. Most recently, she traveled to Guatemala where she completed anthropometric measurements among school children in towns around Lake Atitlan. Currently, Emily works in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, and prior to her time at Tufts, she worked at Boston Children’s Hospital in the Epilepsy department.