John Bahling, M.D.

Dr. Bahling is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit. He trained in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Bahling has worked previously as a medical educator for the Princeton Review company. He has traveled extensively in Europe, China, Mexico, and Africa. Dr. Bahling served as a Pediatric AIDS Corps doctor in Malawi from July, 2008 through August, 2009 when he accepted a position as a PICU hospitalist at Chidren's Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


Rajesh Daftary, M.D.

Dr. Daftary is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC.

Dr. Daftary has served previously as the Co-Founder and Director of Health Circus - a long-term volunteer effort designed to promote preventative health care and improve health insurance coverage for poor children in the Brazos Valley. In conjunction with the United Way and the Texas Department of Health, Health Circus program provided comprehensive health services including immunizations, TexCare (CHIP/Medicaid) insurance enrollment, dental care, healthy child screenings, and health education.


Lindy Fenlason, M.D.

Dr. Fenlason is a graduate of Taylor University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Fenlason has traveled extensively and worked previously in Latin America, beginning in 1997 when she served as a certified nursing assistant on a medical and surgical team in the Dominican Republic. Since then, she also has traveled and worked in Guatemala and Ecuador.

Dr. Fenlason accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho, beginning in July, 2008.


Andres Gomila, M.D.

Dr. Gomila is a graduate of the medical university in Cordova City, Argentina. He trained in pediatrics at the Clinica Universitaria Reina Fabiola, and has completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at the Hospital de Ninos "Ricardo Gutierrez" in Buenos Aires.

Dr. Gomila accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana, beginning in July, 2008.


Flor Lucia Gonzalez Fernandez, M.D.

Dr. Gonzalez is a graduate of the Oviedo University in Spain. She finished her training in Family Medicine by 2005 in Gijon, Spain. Prior to joining the Paediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Gonzalez spent a year and a half working in Dowa, Malawi. There, she supported the Ministry of Health plans for scaling up integrated care and treatment for HIV-infected people; she also focused her task on capacity building for clinicians and nurses.

Dr. Gonzalez holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp (Belgium, 2008).Dr. Gonzalez accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland, beginning in April, 2008.


Hiwot Hiruy, M.D.

Originally from Ethiopia, Dr. Hiruy immigrated to the United States with her family when she was sixteen years old. In 2002, she had the opportunity to return to Ethiopia as a medical student to assist with an NIH-funded research project investigating the use of nevirapine for prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV.

Dr. Hiruy served as a Pediatric AIDS Corps doctor in Moshi, Tanzania, from July, 2008 through August, 2009, at which time she transferred to serve as a Pediatric AIDS Corps doctor in Gondar, Ethiopia on a special program funded by the Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. She left the Pediatric AIDS Corp in May, 2010 to pursue fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University.


Erin Hummert, M.D.

Dr. Hummert is a graduate of the University of Kansas, and the University of Kansas Medical School. She trained in medicine and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Hummert's interest in the Pediatric AIDS Corps was sparked when she travelled to Malawi on an elective rotation during her residency training. Working at the Malawi-Baylor Children's Clinical Center of Excellence, she was able to learn about the many aspects of the PAC doctor's role, and was strongly motivated to return.

Dr. Hummert accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland, beginning in July, 2008.


Smita Kumar, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Kumar is a graduate of Columbia University and the St. Georges School of Medicine in Grenada. She completed residency training in pediatrics at the State University of New York at Downstate. Dr. Kumar also holds an MPH degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She has also completed fellowship training in Preventive Medicine at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Since completing her training, Dr. Kumar has worked in the field of international HIV/AIDS. She served as an HIV/AIDS consultant for UNICEF in 2005 and 2006, and subsequently has worked as a Senior Technical Officer on HIV Care and Treatment for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Dr. Kumar accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho, beginning in July, 2008.


Terri Litty, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Litty is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed residency in family medicine at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis. She also holds an MPH degree from Indiana University.

Since completing residency training, Dr. Litty has worked as Medical Director of the Blackburn Health Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. This health center serves primarily African American and Hispanic patients.

Dr. Litty accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland, beginning in July, 2008.


Stephanie Marton, M.D.

Dr. Marton is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Eastern Virginia Medical School, where she also trained in pediatrics and served as Chief Resident.

Prior to joining the Pediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Marton lived abroad and traveled extensively. She spent two years in rural Japan teaching English and cultural awareness to children, farmers, and University Professors.

Dr. Marton accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland, beginning in July, 2008.


Norma Perez, D.O.

Dr. Perez is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed residency training in pediatrics at the Memorial Hermann Children's Hospital in Houston, Texas. She has also completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Dr. Perez accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana, beginning in July, 2008.


Jeff Robison, M.D.

Dr. Robison is a graduate of the Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at Columbia University in New York.

During college, Dr. Robison co-founded the University of Utah student chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He also has extensive experience working with native American communities.

Dr. Robison accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Malawi, beginning in July, 2008.


Jill Sanders, M.D.

Dr. Sanders is a graduate of the University of Texas, and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston. She trained in pediatrics at the University of Arkansas and Arkansas Children's Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Sanders is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Dr. Sanders served as a Pediatric AIDS Corps doctor in Lesotho from July, 2008 through June, 2009, at which time she transferred to assist in the scale-up of the new BIPAI facility in Mwanza, Tanzania.


Andrew Smith, M.D.

Dr. Smith is a graduate of Northwestern University, and the Johns Hopkins University School ofMedicine. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of Utah, where he was the recipient of the medical student teaching award. Since completing residency training in 2005, Dr. Smith has served as an attending pediatrician at the Pocatello Children's Clinic in Pocatello, Idaho.

Prior to joining the Pediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Smith studied trachoma in Kongwa, Tanzania. It was through this experience that he developed a passion for international medicine. He has also worked on projects in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Soddo, Ethiopia.

Dr. Smith worked as a Pediatric AIDS Corps physician in Malawi from in July, 2008 through June, 2009. Of his time in the PAC, Dr. Smith writes the following: "Since returning from Malawi, my daughter Scout comments once or twice a week, "I miss Malawi. I want to go back to Africa." She is three and certainly does miss her time in Malawi. But mostly Scout is a great observer, and she is sharing a reflection of her parent's emotions.

I can't say that everything about my job in Malawi was perfect. And many nights as I reflect on my time serving with the Pediatric AIDS Corps, I feel regret that I didn't do more. But most people never get to touch their dream. I did. For that I will always be thankful to Baylor.

This is the work that lands in the pages of Time. From the distance of a glossy story, the doctor always succeeds. The child always lives. And in most ways this is true. Children, who would have otherwise died, are thriving because of BIPAI and the Pediatric AIDS Corps. But one of the things I am most grateful for is that I learned it takes great effort to achieve even the smallest success. I was there for the failure and the triumph. And because of those experiences, I am a better doctor today.

I have now returned to the life I left, that of a small town Idaho pediatrician. (My dog was waiting when we pulled into the driveway.) As a Pediatric AIDS Corps physician, I was able to touch my dream but not completely fulfill it. So on those sleepless nights, I also long to serve again. Someday I will; I hope it is with BIPAI."


Meena Srivastava, D.O.

Dr. Srivastava is a graduate of Ohio University and the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children in Falls Church, Virginia, where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Srivastava has worked previously with the Honduras Outreach Medical Brigada Relief Effort, and with Child Family Health International in Mumbai, India.

Dr. Srivastava accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho, beginning in July, 2008.


Pilar Ustero Alonso, M.D.

Dr. Ustero is a graduate of the Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. She trained in Family and Community Medicine in Segovia.

Prior to joining the Paediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Ustero spent one year in Busia (Kenya) and eighteen months in Dowa (Malawi), working in different HIV programs. She supported the implementation of National comprehensive HIV programs together with the Ministries of Health, including training of Health Care Providers and Community Volunteers.

Dr. Ustero has completed a six-month course in International and Tropical Medicine, in Antwerp, Belgium.

Dr. Ustero accepted an assignment in the Paediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland, beginning in April, 2008.


Daniel Vostrejs, M.D., M.H.S.

Dr. Vostrejs is a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Vostrejs also holds a Master of Health Science degree from Johns Hopkins University. His field of study in the MHS program was international health systems management.

Prior to joining the Pediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Vostrejs served in the United States Peace Corps as a science teacher and trainer in St. Vincent. He has also worked as an analyst in support of USAID health programs. Dr. worked as a Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland from July, 2008 through December, 2009.


Paul Young, M.D.

Dr. Young is a graduate of the University of Georgia, and the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. He trained in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center/Howard University Hospital.

Dr. Young accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho, beginning in July, 2008.