Ijeoma ("IJ") Anosike, M.D.

Dr. Anosike is a graduate of Brown University and the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the Brown University Pediatric Residency Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence Rhode Island. In 2008 she was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

Dr. Anosike is Nigerian by heritage. Her first name means "safe journey" in the Nigerian language. She has traveled regularly to Nigeria, as well as to Ghana and Guatemala. Dr. Anosike accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Mbeya, Tanzania beginning in July, 2009.


Douglas Blank, M.D.

Dr. Blank is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He trained in pediatric at the Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Dr. Blank has traveled extensively as a volunteer member of the Peruvian-American Medical Society and as the co-founder of the Honduras Outreach Medical Brigade Relief Effort (HOMBRE). He also completed an elective rotation at the Botswana-Baylor College of Medicine Children's Clinical Center of Excellence in Gaborone, Botswana. Dr. Blank accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland beginning in July, 2009.


David Bowe, M.D.

Dr. Bowe is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and the University of Washington School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at the University of Arizona, where he also served as Chief Resident.

Since completing residency training in 2000, Dr. Bowe has worked in private practice in Washington State. He speaks Spanish and French and has traveled extensively and worked in Central America. He accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Moshi, Tanzania beginning in July, 2009.


Jessica Bradford, M.D.

Dr. Bradford is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. She completed residency in medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester.

During residency, Dr. Bradford completed a one-month elective rotation at the Botswana-Baylor Children’s Clinical Center of Excellence in Gaborone, Botswana. She writes that this experience changed her career plans, and helped her to decide that international medicine was something she could pursue on a full-time basis. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Mbeya, Tanzania beginning in July, 2009.


Stephanie Davis, M.D.

Dr. Davis is a graduate of Princeton University and the Baylor College of Medicine. She trained in both medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan. During medical school, Dr. Davis participated in an elective rotation at the BIPAI Center of Excellence in Gaborone, Botswana. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana beginning in July, 2009.


Akash Devendra, M.B.Ch.B., M.S.c.

Dr. Devendra is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh Medical School in Scotland. He completed postgraduate training in both Internal Medicine and General Practice and holds a Masters Degree in international health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He is Malaysian/Indian in origin.

Prior to joining the Pediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Devendra worked as a consultant physician at the Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown, Botswana. He accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work in Lesotho, beginning in April, 2009.


Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, D.O., M.S.

Dr. Dirajlal-Fargo is a graduate of Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She trained in Pediatrics at the Phoenix Children's Hospital. She also holds a Master of Science degree in neurobiology and anatomy from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Dirajlal-Fargo grew up in France as a member of a family of Indian descent. She is fluent in French, English, and Spanish. She has worked previously in Swaziland, and also completed an elective rotation at the BIPAI site in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso in March, 2008. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work in Malawi, beginning in July, 2009.


Sarah Frenning, M.D.

Dr. Frenning is a graduate of Carleton College on Northfield, Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota Medical School, where she also trained in pediatrics. Before medical school, she completed a one-year fellowship in early childhood development and education at Yale University.

During medical school, Dr. Frenning participated in two elective rotations in Ghana. Her undergraduate degree includes a concentration in French and Francophone studies, and she lived for several months in Paris. Dr. Frenning accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Ethiopia beginning in July, 2009.


Rajni Gunnala, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Gunnala is a graduate of the University of Arizona, Tucson, and the University of Arizona College of Medicine & College of Public Health dual degree program . She completed residency training in pediatrics at the Phoenix Children's Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center.

Prior to starting medical school, Dr. Gunnala worked as an Americorps volunteer on a project to improve healthcare access for migrant farm workers in the central valley of California. During medical school and residency, she participated in clinical rotations in Africa, Asia, and Central America. Dr. Gunnala accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho beginning in July, 2009.


Duncan Hau, M.D.

Dr. Hau is a graduate of Cornell University and the Tufts University School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City, New York.

Prior to starting medical school, Dr. Hau worked as a science teacher in Shanghai, China, and traveled extensively in East and Southeast Asia. He also completed an international elective at the Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania in March, 2008. Dr. Hau accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Mwanza, Tanzania beginning in July, 2009.


Leigh Howard, M.D.

Dr. Howard is a graduate of Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. She trained in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Howard has participated in elective rotations in Mexico, India, and Zambia. She has accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana beginning in July, 2009.


Ayesha Kadir, M.D.

Dr. Kadir is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Kadir pursued postgraduate study of the Danish health care system. She is fluent in English and Danish, and proficient in French. She has traveled previously to Uganda for a two-month elective during residency. Dr. Kadir accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Mwanza, Tanzania beginning in July, 2009.


Michele Kautzman M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Kautzman is a graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She trained in both medicine and pediatrics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Kautzman also holds an MPH degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, with concentrations in epidemiology and international health.

Dr. Kautzman worked in Zambia for two years preceding her PAC position. She worked first as a medical officer in a child sexual abuse clinic, and then as the site director for the Zambia-Emory HIV Research Project in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Kautzman accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Malawi, beginning in February, 2009.


Alex Kay, M.D.

Dr. Kay is a graduate of Cornell University, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He trained in both medicine and pediatrics at the Maine Medical Center, where he also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Kay has traveled previously to Tanzania, and to Zambia for a six-week elective during residency. He accepted an assignment for the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho beginning in July, 2009.


Brianna Kirk, M.D.

Dr. Kirk is a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas and Texas Tech Medical School in Lubbock. She trained in pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Kirk speaks both English and Spanish, and completed elective rotations during residency in Honduras and Ecuador. She is the co-coordinator of the international journal club at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. Dr. Kirk accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana beginning in July, 2009.


Rachel Kreps-Falk, M.D.

Dr. Kreps-Falk is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland, California.

Before joining the Pediatric AIDS Corps, Dr. Kreps-Falk participated in medical delegations in Mexico, Guatemala, and the Indian Himalayas. She is fluent in both Spanish and French. Dr. Kreps-Falk accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Malawi, beginning in July, 2009.


Francisco Maldonado, M.D.

Dr. Maldonado is a graduate of the Cordoba National University in Argentina. He trained in pediatrics with the Argentine Ministry of Health. He also holds a diploma in tropical medicine and public health from the Charite Institute of Tropical Medicine at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

Prior to joining the PAC, Dr. Maldonado worked for five years for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, Tanzania, Liberia, Sudan, and finally in Swaziland. He accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work in Swaziland, beginning in January, 2009.


Matthew Markowski, M.D.

Dr. Markowski is a graduate of Middlebury College and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He trained in pediatrics at the Maine Medical Center. He has worked extensively in rural communities and with the resettled refugee population in Portland, Maine. Dr. Markowski accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Swaziland beginning in July, 2009.


Carl Nosek, M.D.

Dr. Nosek is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He trained in Pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr. Nosek is the 2006 winner of the UCSF resident teaching award. He served for two years as a Cub Scout Leader for homeless boys in the Madison, WI Unified School District. Dr. Nosek accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Malawi, beginning in July, 2009.


Premal Patel, M.D., M.S.c.

Dr. Patel is a graduate of the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Brown University. Dr. Patel also holds a Masters of Science degree with a focus on human rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dr. Patel is the recipient of a McLaughlin Award for Infection and Immunity. This award funded her travel to the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a clinical elective in HIV/AIDS; an experience which solidified her interest in working in global health. Her MSc graduate thesis was titled "The Consumer Approach to Health Care: Critiques and Alternative Perspectives". Dr. Patel accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work in Botswana, beginning in July, 2009.


Jaime Petrus, M.D.

Dr. Petrus is a graduate of Albion College and the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She trained in both medicine and pediatrics at the Maine Medical Center, where she also served as chief resident.

After residency, Dr. Petrus worked for five months at St. Francis Hospital in Katete, Zambia as a visiting consultant. She also has worked as an attending hospitalist at the Maine Medical Center. Dr. Petrus accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho beginning in July, 2009.


Julia Rosebush, D.O.

Dr. Rosebush is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University and Doctor's Hospital, where she also served as Chief Resident.

Dr. Rosebush has participated in elective rotations in Ghana, Malawi, India, and Honduras. She has accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana beginning in July, 2009.


Leah Scherzer, M.D.

Dr. Scherzer is a graduate of Brown University and the Brown University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

During residency, Dr. Scherzer completed a one-month elective rotation in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; an experience which promoted her desire to work internationally. She has accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana beginning in July, 2009.


Kimberly Slusser, M.D.

Dr. Slusser is a graduate of Bucknell University and the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the Western Reserve Care System in Youngstown, Ohio, completing residency in 2004. Since that time, she has worked as a pediatrician in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Slusser has participated in several short-term mission trips in Africa previously. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work at the Francistown outreach site in Botswana, beginning in January, 2009.


Thu Bao Trung Vu, M.D.

Dr. Vu is a graduate of Washington University in St Louis, and the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Dr. Vu escaped from Vietnam on a fishing boat as a child, and later immigrated to the United States. She speaks Vietnamese, French, Kiswahili, and English. She completed a one-month elective rotation in Mombassa, Kenya. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work in Moshi, Tanzania beginning in July, 2009.


Cecily Wait, M.D.

Dr. Wait is a graduate of the University of California San Diego, and received her medical degree from the Oregon Health and Science University. She trained in both medicine and pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. She has also participated in the Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Wait has traveled and worked previously in Arusha, Tanzania. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps to work in Mwanza, Tanzania, beginning in July, 2009.


Amy Williams, M.D.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Dr. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition, and has been a registered dietician since 2000. Prior to attending medical school, she worked for two years as a nutrition supervisor and dietician at the Los Lunas branch of the Women, Infant, and Children clinic, a section of the New Mexico Department of Health. She accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Lesotho beginning in July, 2009.


Gelane Workneh, M.D.

Dr. Workneh is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Illinois School of Medicine. She trained in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.

Dr. Workneh was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, coming to the United States in 1996 when she was in her early twenties. Dr. Workneh accepted an assignment in the Pediatric AIDS Corps in Botswana beginning in July, 2009.09 Global Health Corps