Dr. Bitencourt is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University where she earned a degree in public health studies. She completed medical school at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and finished a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She lived in Brazil for several years and has spent time doing medical rotations in Lesotho with the Global Health Corps and in Belize.
Dr. Bitencourt has accepted a position with the Global Health Corps in Angola beginning July 2013.
James Carlucci, M.D.
Dr. Carlucci is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He continued on at Vanderbilt for his residency training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. His past research has focused on barriers to adherence to antiretroviral therapy in rural Zambia. He has also volunteered in Guatemala and is currently involved in an investigation of gastrointestinal parasites there.
Dr. Carlucci has accepted a position with the Global Health Corps in Lesotho beginning in July 2013.
Debra Lugo. M.D.
Dr. Lugo is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles with a BS in Anthropology, and completed her MD with Ross University School of Medicine. She trained in Pediatrics at Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. During her undergraduate studies she became interested in international health and volunteered with multiple medical trips to Huehuetenango, Guatemala. She worked as a research assistant at UCSD and tutored on a local reservation prior to starting medical school to pursue her interests in infectious diseases and improving global health.
Dr. Lugo has accepted a position with the Global Health Corps in Swaziland beginning in July 2013.
Shaanan Meyerstein, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Meyerstein is completing his Pediatric Residency at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a M.P.H. at Hofstra University School of Medicine and Public Health. He holds a B.A. in Religion and Pre-medical studies from Columbia University in NYC, and a MD from Ben Gurion/Columbia University Medical School for International Health in Israel. He has a particular interest in healthcare policy and the healthcare of under-served populations, in particular, immigrant communities. Dr. Meyerstein is excited about working with BIPAI in Botswana, and will be traveling there with his wife Rachel, a registered dietician, who will be coordinating nutrition projects with HIV infected adolescents at a local NGO.
Michele Montandon, M.D.
Dr. Montandon is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine with an Area of Concentration in Global Health. She trained in family medicine at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, California and received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
During her medical training, she volunteered clinically and conducted HIV research in Kenya and Uganda. After residency, she worked with Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF (Doctors without Borders) in Lagos, Nigeria. She recently completed a two-year Global Health Leadership Fellowship through the Massachusetts General Hospital Division of Global Health and Human Rights. During this fellowship, she worked on medical education programs in Juba, South Sudan and western Kenya. Her interests internationally include medical education and building human resources for health.
Dr. Montandon has accepted a position with the Global Health Corps in Mbeya, Tanzania beginning in July 2013.