Waridibo Allison MD, PhDWaridibo (Wari) Allison, MD, PhD

UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Waridibo (Wari) Allison is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease at UT Health San Antonio and Medical Director at the San Antonio AIDS Foundation (SAAF). She has an adjunct appointment as Assistant Professor of Population Health at New York University (NYU).

Link to bio: https://reach.uthscsa.edu/node/151

Caryn Bern, MD, MPH

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Caryn Bern is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.  She holds an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and is board-certified in internal medicine.

Link to bio: https://profiles.ucsf.edu/caryn.bern

Christina Coyle, MD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Christina Coyle is a graduate of Adelphi University and earned her medical degree at SUNY-Downstate Medical Center. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, and also holds a Master of Clinical Research degree from Einstein. She is board certified in infectious diseases and has special expertise in parasitology.

Link to bio: https://www.einstein.yu.edu/faculty/1370/christina-coyle/

Morven Edwards, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Morven Edwards works as a Professor of Pediatrics and Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine. She previously completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Pediatric Infectious Disease followed by a residency, internship, and medical degree in Pediatrics from the Baylor College of Medicine.

Link to bio: https://www.bcm.edu/people/view/morven-edwards-m-d/b21be8a2-ffed-11e2-be68-080027880ca6

Colin Forsyth, PhD, MPH

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

Dr. Colin Forsyth is the Chagas Research Manager for the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative. He received both a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and a Doctorate in Public Health in Applied Anthropology degrees from the University of South Florida, Tampa.

Link to bio: https://www.dndina.org/about-dndi-na/our-team/#CForsyth

Chris Frei, PharmD

UT Austin/UTHealth San Antonio

Dr. Christopher R. Frei serves as Head of the Pharmacotherapy Division at The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy, Director of the Pharmacotherapy Education and Research Center at the UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine, Program Director for the multidisciplinary joint Translational Science Ph.D. Program, and Co-Program Director for the NIH TL1 Program.

Link to bio: http://sites.utexas.edu/frei/

Natasha Hochberg, MD, MPH

Boston University School of Medicine

Dr.  Natasha Hochberg  is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine (Section of Infectious Diseases) at BU School of Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology at BU School of Public Health. She is also the Program Director for the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program.

Link to bio: https://www.bumc.bu.edu/busm/profile/natasha-hochberg/

Jen Manne-Goehler, MD, ScD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Jen Manne-Goehler is currently a research fellow in infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from Harvard University School of Public Health and her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine.

Link to bio: https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/78778

Rachel Marcus, MD

MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute/LASOCHA

Dr.  Rachel Marcus is a board-certified cardiologist at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute. After receiving her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Marcus completed an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She then went on to complete an internal medicine residency and a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at the Stanford University Medical Center.

Link to bio: https://www.medstarhealth.org/doctor/dr-rachel-marcus-md/

Bonny Mayes, MA

Texas Department of State Health Services- Zoonosis Control Branch

Ms. Bonny Mayes received her BS and MA (Biology) from Texas State University. Bonny works in zoonosis control as an epidemiologist, working primarily with rabies, rickettsial diseases, Chagas and Lyme disease. Bonny has multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, primarily on rabies diagnostics, bat and skunk rabies, and flea-borne typhus. Bonny is also co-chair of the James Steele Conference on Diseases in Nature Transmissible to Man and is a member of the Texas Chagas Taskforce.

Sheba Meymandi, MD

UCLA Center of Excellence for Chagas Disease

Dr. Sheba Meymandi is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the Director of Cardiovascular Research and Invasive Cardiology at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and the director of the Center of Excellence for Chagas Disease.  She graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine and has a Bachelor’s in Psychobiology from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Link to bio: https://www.chagasus.org/our-staff/

Susan Montgomery, DVM

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Susan Montgomery, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, coordinates CDC activities related to Chagas disease and other neglected parasitic diseases in the United States. Dr. Montgomery received her DVM degree from Cornell University and MPH degree from Harvard School of Public Health.

Paula Stigler Granados, PhD, MS

Texas State University

Dr. Paula Stigler Granados is an Assistant Professor at Texas State University in the School of Health Administration and holds adjunct positions at San Diego State University in the graduate School of Public Health and at UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio. She received her PhD in Global Health from a joint doctoral program at San Diego State University and the University of California San Diego and her MS in Environmental Health Sciences from San Diego State.

Link to bio: https://faculty.txstate.edu/profile/2093108

Jeffrey Whitman, MD

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Jeffrey Whitman is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has an M.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.D. from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Link to bio: https://profiles.ucsf.edu/jeffrey.whitman

Andrea Rochat, MFAAndrea Rochat, MFA

UTHealth San Antonio, ReACH Center

Ms.  Andrea Rochat serves as a Senior Research Coordinator for the Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) at UT Health San Antonio. She has served as a coordinator and writer for five years on projects involving hepatitis C management in primary care, specialist teleconsultation, non-pharmacologic chronic pain management, and community engagement. She currently serves as an ECHO Coordinator and Facilitator, offering launch support for stakeholders in the institution who are interested in developing an ECHO, in addition to leading HIV/HCV coinfection ECHO sessions.

Link to bio: https://reach.uthscsa.edu/staff

Evangelina Nunez Patlan, BS

Texas State University

Ms.  Evangelina Nunez Patlan is a Master of Healthcare Administration student at Texas State University. She works under Dr. Paula Stigler Granados as a graduate research assistant focusing on Chagas disease and tobacco waste products. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Disease Control from the University of Texas at San Antonio.