Meet The Team

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Jennifer Downs, MD, PhD

Leadership Steering Committee Member

Dr. Jennifer Downs is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology in the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Downs conducts her research and teaching at the Weill Bugando School of Medicine in Mwanza, Tanzania. Her research focuses on Schistosomiasis, Family Planning, and Hypertension in Tanzania. Dr. Downs co-founded the Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2014.

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Jyoti Mathad, MD, MSc

Leadership Steering Committee Member

Dr. Jyoti Mathad is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology in the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research interests include the immune changes of pregnancy and how they affect the development of tuberculosis in TB-endemic countries, including India and South Africa. Dr. Mathad co-founded the Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell Medical College in 2014.

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Lindsey Reif, DrPH, MPH, MSc

Leadership Steering Committee Member

Lindsey Reif is an Instructor of Epidemiology in Medicine at the Center for Global Health at Weill Cornell. Her research focuses on adolescent HIV care and prevention, specifically health-systems based interventions to improve outcomes among adolescents with HIV in Haiti and Tanzania. She also coordinates research training activities for the Center's programs in Haiti and Tanzania. She co-founded the Women in Global Health Research Initiative at Weill Cornell in 2014.

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Margaret McNairy, MD, MSc

Leadership Steering Committee Member

Dr. Margaret McNairy is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Center for Global Health and the Division of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research focuses on models of HIV care to improve treatment outcomes among adults and adolescents in Africa and Haiti. Additionally, Dr. McNairy's work is focused on cardiovascular disease and the association with poverty-related social and environmental determinants in Haiti. She is the Co-Director of the Weill Cornell Medical College Global Health Research Fellowship.

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Kathleen Walsh, MD, MPH

Leadership Steering Committee Member 
Co-Director of Female Global Scholars

Dr. Kathleen Walsh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Walsh spent three years in Haiti, first as an NIH Fogarty Fellow, then as a Global Health Research Fellow through Weill Cornell Medical College. Her research focuses on the treatment of HIV and drug resistant TB in resource-limited settings. 

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Sasha Fahme, MD

Leadership Steering Committee Member 
Co-Director of Female Global Scholars

Dr. Sasha Fahme is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Fahme was a Global Health Research Fellow at Weill Cornell Medical College, at the Center for Global Health. She completed her MD degree and residency training in internal medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. She has done research in HIV and mental health and has worked in Lebanon, South Africa, and Tanzania. Her current research interests involve the burden of NCDs and barriers to accessing healthcare by Syrian refugees, as well as the impact of forced migration and trauma on structural determinants of health.

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Vanessa Rouzier, MD

Leadership Steering Committee Member

Dr. Vanessa Rouzier is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Director of Research at GHESKIO. Based in Haiti, Dr. Rouzier’s research expertise is in HIV and hypertension (HTN) among adolescents. She has also led the scale up of maternal-child and adolescent clinical research at GHESKIO as the study coordinator and protocol chair for several NIAID International Maternal, Pediatric, and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trails Network (IMPAACT) trials. She currently supervises all research staff in the GHESKIO NCD Unit. Dr. Rouzier also serves as a mentor to trainees interested in early-onset chronic diseases, early-life exposures, and research on the intersection of chronic and communicable diseases.

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Alexandra Cordeiro, MPH

Initiative Coordinator

Alexandra is a Research Associate at Weill Cornell Medical College. She completed her Master's of Public Health at Imperial College London. Her MPH dissertation was focused on the association of IPV and HIV among married women in Zimbabwe. She has done research in Tuberculosis, HIV, and IPV and has worked in the US, Kenya and Tanzania.