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Section for Global Health Section for Global Health Faculty & Staff

Section for Global Health Faculty & Staff

The Section for Global Health in NYU Langone’s Department of Population Health is led by a team of physicians, researchers, and administrators who work with our global partners to improve population health and reduce the burden of disease worldwide.


Rajesh Vedanthan, MD, MPH
Director, Section for Global Health
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine

Dr. Vedanthan is a clinician and cardiologist dedicated to building capacity to improve delivery of cardiovascular care in low-resource settings. His focus is on implementation research, global health delivery, global cardiology, capacity building, and the intersection of health and development. Dr. Vedanthan works globally with program implementers and policymakers to optimize the entire cardiovascular care cascade.

Angela Aifah, PhD, AM
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Pooja Gala, MD
Assistant Professor, Departments of Medicine and Population Health

Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, MD, MPH
The Dr. Adolph and Margaret Berger Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Department of Medicine
Professor, Department of Population Health

Affiliated Faculty

Samrachana Adhikari, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Anna Bershteyn, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

Scott Braithwaite, MD, MSc
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD
Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics, Department of Population Health

Magdalena Cerdá, DrPH
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Yu Chen, PhD, MPH
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine

Keng-Yen Huang, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor, Departments of Population Health and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Girardin Jean-Louis, PhD
Professor, Department of Population Health and Psychiatry

Donna Shelley, MD, MPH
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Medicine

Scott E. Sherman, MD, MPH
Professor, Departments of Population Health, Medicine, and Psychiatry

Lorna E. Thorpe, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Population Health

Andrea B. Troxel, ScD
Professor, Department of Population Health

Administrative Staff

Meredith Hasenoehrl, PhD
Program Manager

Dr. Hasenoehrl works with our director, faculty, and staff to execute the Section for Global Health’s mission and provide administrative oversight to the section’s research programs. Before her current role, she worked at NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute managing the grants application, review, and award processes. Dr. Hasenoehrl earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Utah, where she conducted research on the neural circuits that underlie epilepsy.

Aileen Li, BBA
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Li is the administrative assistant for the Section for Global Health. She assists with coordination of a variety of activities for the section, including communications, correspondence, meetings, research seminars, expense accounts, editorial assistance, and other support activities. Previously, she was an executive assistant to the CEO of a venture capital firm. She earned a BBA in computer information systems at Baruch College.

Laud Boateng, MD MPH
Assistant Director, AMPATH–Ghana

Abby Safirstein, MIA
Manager of Partnerships and Engagement, AMPATH–Ghana

Abby has an extensive background in international development and humanitarian programs. Abby provides leadership and support in building the necessary programs, processes, and partnerships for AMPATH–Ghana. She has experience working with global nonprofits and non-government organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the U.S. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and her master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.

Rayza Sison, BA
Administrative Assistant AMPATH–Ghana

Ms. Sison is the administrative assistant for the AMPATH–Ghana replication project within the Section for Global Health, responsible for providing high level organizational support for affiliated faculty. Her duties include scheduling coordination, communications, technological assistance, and additional support. Previously, she served as an environmental policy analyst for a local-level government agency and as an executive assistant for various hospice healthcare providers. She is currently an MPH candidate at the NYU College of Global Public Health and received her BA in international and health public policy at the University of California, Riverside.

Research Staff

Julia Dickhaus, BS
Research Coordinator

Ms. Dickhaus coordinates research project activities and administration for the Section for Global Health, primarily in cardiovascular implementation research. She supports research protocol development, implementation, regulation, publication development, and grant management. Previously, she worked in global cardiovascular research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and served as a Global Citizenship Fellow for UNICEF USA, where she focused on youth programming implementation.

Erica Liebermann, PhD, ANP
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Liebermann is a postdoctoral fellow in the Global Health Section. Dr. Liebermann’s work focuses on promoting equitable access to preventive women’s health services globally, with a focus on cervical cancer prevention in low- and middle- income countries. She completed her doctoral studies at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and received funding as a predoctoral fellow at NYU Langone's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Liebermann’s research uses implementation science and mixed methods approaches to understand multi-level (patient, provider, health system) barriers to adoption and scale-up of evidence-based interventions for effective cervical cancer prevention. Her dissertation study in the Dominican Republic examined provider-level barriers and facilitators to adoption of HPV testing for cervical cancer screening.

Deborah Onakomaiya, MPH
Doctoral Student

Kun Qian, MS
Assistant Research Scientist

Ashlin Rakhra, MPH
Project Coordinator

Ms. Rakhra is the project coordinator for Global Research on Implementation and Translation Science Coordinating Center. She facilities capacity building development within the consortium and assists with organizing bi-annual meetings in various grantee countries. While completing her MPH at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, she was part of a collaborative research team. In this role, she oversaw the implementation of quarterly monitoring data collection for an enhanced, demand-side sanitation and hygiene promotion behavior change intervention in Amhara, Ethiopia.