Section for Global Health Faculty & Staff

The Section for Global Health is 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 and Associate Professor, Department 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.

Ophira M. Ginsburg, MD, MSc

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health and Department of Medicine

Dr. Ginsburg is an oncologist who conducts global health research to improve cancer outcomes, particularly in women in underserved populations. Over the past 14 years, she has developed an interdisciplinary collaborative program of research, education, and policy guidance to reduce health inequities among women with cancer. She has led breast cancer, genetic, cancer disparity, and epidemiological studies of women in North America, Vietnam, and Bangladesh. Her research has included the use of mobile technology, or mHealth, strategies to prevent breast and cervical cancer. Previously, she served as medical officer of noncommunicable disease management at the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva. She currently consults for WHO, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, MD, MPH

Dr. Adolph and Margaret Berger Professor of Medicine and Population Health, Department of Medicine, and Professor, Department of Population Health

Dr. Ogedegbe is a physician and chief of the Division of Health and Behavior, which houses the Section for Global Health. A leading expert in health disparities research, he develops programs and conducts research on the implementation of evidence-based interventions to reduce cardiovascular risk in minority populations. Dr. Ogedegbe works globally, including in sub-Saharan Africa, to strengthen research capacity and reduce the burden of noncommunicable diseases, with funding support from the National Institutes of Health.


Joyce Gyamfi, MS, Senior Research Coordinator

Ms. Gyamfi coordinates all project activities across global sites for the Section for Global Health’s cardiovascular disease research. She joined NYU Langone in 2008, providing project management for various clinical and community-based research on cardiovascular diseases and health policy in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change. Previously, she was a public health surveillance epidemiologist in the Centers for Disease Control’s Emerging Infections Program’s influenza surveillance project, overseeing 11 sites in 10 U.S. states to identify domestic influenza cases. She earned an MS in epidemiology and community health.

Milena Dalton, MPH, Program Coordinator

Ms. Dalton coordinates global health research, training programs, collaborations, and special events in the Section for Global Health. She also develops and manages grant applications with principle investigators, conducts in-depth research and data analysis, and builds collaborations across a network of universities. Previously, she consulted for the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children at UNICEF, the United Nations World Food Programme in Madagascar, and the global maternal and child nutrition initiative Alive and Thrive. She earned an MPH in global health from New York University’s College of Global Public Health.

Deborah Onakomaiya, MPH, Program Coordinator

Ms. Onakomaiya is the research coordinator and website manager for Global Research on Implementation and Translation Science Coordinating Center. She works with consortium partners to develop and mange website contents and facilitates publication development from the consortium. Deborah attends research training workshops, and assists with organizing bi-annual meetings in various grantee countries. While completing her Master of Public Health degree at NYU’s College of Global Public health, Deborah interned with HealthRight International and the Catholic Medical Mission Board, focusing on developing new grant opportunities and designing tools for community health workers training programs for maternal and child heath in rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.