I have learned so much from my amazing team and I look forward to all that they will continue to teach me. NTSI is fortunate to partner and collaborate with these amazing women and men. There is not enough that can be said of what can be done as a team. There is no mine or me or I. It’s always we or us. We are a team. We stand together. And together we will #bethechange.
Founder & Executive Director
Dr. Swaroop is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Trauma and Critical Care Surgery and is on the faculty of the Center for Global Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery residency at the University of South Florida in 2009 and her Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Northwestern in 2010. In 2011, she was asked to serve as the project adviser for the Northwestern University chapter of Project RISHI. Also in 2011, she and medical student Selma Siddiqui secured funding from the Center for Global Health at Northwestern University through the Global Health Initiative (GHI) for an injury prevention project in India and the first surgery-based project funded by the GHI. In 2012, Dr. Swaroop and another medical student taught a pilot course for trauma first responders in Bolivia—these three projects eventually grew into the Northwestern Trauma & Surgical Initiative.
Dr. Swaroop’s research focus is academic global surgery, including trauma education and prevention. She has served and serves on multiple national and international leadership boards, including the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS) the Indo-US Academic Council for Emergency and Trauma (ACET), the Global Alliance for Surgical, Obstetric, Trauma and Anaesthesia Care (G4 Alliance), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST), and the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgery (GIEESC).
- Adesina Adedeji
- Steven Affinati, MS, AMFT
- Ashish Bhalla, MD, FACEE, FACP, FICCM
- Manisha Bhatia
- Kevin Blair
- Marissa Boeck, MD, MPH
- Tyler Callese
- Varshini Cherukupalli
- Franklin Cosey-Gay, MPH
- Mick Eskender, MD
- Jorge Esteban Foianini, MD, FACS
- José Luis Gallardo Barrientos, MD, FACS
- Danby Kang, MD
- Raelene Kennedy, MD
- Uzma Rahim Khan, MBBS, MSc
- Devon Langston
- Carly Loveland
Adesina Adedeji is a 4th year medical student at Windsor University School of Medicine in St. Kitts. His experiences growing up in Nigeria and living in St. Kitts helped shape his interest in global health issues and helping underserved communities. He plans to pursue a career in trauma/critical care after graduation. Outside school, he loves hiking, cooking, and watching soccer and tennis. He is a member of the NTSI Global Surgery & Anesthesia Simulation team.
Steven Affinati grew up on the southwest side of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor of arts in political science. He later earned his masters of science in marriage and family therapy at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, where he was trained in Integrative Problem-Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM), a comprehensive, multi-systemic, common factors model. He has also taken two courses at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management: Population Health and Healthcare Transformation; and Patient-Centric Business Models, Solutions and Strategies. Through Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Division of Trauma-Surgery and Critical Care, he has researched patient perception of injury versus trauma scoring systems, the self-described aftercare needs of Chicago’s gunshot victims, and the psychosocial health of post-discharge surgical intensive care unit patients and their families. In addition, he led a systematic review of hospital-based violence intervention programs. Steven has extensive experience providing services to patients, and conducting semi-structured interviews with research participants, in clinical, home, hospital, and community settings. He is the project lead for NTSI’s Injury Severity Perception project.
Dr. Bhalla is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), a tertiary care center located in Chandigarh, India. He is Consultant In-Charge for PGIMER’s emergency medicine outpatients and its geriatric unit. He supervises residents in internal medicine and emergency medicine, and teaches basic and advanced life support to paramedics and residents. His research interests lie within the field of emergency medicine, with a focus on toxicology and tropical infections. Dr. Bhalla has provided essential local support for NTSI’s Nanakpur (India) Health Initiative.
Manisha Bhatia is a third year medical student at Texas Tech University Health Science Center (TTUHSC). Before graduating from Northwestern University in 2012, she co-founded the Northwestern University chapter of Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), an organization dedicated to working with rural community partners to develop sustainable health solutions. Since 2011, the team has undertaken a broad needs assessment, an iron-folic acid supplementation program, and a sanitation project in Nanakpur, Haryana. She continues her involvement with those undergraduate initiatives and is currently working on improving access to healthcare through the implementation of a first responder course. At TTUHSC, she is dedicated to improving the first responder density and capacity in West Texas. She works on NTSI’s Nanakpur (India) Health Initiative.
Kevin Blair is a member of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine class of 2017. He grew up in Saint Louis, MO, and attended college at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, Kevin developed a passion for global health and international development, studied Spanish, and spent a large amount of time volunteering in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Peru. After graduation, he spent a year traveling to various countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia doing humanitarian work through The World Race. Now at Feinberg he sits on the Student Committee for Global Health, and since starting medical school he has twice traveled to Bolivia with NTSI’s Bolivian Trauma Initiative. He plans to go into general surgery and eventually to have a career with a focus on increasing access to surgical care worldwide.
Dr. Boeck graduated summa cum laude in 2006 from the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in New York City with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. After acceptance into the Hunter College Linkage Program, she attended Weill Cornell Medical College, where she graduated in the top three of her class in 2011 and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed three post-graduate years as a general surgery resident at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, then took two research years away from clinical responsibilities. The first was spent at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a competitive Global Health Scholar in the Master of Public Health program, where she pursued studies in health systems, policy, epidemiology, biostatistics, and global health, and was inducted into Delta Omega, the honorary society in public health. During her second research year, she was based in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, working on furthering the development of the city’s trauma and emergency response system, the implementation of hospital-based trauma registries, and local research and training capacity development. She plans to pursue a trauma and critical care fellowship after completing her general surgical residency, aiming for a career involving both domestic and international clinical and research activities. She is the project advisor for NTSI’s Bolivian Trauma Initiative.
Tyler Callese is a third year medical student at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He graduated with honors from Middlebury College in 2014 after earning degrees in biochemistry and economics. While at Middlebury, he was a member of the varsity baseball team and varsity crew team, of which he served as team president during his senior year. In medical school, he received his Certificate in Global Health from Wake Forest University; founded the ultrasound medicine interest group, which focuses on introducing medical students to point-of-care ultrasound; and volunteers at Wake Forest’s student run free clinic. His interest in global health began in 2012, when he first started working with Dr. Mamta Swaroop on trauma training and trauma system development. Since then, he has published research on the subject and has presented at several international conferences. He is currently working on NTSI’s Bolivian Trauma Initiative.
Varshini Cherukupalli is a member of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine class of 2018. She graduated summa cum laude in 2014 from Northwestern University with a BA in Anthropology and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. During her undergraduate years, she co-founded the Northwestern chapter of Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), which partners with rural communities in India to provide sustainable educational and medical resources. As a medical student, she continues to be involved with Project RISHI and its partner community in Nanakpur, Haryana. She is working on initiatives to improve the availability of health care in Nanakpur, including the implementation of a first responder course. At Feinberg, Varshini has chaired the Student Committee for Global Health and served as a coordinator for a free health clinic in Chicago. She is the project lead for NTSI’s Nanakpur (India) Health Initiative.
Franklin Cosey-Gay is the project director for the Chicago Center for Youth Violence Prevention (CCYVP), one of the six Academic Centers of Excellence in Youth Violence Prevention. He has primarily examined prevention efforts through a social ecological model that seeks to identify risk and protective factors at the individual, relational, community, and societal levels. His experience working with families in low-income community settings has led to him teach qualitative methods and qualitative data analysis with the Chicago Department of Public Health, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Northwestern University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has also consulted on numerous qualitative investigations with the Chicago Department of Public Health, Lurie’s Children’s Hospital, Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. His experience moderating focus groups and semi-structured interviews on topics such as such as partner and community violence, drug abuse, sexual and reproductive health, childhood obesity, sports concussions, and immunizations has given him acumen in collecting data on sensitive topics. He is the qualitative data analyst ad public heath consultant for NTSI’s Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course project.
Dr. Eskender is a general surgery resident at Northwestern University. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a BS in Biology, BS in Pharmacy, and a minor in International Development. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. As project co-lead of NTSI’s Global Surgery & Anesthesia Simulation team, he is conducting a study of the impact of basic surgical/anesthesia skills and first responder training on resident confidence in performing tasks outside of their specialties. This research will aid in the development of a curriculum for Global Health Initiatives for residents.
Dr. Foianini spent 10 years on active duty with the US Army: 5 years as a General Surgery resident and 5 years on various assignments including the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. While in Germany, he served 2 tours in Kosova and 1 humanitarian tour in Nigeria. His exposure to severe trauma victims in austere environments made a lasting impact on the future direction of his career. In 2002, he returned to his home in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, where he continues his involvement in trauma care while working in private practice as the Medical Director at Clinica Foianini. He works in a pro-bono advisory capacity with the mayor’s and governor’s offices regarding improvements in hospital care and disaster/trauma planning. In conjunction with the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA)-Bolivia, he has helped expand course offerings of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) throughout Bolivia. With NTSI, he has played an integral role in the pilot trauma registry program and hospital capacity assessment project in Santa Cruz as part of the Bolivian Trauma Initiative.
Dr. Gallardo studied medicine at the University of San Francisco Xavier in Sucre, Bolivia, before completing his residency in general surgery at Hospital de Clínicas in La Paz, Bolivia. He worked as a surgeon in Potosí, Bolivia, at the public hospital Daniel Bracamonte for several years before moving to the social security hospital Caja Nacional de Salud, where he serves as a general surgeon and is actively involved in residency training. He is a member of the Bolivian Surgical Society and currently serves as an Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor for courses throughout Bolivia. With NTSI, he has been a key part of surgical and trauma capacity assessments in the department of Potosí, Bolivia, as part of the Bolivian Trauma Initiative.
Dr. Kang is from the great state of Texas. She moved to Chicago in 2015 to start a residency in general surgery at the Rush and Cook County Hospital combined program. She always believed that she would become a pediatric infectious disease specialist, but while attending medical school, she traveled to multiple countries in Central America, witnessed the need for surgical care, and decided to become a surgeon. She is joining the NTSI team in July 2017 and she will be working on the International Rotations project. Her research interests include trauma resuscitation/critical care in low resource settings, the role of expatriate surgeons in the setting of growing interest in global health among young trainees, and providing essential surgical care in low- and middle-income countries.
Dr. Kennedy is an acute care surgeon at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. She completed her Critical Care Surgery Fellowship at Northwestern University in 2015 and completed her General Surgery Residency at the Mayo Clinic in 2014. Her research interests are in surgical quality improvement. As a member of NTSI’s global surgery investigative group, she coordinated the Northwestern arm of the GlobalSurg 1 research initiative, examining resources utilized and available for surgery in developed versus in developing countries.
Dr. Khan is a senior instructor (research) in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. She is a medical doctor and epidemiologist by training and is a PhD candidate at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. Her PhD thesis is on road traffic injuries in children. She has been been engaged in the injury prevention field for the last 8 years, with almost 40 publications on injury prevention and topics related to emergency medicine. She has successfully managed research projects in diverse settings such as hospitals, schools, and households.In addition, she developed a course called “Injury Prevention and Control: Principles and Practice” for a master’s program in Pakistan, where there is a scarcity of injury courses.The course provides students with essential knowledge and skills to understand the challenges to prevent and control injuries given the local epidemiology, environment, economics, and policy. She is the Pakistan in-country director for NTSI’s South Asia Injury Prevention project.
Devon Langston is a researcher in the Feinberg School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, before traveling to Chicago to attend Loyola University, graduating in 2012. As a member of NTSI’s Global Surgery & Anesthesia Simulation team, he is conducting a study of global health training simulations and their impact on resident confidence in performing tasks outside of their specialties. This research will aid the development of a curriculum for Global Health initiatives for residents.
Carly Loveland is a member of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Class of 2020. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 with a BS in biomedical engineering. During her time at Hopkins, she was involved with an Engineers Without Borders project in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, that installed water-powered pumps for sustainable year-round irrigation in rural gardening communities. At Feinberg, she will continue her commitment to global health initiatives as a member of NTSI’s Nanakpur (India) Health Initiative team, specifically through her involvement with Project RISHI. Carly will be investigating the current transportation need to primary health centers in Charnia, India, and how it can be improved through alternative methods.
After growing up in Hong Kong and Singapore, Dr. Mehta graduated from MIT in 2012 with a double major in Materials Sciences & Engineering and Biology. He spent the following year working in Mumbai, India, at the Ummeed Child Development Center, a non-profit organization that serves families with children with developmental disorders and disabilities. This experience solidifed his desire to learn from and work with underserved individuals. Soon after, he began medical school at Johns Hopkins and discovered his new-found passion for general surgery and academic research. He is currently pursuing an MPH in Epidemiological Methods and Statistics from Johns Hopkins before his fourth year of medical school. To date, he aspires to become an academic surgeon who addresses disparities to surgical care within developing communities. He is a member of NTSI’s Nanakpur (India) Health Initiative team.
Alexa Monroy is a fourth year medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She was born and raised in Guatemala, where she developed an interest in global health and international development. She is a graduate of Duke University, with a BSc in neuroscience and a certificate in global health. During college, she worked as the Policy and Advocacy Intern at the International AIDS Society in Geneva, Switzerland, and served as the United Nations Development Programme Red Ribbon Award Intern at the AIDS 2010 Conference in Austria. She also worked with several Spanish-speaking women’s health and education groups in Durham, NC, and in Guatemala. Between college and medical school, she worked as an orthopedic surgery research associate at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases. The following year, she did a Global Health Corps Fellowship at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, working on several projects in Central America. In medical school, she served as a student delegate to the Chicago Medical Society, the Illinois State Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. She also sits on the Feinberg Student Committee for Global Health and is a graduate of Harvard’s Global Health Delivery Intensive program. She is a member of NTSI’s Bolivian Trauma Initiative.
Dr. Narayanan completed a surgical critical care fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in 2016. He received his degree in medicine from Dartmouth Medical School and did his general surgery training at Kaiser in southern California. He has a strong interest in trauma/critical care surgery and joined the staff at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio in October 2016. He is currently working with the GlobalSurg foundation to assess surgical site infection rates after abdominal surgery. This is a worldwide project examining data from various medical centers across the globe. He is the project lead for NTSI’s global surgery investigative group.
Chintan Pathak is a member of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Class of 2019. He graduated from Northwestern University in 2015 with a BS in biomedical engineering. During his undergraduate years, he worked on engineering design projects to improve access to medical equipment in resource-poor environments. He was also involved with Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement), which aims to improve health and social conditions in their partner village, Charnia, India. At Feinberg, he hopes to continue his involvement in global health research through his involvement with NTSI, the Student Committee for Global Health, and the Medical Innovations Club. He is the project coordinator in India for NTSI’s South Asia Injury Prevention project.
Jordan is a member of the Feinberg School of Medicine class of 2019. He was born and raised in Colorado, where he attended the University of Denver, graduating in 2014. As a member of NTSI’s Bolivian Trauma Initiative, he is conducting a qualitative interview-based study of trauma patients in the ERs of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. By identifying current shortcomings of emergency medical and trauma services, he hopes to facilitate the development of a safer and more effective Bolivian EMS and trauma system.
Maryam Saeed, MD, graduated from the Dow University of Health Sciences (Pakistan) in 2011 and completed two years of postgraduate general surgery training at Michigan State University and the SUNY Downstate Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY). With NTSI, she has been a part of a joint global health research project between India and Pakistan, aimed at gauging and then subsequently raising awareness about helmet usage by female pillion riders. She presented her project abstract “Perceptions Regarding Media influences on Helmet Usage” at the 9th Annual Academic Surgical Congress. Dr. Saeed is currently based in Pakistan, where she is pursuing research and clinical surgery opportunities and preparing for the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS) certification examination. She is the project coordinator in Pakistan for NTSI’s South Asia Injury Prevention project.
Dr. Sushma Sagar is an Additional Professor in the Division of Trauma Surgery and Critical Care at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India. She graduated from King George’s Medical College in 1992 and completed her surgical residency in 1996. She is a course director and faculty member for the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) India program and is on the core faculty for the National Institute of Disaster Management. With more than 50 research publications in national and international journals, she is currently working as the investigator in major trauma related projects as Capacity Building for Advanced Trauma Life Support in India (NDMA) , Prognostic Significance of Cytokines and Biomarkers in Patients with Traumatic Lung Injuries, Reducing the Burden of Injury in India and Australia through Development and Piloting of Improved Systems of Care( DST-AISRF), and Capacity Building and Strengthening of Hospital Infection Control to Detect and Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in India (CDC). She is member of various editorial boards, has contributed chapters in books, and wrote the manual for a school safety program in India. As a founding executive member of the Indian Society for Trauma and Acute Care (ISTAC), she is involved with other teaching and training programs throughout the country and the region. She is the principal collaborator from India for NTSI’s South Asia Injury Prevention project.
Dr. Siddiqui grew up in North Carolina and completed bachelor’s degrees in both economics and microbiology at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. She moved to Chicago, where she obtained her medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and is now finishing her chief year of general surgery residency at St. Joseph Hospital. She plans to matriculate into the Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Surgery Fellowship program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in August 2016, where she will also obtain a Masters Degree in Public Health. In her final year of medical school, she developed a strong interest in trauma surgery, particularly road traffic injuries in the developing world. She sought the mentorship of Dr. Mamta Swaroop and in 2011, their proposal to study helmet use by women motorcycle riders in India was the first surgery-based project to be awarded funding from Northwestern’s Global Health Initiative. Since then, she has continued to focus on road traffic injuries, and recently global surgery. She is currently piloting the study to assess the bidirectional benefit of international surgery rotations for both visiting US trainees and hosting international trainees. This study hopes to promote the growth of these rotations in the curriculum of US surgical residency programs. She is the project lead for NTSI’s International Rotations and South Asia Injury Prevention projects.
Samuel South, MD, graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Chemistry, then a Doctorate of Medicine. He is currently a general surgery resident at Northwestern University. Beginning in July of 2016, he is the in-country post-doctoral fellow working on the Bolivian Trauma Initiative. He is the NTSI lead for that project. His work will concentrate on the development and large scale delivery of a lay-person first responder course. He will also be exploring social media tools as novel adjuncts to education, support, and long-term follow-up. Finally, he will continue to work to strengthen and expand the Bolivian trauma registry.
Sedona Speedy is a medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, class of 2019. She graduated magna cum laude in 2015 from Northwestern University with a BS in Biology. She is a member of NTSI’s Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course project.
LeVon Stone Sr. is the program director for Cure Violence/CeaseFire Illinois. He began volunteering with CeaseFire in 2004, as a key liaison between violence interrupters and the community. In 2006, he was hired to work as a violence interrupter in the Roseland community. He worked part-time in 2006 and full-time by 2007 as a hospital responder. When the program expanded in 2011 to include a long-term follow-up case manager, he advanced to the role of hospital case manager. In May of 2012, he was promoted to become the hospital response coordinator, managing oversight of all hospital partnerships across the Chicagoland area. Advancing within the organization again in January 2016, his current role as program cirector for CeaseFire Illinois requires oversight of all program operations for the organization in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois, including management of community, hospital and school program activities. In 2009, he enrolled in Northeastern Illinois University to pursue higher education. He received his bachelor’s degree in Inner City Studies with a Public Health concentration in May 2013 and completed his master’s degree in the same discipline in May 2015. He is frequently invited to speak at events, to the media, and academic conferences. At NTSI, Mr. Stone is the community director for the Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course project.
Dr. Tatebe graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a BA in Physics. She completed medical school at the University of Texas, Southwestern, and remained in Dallas for her general surgery residency at Baylor University Medical Center. After her residency, she moved to Chicago and completed a surgical critical care fellowship at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor. She is board certified in general surgery and will sit for critical care board certification in 2016. Clinically, she is a trauma and general surgeon at Advocate Good Samaritan, the only designated Level 1 trauma center serving DuPage County. She has a passion for trauma care, including its psychological effects on patients and the community. She is the project lead for NTSI’s Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course project.
Dr. Tully is collaborating with NTSI’s Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course project by exploring regional hospital-based violence secondary prevention programs. He was born, raised, and educated in Chicagoland, and is a resident currently serving at Loyola University Medical Center.
Hannah Weiss is a member of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Class of 2019. She grew up in northern Wisconsin and graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from Northwestern University. During college, she developed a strong interest in global health. Her interest in international health care led her to Cochabamba, Bolivia, as well as to Freiburg, Germany, to volunteer in local hospitals. She is a member of NSTI’s International Rotations project and is exploring the possibility of improving surgical residency programs and rotations in the US and around the world.
Brittanie Wilczak, MPH, serves as the Qualitative Research Assistant for the Bolivian Trauma Initiative. Between educational and work-related opportunities, Brittanie has more than five years of global health experience. Brittanie’s experience in global health merges at the intersection between health disparities and health equity issues within qualitative and mixed methods research frameworks.
Bitania Wondimu is a member of the Feinberg School of Medicine class of 2020. She graduated in 2015 from Columbia University with a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior. She is a member of NTSI’s Chicago South Side Trauma First Responders Course project.