GHCM 2019 Keynote Speakers
Ms. Sarah Bosha, LLBS, LLM: Assistant Teaching Professor Eck Institute for global Health, University of Notre Dame
Keynote Title: HIV, Human Rights and Victims Voices
Ms. Sarah Bosha is a human rights lawyer by profession whose work and research experience encompasses, the rights of people living with HIV, women’s rights and gender equality. Sarah is a Legal Research and Policy Associate at AIDS-Free World, working primarily to support a civil suit filed by survivors of former President Yahya Jammeh’s fake HIV cure in The Gambia. The suit is intended to advance the human rights of people living with HIV and provide compensation for harms suffered as a result of Jammeh’s health dictatorship. At the Eck Institute for Global Health, Sarah supervises Masters of Global Health Students capstone projects in HIV and AIDS and teaches a class on Global Health and Human Rights which examines major global health challenges through a human rights and gender sensitive lens. Sarah holds an LLM in International Human Rights law from Notre Dame Center for Civil and Human Rights and an MA in International Peace Studies.
Dr. Kee B. Park, MD: Paul Farmer Global Surgery Scholar. Harvard Medical School
Keynote Title: Are National Surgical Plans the Answer to Achieving Universal Surgical Care?
Dr. Park is a faculty member at the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC) at the Harvard Medical School. The PGSSC’s mission is to achieve universal access to safe, affordable, and timely surgical, obstetric, and anesthesia care by strengthening surgical systems through research, policy development, and training leaders in academic global surgery.
His academic interests in global surgery involve translational research to inform policy, political economy of surgical care as a global health priority, global governance in surgical care, and bridging the research with policy and implementation. He has conducted seminal research in the unmet global need for neurosurgical care is the leading authority in the nascent field of global neurosurgery.
Dr. Park also works as a consultant for the World Health Organization and serves on the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Surgical Care and Anesthesia. In this capacity, he advocates for and assists in the development of national surgical plans by the Member States. He also advises Member States in developing sustainable financing models for equitable surgical care.
Dr. Park, a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, received his neurosurgery training at Temple University in Philadelphia and medical degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Dr. Tracy Spitznagle, PT, DPT, WCS
Keynote Title: The Exquisite Risk of Global Engagement
Theresa (Tracy) Monaco Spitznagle PT DPT MHS WCS is a Professor in the Program in Physical Therapy and OB-Gyn at Washington University School of Medicine. She has been practicing Physical Therapy utilizing the examinations and treatment strategies based on movement since 1987. She is the first at Washington University to apply movement concepts to pelvic floor, abdominal and pelvic pain conditions. Professional contributions include: Participation in the MAPP Research Network, Board Member of the Global Women’s Health Initiative, the World Wide Fistula Fund, and Chair of the Section on Women’s Health (SOWH) Diagnosis Dialog Committee. Past Chair for the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialists. 2011 SOWH Elizabeth Noble Award and 2018 APTA Humanitarian Award.
Dr. Joseph Dumba, MD: Healing Kadi Foundation
Dr. Dumba was born in South Sudan and came to the United States as a Refugee from Kenya in 1990. He began his college education at Pierce College, in Tacoma Washington. He then obtained a degree in Zoology and Molecular Biology at the University of Washington graduating in 1997. He graduated from University of Washington School of Medicine in 2001. He completed his residency as part of the Mayo Clinic in 2004. He has been working in Omaha since 2004. He is currently working for the Methodist Physicians clinics. He is a UNMC adjunct assistant clinical professor. He is the Medical Director of Quality Living Inc, a brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in Omaha.
Dr. Dumba is the Co-founder of the Healing Kadi Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides medical services to refugees and host communities in Uganda and South Sudan. He has also been involved in multiple medical mission to Nicaragua and South Sudan.
He is married to his wife Sabina and have 3 children. He enjoys camping, fishing and hiking.
Dr. Deb Tomek, MD, FAAP
Dr. Debra Tomek is the Associate Medical Director for Children’s Center for the Child & Community.
Dr. Tomek is a native of the Omaha, Nebraska community. She graduated from Omaha Northwest High School. She obtained her Engineering Degree from the University of Iowa, and received her M.D. degree in 1987 from University Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). She completed her pediatric residency at Geisinger Medical in Danville, Pennsylvania. She returned to UNMC in 1990 to complete a General Academic Pediatric Fellowship and join the General Pediatric Department as an attending physician until 1994. In 1995, Dr. Tomek began her career with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, serving 17 and ½ years in the Emergency Department and Urgent Cares. She was the Medical Advisor for Building Healthy Futures from 2010-2018, a non-profit oversight the development of 8 school based health centers; and Child vision collaborative which advocated for the health of under-resourced students within schools. From September 2012 through February 2017, she lead the primary pediatric care as the Medical Director at Children’s Physicians. She recently transitioned from her role as Vice President, Children’s Physicians Medical Director to assist in expanding Children’s collaborative community partnership efforts.. Dr. Tomek is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and volunteer faculty member at Creighton University Department of Pediatrics.
Driven by her passion for underserved children, Dr. Tomek began medical mission work in 2004 with her church, Covenant Presbyterian Church, leading a medical team to Managua, Nicaragua. Dr. Tomek is on the Board of Directors for Healing Kadi Foundation and has travelled to South Sudan and Uganda providing medical care to South Sudanese people. She states “My life has become more joy-filled and enriched by serving the South Sudanese & Ugandan people. Their hope and resilience and love is amazing.”
She and her husband, Chuck, have four children. In her free time, she enjoys singing, riding her bike, watching baseball and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Melanie Menning, MD
Melanie Menning, MD: Dr. Menning completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She completed residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-One World joint residency program in 2018. She currently is practicing family medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and One World. Additionally, she is pursuing an MPH in Community Oriented Primary Care through the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Her global health outreach includes providing preventative services and screening in Nicaragua.
Dr. Kris McVea, MD MPH:
Dr. McVea completed medical school at The University of Nebraska Medical Center and her residency at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (UNC) with an emphasis on Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. After her residency, she obtained her Master’s in Public Health at University of North Carolina—School of Public Health (UNC). Dr. McVea returned to Nebraska and practiced pediatrics and Internal Medicine at One World for many years. In 1997 she became the Medical Director of One World and has led the organization through tremendous growth. Dr. McVea is a champion of quality care for the underserved and has led One World to consistently rank among the top 2% of Federally Qualified Health Centers across the country in terms of quality outcomes. Additionally, Dr. McVea has a passion for global health and has helped to provide care in Guatemala.
Dr. Kris Huber, MD
Dr. Huber completed her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She practiced family medicine as a physician assistant at One World for 13 year before pursuing her MD at the University of Science, Art and Technology. She then returned to Nebraska to complete her family medicine residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center-One World joint family medicine residency program and subsequently practiced at One World for 1 year before heading to Corpus Christi, Texas to complete a Family Medicine Obstetrics Fellowship at Texas A&M/Christus Spohn. Dr. Huber also completed a diploma in International Medicine/Public Health from INMED. Dr. Huber now splits her time between practicing family medicine with full obstetrical privileges at One World and providing care across the globe. She has participated in global missions in Spain, Dominican Republic, Peru, Honduras, Ghana and Pakistan.
Dr. Dave Levy, MD
Dr. Levy completed his pediatric residency at the University of Utah in 2012. After finishing his training, he worked as a traveling pediatrician around the United States for five years. He practices at numerous hospitals and clinics in a variety of setting around the country. He started at One World in February 2018. Dr. Levy is currently involved with global health work in Nepal where they are working to improve maternal-newborn care. He has established his own organization for this work called Global Partners for Child Health. He has also been involved with projects in India and Zambia. For Dr. Levy, the most useful and meaningful work has been public health related when they have established strong partnerships with the local communities and work with them to improve the existing conditions.
Ryan Grundy: Executive Director for Global Livingston Institute
Ryan Grundy currently serves as the Executive Director of the Global Livingston Institute (GLI), a Denver-based non-governmental organization created to bring students and community leaders to East Africa to think differently about international development. In this capacity, he manages the day to day operations of the organization – both in Colorado and East Africa. He also oversees all GLI’s programming initiatives which includes coordinating immersion travel experiences, research internships, and cultural exchange programs in Uganda and Rwanda for more than 200 scholars and thought leaders per year. GLI’s major programs include women’s leadership retreats, youth summits, and HIV/AIDS awareness music festivals. Ryan also participates in research projects with GLI travelers regarding topics such as mental health services in rural Uganda, the reintegration of former child soldiers in northern Uganda, and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Prior to his position with the GLI, Ryan was the Community Partnerships and Correspondence Coordinator for Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. In this role, he was responsible for managing all correspondence that came in and out of the governor’s office in a way that was both meaningful and useful to the people of Colorado, the governor, and the governor’s staff. This included drafting letters regarding policy positions, producing honorary correspondence for publication, and sending out a daily report to the governor and governor’s staff on news articles in the media that were relevant to the governor’s office and the State of Colorado.
Ryan was nominated and selected to be one of the 2017 Aspen Ideas Scholars through the Aspen Institute and is an alumnus of the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s Impact Denver program. He graduated in 2012 from St. Edward’s university where he studied religious and theological studies and political science.
Dr. Richard Deming, MD: Above + Beyond Cancer
Dr. Richard Deming is medical director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines, Iowa. He received a bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and his medical degree from Creighton University. Dr. Deming is known in the community for the compassionate care he provides cancer patients and their families. He is involved in many national, state, and community organizations and is the recipient of numerous awards. He was awarded the Lane Adams Award by the American Cancer Society for excellence and compassion in patient care. He is the recipient of “the one hundred” Award by Massachusetts General Hospital for his work with cancer survivors. He was awarded the Iowa Cancer Champion Award for his tireless efforts in the field of advocacy. He received the Iowa Star Award from the Des Moines Register for making a measurable difference within the community and improving the quality of life for Iowans everywhere. He was awarded the St. George National Medal by the American Cancer Society for leadership in reducing the burden of cancer.
Dr. Deming is also the founder of Above + Beyond Cancer, a non-profit organization dedicated to elevating the lives of those touched by cancer. Dr. Deming has led cancer survivors on medical missions and inspirational mind-body-spirit pilgrimages to Mount Everest, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Machu Picchu. He is dedicated to the principles of human dignity, social justice, and compassion. He is inspired by the courage and compassion of his patients and their families. His greatest ambition is to encourage others to pursue lives of meaning, purpose, passion, and compassion.
Moses Olorunjuwon New-Aaron, MPH, MLS (ASCP): Chamber’s Fellowship
Moses Olorunjuwon New-Aaron earned an MPH-Biostatistics degree in the University of Nebraska Medical Center and immediately after his master’s degree he became certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Medical Laboratory Scientist which made him worked briefly at the Special hematology laboratory of Nebraska Medicine. He is currently a Doctoral student in Toxicology. His doctoral research interest is the Hepatotoxicity of alcohol and HCV in HIV-infected liver cells under the mentorship of Dr. Natalia Osna at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Due to the mix of public health, global health and laboratory medicine in his background, he has decided to pursue a career that will allow him to use all his skills to improve HIV treatment globally. New-Aaron has been active in Global work in Nigeria and Tanzania. As a Suzanne and Ward Chambers Global Health Fellow, he explored the diverse public health issues in an HIV clinic in Dodoma, Tanzania. He is planning to continue exploring the epidemiological aspect of his research interest in Africa while he continues experimental studies here in the United States to validate his observational findings in Africa among people living with HIV.