GHCM 2018 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Geetha Jayaram: Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins Departments of Psychiatry, Health
Policy and Management, Global Health, and the Armstrong Institute for
Patient Safety

Keynote Title: Global Mental Health: Problems and Proposed Solutions for Low and Middle Income Countries

Dr. Geetha Jayaram is a senior faculty member in the Departments of Psychiatry, Public
Health, Health Policy and Management, Nursing, and the Armstrong Institute for Patient
Safety at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Jayaram has developed and enhanced numerous clinical systems, including an innovative Global Mental health program in Southern India that has existed for close to 2 decades, serves 206 villages with a population reach of over several million households. She has managed a multidisciplinary team that has made an enormous impact in several areas of community psychiatric care. She has published 3 books, on women psychiatrists and patient safety, and is the author of over 100 peer reviewed articles, abstracts, book chapters and invited lectures. She is a member of the Global Council for Psychiatry, serves as the Chair of the Patient Safety Committee for the American Psychiatric Association, is widely published in the
area of patient safety and quality. She has lectured in the US and abroad on administrative psychiatry, Global mental health, and a low cost model for low and middle income countries, as well as patient safety.  She is the current President of the Association of Women Psychiatrists, past Chair of the International Medical Graduate Council for the American Medical Association, Scientific Program Chair for several years for the American Psychiatric Association, and Past President of the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and quality of her work to advance psychiatric care.


JEAN GARDY MARIUS, MDOganizasyon Sante Popilè (OSAPO)

Keynote Title: The Challenge of Implementing Global Health in Developing Countries

Dr. Jean Gardy Marius is a Haitian Doctor who was born in Haiti in 1969, and obtained his Medical Degree in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Marius traveled to Germany where he had a medical practice for many years and obtained a degree in International Health.  After seventeen years away from Haiti, he returned in 2006 to work in his country and has developed one of the most innovative concepts of global health based on the social determinants of health. His concept aims to not only alleviate the suffering of people in Haiti, but also to tackle the chronic poverty they face. In 2013, he obtained a Master Degree in Global Health from Manchester University in England. His experience has proved that the socials determinants of health can be used as an engine of development to improve the living conditions of the most vulnerable people living in the rural areas of Haiti.  He has published many articles on the inequality of health and challenges of implementing global health in the developing countries.  One of his most recent articles is titled "Helping Haiti Help Itself Leads to Independence from Agencies and Humanitarian Aid Organizations." OSAPO Haiti (web log), June 4 , 2017. agencies-and-humanitarian-aid-organizations/. In 2015, Dr. Marius was invited to talk at the "Global Health & Innovation Conference" at Yale University and in 2016, at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.  He created his own organization called OSAPO and developed one of the most attractive programs of global health and global social medicine where hundreds of American students visit every year. His organization is now working with multiple universities in the United States in order to facilitate American students experiencing another side of global health in the developing countries.


Steve James, CRNA: Founder of

Keynote Title: Giving Back

Dr. Steve James is a veteran anesthesia provider who turned tragedy into triumph by founding after the death of his daughter in 2001. He has mastered short term medical and surgical missions and created a safe, sustainable program involving health, education and care of orphans and vulnerable children.  

He organizes over 20 teams of missionaries each year who provide free medical services including, but definitely not limited to, pediatrics, ophthalmology, and obstetrics/gynecology.  Steve’s goal is to leave a legacy of hope for the people of Migori, Kenya.

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The documentary "Sober Indian Dangerous Indian: A Story of Empowerment Through Sobriety" will be shown in the evening on February 2, 2018 

Sober Indian/Dangerous Indian (SIDI) chronicles the lives of four alcoholic Lakota men from the Pine Ridge Indian reservation as they worked towards recovery.  These men put a face on the suffering resulting from alcohol sales in the Nebraska border town of Whiteclay, an unincorporated town of 11 that sold over 3.5 million cans of beer annually to Pine Ridge citizens, with a truly devastating impact. 

The creators of the documentary will be at the conference immediately after the showing to participate in a Q & A Session