Faculty - Master of Science in Global Medicine

Faculty

Navid Pour-Ghasemi, M.D., M.S.

Director, Master of Science in Global Medicine program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Dr. Navid Pour-Ghasemi received his B.A. in German Language and Literature from UCLA, and his M.S. and M.D. from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Pour-Ghasemi works with a variety of patients from all walks of life. His current research interests include Clostridium difficile and quality improvement with respect to infection control. In addition, he is a 2011 alumnus of the Global Medicine program, in which he completed the clinical track. One of his most memorable courses was MEDS 550: Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Reform in Taiwan, in which students traveled throughout Taiwan, learning about the Taiwanese healthcare system within both urban and rural areas.

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Kim Turner, MBBS, M.S.

Associate Director, Master of Science in Global Medicine program
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Dr. Kim Turner joined the Global Medicine faculty in 2017. Born and raised for part of her childhood in South Africa, Dr. Turner received her medical degree at St. Georges Hospital Medical School in London, and completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology throughout various hospitals in London. Dr. Turner’s main research interest is in global maternal medicine, particularly maternal and child health in South Africa. She is a Child and Maternal Health Advisor for the Donald Woods Foundation in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. She is currently working on a community project assessing the needs of maternity care services in rural areas of South Africa. Dr. Turner is also a Global Medicine alumni, and we are delighted to have her back as part of the faculty.

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Gitanjli (Tanya) Arora, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Gitanjli (Tanya) Arora, MD, DTMH, received her undergraduate degree and Masters in Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, and received her medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine, followed by pediatric training at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. After completing her residency, Tanya worked domestically in general pediatrics and hospital pediatrics and internationally with Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan and Guatemala. In 2011, she earned her Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Tanya then worked as a pediatric hospitalist at the University of California, Los Angeles, directed the UCLA Pediatric Residency Global Health Program, and served as Co-Director of the Global Health Education Programs at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Center for World Health. She also is a member of the steering committee of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors Global Health Pediatric Education Group. Most recently, Tanya completed a fellowship in Palliative Medicine and is a pediatric palliative physician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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David Baron, MS.Ed., D.O.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, Office of Global Health, Keck School of Medicine

David Baron, M.S.Ed., D.O. is Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, Asst Dean of International Relations, Chief of Psychiatry at Keck Hospital at USC, and Director of the Center for Exercise, Psychiatry and Sport at USC. Professor Baron is the former Deputy Clinical Director of the NIMH and Chaired the Department of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine from 1998–2010. He is the former President of the American College of Neuropsychiatry and the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the American College of Psychiatrists and Section Chief for the World Psychiatric Association. Dr. Baron has a faculty appointment and is a consultant to Australian National University, Koceili University, and Ain Shams University in Cairo. He has over 100 publications, including 3 books and 15 book chapters. He developed and holds the copyright on the BDSA, a depression screener for athletes, which is currently in use in 5 countries. Dr. Baron has won numerous teaching and research awards, including the Kennedy Humanitarian Award and Distinguished Service Award from HHS.

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Emily Blodget, M.D., M.P.H.

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. Blodget was born and raised in southern California, and graduated from Stanford University. She went on to pursue an M.P.H. degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Boston University. She then decided to pursue a medical degree, and attended University College Cork in Ireland. She had always wanted an international perspective in medicine and she thought Ireland would be a great opportunity. She returned to the U.S. to pursue her internal medicine residency at Mt. Sinai in New York City. Finally, she returned to Los Angeles for her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Southern California. After completion of her fellowship, she stayed on as a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases, where she has focused on infectious complications in the transplant patient population. Dr. Blodget has also been involved in Hospital Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Through it all, she has continued with special interest in global medicine and she is excited to begin her involvement with the program in global health.

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Roger Clemens, Dr.PH

Part Time Lecturer

Dr. Roger Clemens joined the Global Medicine faculty in 2015. He is the Associate Director of the Regulatory Science program and an Adjunct Professor within the USC School of Pharmacy. With More than 25 years of experience in the food industry and academia, upwards of 40 peer-reviewed publications, and over 70 invited medical and scientific lectures domestically and internationally, Dr. Clemens is a world leader in nutritional and regulatory sciences, and is a prominent member of the Institute of Food Technologists and the American College of Nutrition and American Society for Nutritional Sciences.

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Aninda Das, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Dr. Aninda Das is a practicing Board certified pediatrician and pediatric infectious disease sub-specialist. He completed his residency in pediatrics and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases atChildren’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), which is academically affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He graduated from the MPH program (Health Policy and Management) at the University of California Los Angeles UCLA in 2015 as an upsilon phi delta member of the National Honor Society for Healthcare Management.
Dr. Das was born and raised in Calcutta (now Kolkata), India and graduated from Burdwan Medical College in Burdwan, India. He moved to the U.S. in 1992 and has lived in Los Angeles since 1994. After 2 years as an academic pediatrician at CHLA in the division of infectious diseases, he joined Healthcare Partners (now called Optum) in 2002 as a general pediatrician, where he worked for more than 14 years primarily in clinical care together with non-clinical administrative responsibilities. In 2016, he joined Eisner Health (also known as Eisner Pediatrics and Family Medical Center), a Los Angeles based non-profit community clinic; he was the Clinical Director of the San Fernando Valley Complex. In 2018, he returned to Healthcare Partners (now called Optum) in Mission Hills (San Fernando Valley) as a general pediatrician. He continues to practice in-patient pediatric infectious diseases at Huntington Hospital, Pasadena and Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Tarzana. He serves on the Infection Control Committee and the Antibiotic Stewardship Group at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Tarzana. Dr. Das continues to be on staff at CHLA.
Dr. Das’ primary areas of expertise include clinical pediatrics, pediatric infectious diseases and public health. His other areas of expertise in healthcare include managed care, utilization management, quality improvement, value based care, infection control and antibiotic stewardship.

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Maryam Farzanegan, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor of Medical Education

Dr. Farzanegan’s research, teaching, and personal interests focus on policies and programs related to provision of equitable basic services for the world’s most marginalized and underserved children. She has 20 years of practical experience working with UNICEF in New York, field offices in Africa and Asia, and the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy. Through her work with policy makers and practitioners worldwide, and through teaching at universities, she has advocated strongly for the rights of the world’s most disadvantaged children to health care, education and social protection. Prior to joining UNICEF, she served as Assistant Professor of Occupational Health Sciences at the New York Institute of Technology and as Staff Research Associate in the UCLA School of Public Health. She received her Ph.D. from the USC School of Education in special education with a public health focus.

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Monica Gomez, MPP

Part-Time Lecturer for the Department for Medical Education

Monica Gomez joined the Global Medicine faculty in 2017. With over 15 years of grant-writing experience, Ms. Gomez has worked for a wide variety of organizations throughout the Los Angeles area. As the Interim Executive Director and Program & Development Director for the United Latino Fund, Ms. Gomez managed all ULF operations and grantmaking, while also serving as the ULF representative within the Los Angeles Unified School District, METRO, California State, and Los Angeles City and County workplaces. She is currently the development director for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), where she is the chief supervisor of grant writing within the organization. As part of the Global Medicine faculty, she brings to the program her extensive experience with non-governmental organizations, service work, teaching, and grant-writing.

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Paul D. Holtom, M.D.

Professor of Clinical Medicine

Paul D. Holtom, M.D. is a long-time member of the faculty of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and maintains a number of integral roles in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Holtom is the Program Director for the Infectious Diseases Clinical Fellowship Training Program. Dr. Holtom serves as the Hospital Epidemiologist for LAC+USC Medical Center, Chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee for the Hospital, and Director of the Jeanette Wilkins Memorial Microbiology Laboratory, both at LAC+USC Medical Center. In conjunction with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at USC, Dr. Holtom has accumulated extensive clinical and investigative background in the evaluation and management of bone and joint infections. Generated from this, Dr. Holtom has produced substantial body of publications in both the Orthopaedic and Infectious Diseases literature. In this process, he has emerged as a leading authority on the subject and served recently as the President of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. Finally, as a product of his clinical experience serving the residents of Saipan in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands during his service in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), Dr. Holtom maintains interest and certification in Tropical Medicine.

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Eric P Hsieh, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine; Vice Chair, Educational Affairs; Director, Residency Program

Since starting as faculty here at USC I have always considered the strength of our program to be our faculty’s unwavering commitment to teaching and our Medical Center’s amazing diversity of patients and wealth of pathology. Since becoming Program Director, the Associate Residency Directors and I have designed this program to utilize our University’s abundance of resources to help each resident achieve their goals. With these things in mind, we believe we offer a training program that can provide any trainee with superb internal medicine training while helping to advance each person along their desired career path.

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Part-Time Lecturer for the Department of Medical Education

Lecturer, Global Medicine

Dr. Daniel Khorshad obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies with a minor in Natural Science from the University of Southern California. He received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC. He has always been interested in educating students on the importance of oral hygiene and proper dental care and is excited to explore the different aspects of dentistry on a global scale. Through various experiences during school and abroad, he learned the importance of oral health and its relation to overall health, and stresses how necessary it is to be cognizant of it to his students.
Currently, he is working in private practice as a general dentist. Dr. Khorshad has always enjoyed volunteering and helping those less fortunate here and abroad. He is an active member of Dental Care for Children, an NPO delivering dental care to the underserved populations of Southern California, Mexico, and Haiti. His research interests include Temporomandibular disorders.

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Susie Kim, M.D.

Part-Time Lecturer for the Department of Medical Education

Dr. Susie Kim, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, graduated summa cum laude in Chemistry from Harvard College. She obtained her medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine, after which she completed her radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research during medical school was devoted to analyzing the molecular pathways of certain chemotherapeutic agents.
Dr. Kim served as Associate Medical Director for the Advisory Board Company. After moving to California, she has dedicated her time to science education. Teaching at all age levels, Dr. Kim is particularly passionate about encouraging young females to enter a STEM field, posing global quandaries to young MENSA members, and supporting collegiate and graduate students in their endeavor to pursue a career in a medical profession. She is committed to reducing disparities in access to education and health care, both at the national and global levels, and inspiring her students to do the same.

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Benjamin LaBrot, MB, BCh, BAO

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Dr. Benjamin LaBrot, a Southern California native, spent much of his youth in and on the waters with commercial fishing and research vessels. He received his medical training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and practiced for many years in the Irish Health Care System, where he assisted in setting up a long-term care elderly facility. Passionate about mission work in developing regions, Dr. LaBrot went on to incorporate his love for the ocean in founding the Floating Doctors in 2009. Since its first mission to Haiti in 2010, Floating Doctors has worked to bring acute and preventive healthcare services and medical supplies to remote areas in developing regions of the world, particularly in the rural communities of Bocas del Toro, Panama. Dr. LaBrot joined the Global Medicine faculty in 2016, bringing with him his remarkable experience in global healthcare delivery. His teaching interests include healthcare in resource-limited settings, infectious diseases, and palliative care.

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Gilda Noori, M.D.

Part-Time Lecturer of Medical Education

Gilda Noori started her graduate education with a Masters in Public Health with a focus on community health and health education after receiving her BS from UCLA. She worked many years in the public sector with the UCLA/Veterans Affairs program and also internationally. During her time in the field with the World Health Organization, Dr. Noori came to realize the need for physicians abroad and decided to pursue her Medical Doctorate. Since graduating, Dr. Noori has entered the academic arena teaching medical education in various capacities. She instructs preparation courses for the United States Medical Licensing Examination and has recently joined the faculty at USC. Her international background familiarizes her with the diverse and unique needs of various cultures, and gives her first hand insight to the global needs in medicine.

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Alexandra Portaro, PharmD

Part-Time Lecturer for the Department of Medical Education

Dr. Alexandra Portaro received her B.S. in Biology with Latin honors from UCLA and her PharmD from the University of Southern California. She has always had an interest in using her pharmacy degree to make an impact on community health. Dr. Portaro has worked and volunteered with a variety of organizations promoting health, including the I Have a Dream Foundation, which helps children from low-income communities attend college. She currently works per diem in community pharmacies throughout Los Angeles, and has extensive experience in consulting pharmacy. She has always been interested in health as a global concept, and as a pharmacy student at USC, was able to participate in the MEDS 550: Clinical Medicine and Healthcare Reform in Taiwan course.
Dr. Portaro is also active in the Los Angeles salsa dance community. She participates in a variety of dance events and believes that dance is one of the most effective forms of physical activity for health. In addition to the courses she teaches for the Global Medicine program, she has also taught a variety of fitness classes.

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Mansour Rostami, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medical Education

Dr. Mansour Rostami joined the Global Medicine faculty in 2016. He earned his MD in 2003, and completed a fellowship at the UCLA Division of Cardiology. His work in the areas of anatomy, physiology, and pathology through research, invited lectures, textbook contributions, and teaching have made him an expert in these fields. As part of the Global Medicine faculty, he brings with him more than a decade of teaching experience.

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Nancy Salem, Ph.D. (c)

Lecturer, Global Medicine

Nancy E. Salem, Ph.D. (c), RN, MSN, CNL earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies with a minor in Art History at the University of Southern California (USC), where she was designated a Renaissance Scholar. In 2009, Ms. Salem obtained a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at UCLA. Her research explores the ways in which older women have entered into homelessness, their transitions through the homeless experience, and their experiences of aging.
During Ms. Salem’s tenure at UCLA, she has been involved in didactic, clinical and laboratory coursework. She has received honors and recognitions while at UCLA, including the Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award and the Dissertation Year Fellowship (2014–2015). Ms. Salem currently practices at an outpatient facility in Pasadena, California. She has been a member of the Global Medicine faculty since 2013.

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Yahya Shaikh, M.D., M.P.H.

Part-Time Lecturer for the Department of Medical Education

Dr. Shaikh is an Health Promotion Disease Prevention alumnus who continued in public health to get an M.P.H. then an M.D. Dr. Shaikh has done a number of international projects including directing a project for health care delivery in a refugee camp. His research interests include chronic disease and health care access and delivery in resource poor settings.

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Noah Wald-Dickler, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

Dr. Wald-Dickler, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the USC Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. He is also the Medical Director of LAC+USC Medical Center’s Rand Schrader HIV Clinic where he sees patients and supervises trainees in addition to directing the clinic’s HIV, primary care and HIV Specialty Services and its its non-HIV Infectious Disease Clinic. Dr. Wald-Dickler completed both his Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease training at USC. He also completed training in Tropical Medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru. He is a core member of the Antimicrobial Subcommittee of LAC+USC’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, and he is highly involved in coordinating the activities of LAC+USC’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program designed to combat the rise of antibiotic resistance through judicious hospital antimicrobial use.

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David Zarazúa, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish

David Zarazúa is an Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Spanish in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Director of the Medical Spanish Program at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Professor Zarazúa teaches a variety of Spanish courses at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese; and medical Spanish courses at the Keck School of Medicine for the M.D. and the M.S. in Global Medicine programs. He is the advisor of the USC student organizations Global Medical Brigades and Public Health Brigades and is the vice-president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. His main areas of interest are the use of technology in the language classroom and the use of Spanish in patient-health provider interactions. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in English at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico; his Master of Arts in Spanish at New Mexico State University; and his Ph.D. in Spanish at USC.

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