Many of our faculty volunteer their time and services to provide medical care to underserved populations in our communities and around the world.  

Community Health

  • Dana Kissner, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, runs the Washtenaw County Public Health Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program.
  • Hari Conjeevaram, MD, MS, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, is the Director of the U-M Medical School's Student-Run Free Clinic (SRFC) located at the Faith Medical Clinic in downtown Pinckney, Michigan. "Services like the Faith Clinic and our student-run clinic provide a vital safety net for non-emergency and preventive care" says Dr. Conjeevaram.  
  • Alan Baptist, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, and Georgiana Sanders, MD, MS, Associate Professor, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, volunteer their time two times each month at the Corner Health Center located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. The Health Center offers a full range of health care, mental health, and supportive services for young people as they transition to adulthood. 
  • In addition to dedicated care of patients with tuberculosis, division members have served in a consultant role for non-human clients. In particular, Richard Simon, MD, Professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, assisted in the performance of several surveillance bronchoscopies for Rudi, a 42 year African Rhino at the Detroit Zoo, who was exposed to another animal with tuberculosis. Fortunately for Rudi, he never developed clinically active disease.  

International Health Services

Global REACH

Michigan Global Reach

Founded at the University of Michigan Medical School (UMMS) in 2001, Global REACH is a key partner to our UMMS faculty members, learners, and departments working to engage with international collaborators to advance health, research, and education. 

To facilitate health research, education, and collaboration among Michigan Medicine learners and faculty with our global partners to reduce health disparities for the benefit of communities worldwide.

Many Internal Medicine faculty members are making great contributions around the world:

Jennifer J Griggs, MD, MPH

Global health focal area/s: Volunteer Physician for Asylum Seekers' Network of Physicians for Human Rights; addressing the problem of breast cancer in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Country/ies of interest: Haiti

Jason Ham, MD

Global health focal area/s: As a Hospitalist working in the Medical Short Stay Unit, and with previous duties in Emergency Mediine and program development and implementation of the UM Observation Program, I enjoy attempting to perform complex decision making while minimizing the use of testing.  I have developed Observation Protocols in this regard.  My interests include using the highest quality clinical decision making in the face of reduced or no resources.
Country/ies of interest: Latvia, Colombia, Ireland

Michele Heisler, MD, MPA

Global health focal area/s: Development and evaluation of interventions to improve patient chronic disease self-management and outcomes in low-resource settings; longitudinal, population-based research to inform better targeting and implementation of primary care programs.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Ecuador

Joseph Holoshitz, MD

Global health focal area/s:  My laboratory has been involved in decade-long international collaborations with a number of leading groups in Europe, Canada, China and Israel. Our research focus involves development of a new generation of synthetic adjuvants that could be used to improve vaccination potency in long list of human disease, many of which are endemic in Third World, East Asia, and the former Soviet Union countries.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Canada, China, Israel and other countries in Africa, the former Soviet Union, South America, and East Asia

Joel Howell, MD, PhD

Global health focal area/s: Collaborative projects with colleagues in Brazil studying the (a) comparative introduction and use of medical technology, and (b) the politics of international medical collaboration during wartime.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil

Robert Curtis Hyzy, MD

Global health focal area/s: Providing medical outreach to the indigent, under served population of the Peruvian Amazon River basin as the Medical Director of Amazon Promise, as US registered NGO based in Iquitos, Peru. Additionally, to provide an educational opportunity to University of Michigan Medical students and residents during an annual M-4 elective rotation.
Country/ies of interest: Peru

Joseph Kolars, MD

Global health focal area/s: Assessment of teaching quality; efficacy of medical learning venues; educational outcomes; measurement of learner competency; educating trainees to improve patient care.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nepal, Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, Vietnam, Zimbabwe

Matthias Kretzler, MD

Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s:  Research networks for translational nephrology on five continents focusing on integration of comprehensive clinical data sets with large-scale genetic and genomic information.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Germany, India, and EU networks

Anna Suk-Fong Lok, MD, FRCP

Global health focal area/s: Prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis particularly in countries where hepatitis (B and C) are prevalent; Prevention and early diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma; Education of physicians and other health providers including community leaders on how to prevent and treat viral hepatitis
Country/ies of interest: China

Marcos Montagnini, MD, FACP

Global health focal area/s: My interests include Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. I am interested in developing partnerships that will focus on medical and interprofessional education in Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, development of efficient models of care, clinical research and mentorship to junior investigators. 
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Chile, China, India, Peru, Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Portugal

Vladimir Ognenovski, MD

Global health focal area/s: Help train rheumatologists in Macedonia, establish rheumatology clinics to improve patient access and quality of care, and promote student and faculty exchanges between U-M and UKIM, Macedonia.
Country/ies of interest: Macedonia

Marc Peters-Golden, MD

Global health focal area/s: My laboratory is focused on basic and translational research interests in inflammation, innate immunity, and fibrosis, particularly in the lung. I have a track record in, and am interested in continuing, collaborative research as well as mentoring international trainees and visiting scientists.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, and Russia

John Piette, PhD

Global health focal area/s: Developing interventions using health information technology to improve self-management and outcomes for patients with diabetes and other common, high-risk diseases in low/middle income countries.
Country/ies of interest: Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua

Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD

Global health focal area/s: Translational and clinical research focused in understanding the mechanisms of chronic diabetic complications, particularly of diabetic peripheral neuropathy and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy, and to understand their role in the development of the high cardiovascular risk complicating diabetes; and novel treatment strategies for type 1 and type 2 diabetes, prevention of disease progression, the role of oral health in diabetes complications, and promoting the best of care for patients with diabetes worldwide.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, China, Korea, and Romania

Nithya Ramnath, MBBS

Global health focal area/s: I have begun collaborating with Kidwai Hospital in India on Lung Cancer outcomes and more recently guiding Aditi Ramakrishnan on her project involving attitudes to breast cancer screening in Southern India
Country/ies of interest: India

Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH

Home unit: Internal Medicine
Global health focal area/s: Prevention of healthcare-associated infections as well as hand hygiene: projects aimed at assessing and increasing hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers and preventing common healthcare-associated infections such as catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP).  Also interested in leadership, followership, and implementation science.
Country/ies of interest: Italy, Japan, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and other European countries

Manuel Valdivieso, MD, MS, CPE

Global health focal area/s: Infections related cancers. Three of them are of prevalence in Peru: gastric, cervical and hepatic cancers. Gastric cancer is the most common cause of cancer death in men and women combined in Peru! Because of the above, I am conducting studies aimed at reducing the burden of H. pylori infection in patients throughout Latin America and in Peru in particular.
Country/ies of interest: Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru

Akbar K Waljee, MD, MSc

Global health focal area/s: Establishing links between academic organizations, hospitals, and universities between developed countries and developing countries with a specific emphasis on Eastern Africa. Our primary emphasis has been to address disparities in surgical and medical healthcare. This is currently being done through the RjW Foundation.
Country/ies of interest: Kenya

Brent Williams, MD, MPH

Global health focal area/s: Director, UMMS Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence; developing educational programs in domestic and international health disparities
Country/ies of interest: United States and multiple countries where medical students spend time


Learn more about the U-M Global REACH Program.