Global Health Faculty

Frank Anderson MD, MPH

Frank Anderson, MD, MPH, joined the faculty in 1999 and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor, with a joint appointment in the Health Behavior/Health Education department at the School of Public Health.  Dr. Anderson is a generalist obstetrician/gynecologist and Director of Global Health Initiatives for the department.  Partnering with universities and programs in less developed countries to decrease maternal mortality is a major goal of the initiative.  With projects in Ghana and Haiti, his research focuses on both hospital and community based interventions to improve maternal and neonatal health and decrease mortality.  A major theme dictating the partnerships is health research for development, ensuring that research programs answer local health problems and build local capacity while providing new knowledge that can be applied to other settings.  Through a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he is currently examining how principles of collaboration affect global health projects.  He teaches the Fundamental of Reproductive Health course a the School of Public Health, and gives lectures across campus on issues related to maternal mortality, reproductive health and global health.  His work also involves understanding maternal mortality in the state of Michigan.  He sits on the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and the Michigan Maternal Accident Committee.  


Joanne Bailey, CNM, PhD

Joanne Bailey joined the faculty in 2004.  In 2007 she became director of the Nurse Midwifery Service.  Her fluency in several languages, most specifically Spanish, helped us to establish a clinic for Hispanic patients at Ann Arbor Planned Parenthood.  Joanne's interest in global health initiatives have led her to organize undergraduate trips to Honduras for a  three week immersion in community, social service and poverty issues relating to third world countries.  She has also helped to establish a home for orphaned children with AIDS in Honduras along with other international initiatives.  Prior to joining the faculty she was a Clinical Research Associate for the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology with a research interest in cervical cancer prevention trials. 


Jason Bell, MD, MPH, MS

Jason D. Bell, MD, MPH, MS joined the faculty in 2010 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan.  Additionally, Dr. Bell is a current Women’s Reproductive Health Research (WRHR) scholar.  His research focuses on the intersection between contraception and reproductive infectious diseases.  Currently he is conducting research in Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia.  He is a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Association for Reproductive Health Professionals, and a junior fellow in the Society of Family Planning.  He is also involved in fellow, resident and medical student education.


Diana Curran, MD

Dr. Diana Curran received her undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania.  She earned her MD from the University of Michigan in 1992.  Dr. Curran completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.  Dr. Curran is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  She spent seven years in private practice before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2004.  Her academic interests include clinical research, simulation and postgraduate medical education (U.S. and global).  Dr. Curran is a general OB/GYN with interests in minimally invasive surgery and is trained on the da Vinci Robot.  Dr. Curran is assisting Dr. Senait Fisseha in her efforts to promote maternal health and medical education in Ethiopia.


Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH

Vanessa Dalton, MD joined the faculty in 2001 and is currently an Assistant Professor and the director of the department's health services research group.  She completed her work as an Interdisciplinary Women's Health Research Scholar and her research interests include family planning and contraception, access to care, and human rights.


Senait Fisseha, MD, JD

Dr. Fisseha is an Associate Professor in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Chief of the Division of Reproductive and Endocrinology and Infertility. She is currently the Medical Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine. Her areas of interest include Assisted Reproductive Technologies, fertility preservation, reproductive law and ethics and global women’s health. She currently holds several national leadership positions and serves as a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Ethics Committee, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility  (SREI) member services committee and at the University of Michigan’s Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Oversight (hPSCRO) Committee. She has NIH funding to study fertility preservation in cancer patients. She is also actively involved in Global Health teaching and research and has received funding from an anonymous foundation to integrate family planning training into medical education and has funding from CDC Ethiopia to strengthen post graduate training.


Carolyn Johnston, MD

Carolyn Johnston, MD joined the faculty in 1990 and is currently a Clinical Professor UMHS and also performs similar duties at our affiliate teaching hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.  Her current areas of research are primarily clinical and include Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) and industry sponsored trials as well as work in Ghana. She is a PI for the GOG trials at our institution, a member of the boards of directors of the Great Lakes Division American Cancer Society and the Michigan Cancer Consortium (immediate past co-Chair, 2012), the head of the Michigan Cancer Consortium Cervical Cancer Advisory Committee and is also involved in resident, fellow and medical student teaching.


Rebecca Liu, MD

Dr. Liu joined the faculty in 1999 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Her research interests are focused on the molecular events that may lead to the development of ovarian cancer, and strategies to circumvent resistance to chemotherapy in ovarian cancer.

Lisa Kane Low, CNM, PhD, FACNM

Lisa Kane Low joined the faculty in 1993 and is currently a certified nurse-midwife and lecturer in the department. She is also an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing where she directs the midwifery education program and in the Women’s Studies department.  Her research interests are focused on care practices during childbirth, promotion and measurement of optimal birth outcomes and second stage labor management.  Her work has focused on increasing the use of evidence based care practices during childbirth including spontaneous pushing, active management of third stage labor and training of skilled birth attendants in low resource settings. Her work continues to focus more recently on strategies to improve second stage labor management to reduce risk for pelvic floor trauma. She has research collaborations with colleagues in the Netherlands to explore physiologic approaches to care during labor and birth and has completed projects in Honduras focused on prevention of Post-Partum Hemorrhage. 

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