Current Scholars

Lubaina Arsiwala

Lubaina Arsiwala
Dr. Arsiwala is a Johns Hopkins Masters of Health Science student with a Bachelor in Dental Survey from DY Patil University School of Dentistry, Navi Mumbai, India. She visited BJGMC from June 18, 2018, to August 11, 2018, to provide support to the BJGMC Clinical Research Site. She is working with Dr. Matthew Robinson to support to ongoing studies, including “Antimicrobial Use and Diagnosis among Hospitalized Febrile Patients in Pune, India” and “Prevalence and Risk Factors for Oral Cancer among HIV-Infected Adults.” Dr. Arsiwala received funding for her visit through the Johns Hopkins Global...

Anita Basavaraj, MD: Gastroenterology

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr Anita Basavaraj has done her MBBS from Nagpur University with Honors in Surgery (1987). Thereafter she did her MD in Medicine (1990) and her Diplomat of National Board (D.N.B.) in 1992.She has done her post graduate Diploma in geriatric Medicine (P.G.D.G.M.) winning the university Gold Medal by virtue of standing first in the country (2012), which is a distant education venture run by Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).

Dr. Vasudha Belgaumkar: Dermatology

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Dr.Vasudha has completed her undergraduate medical education from S.B.H. Government Medical College, Dhule,Maharashtra .A meritorious student throughout, she topped her first and final year University examinations. She is presently working as Associate Professor of Dermatology at B.J. Government Medical College, Pune. Having completed her post-graduation in Dermatology, Venereology (including HIV) and Leprology from this premier institute, she has acquired clinical skills as well as an affinity for research.

Puja Chebrolu

Global Health Research Fellow
Puja Chebrolu
Dr. Chebrolu is an Internal Medicine physician and a Cornell Global Health Research Fellow. She is working with Dr Jyoti Mathad and Dr Mallika Alexander at BJGMC primarily to study gestational diabetes within the PRACHITI cohort. She will be working with BJMC over the next 3 years and plans to study diabetes in other study populations as well.

Dr. Smita Deshpande: Microbiology

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
My research interests have been: Rapid diagnostic methods for Acute pyogenic meningitis, Diagnosis of enteric fever , Role of Methicillin resistance Staph aureus in infections, Molecular diagnosis of Leptospirosis, Rapid diagnosis of MDR-TB by REMA ( Resasurine Micro titre Plate Assay)and by Line Probe Assay.

Sunita Girish, PhD: Medical Biochemistry

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Education : Ph.D, Pune University, 2005 (Medical Biochemistry) title “Antioxidant Status in Leprosy.” Overview : How to improve health systems to combat various infectious diseases like Leprosy, Tuberculosis and HIV in developing countries, is a research and policy issue that affects many aspects of public health. My research interests include further to understand molecular level changes in cystic fibrosis which is under diagnosed .My interests also involve innovations in molecular techniques dealing with infectious diseases, help governments in developing countries to improve and modify...

Suzanne Grieb, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow
Kathleen Page is primary mentor for Dr. Grieb, post-doctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. Outcomes: Urban Health Institute Award ($5000); Panelist, Center for AIDS Research for Townhouse Meeting Oct. 9, 2013; Session Chair and Oral Presentation, 73st Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology in Denver March 19-23, 2013; 1 first author peer-reviewed publication

Amit Kale, MS: Orthopedics

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
I am working as associate professor in orthopedics. Currently, I am conducting various drug trials for rheumatoid arthritis.

Aarti Avinash Kinikar, MD: Pediatrics

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Education : MBBS (1984); DCH (1988); MD-Paediatrics (1988), DNB-Paediatrics (2003); MRCP-UK (1995). Medical Education- Grant Medical College – Mumbai University, India.

Martha Kirabo, MBChB

Uganda Fogarty Scholar
Dr Martha Kirabo
Dr Martha Kirabo is a medical doctor from Uganda. She earned her MBChB from Makerere University. A Fogarty fellow, she is undertaking Master of Public Health training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to JHSPH, she practiced as a clinical research doctor at the Uganda Case Western Reserve University Research Collaboration in Kampala, working in the Clinical trials department as a safety and pharmacovigilance officer. She is interested in attaining skills in epidemiological and biostatistical methods in public health and clinical research, infectious disease...

Rahul Lokhande, MD: Pulmonary Medicine

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
He is Unit In charge at B J Government Medical college and Sassoon Hospital Pune . He has special Interest in Bronchoscopy and Respiratory Intensive Care Unit of Sassoon Hospital.

Andrés Mallipudi

Andrés Mallipudi
Andrés Mallipudi is a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his undergraduate work in molecular biology at Brigham Young University. His research interests include Latino and immigrant health care disparities, environmental influences on the development of multidrug-resistant infections, and the impact of climate change on health outcomes. Andrés works with Dr. Kathleen Page, in collaboration with Centro SOL, on survey based assessments of parental administration of non-prescription antibiotics to children in Baltimore’s growing Latino population. He...

Nicky Mehtani, MD

Pune, India
Dr. Mehtani is a second year internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. After studying Global Health Technologies as an undergraduate at Rice University, she pursued a medical degree at Johns Hopkins, where she also earned her MPH at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. As an MPH and medical student, she worked with Dr. Kathleen Page in 2015-2016, analyzing Baltimore City STI surveillance data to help understand the initial effects of the Affordable Care Act on the demand for publicly-funded STD Clinics, and she continued to work on a three-year follow-up study of this issue as a...

Matthew Murrill

Baltimore, Maryland
Matthew Murrill is an MD-PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In 2016, he was named an IDSA Education and Research Foundation Medical Scholar. After completing undergraduate studies in chemistry at Maryville College, he moved to Kolkata, India, as a Fulbright-Nehru fellow to research the sources and health effects of groundwater arsenic contamination in Eastern India with the School of Environmental Studies - Jadavpur University. He then worked for Calcutta Kids, a non-governmental organization, to establish a childhood diarrhea...

Dr. Shilpa Naik: Obstetrics and Gynecology

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
I am working as an Associate Professor & Unit Incharge since 2009 in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at B.J.Govt Medical College & Sassoon General Hospitals Pune. I have been managing High Risk Obstetrics and has keen interest in Critical Care Obstetrics.

Geeta Shrikar Pardeshi, MD: Preventive and Social Medicine

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
I have led research projects related to Reproductive and Child Health, Sanitation and Infectious diseases. As part of the BJGMC JHU Fogarty training program in HIV-TB, I have research interest in TB epidemiology. I am interested in studying the association of co-morbidities with clinical presentation and treatment outcomes in tuberculosis.

Sangita Shelke, MD: Preventive and Social Medicine; Diplomas in Nutrition, Hospital Administration, Psychological counseling

BJGMC-JHU Fogarty HIV-TB Program Trainee
Pune, India
Indeed TB is a social disease with so many social problems especially the women suffering from TB/HIV undergoes a pathetic life situation. Women are silent suffers, of both HIV and TB in male dominated society of India. My ultimate desire is if I can make a difference in the lives of these silent suffers.

Josh Singer

Baltimore, Maryland
Josh Singer is an undergraduate at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He is working with Dr. Kathleen Page.

Matt Thim

Baltimore, Maryland
Medical Student

Kristin Thomas

Baltimore, Maryland
Kristin Thomas
Kristin Thomas is a MSPH candidate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studying social and behavioral interventions in international health. She specializes in mHealth, qualitative research methods, and health communications. Ms. Thomas joined Dr. Larry Chang’s mLAKE study in Spring 2015 and traveled to Rakai District, Uganda during the summer to join the team at the Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP). RHSP is a leader in HIV/AIDS research in Uganda. The mLAKE study seeks to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and impact of an mHealth-guided HIV counseling...

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