Faculty and Staff

Faculty

  • Neil Schluger, MD

    Co-Director, Program for Education in Global Population Health

    Neil Schluger, MD, is the Co-director for the Program
    for Education in Global and Population Health. He is
    also the Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and
    Critical Care Medicine at the Columbia University Irving
    Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology
    and Environmental Health Science at the Columbia
    University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
    and Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He
    is Senior Advisor for Science at Vital Strategies. Dr.
    Schluger’s academic and public health career has
    focused on global aspects of lung disease. He is also the
    founder and director of the East Africa Training Initiative,
    a Vital Strategies-sponsored project to train pulmonary
    physicians in Ethiopia.

    Headshot of Nick Schluger
  • Lawrence R. Stanberry, MD, PhD

    Co-Director, Program for Education in Global and Population Health; Associate Dean for International Programs

    Lawrence Stanberry, MD, PhD, is the Co-director for
    the Program for Education in Global and Population
    Health. He is also the Associate Dean for International
    Programs and Director of The Programs in Global Health
    at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians
    and Surgeons. Previously he served as the Reuben S.
    Carpentier Professor and Chairman of the Department
    of Pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians and
    Surgeons at Columbia University, and Pediatrician-in Chief
    of the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Morgan Stanley Children’s
    Hospital (February 2008 – June 2018).

    Lawrence R. Stanberry, MD, PhD
  • Elizabeth Shane, MD

    Associate Dean of Student Research

    Elizabeth Shane, MD, is the Associate Dean of Student
    Research at the Vagelos College of Physicians and
    Surgeons. She also directs the MD – MS in Biomedical
    Sciences, which includes a Global Health track. She
    previously served for 7 years as the Vice-Chair for Clinical
    and Epidemiological Research for the Department of
    Medicine. Dr. Shane specializes in disorders of calcium
    and vitamin D metabolism and diseases of the skeleton,
    particularly osteoporosis. She has served as the
    President of the American Society of Bone and Mineral
    Research (ASBMR), as well as on NIH Study Sections
    and the Advisory Council of National Institute of Arthritis,
    Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

  • Kim Hekimian, PhD

    Associate Director of Education

    Kim Hekimian, PhD, is the Associate Director of
    Education for the Program for Education in Global
    and Population Health and Assistant Professor of
    Nutrition in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology,
    and Nutrition) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at
    Columbia University. Dr. Hekimian received her PhD in
    Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public
    Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science
    and Health Education. Her research has focused on
    feeding practices of infants and children in Armenia.

  • Silvia Cunto-Amesty, MD, MPH, MSEd

    Associate Director of Latin America Programs

    Silvia Cunto-Amesty, MD, is the Associate Director
    of Latin America Studies at the Program for Education in
    Global and Population Health and Assistant Professor
    of Clinical Medicine at the Center for Family and
    Community Medicine and Population and Family
    Health at Columbia University. She is also on the
    clinical staff of the Young Men’s Clinic in Harlem. She
    earned her MD from Temple University, her MSEd from
    the University of Pennsylvania, and her MPH from
    Columbia University.

    Headshot of Silvia Amesty
  • Ana I. Esteban-Gonzalez, MD

    Associate Director of Cross-cultural Fluency. Director of Digame and Bienvenidos Cultural Immersion Programs

    Ana Esteban, MD, is the Associate Director of
    Cross-Cultural Fluence at the Program for Education
    in Global and Population Health, at the Vagelos
    College. She is also Director of the Digame and Bienvenidos programs. She received her
    M.D. degree from Cantabria University in Spain, and
    she currently teaches Spanish classes for Columbia
    Nursing School, Columbia- Presbyterian Hospital and
    the Cervantes Institute. She developed the medical
    Spanish curriculum for Brown University and various
    schools at the CUIMC.

    Headshot of Ana Esteban.

Administrative Staff

  • Tania Genel, MBA, MPP

    Program Director

    Tania Genel, MBA, MPP, is the Administrative Director
    for the Program for Education in Global and Population
    Health. Tania obtained an MBA degree at the University of
    Rochester. Having worked in a variety of sectors including
    Economic Consulting, Government, and Corporate
    Finance, she transitioned into the Higher Education
    sector in 2009, when she took on the coordination of
    Student Exchange Programs at the Faculty of Economics
    and Business at the University of Namur, Belgium.
    She managed development aid and other cooperation
    programs with Africa and Latin America at the Vrije
    Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.

  • Sofia Tinio, MPA

    Program Coordinator

    Sofia Tinio, MPA, is the Program Coordinator for
    the Program for Education in Global and Population
    Health. She has worked in higher education for over
    a decade, primarily in advising and student support
    services. She has a broad international perspective
    having advised and assisted international students
    in the United States as well as having studied and
    worked in Sweden and Austria where she served as
    an academic writing consultant at the University of
    Vienna. She also has a background in government
    public relations.