About CCGH promoting global health research, service, and training

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To improve world health by fostering mutually beneficial relationships between UTMB and international partners in global health to promote excellence in education, research and training


UTMB CCGH provides academic leadership to nurture relationship, respect and integrity:


• Build mutually beneficial and value-adding relationships with international partners
• Promote strong collaborations that are consistent with UTMB mission and goals
• Maintain a long-term outlook including programmatic synergism and sustainability


• Foster a culture of collegiality in which we value our partners’ contribution as we expect them to value the UTMB contribution
• Inspire everyone to adopt ethical practices in global health


• Seek excellence in all initiatives
• Be honest and transparent in partner dealings with and on behalf of our partners
• Set realistic and measurable goals with clear measurable outcomes

Strategic Focus Areas

1. Establish a robust global health working structure in UTMB
• Coordinate and promote synergy in campus-wide global health efforts through an umbrella administrative structure
• Develop and promote institutional goals and strategies in global health by leveraging existing initiatives
• Establish a framework for evaluation and continuous improvement of UTMB global health efforts

2. Develop global health logistics/information systems
• Facilitate the international movement of students, faculty, and staff to and from UTMB
• Enhance grant management and administrative capacity for initiatives that internationalize the University

3. Provide academic leadership in developing and sustaining institutional partnerships
• Identify strategic partnerships
• Ensure institutional relationships are established e.g. Affiliation agreements
• Provide information on partnerships to promote increased involvement from UTMB faculty and trainees

Centers and Institutes
Center for Global Health Education
Center for Tropical Diseases
Center to Eliminate Health Disparities
Hispanic Center of Excellence
Galveston National Lab
WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center for Aging and Health
Institute for Human Infections and Immunity
Sealy Center for Vaccine Development

Organizational Structure

CCGH Organizational Structure
A. Clinton White, MD
A. Clinton White, MD
Executive Director
After completing post-doctoral training, Dr. White worked for 6 months as a visiting scientist in Venezuela before coming to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas in 1989, where he rose through the ranks to full professor. At Baylor, he developed the International Health track for medical students. He was recruited to UTMB in 2007 to direct the Infectious Disease Division, in the Department of Internal Medicine. He co-founded and co-directs the global health track for medical students. He developed the NIH-funded Galveston Global Health Consortium, an umbrella organization for global health efforts on campus. He is a past president of the clinical group and former councilor of the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and serves on the examination committee for the ASMTH certificate of knowledge in tropical medicine and travel health. He serves on the editorial board of a number of journals and writes chapters in major Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases textbooks. Dr White's clinical interests include parasitology, tropical medicine, HIV, and opportunistic infections.
Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc
Matthew Dacso, MD, MSc
Associate Executive Director
Director of Education and Service
Dr. Matthew Dacso is a board-certified Physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health Education at UTMB and as an Associate Executive Director of the Coordinating Center for Global Health. He earned his M.D. degree from UTMB and completed his Residency and Internship at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. He holds a master's degree in International Development Studies from the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies. Prior to joining the UTMB faculty, Dr. Dacso served as a clinician-educator with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership in Gaborone, Botswana. There, he managed a continuing education outreach program to district hospitals, assisted in the development of national treatment guidelines for acute and chronic HIV comorbidities, and provided support to the University of Botswana medicine residency training program. He remains an adjunct member of the University of Botswana School of Medicine faculty. His research interests include global health medical education, HIV/TB and non-communicable diseases, social and economic determinants of health, medical decision-making in resource-limited settings, and traditional medicine.
Peter Melby, MD
Peter Melby, MD
Director of Research
Dr. Melby joined UTMB in 2010 as Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the UTMB Center for Tropical Diseases. He has an active research program related to the immunopathogenesis of parasitic diseases, with a particular focus on leishmaniasis. His laboratory has been involved in vaccine development, studies to determine immunopathological mechanisms of disease, studies to define the impact of malnutrition on innate immunity and visceral leishmaniasis, and drug discovery. Dr. Melby's interest in tropical diseases and the neglected diseases of resource-poor developing countries started thirty years ago when he first worked overseas in a hospital laboratory in rural Egypt. He subsequently returned to the U.S. to attend medical school at the University of Colorado and then went on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri, a research fellowship in the Laboratory of Parasitic Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and a clinical infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He is active in the clinical practice of infectious diseases and in the teaching of medical and graduate students, as well as clinical residents and fellows.
Nisha Garg, PhD
Nisha Garg, PhD
Director of Global Health Policy, Epidemics, International Organization
Dr. Garg serves as Professor of the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Pathology, Associate Director of the Center for Tropical Diseases, and Co-director of the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary course in Integrated Medical Curriculum at UTMB. She serves as a member of the NIH study section and the American Society of Microbiology International Education Board; Associate editor of the American Journal of Pathology and the Journal of Neuroparasitology; and on the Editorial Boards of the Infection and Immunity Journal and the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology. Recently she served as Senior Scientific Advisor at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), engaged in implementation of Neglected Tropical Diseases Initiative of the US Government in Latin America. Dr. Garg’s lab efforts are targeted to win the human fight against Trypanosoma cruzi that causes Chagasic cardiomyopathy. Her ongoing translational research with multiple international collaborations focuses on identifying the potential vaccine candidates, and using these candidates to develop multi-component vaccine(s) that provide protection against different T. cruzi strains in multiple animal hosts and humans. Working with young students and scientists, Dr. Garg utilizes innovative approaches to understand the role of free radicals in initiation and/or sustenance of the pathological processes, i.e., inflammation, oxidative damage, and clinical severity of cardiac disease.
Philip Keiser, MD
Philip Keiser, MD
Kenya Liaison
Dr. Keiser primary interest is in the care and treatment of HIV and its related infections. He has been actively treating HIV infected individuals for over 20 years. He is the Chairman of the Texas AIDS Drug Assistance Program Advisory Board in the Principal Investigator for the Texas Oklahoma AIDS Education Center. Dr Keiser has been actively involved in HIV clinical research and has been an investigator in over 50 clinical trials. Since 2006, Dr Keiser has been involved in the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and has been involved in HIV clinical care, teaching and research in Kenya. He has an active clinical research program that is centered on the outcomes of patients treated with anti-retroviral medications in Central Kenya.
Caley Satterfield, MEd
Caley Satterfield, MEd
Assistant Director
Caley is the Assistant Director/Program Manager for the Center for Global Health Education (CGHE) at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. In this role, she oversees all operations for the CGHE . Mrs. Satterfield’s educational research interests include student preparation and expectations for international rotations and academic skills building through short-term scholarly projects in global health. Mrs. Satterfield is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction—Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Houston and will graduate in Fall 2015.
Jonathan Mwiindi, BPA, Dip Pharm, Dip HCM
Jonathan Mwiindi, MHA
Director of Operations
Jonathan who is currently the Director of Operations here in UTMB at the Coordinating Center for Global Health (CCGH) has worked as the Country Program Manager for the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine AIDS Relief Program in Kenya. Prior to that he served as the HIV Services Manager for AIC Kijabe Hospital also located in Kenya. He is a certified Master Project Manager (MPM) and holds a Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA). Jonathan is currently undertaking Doctoral studies (PhD) in Healthcare Management and Policy.
Kat Joel-Reich
Kathlynn "Kat" Joel-Reich, CHW
Administrative Coordinator
Kat, as she likes to be addressed, officially came aboard the UTMB family in January of 1994. A newcomer to the Global Health Team, she brings with her a longstanding background in community service and outreach. She has worked closely with students for years in her previous capacity as Coordinator for Frontera de Salud and Students Together for Service. She feels so lucky to be working with the Global Health Education team and wishes for much future success.
Jennifer Ellis
Jennifer Ellis
Program Manager
Jennifer rejoined UTMB in April of 2011 to serve as the Program Manager for the Center for Tropical Diseases (CTD). She was previously at UTMB for 10 years and has worked for the Division of General Medicine, the Associate Deans of Research, and the Provost. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Healthcare Administration.


October 12, 2013

Global Health Education Symposium: The Role of Students in Global Health

Visit the conference website to register and submit abstracts.