Alumni Notes

CHERIE L. SGAMBATI (INHD MPH ‘02) graduated from medical school, the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in June 2010 and began her residency in Psychiatry this month at Louisiana State University.

JAMES J. BALSAMO, JR. (MPH ’73/MHA ’06) received the 2010 Walter F. Snyder Award from the National Science Foundation International and the National Environmental Health Association.  He is the director of the Tulane Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

BRENT BURKEY (TM ‘03) served as brigade leader for a 24-member medical team working with Shoulder to Shoulder to provide basic health services in Santa Lucia, Intibucia, Honduras.

NANA APENEM DAGADU (INHD MPH ‘09) was selected as an International Development Fellow with Catholic Relief Services and will begin her post in Cotonou, Benin. She will be working on CRS Benin’s proposal development and on HIV, child trafficking, and microfinance programming for the year of the fellowship and is very excited about this opportunity to work directly in the field.

KATHERINE HARPER CAMPBELL (CHS MPH ‘00) is a fellow in maternal fetal medicine at Yale University. Her days are spent providing care to women with high risk pregnancies.

JOHN W. KEPHART (EHS MSPH ‘02) specializes in syndromic surveillance as an epidemiologist at the Sedgwick County Health Department. He is implementing a child blood lead monitoring program that will investigate and follow children diagnosed with elevated blood lead levels. Having worked abroad and now in his hometown, “global health” has taken on a whole new meaning for Kephart.

REINHARD KOPPENLEITNER (INHD MPH ‘97) consults in developing countries, managing health projects for GTZ, KfW (German Development Bank) and the Word Bank, and directing the Health Department at AGEG Consultants eG in Germany. He has very fond memories of his MPH courses at Tulane in 1996/7.

MICHAEL F. MASCIA (MD/MPH ’72) is looking for like-minded colleagues to launch a non-profit doctor-patient cooperative to provide healthcare “wherever and whenever it is needed.”

PAMELA M. PITCHER (CHS MPH ‘89) coordinates the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom programs’ outreach and education efforts for returning combat service members from our two present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

ANDREA R. PRICE (MHA ‘84) has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of Mercy Health Partners in Northwest Ohio.

DEAN RACKLEFF (MPH&TM ’95) has opened Infectious Disease Specialists of Southwest Florida, which provides comprehensive care for a variety of chronic, acute, and seasonal illnesses.

CHRIS ROBERTSON (EHS MSPH ‘02) provides consultation to many governmental, private, and commercial industries on how to protect the health and safety of their workers. He also participates in the local EH&S chapters to broaden his studies, and to share his experiences.

HANI ZAKI (EPI MPH ’82) has been appointed senior vice president of Late Phase Services for PRA International.

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Tulane's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine is the oldest school of public health in the country and the only American school of tropical medicine. Our mission is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease, disability, and premature mortality. This is accomplished through academic excellence in education of public health professionals, rigorous scientific research of public health problems, creative partnerships to advance the practice of public health, and innovative service to the local, national, and international public health community.
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