Alumni Notes Spring/Summer 2014

HARMONY R. ALLISON, MD (MCH MPH ’97) is an associate professor of medicine at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass., where she lives with her husband and 3-year-old daughter. She fondly remembers her Peace Corps service in Burkina Faso, West Africa, where she worked at a regional hospital. She recalls working with community leaders to develop a training program for the pharmacy committee that focused on basic epidemiology, development of a budget, and how to organize fundraisers. Allison credits the core courses at SPHTM with influencing her daily practice of medicine.

KYLLIE BOUGET (MSPH TRMD ’12) is a clinical laboratory scientist for the Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, Calif.

LORRAINE CORDEIRO, PhD (IHD MPH ’95) is an assistant professor of nutrition at the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences in at Amherst, Mass. In May 2013, she received the College Outstanding Teacher Award and was cited for her impact on students and contributions to the teaching mission at the university. She was also recently nominated for the Distinguished Teacher Award at the University of Massachusetts. Her area of expertise is household food security and adolescent nutritional health. She is currently investigating the associations between food security, food practices, and health risks among Cambodian women in Massachusetts.

DOUGLAS J. DIETER (HSM MPH ’04, DrPH ’11) is a research analyst at Western Asset Management in Pasadena, Calif., where he is responsible for healthcare and technology high yield and term loan investments. In fall 2013 he visited the SPHTM campus and gave a guest lecture to MHA students entitled “A Discussion about Careers in Finance From a Public Health Alum’s Perspective.”

KAREN DESALVO (TRMD MPH&TM ‘92) has been named national coordinator for health information technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C., where she is responsible for improving U.S. healthcare through new technology. DeSalvo has previously taught on faculty at the Tulane School of Medicine and most recently served as the New Orleans health commissioner since 2011. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, DeSalvo founded the award-winning 504HealthNet network of community-based healthcare providers to better coordinate care across the New Orleans region.

PAUL R. EISENBERG (TRMD MPH ’80) joined private industry in 2005 following a lengthy academic career at Washington University where he focused on cardiovascular and thrombosis research. He is now senior vice president for global regulatory affairs and safety at Amgen, Inc., in Newbury Park, Calif. Eisenberg has led the development and registration of multiple New Molecular Entities in cardiovascular and critical care, and has led the global registration of all Amgen products since 2007. He has extensive experience in global safety and risk management programs.

Lee Gary

Lee Gary

LEE GARY (GEHS MPH ’10) has been selected to the National Emergency Management Executive Academy, operated by the Federal Emergency Management Association for the U.S.  Department of Homeland Security. He had completed the first of four sessions, which was conducted by Harvard faculty at the National Emergency Training Center in Emittsburg, Md., and he served on the Cyber Team. Lee Gary says that the National Academy is designed to provide a “cutting-edge curriculum that supports the advancement of the emergency management profession and its executive leadership.”

W. BRADLEY HAWKINS (GEHS MPH ’10, PhD, ’12) is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Suriname where he coordinates the MPH program along with joint research projects between Suriname and Tulane. The MPH program was recently mentioned in the PAHO country profile of Suriname (http://bit.ly/1cyw1WZ).

MARTINA MUSCMECI SALLES (NUTR MPH '03) was nominated by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain and appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve a three-year term on the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition and was selected by the board to serve as an officer as the Louisiana Dietetic Association liaison. The state board serves to regulate the practice of dietitians and nutritionists by granting licenses to qualified applicants. Salles has also received a proclamation from the St. Charles Parish, La., Council and Parish President V.J. Pierre Jr. recognizing her efforts to promote good health and nutrition. Salles is a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist self-employed as a consultant. She provides nutrition and lifestyle management to clients and also serves as a wellness health coach and health educator for corporations and organizations. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

MARTINA MUSMECI SALLES (NUTR MPH ’03) was nominated by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain and appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve a three-year term on the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition and was selected by the board to serve as an officer as the Louisiana Dietetic Association liaison. The state board serves to regulate the practice of dietitians and nutritionists by granting licenses to qualified applicants. Salles has also received a proclamation from the St. Charles Parish, La., Council and Parish President V.J. Pierre Jr. recognizing her efforts to promote good health and nutrition.
Salles is a registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist self-employed as a consultant. She provides nutrition and lifestyle management to clients and also serves as a wellness health coach and health educator for corporations and organizations. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

JOHN JAY HAWKSHEAD (EPI DrPH ’12) has been an infection control manager at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans since 2009.

NORINE C. JEWELL ( GHSD MPH ‘73) is providing technical assistance in international legislation, policy, and planning in reproductive health.

JIBRIN ALIYU KAMA (IHD MPH ’13) is a consultant and laboratory manager for BioEnergetics, LLC, in Boston, Mass. BioEnergetics is a contracted research organization that studies energy metabolism and mitochondrial function.

HEATHER R. KLUGH (Global MCH MPH ’12) is a CDC Evaluation Fellow through ORISE.

PRONABESH DAS MAHAPATRA (EPI MPH ’10) is a senior biostatistician at the Institute of Aging Research at Hebrew Senior Life, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. In addition, he is a co-investigator at the PROG-IMT Project which studies unresolved questions in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular risk.  He remains involved with the International Childhood Cardiovascular Cohort (i3C) Consortium as well as his previous employer Inflexxion, Inc.

ED McMANMON (IHD MPH ’83) is a clinical research associate in the Boston area for Symbio, LLC.

ADNAN AL-MUFTI (GHSD MPH ’00) is looking for oversees volunteer positions in public health

(LORA) RENEE NOLEN (IHD MPH ’13) returned from the Peace Corps in April 2013, graduated in May 2013, and is now a health communication specialist at the CDC, where she works in the office of the chief of staff. Nolen was offered the job in September, but thanks to the government furlough and other delays, she didn’t officially start until mid-December. She loves it and says she’s very happy there, so it was worth the wait.  She recommends that RVPCs monitor the Peace Corps Job Postings, which is where she found her position, and she also benefited from some resume coaching.

KAREN OPPLIGER (NUTR MPH ’78) owns Foot Solutions in Long Beach, Calif., specializing in the reduction of foot pain through custom orthotics. She is also a healthcare consultant, providing marketing and strategic business development services to COMS Interactive, a disease management system designed to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions. Her daughter Stasia is a current Tulane undergraduate student interested in environmental sciences.

STEVE J. PEISER (HSM MHA ’86) is associate vice president for contracting and payer relations at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Medical Group. He and his team are accountable for the negotiation, communication, implementation, and oversight of managed care contracts and developing collaborative relationships with health plans, physician groups, and ancillary vendors. In addition, his experience in the field of global health development has enabled the organization to expand its business growth opportunities in the Middle East where he has taken on a leadership role in concert with the CHLA Center for International Health.

DYLAN PODSON (CHS MPH ’12) is working for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore, Md.

ROBERTO E. QUINTAL (TRMD MPH ’78, PhD ’79) was elected president of the Louisiana State Medical Society effective February 2014. In his new position, he hopes to address challenges in the erosion of the physician-patient relationship and barriers to providing access to quality healthcare. A native of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, Quintal is chief of the Heart and Vascular Center at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans.

TINA MARIE REYNOLDS (IHD MPH ’10) is associate director of philanthropy for Heifer International helping that organization fulfill its mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.

LIPI ROY, MD (IHD MD/MPH ’08) is a physician at Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program in Boston where she also trains resident physicians from several Boston-area hospitals. She also attends on the inpatient medicine wards at Massachusetts General Hospital and teaches Harvard Medical School students. Roy believes that public health is integral to internal medicine and community health. She is also passionate about combining medicine and media, with a special focus on preventive health (including obesity and nutrition), and writes a blog about healthy spices and cooking.

Edgar H Silvey

Edgar H Silvey

EDGAR H. SILVEY (HSM MPH ’71) received the Harry H. Harwick Lifetime Achievement Award by the Medical Group Management Association and the American College of Medical Practice Executives. The award recognizes a lifetime of achievement and outstanding contributions to healthcare administration delivery and/or education, with particular emphasis on the advancement of medical group practice. Silvey is a 44-year veteran in healthcare administration, including 25 years in his current role as CEO of the Baton Rouge Clinic.

MARIAH TOFT TACKETT (TRMD MSPH ’01) is director of global clinical research operations at St. Jude Medical. SCOTT M. TACKETT (IHD MPH ’02, HSM MHA ’02) is associate director of global health economics and medical outcomes research at Baxter. Scott and Mariah met in their first class at SPHTM, Professor Larry Webber’s Intro to Biostatistics course. They now live in Westlake Village, Calif. Scott is a gourmet cook specializing in New Orleans-inspired foods, thanks to classes at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, a gift from Mariah. They have two children, ages 6 and 2, and spend a lot of time playing outdoor sports to work off all the good food!

ASWITA TAN-McGRORY (TRMD MSPH ’97) is deputy director of The Disparities Solutions Center at the Mongan Institute for Health Policy in Boston, Mass., which uses translational research to develop and disseminate models addressing equitable healthcare for underserved populations. She supervises a broad portfolio of projects and administration while working with the director on future growth and strategic planning.

WILLIAM W. WARING JR (HSM MHA ’89) has joined the law firm of Jones Walker, LLP, in New Orleans as a partner in the Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and as head of the Health Care Industries Group.

JANET WIERSEMA (IHD MPH ’96) has returned to school to earn her DPH degree at the City University of New York. Wiersema likes working in public health and wanted to strengthen her skills in research. She also has two part-time jobs, one with a federal contractor and one with the New York City Department of Health.

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