Rachel T. Moresky, MD, MPH is the Founding Director of sidHARTe— Strengthening Emergency Systems and Founding Director of the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship. She is an Associate Professor at the Columbia University Medical Center, with appointments in the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Program on Forced Migration and Health and the Division of Emergency Medicine. Before her emergency medicine and public health career, she completed a BS in Biomedical Engineering at Brown University. In 2003, Dr. Moresky completed a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as a Master of Public Health in Population and International Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her work has been focused in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia over the last 15 years.
Dr. Moresky’s commitment to forming international partnerships that improve emergency medical care in rural settings led to the creation of the sidHARTe program, a joint initiative between Columbia University and the Ministries of Health in Ghana and Rwanda. Dr.Moresky's diverse expertise in engineering, medicine and public health have driven her to design and implement creative solutions in the fields of humanitarian assistance, disaster response, and health systems improvement. Dr. Moresky's current work is focused on the development of tools to support delivery of acute care in resource limited settings, including sustainable clinical education and interventions to improve child survival using low resource and noninvasive technologies such as CPAP. Her research examines determinants of healthcare-seeking behavior, injury epidemiology, task-shifting and hospital preparedness. She also teaches at the Mailman School of Public Health in the Public Health and Humanitarian Assistance Program.
Sneha Patel, MSW, MPH, is the Associate Director of Implementation Science for the Developing Acute Care and Emergency Referral Systems (ACERS) Project, a USAID-funded implementation research project focused on improving maternal and neonatal outcomes in Ghana. Sneha is responsible for the collaborative development of ACERS’ research design and implementation strategy, program planning, iterative systems learning, and dissemination of findings. She previously served as the Director of Evaluation and Research at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response where she led the evaluation of NYC's public health emergency response operations. She has also served as a consultant on UNICEF and Rockefeller Foundation projects, and has experience with community-based health systems programs in Ghana and India. Sneha holds Master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelors in International Relations from Boston University.
Lily Wendle, MPH, is the Senior Program Officer of the sidHARTe program and is responsible for program planning and implementation, overall strategy development, research design and support, administrative and financial management, and communications for sidHARTe's programs in Ghana and Rwanda. Lily has worked in domestic and international HIV care and maternal and child health, including projects in Central and South America, Uganda, and Zambia. She has a vast background in project management and operations both domestically and internationally. Lily’s work has focused on strengthening health systems to increase access and improve quality of care, especially through capacity building and partnership development. She holds a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Patrick Wilson, MD, MPH, is the Co-Principal Investigator of the sidHARTe CPAP program. He is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Family Health at Columbia University Medical Center. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Case Western Center for Global Health and a Master of Public Health in International Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Wilson conducted research on the coast of Kenya investigating functional antibodies that may protect young infants from malaria, led the CPAPstudy in Ghana and has worked in Mexico, Peru, and Honduras. His current research interests include non-invasive ventilation, viral epidemiology, and medical device training to improve survival in children living in low- and middle-income countries.
Frank Baiden, MBChB, MSc, PhD, is the Kintampo Health Research Centre Co-Investigator for the sidHARTe program. With over ten years of experience in clinical care and research, Dr. Baiden served as a World Bank Robert S. McNamara Scholar in Tropical Medicine and International Health (2011-2013). He has worked as a technical officer for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Tanzania and has managed WHO projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Baiden is an experienced clinical trialist. He was field epidemiologist and co-investigator in the U.S. Federal Drug Administration audited clinical trial that evaluated the impact of pre-referral rectal artesunate on child survival in Ghana, Tanzania, and Bangladesh. Dr. Baiden had his physician training at the University of Ghana Medical School. He holds an MSc in Disease Control from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, and a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Laura Janneck, MD, MPH, is a past Country Director for sidHARTe in Rwanda. She oversees the development and implementation of health systems strengthening projects in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Prior to working with sidHARTe, she was the Director of Immigrant, Refugee, and Global Health in the emergency department at the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Dr. Jenneck studied human biology at Brown University, medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and public health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed residency in emergency medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she worked with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative on urbanization and humanitarian emergencies. Her global health experiences include food security and HIV research in South Africa, critical care in northern Uganda, and educational collaborations with the American University in Beirut, Lebanon.
Tim Tan, MD, MPH, is sidHARTe’s Technical Advisor for Health Systems. Tim is an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai, and a practicing emergency medicine physician at Queens Hospital Center. He completed a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center/NewYork Presbyterian Hospital. He has an interest in health systems development, with experience working on supply chain management with the Millennium Villages Project in Ghana, essential medicines and equipment guidelines for emergency departments with sidHARTe is Ghana, health spending impact research for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and is currently medical director for NYC Medics, an international disaster response NGO. Most recently, he has been working with sidHARTe on developing guidelines for organizing, staffing, and equipping emergency departments in district hospitals in Rwanda.