Miriam Cremer, MD MPH
Dr. Miriam Cremer is the President and Founder of BHI. As a medical student in 1997, Miriam completed a clinical rotation in rural El Salvador where she noted the high incidence of cervical cancer among rural women. This motivated her to develop outreach campaigns, and in 2003, she established Basic Health International. Miriam has provided outstanding guidance and leadership to the organization, and has solidified BHI as a leading voice in the fight to eradicate cervical cancer. In addition to her work at BHI, she is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a board certified obstetrician and gynecologist who is Fellowship trained in Family Planning. She has received multiple grants and awards for public health projects both nationally and internationally, including First Prize for Original Research from the Federation of Latin American Obstetrics and Gynecology (FLASOG) in 1999, Woman of the Year from the Western Center for Law and Poverty in 2005, and Women Making Global Impact in 2013. Her specific research interests include cervical cancer screening with HPV DNA testing including self-collection, HPV vaccination dissemination, and new methods of cervical cancer pretreatment including non gas-based ablative treatments. She was a contributing author of the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines: Use of Cryotherapy for Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia, published in 2011, and is the Principal Investigator on several large trials that are funded by the National Cancer Institute, the Rising Tide Foundation and other private donors. In partnership with the El Salvador Ministry of Health, she has been instrumental in helping change the Salvadoran national cervical cancer screening guidelines. Dr. Cremer has been an invited speaker at many national and international conferences, including the African Regional Conference (2014), Eurogin (2015),Point of Care Technologies Conference – NIH (2015), and the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (2016).
Rachel Masch, MD MPH
Dr. Rachel Masch first joined Basic Health International on a medical delegation to El Salvador in 2005, and is currently the organization’s Executive Director as well as the Director of Haiti Programs. Dr. Masch graduated from Brown University with a degree in International Relations and went to Brown University Medical School. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and received a Masters degree in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Since medical school, Dr. Masch has done work in Sweden, India, American Samoa, Vietnam, South Africa, El Salvador, Haiti and Africa and is proud to be helping BHI in their mission to eradicate cervical cancer.
Mauricio Maza, MD MPH
CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
Dr. Mauricio Maza is the Chief Medical Officer of Basic Health International. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Universidad Dr. Jose Matías Delgado in El Salvador, and his Master of Public Health from Harvard University with a concentration in Health Care Management and Policy. As a medical doctor, public health practitioner and researcher, Dr. Maza’s focus is cervical cancer prevention in low- resource settings, specifically with the use of novel technologies and treatment paradigms. Dr. Maza is an advisor and co-investigator in NIH funded research in El Salvador, Peru and Colombia.Dr. Maza is currently leading a 3-phase demonstration project in El Salvador that will screen 30,000 women by the end of 2015 with careHPV®, an HPV-testing device developed specifically for use in low- resource areas. He works closely with stakeholders in the decision/policy process to implement public health and policy changes in El Salvador. Dr. Maza has presented program results and implementation strategies at international conferences and meetings held in Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, India, China and the United States. He believes in the need to advocate for more clinical research and evidence-based policies in the region.
Karla Alfaro, MD MPH
Karla Alfaro is the Program Coordinator at Basic Health International and has been working with the foundation since 2010. Dr. Alfaro studied at Universidad Dr. Jose Matias Delgado in El Salvador and graduated in 2008. Dr. Alfaro’s responsibilities include coordinating the careHPV project, organizing VIA training delegations, coordinating research projects, as well as handling administrative and logistical tasks.
Elizabeth Torres, MD
TRAINING AND CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Elizabeth Torres is the Training and Clinical Director at Basic Health International. Dr. Torres received her Doctor in Medicine in 1995, and later obtained her masters in Obstetrics and Gynecology with a specialty in colposcopy at El Salvador National Maternity Hospital. Dr. Torres worked for nearly 17 years with El Salvador Health Ministry at Ilobasco National hospital, where she developed a project to create a clinic in colposcopy to address the health necessities of women in the region. Dr. Torres’ responsibilities include managing and coordinating the clinical trainings of health promoters for CareHPV.
Jillian Garai, RN MPH
Jillian received a Bachelor of Arts in history from Rutgers University, a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and a Master of Public Health with a specialization in epidemiology from the CUNY School of Public Health. She first became involved with BHI in 2009 when she participated in a medical delegation to El Salvador. She brings her analytical and writing skills to BHI’s multiple research projects in El Salvador, Colombia, and Peru. Jillian is a passionate advocate for women’s health and has been working in the field of reproductive health for over ten years.
DIRECTOR OF GRANTS AND FINANCE
Catherine Platt joined the Basic Health International team in March 2014. Having been a CPA for over 10 years in high net worth taxation prior to her arrival at BHI, Catherine was most recently the director of a charitable foundation while also pursuing her Master’s Degree in Evaluation & Program Planning at Duquesne University. Catherine’s interest in finance and women-focused nonprofits led her to Basic Health International.
In Memory of Deborah Seltzer
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT
After 25 years on the faculty of the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, Deborah Seltzer came to BHI to share her expertise in research, writing, and editing. During her time at the University of Pittsburgh, she worked with faculty and fellows in the development of research projects, grant proposals, IRB protocols, the writing and revising of manuscripts as well as other activities associated with successful career development.
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