FGHF Leadership


Benjamin Chi, MD, MSc,                                                                                                                                           Consortium Co- Program Director from UNC

Benjamin Chi, MD

Dr. Benjamin Chi, Professor of Ob-Gyn at UNC-CH, is experienced in the conduct of clinical, epidemiologic, and implementation research abroad. He lived full-time in Lusaka, Zambia from 2003 to 2015, where he oversaw a robust research portfolio in perinatal HIV prevention, adult and pediatric HIV treatment outcomes, and women’s health. He has served in multiple local and international leadership roles, and maintains strong collaborative ties with the University of Zambia School of Medicine and the Zambian Ministries of Health and Community Development, Mother-Child Health. He has also led multiple training initiatives, mentoring doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows with a range of topical interests. Having spent more than a decade abroad – developing his own professional career while overseas – Dr. Chi possesses unique insights in global health research training. Now based in Chapel Hill, he works to ensure that our consortium is responsive to trainee needs and provides the necessary support for successful careers in global health research.


Carla Chibwesha, MD, MSc, UNC Associate Director

77132d75-4bb8-4c40-b9e5-b6dc674aa965Dr. Chibwesha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UNC School of Medicine. She earned her MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her MD at Brown University. A former Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellow, Dr. Chibwesha returned to Southern Africa from the U.S. in 2009, initially working full-time in Zambia and now leading studies in both Zambia and South Africa. Since 2009, Dr. Chibwesha has actively pursued research interests in cervical cancer control, family planning, and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV. In 2014, Dr. Chibwesha relocated to South Africa and began collaborating with Drs. Ian Sanne and Cindy Firnhaber at the Wits Clinical HIV Research Unit (CHRU) in Johannesburg and colleagues at Right to Care, a local NGO affiliated with CHRU. As Head of UNC Division of Global Women’s Health South African Program and Visiting Faculty at Wits CHRU, Dr. Chibwesha oversees several donor-funded cervical cancer prevention and treatment studies. Beginning in September 2016, she became the PI of the NCI-funded AIDS Malignancy Consortium site at Wits. While in Southern Africa, Dr. Chibwesha has mentored 15 pre- and post-doctoral fellows through programs such as the UJMT FGHF, the Fogarty-Fulbright Fellowship, and the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship.



Yukari Manabe, MD, Consortium Co- Program Director from JHU 

Y-ManabeDr. Manabe is an associate professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She became interested in the global TB epidemic and translational applications of her bench science and, in 2007, moved to the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. As the Head of Research at the IDI, she consolidated capacity building programs, built research and clinical trials infrastructure, and opened a translational diagnostics research lab flow cytometry core facility. She also built clinical research platforms in the areas of HIV and related infections within Kampala and at three geographically disparate sites in Uganda. In addition to prospective research and clinical trials, she focuses on evaluation of best practices models of care in HIV/AIDS and related infectious diseases, particularly tuberculosis and cryptococcus, the implementation of iterative model improvements, and health systems strengthening.


William N. Checkley, MD, PhD, JHU Associate Director

Williacheckleym Checkley, MD, PhD, is an associate professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Department of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and holds appointments in International Health and Biostatistics. He obtained his MD degree from Northwestern University, Internal Medicine residency from Emory University, Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship and PhD degree from Johns Hopkins. He is currently the director of Johns Hopkins Medicine International and his research focuses on characterizing the prevalence of, and risk factors and biomarkers for COPD in resource-limited settings in LMIC. He leads observational and intervention studies on the association between biomass fuel smoke exposure and lung function. He is involved in NIH-sponsored networks of NCDs including the NHLBI sponsored Global Health Initiative, and is the PI in the recently funded Global Environmental and Occupational Health Hub NIH-sponsored network.



Kofi Kondwani, PhD, Consortium Co- Program Director from Morehouse SOM

K KondwaniDr. Kondwani is a psycho-physiologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine, in Atlanta Georgia. He is the founding chair and is currently a member of the Global Health Task Force. Dr. Kondwani is the principal investigator of a CDC/PEPFAR funded project in Ghana which involves the development of monitoring and evaluation graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of Ghana, School of Public Health.  The project conducts short courses in monitoring and evaluation of HIV and AIDS for government and NGO health professionals in Ghana.  Dr. Kondwani serves as a mentor to fellows placed in Accra, Ghana.


Jonathan K. Stiles, PhD, Morehouse SOM Associate Director

JonathanStilesDr. Stiles is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Immunology, and he directs the postdoctoral training program in genomics and hemoglobinopathies. His research interests are molecular pathogenesis of neglected diseases that affect the central nervous system (CNS) with emphasis on cerebral malaria and African trypanosomiasis. He earned his bachelor degree in science at the University of Ghana (UOG) and his doctorate degree at the University of Salford, Manchester, England. He has conducted groundbreaking research to Ghana to study cerebral malaria. He is positioned to act as a U.S. based mentor for those trainees interested in working in Accra, Ghana at the UOG Medical School.



Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, Consortium Co- Program Director from Tulane 

P-BuekensDr. Buekens is the W. H. Watkins Professor of Epidemiology and a clinical professor of Ob/Gyn at Tulane University. He serves as dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and as director of the Tulane Office of Global Health. He is PI of the NICHD’s Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research at the Argentina site, and of a NIAID R01 on Congenital Transmission of T. cruzi in Argentina, Honduras, and Mexico. He is lead on the Fogarty Argentine Doctoral Training in Implementation Research across the Lifespan, and a NICHD T32 Training Grant in Global Reproductive Epidemiology. He participates in a CDC Prevention Research Center special interest project studying a smoking cessation intervention in Argentina and Uruguay. He serves as mentor to fellows interested in working at the Latin American training sites.


Richard Oberhelman, MD, Tulane Associate Director

Oberhelman,RichardRichard A. Oberhelman, MD is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Global Community Health & Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Tulane University School of Medicine.  He is a pediatric infectious diseases specialist with more than twenty years’ experience in designing and conducting international infectious diseases clinical research projects and diagnostic investigations.    His primary research interests are the prevention and control of enteric infections and associated malnutrition in children from resource-poor environments, and novel diagnostic approaches for tuberculosis in children.   He is actively involved in interdisciplinary international research training as the PI of a Fogarty Center-funded D43 grant in the Framework for Global Health Innovations Program, and he has served as PI of the NCMHD-funded “Tulane-Xavier Minority Health International Research Training” (MHIRT) program since 2006.   His current research on infectious diseases and global health in children includes an NIDDK-funded U01 award entitled “L. reuteri for Pediatric Diarrhea in Peru: Growth, Enteropathy, and Microbiota” (Co-PI) and an E-Capacity R25 grant from Fogarty International Center, focusing on developing research training capacity at partner institutions in Peru and Argentina using communications technology for training and for extending TB diagnostic capabilities to remote areas.   He serves as mentor to fellows interested in working at the Latin American training sites.



UJMT FGHF Coordinating Center


Kathryn Salisbury, MPH
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