Anna BanerjiAnna Banerji O.Ont. MD MPH FRCPC DTM&H

Course Director and Chair
Faculty Lead, Indigenous and Refugee Health, Post MD Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor Pediatrics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Dr Anna Banerji is a pediatric’s infectious and tropical disease specialist and works as a global health specialist. She has trained in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and Harvard University, where she completed her MPH in International Health. In 2007 she created the Immigrant Health and Infectious Disease Clinic, a clinic for immigrant and refugee children. In 2009 she created the Canadian Refugee Health Conference which evolved with their American counter parts to become North American Refugee Health Conference in 2012.

She has been studying lower respiratory tract infections for the past 18 years. Her research among Inuit children have resulted in changes to the Canadian Paediatric Society guidelines for RSV prevention. She is a member of the Canadian Paediatric Society, First Nations Inuit and Métis committee, which has a mission to advocate for improved health conditions for Indigenous children. Dr. Banerji has travelled extensively around the world including work in Haiti after the earthquake. Dr. Banerji uses a human rights framework for her work, research and education and is often an advocate for vulnerable populations. She has won several awards including the “promising graduate” for Harvard School of Public Health in 2003, the U of T Educational Excellence for Community Care Award in 2008 and the Canadian Public Health Association Certificate of Merit in 2010. In January 2012, she was inducted into the Order of Ontario.

Planning Committee

Anna Banerji O.Ont MD MPH FRCPC DTM&H
Course Director and Chair
Faculty Lead, Indigenous and Refugee Health, Post MD Education
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
Associate Professor Pediatrics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Marc Altshuler MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program
Director, Jefferson Center for Refugee Health
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Neil Arya BASc MD CCFP FCFP DLitt
Assistant Clinical Professor Family Medicine (part-time) McMaster University
Adjunct Professor Family Medicine Western University
Adjunct Professor Environment and Resource Studies University of Waterloo
Kitchener, Ontario

Mahli Brindamour, MD, FRCPC
General pediatrician
Assistant Clinical Professor
University of Saskatchewan

Paul Caulford MSc MD CCFP FCFP
Co-founder, Medical Director, The Canadian Centre for Refugee and Immigrant Healthcare
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Jennifer Cochran MPH
Director, Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention
Bureau of Infectious Disease
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts

Peter Cronkright MD FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine
SUNY-Upstate Medical University
Primary Care Internist
Syracuse, New York

Laura Erdman, MD PhD
Pediatrics resident, Hospital for Sick Children/University of Toronto
Toronto, Canada

Paul L. Geltman MD MPH
Medical Director for Refugee and Immigrant Health
Division of Global Populations and Infectious Disease Prevention
Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Associate Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Brian D. Gushulak MD
Migration Health Consultants, Inc.
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

Manisha Hladio MSc, MD
McMaster University
Co-Founder UofO Refugee Health Initiative Community Service Learning Program
Hamilton, Ontario

Andrea Hunter MD FRCPC DTM&H
Consultant Paediatrician, McMaster Children’s Hospital
Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health
Associate Professor, McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario

Crista Johnson-Agbakwu MD, MSc, FACOG, IF
Founder & Director, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Maricopa Integrated Health System
Phoenix, Arizona

Patricia Li MD MSc FRCPC
Assistant Professor, Paediatrics
Division of General Paediatrics, Montreal Children’s Hospital
McGill University Health Centre
Montreal, Quebec

Sideeka Narayan, RN, MPH
Manager, Health With Dignity Program
Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services
Toronto, Ontario

Maya Roy BSW MSc
Executive Director
Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Rachel F. Spitzer MD, MPH, FRCS(C)
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Global Health,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynacology, University of Toronto
Mt Sinai Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynacology
Toronto, Ontario

William Stauffer MD, MSPH, DTM&H
Associate Professor
Division of Infectious Diseases & International Medicine
Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Minneapolis, Minnesota

James B. Sutton RPA-C
Director, Office of Community Medicine
Director, Refugee Healthcare Program
Rochester General Health System
Rochester, New York

Patricia Walker MD DTM&H
HealthPartners Center for International Health
and Travel Medicine Clinics
Associate Program Director, Global Health Pathway
Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Disease
and International Medicine
Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mei-ling Wiedmeyer, MD, CCFP
Clinical Instructor, UBC Department of Family Practice
Staff Physician, Bridge Refugee Clinic, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority

Vanessa Wright
Nurse Practitioner
The Crossroads Clinic, Women’s College Hospital
Toronto, Ontario

Janine Young, MD, FAAP
Medical Director, Denver Health Refugee Clinic
Medical Advisor, Colorado Refugee Services Program
Associate Professor, Dept of General Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Denver Health and Hospitals

Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD, MHSc
CISEPO Global Health Fellow

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