Internal Medicine Residency

Global Health Track

Carol A. McLaughlin, MD, MPH, MSc, DTMH- Track Director

Dr. McLaughlin is an HIV/Infectious Disease specialist at Penn Presbyterian and is the director of the global health equity residency track. She is also the research director and founding team member at the Center for High Impact Philanthropy housed at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) where she develops guidance for donors seeking maximize the social impact of their philanthropic giving. She is actively involved in teaching and mentoring in global health and she co-directs the global health track in Penn’s MPH program. She is engaged in public health research and programming surrounding delivery of community based interventions, immigrant health, impact measurement, and HIV prevention and treatment.

Dr. McLaughlin holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She received MD and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine and School of Public Health. After residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics through the Harvard Combined Program, she completed a fellowship in infectious disease at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received additional training in epidemiology and community-based research through the MSCE degree program at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas Memorial Institute in Peru. She enjoys living in Center City Philly with her husband and 2 children Lachlan and Eloise.

Miriam Haverkamp, MD, MPH - Site Director, Botswana

Dr. Haverkamp is currently the Lead Physician for BUP’s HIV Care program. She formerly worked as an infectious diseases specialist with the Division for Global Health in the department of pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston and also served as an instructor at Harvard Medical School. At MGH her focus was on improving triaging and diagnostics of children with severe infections in resource-limited countries. Prior to MGH and Harvard, she trained in adult infectious diseases at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Miriam’s previous work experience includes two years training in hematology-oncology in Germany, training in internal/social medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York where she also served as chief resident. After her chief year she was an NIH supported research fellow for HIV, TB, refugee medicine at Brown University based at Sihnanouk Hospital - Center of Hope in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During this time she conducted research in the reproductive health of HIV positive women in addition to working as a senior clinician, medical training advisor and providing epidemiology training for local staff. She also served as an international consultant for the World Health Organization and the Cambodian MOH on their national guidelines for communicable disease surveillance and response. Miriam received her MD from the Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She also holds an MPH degree in quantitative methods from Harvard School of Public Health. Miriam joined the Botswana-UPenn Partnership in May 2011 and took over has the Lead for the HIV program in November of the same year.

Jennifer Cohn, MD MPH - Site Director, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) Internship

Dr. Cohn is currently the Director of Innovation at EGPAF and directs the EGPAF Internship program for the Global Health Equities Track. For the past several years, she has worked with Health GAP, Médecins sans Frontières and other groups on issues of health systems strengthening and access to HIV medications. She has been contracted by the World Health Organization and has contributed to recommendations and reports on health systems and task shifting for the WHO. Her current work focuses on how innovations such as point-of-care early infant diagnosis for HIV can help lead to the end of the epidemic in adults and children. She has been published in Lancet, Nature and JAIDS among others. Dr Cohn holds an undergraduate degree from Brown University, a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and a Masters degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She completed residency and fellowship training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and is a past director of the Global Health Equities Track.

Jonathan Nunez, M.D. - Core Faculty, Community Health

Jonathan J. Nunez is a staff physician at the Jonathan Lax Center/Philadelphia FIGHT, a clinic that serves people living with HIV/AIDs. Growing up, his family owned and operated a small bodega in Hartford, Connecticut in a largely Latino neighborhood. Not only did he learn the importance of hard work, he witnessed firsthand, the stark disparities within the community regarding education, occupation, and healthcare. These experiences sparked his interest to serve his community and to work with the underserved. Dr. Nunez earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Connecticut. During this time, he helped co-direct a mobile migrant farm clinic that provided free medical care to migrant workers throughout Connecticut. He also spearheaded a Promotora program to empower members of the migrant community to become health educators and advocates within their community.

Jaya Aysola, MD, DTMH, MPH - Core Faculty

Jaya Aysola is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine with clinical and administrative experience working in resource poor care delivery settings domestically and abroad. She was recently appointment Associate Director of Institutional Operations for Health Equity and Inclusion. Her research interests stem from her prior work in resource poor settings and focus is in three areas related to care for vulnerable populations: 1) social determinants and their role in uptake of primary care services 2) the evaluation and development of models for improving primary care quality and reducing inequities, and 3) applying behavioral economic strategies and leveraging social networks to improve uptake and quality of preventive services. She received her Master of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health, through the Commonwealth Fund-Harvard University Minority Health Policy Fellowship and thereafter completed a two-year research fellowship at the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School and the Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She was an attending physician for women and children at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program. Prior to that, she was the Medical Director of the New Orleans Children's Health Project, a safety net clinic she developed to provide comprehensive primary care and behavioral health services in English and Spanish to vulnerable populations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, under her leadership, this clinic received NCQA medical home recognition. She expanded upon this program in 2009, to create and become chief of the Section of Community Pediatrics and Global Health at Tulane School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Aysola, a diplomate from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, has extensive work experience in Cambodia, Thailand, and India. She received a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology and Zoology from University of Michigan, and her MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Robin Canada, M.D. - Core Faculty, Medical Director Puentes

Dr. Canada is on faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She has devoted her life to the care of underserved and vulnerable populations. She teaches and mentors medical students and residents about finding “global health in our backyard.” She started a Community Medicine Immersion Curriculum for the Primary Care residents, inviting speakers to teach about the social determinants of health and creating a clinical experience the city health centers in West and Southwest Philadelphia. In addition, she works as the Medical Director Puentes de Salud, a clinic for undocumented Latinos on 17th and South Streets, where she teaches and precepts medical students and residents. After graduating residency, Dr. Canada worked with the Indian Health Service. She has a deep passion for this population, and has created an Indian Health Service elective on the Navajo Nation in Ft. Defiance, Arizona for Internal Medicine residents. Since her return to Penn, 4 graduates have taken positions with the Indian Health Service! In all of her “free time,” Dr. Canada enjoys gourmet cooking, growing food for her enormous family, planting flowers, bike commuting 13 miles to work, running, skiing, reading, and listening to music and watching fireflies on the porch with her husband, David and 4 children (Dylan, Ella, August and Jasper)!

Alithea Gabrellas, M.D. - Site Director, Indian Health Service Rotation

Dr. Gabrellas is a general internal medicine physician at Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ on the Navajo Reservation. In addition to practicing primary care she also runs specialty clinics in HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis. She holds clinical faculty positions at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the University of Colorado. She completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, her medical degree at Thomas Jefferson Medical College and her internal medicine training at the University of Pennyslvania.