Center for Global Health

The field of international health has evolved significantly over the past 150 years. There is ever increasing interest in solving and preventing the world’s most complex and complicated health problems. To meet this growing interest among our students and faculty, NYIT created the Center for Global Health in 2007 as a collaboration between the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the School of Health Professions.

Through research, outreach opportunities abroad, and the option to earn a Certificate in Global Health, our center creates an opportunity for students and faculty to engage in global health practice, policy, and the development of solutions to the world's vital problems.

Our Staff

Jerry R. Balentine, D.O., FACEP, FACEOP
Vice President for Medical Affairs and Global Health

Lillian Butungi Niwagaba, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Director, Center for Global Health
Assistant Professor, Clinical Specialties

Zehra Ahmed, PA-C, MBBS
Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of Physician Assistant Studies
Assistant Director, Cultural Competency/Community Education; Site Coordinator, El Salvador

William Raymond Blazey, D.O.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
Assistant Dean, Preclinical Education
Faculty Associate Assistant Director Clinical Competency; Site Coordinator, Haiti

Janet Grotticelli, D.O., M.B.A., C.H.S.E.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Michael Gindi, MD, FACEP
Associate Professor, Clinical Specialties, Emergency Medicine

Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Medicine
Assistant Dean of Research

Brookshield Laurent, D.O.
Faculty Associate for NYIT Center for Global Health
Vice-Chair of Clinical Medicine, NYITCOM at A-State
Assistant Professor, Clinical Specialties

Sonia Rivera-Martinez, D.O., FACOFP
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
Associate Medical Director, Family Health Care Center


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