Meet Our Team

The ICATCH team consists of approximately 25 AAP member pediatricians, mostly from the US but including several from other countries such as Pakistan, South Africa, El Salvador, and Nigeria.

Ann Behrmann, MD, FAAP, ICATCH Program Director

Dr. Behrmann is a general pediatrician and adjunct faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for South Asia in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She has been part of ICATCH since 2005 and Program Director since 2017. After spending the greater part of a year as a pediatrician in the Tibetan Children's Village in north India, she was an executive committee member of SOICH 2000-2006. She credits Duke Duncan, former chair of SOICH with the great idea to adapt the CATCH program to support colleagues and friends working on expanding child health access and pediatric education in low/low middle-income countries. Her photo was taken after eating butter chicken at KaKe-Da-Hotel in Delhi, India.

Leslie Cordes, MD, MPH, FAAP

Dr. Cordes is a general pediatrician at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She joined ICATCH in 2015 because it presented the perfect opportunity to apply her skills in epidemiology and biostatistics and connect with pediatricians committed to promoting child health around the world.

Anirudha Das, MD, FAAP

Dr. Das is a neonatologist at Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He joined ICATCH in 2018 and has always been interested in public health since his days in India where he worked in an underserved area for 4 years. 

Ali Dhansay, MD

Dr. Dhansay works in general pediatrics and public health nutrition at the Burden of Disease Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council and the Division of Human Nutrition and Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. He joined ICATCH in 2015, attracted by the work done by ICATCH as well as the chance to participate in a worthy global child health initiative.

Rajesh Dudani, MD

María del Rosario González de Rivas, MD, FAAP

Dr. González is a retired academic general pediatrician. She worked for the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine for over 30 years and has been active at the AAP since the eighties having participated in national committees and serving as editor for the Spanish edition of several AAP books. She joined ICATCH in 2016 as it joins two of her passions: community pediatrics and promoting a socially responsible pediatric practice.

Elizabeth Anne Greene, MD

Dr. Greene is Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology, Director of the Arrhythmia Service, Director of Faculty Development, and Senior Advisor for the Global and Rural Health Track at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. Dr. Greene has been involved in Global Medical Education in person and remotely with the Malawi School of Medicine Pediatric Training Program. She joined ICATCH in 2016, feels the program is so very needed and is how she envisions the role of the AAP in helping to provide pediatric care worldwide. 

Lorinda Grosso, MD

Dr. Grosso is a general pediatrician in Billings, Montana, USA. She joined ICATCH in 2018, becoming interested in global health ever since she went on several cleft lip and palate missions’ trips with her husband and family.

Troy Jacobs, MD, MPH

Dr. Jacobs is a general pediatrician on the faculty of George Washington University Department of Pediatrics, Children's National Hospital and a contract staff with the US Agency for International Development. He joined ICATCH in about 2010, appreciating it as a way to advance domestic-global health connections with AAP work on community pediatrics/ICATCH grants.

Mirzada Kurbasic, MD, MSCR

Dr. Kurbasic is a general academic pediatrician at Norton Children's Medical Group and the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She has been providing patient care, including refugee health, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Ecuador and USA. Dr. Kurbasic is involved in pediatric global health education, both internationally and domestically. She joined ICATCH in 2006 and has been involved in the program as the reviewer, advisor, and liaison to multiple ICATCH project.

Stephanie Lauden, MD, CTropMed

Dr. Lauden is an academic pediatric hospitalist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital | The Ohio State University. She trained at the University of Minnesota, where she completed a global health chief year and a Certificate in Tropical Medicine through the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She has experience in multi-institutional and international research collaboratives, grant review, global health education, and bioethics.

Mohamed Mohamed, MD, MS, MPH, FAAP

Ghulam Mustafa, MBBS, MCPS, FCPS

Dr. Mustafa is a consultant pediatrician and pediatric pulmonologist at Nishtar Medical University in Multan, Pakistan. He joined ICATCH in 2006, was one of the first ICATCH grant awardees, and is passionate about helping people around the world who have great, innovative ideas.

Vishakha Nanda, MBBS

Dr. Nanda is a Neonatologist at John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois. She joined ICATCH in 2018. Dr. Nanda has been working with underserved populations while in India and in the US. She was impressed by the work done by ICATCH of empowering the grantees from under developed countries who are caring for Pediatric patients

Bernadette Ng'eno, MD, Mmed

Dr. Ng'eno is a general pediatrician and epidemiologist at the US Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She joined ICATCH in 2015, adding her broad experience providing clinical and epidemiology services in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She believes in the in the impact of ICATCH's work in resource limited settings.

Angela Okolo, MD

Dr. Okolo is a neonatologist at Federal Medical Center in Asaba, Nigeria. She joined ICATCH in 2015 and has always been interested in public health and feels ICATCH offers a great opportunity to get involved, reach out, and share more with others around the world who have similar interests.

Koyejo Oyerinde, MD

Dr. Oyerinde is a general pediatrician in Minot, ND, USA. He has been a member of the ICATCH Executive Committee since 2015. He enjoys working on ICATCH grants because they enable frontline health workers to pursue homegrown projects to enhance children's well-being and health in low and lower-middle-income countries.

Sanjeet Panda, MD, MBBS

Dr. Panda is a neonatologist at El Paso Children's Hospital, Texas Tech University of Health Sciences in El Paso, Texas, USA. He Joined ICATCH in 2018, wanting to contribute to and improve global children's health

Betsy Pfeffer, MD

Dr. Pfeffer is an adolescent pediatrician at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, USA. She joined ICATCH as a reviewer in 2014. She has worked closely with her colleague, Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, in Uganda to help scale up care of the adolescent patient by organizing and presenting at scientific conferences, creating the first public adolescent clinic and, creating semi-annual adolescent health newsletters. Most recently she is part of an NIH grant that supports the design and piloting of test text message and automated phone reminders on timeliness of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine series completion in Ugandan adolescents with the goal of increasing uptake.

Janet Schairer, MD

Dr Janet Schairer is a general academic pediatrician at Jersey Shore University Medical Center where she is the pediatric clerkship site director. She has always had an interest in global health and has been involved in icatch since 2015 after her first trip to Haiti.

Donna Staton, MD, MPH, ICATCH Program Director Emeritus

Dr. Staton is a retired primary care pediatrician now living in San Francisco, CA. She helped to found ICATCH in 2005, loving the AAP's US-based CATCH Grant Program model and expanding it to the international community, helping pediatricians help one another implement a community-based health program to improve local children's health.

Alcy Torres, MD

Alcy R Torres, MD, FAAP, Director, Pediatric Brain Injury Program, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine. I joined ICATCH 10 years ago because I believe healthcare is a global right and this is an instrument to empower emerging global health leaders.

Rachel Umoren, MD, MS

Dr. Umoren is a Neonatologist at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital where she is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Associate Professor of Global Health, Neonatal Telehealth Lead and Director of the Neonatal Education and Simulation-Based Training (NEST) Program. Her research focuses on improving neonatal outcomes globally through simulation-based education and global health partnerships. She has published and presented internationally on virtual simulations for health professional education. Dr. Umoren has been a member of the ICATCH review team since 2015.

Yvonne Vaucher, MD, MPH

Manuel Vides, MD, MS

Dr. Vides is a pediatric neurologist, headache specialist at Centro Médico Escalon in El Salvador. He joined ICATCH in 2015 and feels ICATCH initiatives have allowed him to support underserved populations on a global scale with team members who are passionate pediatricians with a mission to help children!

Katherine Wu, MD

Dr. Wu is a primary care pediatrician in a suburb of Boston, MA where she serves a large immigrant population. She joined ICATCH in 20118 because she wanted to better understand the families she serves.

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