The Frist Global Health Leaders (FGHL) program affords young health professional students, residents, and fellows the opportunity to serve and train abroad in underserved communities for up to one semester. In doing so, they will bolster capacity in clinics in need of support as well as offer training to community health workers to promote sustainability upon their departure from these communities. As part of the program, they blog about their experiences here. For more information, visit our program page.

Angie Boehmer Angie Boehmer's interest is in improving maternal and child health. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nursing and Spanish from St. Olaf College, in Northfield, MN. Then she worked as a pediatric nurse at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center until 2012, when she moved to Nigeria to work on a clean water project. Upon her return to the US, Angie enrolled in Vanderbilt University’s Master of Public Health-Global Health program so that she could become better equipped to participate in projects that improve child health around the world. This summer she is excited to join the team at Lwala Community Alliance in Lwala, Kenya and participate in their Thrive Thru 5 initiative, which aims to reduce overall child mortality by half by 2016.
FGHL Kate Callaghan

Kate Callaghan is a 3rd year medical student at Vanderbilt University. She is originally from Iowa City, IA and attended the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated in 2012 with a BA in Theology. It was during her time as an undergraduate that her desire to be a part of the lives of the least emerged, largely through her involvement with the St. Peter Claver Catholic Worker in South Bend. Her college years also provided her with her first opportunity to spend some time in a healthcare setting outside the United States, working for two months the summer after her sophomore year as a dental assistant in Jocotenango, Guatemala. As a first year medical student, she worked at the St. Thomas Holy Family Health Center and had the opportunity to interact with many of the immigrant populations living in Nashville. She is excited to be working and learning at the Siloam Family Health Center with refugee, immigrant, and other underserved individuals as a Frist Global Health Leader.

FGHL Nick Carter

Nick Carter is a third-year general surgery resident at Vanderbilt University. Through the Frist Global Health Leaders program he spent four weeks working at Kijabe AIC Hospital in Kenya. He previously attended Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and worked for 10 months at a hospital in Haiti. He aspires to a career as a missionary surgeon with a particular interest in Haiti.

Brittany Grayson FGHL

Britney Grayson is a 4th year general surgery resident at Vanderbilt University. She is originally from Oklahoma, graduating from The University of Tulsa in 2004. She then enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt University and graduated with her MD and PhD in 2012. Her love for international work began in high school when she traveled annually with her church to assist in church building, staff training and various outreach ministries in a small town in Venezuela. Britney is excited to blend her interest in resource building the resource-poor world with her current training in general surgery. She participated in the Vanderbilt Global Surgery Program in Kijabe, Kenya where she worked alongside their general surgery residents and had the opportunity to learn how hospitals with fewer resources provide excellent care to so many patients in Central Kenya.

Emily duBois Hollander

Emily duBois Hollander is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and a recent graduate of Vanderbilt School of Nursing’s Family Nurse-Practitioner program.  She is humbled to continue to build a life-long career abroad as a global healthcare specialist through the Frist Global Health Leaders fellowship.  Previous placements as a Global Health Intern for the American Medical Student Association and a clinical volunteer at a Maternity and Pediatric Clinic in Guatemala were instrumental for Emily to gain a deep understanding for the need of equitable, accessible healthcare on a global scale. Throughout the two years she served as a Peace Corps Health and Community Development Volunteer in Rwanda, she built lasting relationships with community health workers and developed her skills for teaching health education to women and students. With a passion for women’s empowerment and cultural immersion, she is delighted to have the opportunity to return to Rwanda and work to improve maternal and child health by working with the labor and delivery healthcare team at Croix du Sud.

Marcos Lopez was born right on the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, and from an early age had exposure to the effects of limited access to health care and perceptions of health care systems from the underserved. Marc graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He then went to Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota where he also earned an M.S. in Clinical and Translational Science.  As a medical student, Marc helped organize medical missions to the Dominican Republic/Haiti border and to rural Honduras – two experiences he cherishes greatly. He now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Amanda, and their son, Lucas.  He is currently Chief Resident in the Dept. of Anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is participating in the Vanderbilt International Anesthesia Program in Kijabe, Kenya. Through this program, he will care for patients in the OR and ICU and will train and educate local nurse anesthetists with the aim of having a long term impact on care there. 

My name is Joel Musee; I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. Following the completion of my high school education, I was unable to matriculate into a medical school in Kenya and elected to pursue my higher education in the United States where my sister was completing an MBA.  I was able to garner a full scholarship to attend Oberlin College and majored in Biology with a minor in chemistry and graduated with honors.  I was interested in basic science research and elected to pursue a combined M.D./Ph.D. track and was lucky to matriculate at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. I graduated in 2012 and stayed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center for my residency in Anesthesiology. Over the course of medical school and my residency, I have gained a strong interest in medical education and international anesthesiology, especially in low/middle income countries such as my native Kenya. I enjoy spending time with my wife, son and two dogs, running, swimming, reading, writing, photography, listening to good music, dancing, travelling and the Call of Duty series.

Jennifer Quigley

Jennifer Quigley is in her second year of Belmont University’s BSN to DNP bridge program with focus as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN. Her interest is in decreasing global maternal and infant mortality through natural methods of healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies in both developed and developing nations. Her Catholic Christian faith has been the driving force behind her global health outreach and mission work. After being an active member of the Haiti mission committee and youth group at her parish, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Murfreesboro, TN since 2012, and organizing several missions, she visited Haiti for the first time in 2015. She immediately felt intense love for the people, which solidified the desire to dedicate her work to global health by developing a sustaining program which would bring education about methods to naturally prevent un-timed pregnancy to the people of developing nations. She is excited and humbled to be selected as a Frist Global Health Leader, and is conducting a research project in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, where she will be studying the impact of a health care provider education course in the Standard Days Method of natural family planning.

Jordan Rupp, MD is the emergency medicine ultrasound fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.  He is excited to work at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in Georgetown, Guyana.   Ultrasound education will be his education focus with the residents in the Accident and Emergency Department.  He will be providing patient care and doing bedside teaching during his time.  Jordan completed medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine where he completed the Global Health Initiative.  He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
S. Michael Salisbury is a second year Emergency Medicine Resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His career interest includes Toxicology and community Emergency Medicine. He claims the "entire" west coast as home because he grew up in California, Oregon and Washington. His undergraduate degree was in Marine Biology at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. He went on to pursue his Medical Doctorate at University of Southern California after spending two years studying sea creatures.  Whether it be volunteering at a Southern Indian Post-Tsunami clinic or helping a hospital in sub-saharan Africa, international medicine has always been a passion for him. He is excited to be going to Georgetown, Guyana helping to educate residents in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care both at bedside as well as through didactics.
Anji Wall Anji Wall is a 4th year general surgery resident at Vanderbilt University.  She was introduced to global health outreach as a college student through trips to Guatemala and Jamaica.  Anji fostered her interest in global health while pursuing a PhD in medical ethics at Saint Louis University.  She focused her dissertation on ethical issues that occur during medical missions, ultimately publishing a book on the topic entitled, Ethics for International Medicine: A practical guide for aid workers in developing countries.  She has continued scholarly work on the topic of global health ethics, publishing articles in JAMA Surgery and the World Journal of Surgery.  She is excited about participating in the Vanderbilt Global Surgery Program in Kijabe, Kenya.  She will have to opportunity to work alongside Kenyan residents and learn more about surgical care in Kenya as well as the ethical issues that arise in this setting.
Brittany White is a second year emergency medicine resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. As an undergraduate, she attended North Carolina State University and then completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been interested in global health since her first visit to Kenya in 2006 during her undergraduate studies and has returned to East Africa several times as a premed student and medical student to do clinical work as well as research. She has spent most of her time at Kijabe Mission Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya but has also worked at non-profit hospitals in Malawi, Tanzania and India. She is excited about the opportunity to work in Georgetown, Guyana and will be providing medical care and assisting with resident education.

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