John Schmitt, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine
Dr. Schmitt has practiced General Obstetrics and Gynecology for more than 30 years. Fifteen of those years were spent in a very busy private practice in Raleigh while the remainder has been spent in an academic practice as a member of the clinical faculty at both the University of Virginia and most recently at Duke University. His clinical experience has left him with great regard for the patient care component of clinical studies involving screening and treatment methods for premalignant diseases of the uterine cervix. Dr. Schmitt is currently Director of The Cervical Cancer Prevention Clinic at Duke and Vice Chair of Outreach. His research interests revolve around cervical cancer prevention and improving maternal health, as well as widening access to care and reducing cervical healthcare disparities both in the US and the developing world. He spends part of his time at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center in Moshi, Tanzania, where he works in the colposcopy clinic and trains healthcare providers on the Pocket colposcope.
Gino Venegas, MD
Executive Medical Director and Gynecologist/Oncologist/Colposcopist, La Liga Contra el Cancer
Dr. Venegas is currently the Executive Medical Director of the Peruvian League Against Cancer (La Liga Peruana de Lucha Contra el Cancer) and a practicing gynecologic oncologist graduated from the National Institute of Cancer Diseases. Dr. Venegas ran a 250 patient clinical study in Lima, Peru comparing the pocket colposcope to a standard digital.
The Liga Peruana de Lucha Contra el Cáncer, founded in 1950, is focused on reducing the high incidence of cancer in Peru, through its three centers for prevention and detection located in Lima (Pueblo Libre, Center of Lima and Surquillo) and its 17 subsidiaries distributed throughout Peru. (Arequipa, Cajamarca, Cusco, Chiclayo, Chincha Huanuco, Ilo, Madre de Dios, Piura, Puno, Tacna, Moquegua, among others).
Lisa Muasher, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine
Dr. Lisa Muasher is an obstetrician-gynecologist with affiliations at multiple hospitals in the triangle area of North Carolina, including Duke Regional Hospital and Duke University Hospital. She received her medical degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and has been in practice for more than 20 years.
Dr. Muasher uses the Pocket colposcope in a research study at Duke University Medical Center comparing the image quality of the Pocket colposcope to a standard colposcope in a clinical setting.
Peyton Taylor, MD
Faculty, Duke Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Duke Global Health Institute
Dr. Peyton T. Taylor joined the faculty at the Duke Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global Health Institute in 2012. He joined Professor John W. Schmitt in in the Duke/KCMC Women’s Global Health Collaboration in Moshi, Tanzania. Together they provide on-site teaching and research support for the specialty training programs in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Kilimanjaro Medical Centre (KCMC).
Immediately prior to his appointment at Duke, Dr. Taylor retired from the faculty of the University of Virginia as the Richard N. and Louise R. Crockett Professor Emeritus and had served as the founding Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, the Medical Director and the Deputy Director of the NCI-designated UVA Clinical Cancer Center, and a former member of The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Taylor has a long history of investigating innovative screening and treatment methods for cervical cancer and other gynecological malignancies.
Bariki Mchome, MD
Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center
Dr Bariki L Mchome is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at KCMC referral hospital in Northern Tanzania. He is also a lecturer at Tumaini University KCMUCo. He currently heads a zonal unit for cervical and breast cancer screening in Northern Tanzania. His research interests focus on gynaecological malignancy and the differences in HPV natural history among HIV positive individuals as compared to HIV negative. Moreover, he is involved in testing and validating adjunct VIA enhanced image interpretation in LMIC.
As a clinician working in a country with overwhelming burden of cervical cancer, Dr Bariki feels research initiatives to promote efficient and cost effective primary screening programs are of paramount significance. His other clinical responsibilities include training primary health care providers to conduct cervical screening and treatment and setting up satellite networks for referral and consultation from primary health facilities.
Anthony Wanyoro, MMED, PhD
Obstetrician Gynecologist, Kenyatta University School of Medicine
Dr. Wanyoro is a holder of MMED in OBS/Gynae with extensive experience as a gynaecologist obstetrician resource constrained environment. He is a holder of PhD in epidemiology. His PHD research was on The Use of the Mobile Phone SMS Service to Enhance Cervical Cancer Screening in Kenya. He recently completed 2 collaborative studies: point prevalence of post Caesarean Section surgical site infections with investigators from OASIS Global, USA, and
A Side-by side comparison of a transvaginal colposcope to standard of care visual inspection in a 50-patient pilot study on women undergoing cervical cancer screening with investigators from DUKE University. He is passionate about the reduction of preventable maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in Africa. Towards this end he has helped in implementation of policy change towards antibiotics use and prophylaxis following surgical operation and is currently looking at innovative ways of improving maternal and neonatal health. He is currently collaborating with UCSF and KEMRI as a Co PI in Preterm Birth Initiative EA
Megan Huchko, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Global Health
Megan Huchko, MD, MPH, has a dual appointment as an associate professor in the department of obstetrics & gynecology and the Duke Global Health Institute. Huchko, who earned her bachelor's degree at Duke, completed medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and residency training at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Prior to coming to Duke, she was an associate professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she completed her fellowship in reproductive infectious disease and joined the faculty in 2009. She practices as an OB/GYN generalist and specializes in cervical cancer prevention through her clinical work and global women's health research.
Dr. Huchko's research focuses on optimizing the diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer among vulnerable women in settings where health disparities occur. She has been working with the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program in the Nyanza Province of western Kenya since 2006. She designed and implemented a cervical cancer screening and prevention (CCSP) program for HIV-infected women enrolled in care at FACES. The CCSP program has provided a clinical resource, as well as a cohort, to evaluate the epidemiology of cervical cancer among HIV-infected women, the feasibility of integrating cervical cancer prevention programs into HIV and general outpatient clinics, the safety of various diagnostic and treatment modalities, the efficacy of low-cost/low-resource screening modalities in HIV-infected women and provider and patient-level barriers and facilitators to uptake of cervical cancer prevention activities. Currently, she is carrying out several large studies in central Uganda and western Kenya to evaluate the optimal implementation strategy for HPV-based cervical cancer screening in rural settings.
Gita Suneja, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Global Health
Dr. Gita Suneja is associate professor in the departments of radiation oncology and global health at Duke University. Her clinical specialties include the treatment of breast and gynecologic malignancies. Her research program is focused on health services research, access to cancer care and patient outcomes. She has a particular interest in disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes of HIV-infected cancer patients, both in the United States and Botswana. At Duke, Dr. Suneja will be working to address disparities in cancer treatment in HIV-infected people and developing programs to grow cancer capacity in low and middle income countries
Dr. Ramanujum and Dr. Suneja share a passion to improve access to cancer prevention and screening paradigms in low and middle income countries. They are collaborating on several projects with the goal of increasing awareness of cervical and breast cancer prevention approaches, identifying at-risk populations, and harnessing technology to improve access to cancer care.
Groesbeck Parham, MD
Professor of Gynecologic Oncology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Groesbeck Parham, MD is Professor of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lives and works in Zambia where he is Honorary Professor at the University of Zambia and leads the Women’s Cancer Control Collective. Dr. Parham completed his obstetrics and gynecology residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, urogynecology fellowship at the University of London and Khartoum Teaching Hospital in Sudan, and gynecologic oncology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine.
The large “see and treat” cervical cancer prevention platform that he helped develop in Zambia (Cervical Prevention Prevention Program in Zambia) will be used in his collaboration with Dr. Ramanujam to investigate the ability of the pocket colposcope to advance the global movement to reduce deaths from cervical cancer through the use of resource-appropriate technology.
Johanna Halfon, MD
Clinical Associate in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine
Dr. Halfon has been focused on global women’s health throughout her medical career. She received the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship through Yale University while in medical school, spending a year in Accra, Ghana studying the relationship between HIV and malaria in pregnancy. She also received a Johnson and Johnson award as a medical student to work in the OBGYN wards of Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. She completed her OBGYN training at Columbia-NY Presbyterian Hospital in 2014. She is currently an OBGYN Global Health Fellow at Duke University living in Kigali, Rwanda. She also does clinical OBGYN work in Moshi, Tanzania. Her focus is on issues surrounding maternal mortality in resource-limited environments, specifically infectious complications post-cesarean section. Dr.
Halfon intends on maintaining a global health focus in her academic career and potentially pursuing a maternal-fetal medicine fellowship in the future.
Neerja Bhatla, MBBS, MD
Additional Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
Neerja Bhatla is Additional Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She is a graduate and postgraduate of this prestigious medical school and has been on the Faculty since 1989. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit at AIIMS, which is an affiliate of the International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN). Dr. Bhatla has successfully undertaken numerous research projects in India on cervical cancer screening in low resource situations, HPV epidemiology, a trial of the rapid, affordable test and HPV vaccine trials. She has been the recipient of a UICC Fellowship at the University of Cape Town on the subject of Community-based Screening Programs and has worked in collaboration with the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. She has been a member of several committees on issues of cervical cancer prevention. She has published over 90 papers in national and international journals, has contributed to FIGO guidelines, written chapters in books and monographs and edited a Textbook of Gynaecology. She is also on the review boards of several scientific journals. She is Vice President of the Asia Oceania research organization on Genital Infections and Neoplasia (AOGIN) and the Founder President of AOGIN-India.
Ravi Mehrotra, MD, PhD, FRCPath
Director, Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO)
J.S. Malliga, MD
Assistant Professor of Gynecologic Oncology and Head-in-charge of Preventive Oncology, Chennai Cancer Institute - Women India Association (WIA)
Dr. Malliga is currently the department head of preventative oncology in the Chennai Cancer Institute (WIA) in India. Dr. Malliga currently helps with the Pocket colposcope image concordance study. As the department head, she organizes community based screening programs, designs and prepares awareness materials, trains medical professionals across the country for breast and cervical cancer screening, and runs the colposcopy clinic.
Olola Oneko, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College
Dr. Olola Oneko is currently an OB/GYN professor at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College. Prior to becoming a professor, he worked at Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) as a practicing OB/GYN. Oneko is involved in KCMC-Duke research and training programs related to cervical cancer, emergency obstetric care, and obstetric fistulae and trauma.
Rose Kosgei, MBChB, MMED, MSc
Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Nairobi
Dr Rose Jepchumba Kosgei is a Lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Nairobi and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist in Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya. Her work focuses on Screening and management of cervical premalignant lesions, Gynecologic Oncology, HIV, tuberculosis and Gender Based Violence. Dr Rose J. Kosgei has experience in Public Health and training with over 20 papers published in peer reviewed journals.
Roopa Hariprasad, MD, PhD
Scientist, Division of Clinical Oncology, National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (ICMR)
Dr. Hariprasad currently serves as a scientist in the division of clinical oncology at the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (ICMR) in Nodia, India. Her research interests include cervical and breast cancer screening, colposcopy, preventive oncology, and community based screening. She holds membership at the Indian Association for Cancer Research, International Gynecologic Cancer Society, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.