Our Leadership

Melding medical education with the real world

Madiha Abdel-Maksoud
Global Health Track Director

Madiha Abdel-MaksoudDr. Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH, is a physician and researcher who completed her medical degree in Egypt from Tanta University School of Medicine, and her PhD degree in Epidemiology from the University of Colorado School of Public Health. She is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Epidemiology (CU School of Public Health) and Pediatrics (CU School of medicine). She is also the Director of the MPH concentrations in Epidemiology and in Global Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Prior to obtaining her PhD degree in Epidemiology, Dr. Abdel-Maksoud taught, practiced medicine, and did research in Egypt. After finishing her PhD degree, Dr. Abdel-Maksoud spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow studying the racial/ethnic differences in obesity and its biomarkers. Her work in obesity earned her an award from the prestigious Obesity Society. She is a chronic disease epidemiologist, and her global health work is currently focused on child development projects in Guatemala through the Center for Global Health. She is also investigating the barriers and facilitators of cancer screening among the US Muslim community to develop culturally sensitive interventions to enhance the cancer screening practices of this population. 

Leana May
Global Health Track Associate Director

Leana MayLeana May, DO, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus and the CU of Public Health, as well as a Senior Investigator through the Center for Global Health. Dr. May received her medical degree from Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine and her Masters of Public Health from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency at Connecticut Children's Medical Center followed by a pediatric global health service delivery fellowship in partnership with Harvard Medical School, Boston Children's Hospital and Partners in Health. Dr. May is the Associate Director of the Global Health Track at the CU School of Medicine and the co-director of the pediatric residency global health track at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. May has worked in 9 resource-limited nations, recently living and working half time in Rwanda. Her research has focused on the Rwandan national pediatric oncology protocols, and their delivery, as well as an ongoing low-cost non-electric neonatal biotechnology clinical trial. Dr. May's additional global health scholarly interests include building health care capacity through health system strengthening and non-communicable diseases.

Global Health Track Coordinator 

Sabrynne Buchholz

Our Steering Committee

GHT Steering Committee

Striving to provide GHT students with the best global health education, the Global Health Track (GHT) and its leadership believe in the importance of constantly working to improve all aspects of the track. The Steering Committee is a group of GHT students that work in conjunction with the track director to create a community of globally minded health care providers and help make the Global Health Track and its work as successful as possible.
Steering Committee Members

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