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Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Ghiath Alahmad, M.D., Ph.D. is a lecturer of bioethics at King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia). He received his MD from Damascus University (Syria), and graduated with an advance Master of Bioethics (Erasmus Mundus: KU Leuven, RU Nijmegen, Università degli Studi di Padova). He earned his PhD from KU Leuven (Belgium). His doctoral research project was “Ethics of research biobanks: Islamic perspectives. Ghiath is interested in research ethics and in bioethics in the Middle East context.

Fellowship year: 2015-2016

Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Abdullah Aljoudi, MD is a Consultant in Family and Community Medicine, the Chair of the Ethics Committee, Head of the Research Unit, and Assistant Director of Academic Affairs at King Fahd Hospital of the University of the academic medical center of Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University. He received a MBBS degree from King Faisal University, a diploma in Epidemiology from King Saud University, and an Arab board certificate in Community Medicine. He published in peer reviewed journals including the Lancet and is currently involved in writing the Encyclopedia of Islamic Bioethics.

Adam DeTora, MD

Dr. Adam W. DeTora graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University in 2005 with a BS in Biology and a concentration in microbiology. He received his MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he also completed a residency in pediatrics. He recently completed his subspecialty training in 2015 at the Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program where he studied the effects of fluconazole prophylaxis on infectious outcomes in the Brigham & Women’s NICU. Dr. DeTora was recruited as an attending neonatologist at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Rodney Dismukes, PhD, MHA, MS
Instructor in Psychiatry

Rodney P. Dismukes is the Clinical Associate Director of Mental Health Services for the VA Boston Healthcare System and is an Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. He chairs the VA Boston’s Ethics Consultation Committee. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology in 1987 from Auburn University and a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2010. He completed an MS in Biomedical Ethics from the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College in 2014.

Visiting Student (Stip) in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Theofilos (Theo) El Sayed Omar is an aspiring cardiothoracic surgeon with a profound interest in lung and heart transplantation. He is currently an MA candidate in Medical Ethics at Keele University School of Law in the UK. His dissertation research focuses on public health, end-of-life-care and organ donation ethics. He has an avid curiosity of medical philosophy and clinical ethics, and is fluent in both Greek and Arabic. Theo sits on the UK Donation Ethics Committee and teaches bioethics classes at Yale University.

Barbara Bierer
Visiting Postgrad Research Fellow (Stip) in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Talia Engelhart, MPH is the Program Director for the Young Parents Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, a primary care clinic for teen parents and their children that provide comprehensive medical and social services. Earlier in her career she worked for the Penn Center for Bioethics, the US Dept of Health and Human Services, and the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma. Additionally, she is a certified mediator with an interest in family conflict.

Instructor in Medicine

Dr. Grace Farris graduated from Brown Medical School in 2008. She completed her internal medicine residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Farris is a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and is part of the Katherine Swan Ginsburg Humanism in Medicine Program Associate Faculty. Dr. Farris's scholarly interests include narrative medicine, ethics in hospital medicine and the care of the hospitalized elderly. She is the co-course director of the Harvard Medical School Aging: Bench to Bedside fourth year elective.

Javad T. Hashmi, MD
Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Javad Hashmi, MD is an attending physician in the Emergency Department at Athol Memorial Hospital, a critical access hospital in an underserved region of Massachusetts. He is pursuing a master's degree in theological studies at Harvard University. As a Fellow of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hashmi is interested in the intersection between ethics, theology, and human rights. He is specifically interested in Islamic bioethics and believes Muslim physicians like himself must play a role in advocating for human and women's rights in the Islamic world.

Fellow in Bioethics

Marta Herschkopf, MD, MSt is a psychiatrist on the consultation service at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an instructor at Harvard Medical School. She earned a master’s degree in Theology from Oxford and completed her medical training at Harvard Medical School and New York University. She is interested in ethical issues regarding medical decision-making capacity and personality disorders. Marta has also published and lectured widely on the interplay of psychiatry/medicine and spirituality.

Barbara Bierer
Research Fellow in Global Health and Social Medicine (EXT)

Fariba Houman, PHD, CIP currently serves as the Director of the Human Research Protections Program at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Schepens Eye Research Institute. She is responsible for operations oversight, quality assurance, and regulatory compliance of their biomedical IRB. Dr. Houman received a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular biology from Tufts Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.