UCEM's Global Health Team

Current Residents

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Susan owens, MD - Class of 2020

Dr. Owens' passion for Global Health began during a study abroad experience in college and continued to grow through various experiences in medical school that have taken her to six continents. This passion stems from a desire to be knowledgeable of different cultures and to provide to the best care for any patient that seeks help in the emergency room. During medical school she worked extensively with the local free clinic to further improving her critical thinking and resource utilization skills and fostering an interest in disaster relief. Her interests brought her to UCMC where she plans to participate various field experiences, including an upcoming trip to Guatemala, and continue learning about different cultures.

Alexa Sabedra, MD - Class of 2019

Dr. Sabedra’s love of travel and discovering new cultures started during a summer abroad in college.  Since then, her drive to explore the world and learn about different ways of life has continued. She believes that having a better understanding of a person’s background, culture, and beliefs is essential to delivering the most appropriate care for that individual and providing the best patient experience. Her desire to become a strong Emergency Medicine physician who is prepared to work in any situation led her to residency at UCMC. At UCMC, she has taken advantage of opportunities to travel to rural Guatemala in 2016 and Shirati, Tanzania in 2017 which has expanded her cultural competency and helped to develop her clinical skills in low resource settings.



Grace Lagasse, MD- CLASS OF 2018

Dr. Lagasse's interest in Global Health was first sparked by a medical mission trip to Accra, Ghana while in medical school. This experience inspired a passion for working with other cultures to bridge knowledge gaps and creatively sustain under-resourced areas. Her energy then traveled with her to Cincinnati where Dr. Lagasse worked to improve the Global Health section of TamingtheSRU and to ensure that Global Health has a significant role within the Emergency Medicine Department Grand Rounds curriculum. She has traveled to Shirati, Tanzania twice with colleagues where she loved being able to apply her developing skills in Emergency Medicine to International Emergency Medicine and Global Health.



Stewart Wright, MD - Co-Director of UCEM Global Health Program

Dr. Stewart Wright developed his interest while serving the relief effort in Haiti in 2013. Now with additional experience in Latin America and Africa, he has become Co-Director of Global Health for the department. He co-leads an annual multidisciplinary team to Tanzania to provide care to the local population and to bring emergency medicine style practice to the region. Future interests include curriculum development, research and CTropMed certification.

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Whitney Bryant, MD - Co-Director of UCEM Global Health Program

Whitney completed her public health degree at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health and her medical degree at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. Her MPH thesis on the colonial origins of pharmacotherapy for sleeping sickness in francophone west and central Africa received the Osler medal from the American Association of the History of Medicine. While in graduate school she worked for Amnesty International in the West Africa Division and at Human Rights Watch in the Africa Division focusing on HIV/AIDS and human rights. After medical school she completed her training in Emergency Medicine at New York University/Bellevue Hospital Center. During residency she was a part of sidHARTe (Systems Improvement at District Hospitals and Regional Training of Emergency Care), a program to improve rural emergency care in Ghana and Rwanda. Since joining the faculty at UC she has been involved in resident and medical student education as well as simulation. 


Lori Stolz, MD

Dr. Stolz’s interest in global health started well before medical school during a half year break from college in which she lived and worked in an orphanage for HIV positive children outside of Nairobi. Through this trip, she knew she was destined to become a physician and that she would always work with resource-limited communities in some capacity. Following residency, she began volunteering with the nonprofit, Global Emergency Care (GEC), training providers to deliver quality emergency care in rural Uganda. What she loves most about her work is the ability to participate in a sustainable, scalable program that partners effectively with local communities. Since completing her ultrasound fellowship at the University of Arizona, she has become the co-director for Ultrasound for GEC and continues to volunteer with them on a regular basis.  She serves as the Secretary for the Global Health Interest Group for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and is the Director of Ultrasound for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.




Nathaniel Mann, MD - CLASS OF 2016

Dr Mann currently resides in Boston, where he is a wilderness medicine fellow through Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.  His interests include high altitude pathologies, search and rescue, and international medicine.  He has spent time working abroad in both Europe and Africa, and will be sojourning to Nepal with the Himalayan Rescue Association for the 2017 climbing season.  He served on the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association Board of Directors as Secretary and International Medicine Liaison.  He has also worked on a high-angle search and rescue team, in EMS leadership, and as editor on the board of two national medical publications.


Dr. Selvam is currently a Global Health Fellow at Yale University School of Medicine and also pursuing his Masters degree in public health and tropical medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is a former Doris Duke International Clinical Research fellow through the Yale University School of Medicine and the University of Pretoria in South Africa.  He has clinical and research experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the Indian sub-continent.  While at the University of Cincinnati, he helped found the Global Health Discussion Group (GHDG) and also the Global Health section of TamingtheSRU.  He was also the resident member to UC's Global Health Advisory Committee and is currently a reviewer for the international Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR).


Tyler Winders, MD - Class of 2017

Dr. Tyler Winders is a Global Health Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He completed medical school at Vanderbilt University.  While in medical school, the bulk of his scholarly activities focused on recovering unused operating room supplies and redistributing them to limited resource settings.  He also spent several months working in rural hospital in Honduras with a local NGO.  As a resident, he has undertaken several initiatives to expand preventative health care out of the emergency department, specifically focusing on uninsured populations.  His interest in Global Health is a natural extension of his desire to care for under-served peoples, likely a product of his upbringing in rural Missouri.

Renee Salas, MD - CLASS OF 2012

Dr. Salas is currently in the division of Global Health and Emergency Medicine at Harvard and Massachusetts General Hospital.