Section of Global Health Leadership
Co-directors, Section of Global Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BUSM
Advisory Board, Section of Global Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, BUSM
BiosThamarah Crevecoeur, CNM
John Durfee, MD
Melody Eckardt, MD, MPH
Susanna Erber, MD
Julio Mazul, MD, MPH
Marisa Nádas, MD, MPH
Thamarah Crevecoeur is a certified nurse-midwife. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Boston College in 2006 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Nursing Midwifery program in 2007. She has experience working in Haiti with multiple non-governmental organizations (Partners In Health/ Zanmi Lasante, Midwives for Haiti, CRUDEM, and Regis College Haiti Project). Her main area of interest is nursing and midwifery professional development through training and education. Since joining the Boston University School of Medicine faculty in 2009, she has continued to work closely with the Haitian population through the provision of clinical care to Haitian women in Boston. She is currently enrolled in BU School of Public Health as a DrPH candidate.
John Durfee is a gynecologic oncologist. After completing residency at the University of North Carolina, he worked as a general obstetrician/gynecologist at St Jude hospital in St Lucia, West Indies for a year and a half. Since fellowship, he has made many subsequent visits to St Lucia to assist with care of gynecologic oncology patients. In 2009-2010 he spent a year away from Boston Medical Center, the first half spent in Fiji as a visiting professor and consultant at the Fiji School of Medicine, and the second half working in the Caribbean, primarily Guyana. Other short-term prior work sites include Haiti, India, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Barbados and Ecuador. Current projects include involvement in a new obstetrics/gynecology residency program and gynecologic oncology clinical program (with rotating visiting faculty) at the Georgetown Public Hospital in Guyana, under the auspices of Case Western University’s obstetrics/gynecology department, as well as ongoing clinical service several times per year in St Lucia. Dr Durfee’s particular interests include resident education and management of cervical cancer in low-resource countries.
Dr. Eckardt has experience working in global health since 1997. Her most recent work has focused on maternal health projects in Africa including the development and implementation of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival Initiative with the Ministry of Health in South Sudan, maternal ultrasound research in Mali, and an ongoing study involving condom uterine balloon tamponade in Uganda and Kenya. These projects have been done through the Division of Global Health and Human Rights in the Emergency Department at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she serves as Maternal Health Director. In addition, Dr. Eckardt has an ongoing project training medical school faculty in the Country of Georgia in case-based teaching methods and is working to help found Indocerv, a Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiative in Bali. She also serves as the Director of Women’s Refugee Health for the Department of OB/GYN and the Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center and works to provide culturally competent care in obstetrics and gynecology for women from all over the world. Dr. Eckardt is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Tufts/ New England Medical Center. She has an MPH in Global Health and Population from Harvard School of Public Health and she has completed a Global Health Leadership Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Erber earned her medical degree at the University of Washington, continued postdoctoral work there in molecular biology before coming to the east, and completed residency in OB/GYN at Maine Medical Center. She joined the faculty at Boston University School of Medicine in 1995. Since then, she has been actively involved in global health and has worked in Mexico, Haiti, and numerous countries in Africa. Most recently, she has spent time in Zambia, piloting an ambitious maternal mortality reduction project with BU Global Health funded by the Global Health Initiative through the US State Department. She has also been actively involved with the Lesotho Boston Health Alliance spending time in Lesotho during the course and initiation of a unique residency training program there, now in its tenth year. On the homefront, she chairs a Boston Medical Center committee involved with the creation and implementation of an institutional blood management program and is interested in adapting this program for use in developing countries to make blood usage more responsible and safer, especially in high risk areas.
Dr. Mazul is an Associate Program Director at the Boston University OB/GYN Residency Program. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Mazul attended the Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/ Harvard Medical School. He was the recipient of the Humanism Award in Medicine. After residency he attended the Harvard School of Public Health where he received an MPH. His interests include community medicine and Hispanic Women’s Health. He is currently the Medical Director of the Department of OB/GYN at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, which services the large Latin American immigrant population of Boston. Dr. Mazul has recently joined a Partners In Health project in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Nádas is a physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston Medical Center and an instructor at the Boston University School of Medicine. She has a primary outpatient focus on the Haitian immigrant population of the Boston area and sees patients in Dorchester, Mattapan, and Boston. She is also chair of the Implementation Committee for the Boston-based NGO Physicians for Haiti (P4H). She has been involved in global health work since 2003, with a particular focus on Haiti since 2007. Her current projects in Haiti include the development and implementation of a continuing medical education curriculum for physicians with P4H and the accompaniment of several women’s health initiatives of the NGO Partners in Health. She is also working on the development and national scale-up of an Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care training program in Botswana, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health. She did her OB/GYN residency training at Boston Medical Center and completed a Global Women’s Health Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she continues to work as a research fellow. She received an MPH in Clinical Effectiveness from the Harvard School of Public Health.