Obstetrics & Gynecology
Section of Global Health Leadership
- Melody Eckardt, MD, MPH, Director
- Sheela Maru, MD, Associate Director
Global Health Advisory Board
- Thamarah Crevecoeur, CNM
- John Durfee, MD
- Courtney Massaro, CNM
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.
Melody Eckardt, MD, MPH
Co-director, Section of Global Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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.