Faculty and Staff
Neil Schluger, MD
Co-Director, Program for Education in Global Population Health
Neil Schluger, MD, is the Co-director for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health. He is also the Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Science at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health. He is Senior Advisor for Science at Vital Strategies. Dr. Schluger’s academic and public health career has focused on global aspects of lung disease. He is also the founder and director of the East Africa Training Initiative, a Vital Strategies-sponsored project to train pulmonary physicians in Ethiopia.
Lawrence R. Stanberry, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Program for Education in Global and Population Health; Associate Dean for International Programs
Lawrence Stanberry, MD, PhD, is the Co-director for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health. He is also the Associate Dean for International Programs and Director of The Programs in Global Health at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Previously he served as the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, and Pediatrician-in Chief of the NewYork-Presbyterian/ Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital (February 2008 – June 2018).
Elizabeth Shane, MD
Associate Dean of Student Research
Elizabeth Shane, MD, is the Associate Dean of Student Research at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She also directs the MD – MS in Biomedical Sciences, which includes a Global Health track. She previously served for 7 years as the Vice-Chair for Clinical and Epidemiological Research for the Department of Medicine. Dr. Shane specializes in disorders of calcium and vitamin D metabolism and diseases of the skeleton, particularly osteoporosis. She has served as the President of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), as well as on NIH Study Sections and the Advisory Council of National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
Kim Hekimian, PhD
Associate Director of Education
Kim Hekimian, PhD, is the Associate Director of Education for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health and Assistant Professor of Nutrition in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition) and the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University. Dr. Hekimian received her PhD in Health Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral Science and Health Education. Her research has focused on feeding practices of infants and children in Armenia.
Silvia Cunto-Amesty, MD, MPH, MSEd
Associate Director of Latin America Programs
Silvia Cunto-Amesty, MD, is the Associate Director of Latin America Programs at the Program for Education in Global and Population Health and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Center for Family and Community Medicine and Population and Family Health at Columbia University. She is also on the clinical staff of the Young Men’s Clinic in Harlem. She earned her MD from Temple University, her MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania, and her MPH from Columbia University.
Ana I. Esteban-Gonzalez, MD, M.Ed, CI
Associate Director of Cross Cultural Fluency. Director of Dígame and Bienvenidos Cultural Immersion Programs
Ana Esteban, MD, M.Ed., CI, is an Assistant Professor of Community Health at the Center for Family and Community Medicine (CFCM) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York City and the Associate Director of Cross-Cultural Fluency at the Program for Education in Global and Population Health, at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is also Director of the Digame and Bienvenidos programs. She received her MD degree from Cantabria University in Spain and her Master’s in Education (Teaching Spanish as a Second Language) from UDIMA University in Spain. She currently teaches Spanish classes for the Columbia School of Nursing, Mailman School of Public Health, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. She developed the medical Spanish curriculum for the Cervantes Institute, the Family Medicine Residency program, and various schools at the CUIMC.
Tania Genel, MBA, MPP
Tania Genel, MBA, MPP, is the Administrative Director for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health. Tania obtained an MBA degree at the University of Rochester. Having worked in a variety of sectors including Economic Consulting, Government, and Corporate Finance, she transitioned into the Higher Education sector in 2009, when she took on the coordination of Student Exchange Programs at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Namur, Belgium. She managed development aid and other cooperation programs with Africa and Latin America at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium.
Sofia Tinio, MPA
Sofia Tinio, MPA, is the Program Coordinator for the Program for Education in Global and Population Health. She has worked in higher education for over a decade, primarily in advising and student support services. She has a broad international perspective having advised and assisted international students in the United States as well as having studied and worked in Sweden and Austria where she served as an academic writing consultant at the University of Vienna. She also has a background in government public relations.