Executive Committee 2021

Munir Buhaya – Conference Co-Chair

Humsini Viswanath – Conference Co-Chair

Executive Committee Bios:

Munir Buhaya – Conference Co-Chair

Munir H. Buhaya is a 4th year medical student at McGovern Medical School, hoping to become a global surgeon. Before medical school, he obtained his B.S in Microbiology from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2015, and then completed two years of biomedical research as a Post-Baccalaureate fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

His interest in global health arises from an early exposure to tropical infectious disease in Latin America, in which he witnessed firsthand the burden of disease on disadvantaged communities but also the importance of global collaboration to alleviate suffering and improve health. In medical school, he gained an interest in general surgery, and he would like to integrate global health into his surgery training as well as throughout his future career as a surgeon. He served as fundraising chair of the HGHC 2020 conference, and he is very excited to now serve as conference co-chair.

 Humsini Viswanath- Conference Co-Chair

Humsini is a 4th year medical student at Texas A&M College of Medicine.  She graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and minor in Global Poverty & Practice. She then attended University of Texas, Houston School of Public Health and received a MPH in Epidemiology and Global Health. 

Humsini has always had an interest in Global Health since high school from her trips to India and research and non-profit work in India and Nepal.  She is specifically interested in chronic diseases, with a focus on neurology and psychiatry.  Since attending the very first HGHC conference to helping plan 3 of them, Humsini believes HGHC is a great way to open up avenues for collaboration between academics, students, physicians, and non-profits within the TMC and Texas to promote global health research and education and improve the quality of health care locally and abroad.