Board of Directors

Patricia Brock, MD

Rohith Malya, MD

Cheryl Person, MD

Bruce MacFadyen, MD

Susan Ramin, MD

Veronica Leautaud, PhD

Eric Crowell, MD MPH

Catherine Chen, MSIV

Rachel Davis, MD

HGHC Board Member Bios:

Patricia Brock, MD,

is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Medical Bridges a nonprofit organization which collects and distributes medical supplies and equipment to the developing world. This organization is in its 17 year of sending supplies to over 80 countries assisting dozens of local organizations, TMC associated institutions and others to carry out their mission of bringing hope and healing to low resource countries. Dr. Brock is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Brock graduated from The University of Louisville School Of Medicine in 1983 and began her surgical training at Parkland Hospital in Dallas at The University of Texas program and completed her residency at the UT Health Sciences Center in San Antonio. After a 10-year career as a general surgeon and four children later, Dr. Brock turned her energies to raising her growing family. It was during this hiatus that the idea for Medical Bridges was born. Dr. Brock returned to the practice of medicine as a Clinical Instructor with Baylor College of Medicine in 2003 working in the Emergency Room at Ben Taub Hospital. She moved to MD Anderson in 2009.

Along with a group of like-minded physicians she founded the Wainerdi Global Health RoundTable in July 2012 which has now become a part of the Houston Global Health Collaborative.

Bruce MacFadyen, MD,

graduated from Hahnemann Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1968. He did his general surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania and completed his training at the Memorial Hermann/University of Texas Medical School in 1974. He remained on staff with the University of Texas and became Professor of Surgery. In 2002, he went to the Medical College of Georgia as Chairman of Surgery and returned to the University of Texas Medical School in Houston in 2012 as Professor of Surgery. His primary surgical interests include general surgery, laparoscopy and minimally invasive surgery, flexible endoscopy and nutrition. His interest in global surgery began in 1972 doing medical work in rural Mexico and eventually in Africa, Asia and South America. Presently, he is actively involved in surgical training programs in Africa (Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons) which has 45 residents in training in 5 year general surgery training programs.

Susan Ramin, MD,

is professor and vice chair for Education in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is also the director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship Program. Dr. Ramin earned her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship training in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and a postdoctoral fellowship with the American Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Foundation and the American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.  Dr. Ramin has been practicing Maternal-Fetal Medicine since 1990. She serves as a board member for the Houston Global Health Collaborative and is also a member of the Wainerdi Global Health Round Table. Her global health interests include projects in Bhutan, Malawi, and Liberia.

Eric Crowell, MD MPH,

is a graduate of the UT School of Public Health and UT Houston Medical School who is currently a resident at UTHouston pursuing a career in the field of ophthalmology. He first became interested in global health through mission trips to Peru through his church in Kingwood, TX. Seeing the vast differences in living environment and access to care has spurred his passion for global health work. During medical school Eric was an officer of Students Improving Global Health in Texas, the medical student global health interest group. With that group he traveled to Honduras and Panama on medical education based trips. He also helped co-found the UTHouston Chapter of Frontera de Salud, an organization that takes weekend trips with students to help screen community members in the Brownsville area for chronic diseases and works with a community health worker to get them access to the health system. Additionally, he helped to form and implement the Scholarly Concentration in Global Health at the UTHouston Medical School and served on its student leadership for 3 years. As a founding member of the student portion of HGHC, Eric was heavily involved in the success if the first conference in March of 2012. As a part of the board he looks forward to continue to expand the reach of HGHC and help to make the TMC and Houston a truly collaborative place for global health.

Catherine Chen, MSIV,

is currently a fourth year medical student at UT Medical School in Houston. She first became interested in global health during her undergraduate years at Rice University, where she minored in Global Health Technologies and created several design prototypes to be used in the developing world. During medical school, she has continued to pursue her passion by holding various officer positions within Students Improving Global Health in Texas (SIGHT), the medical student global health interest group, as well as traveling to rural Guatemala to screen pregnant women and children for malnutrition. She is also working on a Scholarly Concentration in Global Health. Cathy has been a part of HGHC since its first conference, and has held the positions of Print Materials Coordinator, Logistics Chair, and Conference Chair, over the past three years. She is currently Conference Chair for the Empower 2016 Conference.