Board of Directors

Christine Markham, PhD

Madhushree Zope

Natalia Rodriguez, MPH

Patricia Brock, MD

Rachel Davis, MD

Richard Caplan, MD

Steven Spann, MD, MBA

Sue Ferguson, DNP, MBA, RN

Former Board Members

Bruce MacFadyen, MD

Catherine Chen, MD

Cheryl Person, MD

Jessica Lin, MD

Lea Sacca, MPH

Rohith Malya, MD, MSC FACEP

Susan Ramin, MD

Veronica Leautaud, PhD

HGHC Board Member Bios:

Christine Markham, PhD

Christine Markham, PhD, is Professor and Interim Department Chair of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences and Deputy Director of the University of Texas Prevention Research Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health. She has over 30 years’ experience in health promotion and behavioral sciences research, including determinants studies, intervention development, program evaluation, dissemination and implementation research. She has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on multiple NIH-, CDC-, and other federally funded HIV and STI prevention and self-management studies. She has directed multiple rigorous evaluation trials to develop and evaluate adolescent HIV prevention programs, including It’s Your Game…Keep It Real, recognized by the USDHHS as an effective HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention program for middle school students in the US. She has HIV-related research experience in E Africa and S.E. Asia on NIH Fogarty, PEPFAR and CFAR-funded projects. Having trained in anthropology, she is experienced in qualitative research and mixed methods studies. She has extensive experience in Intervention Mapping, a systematic framework for developing and implementing theory- and evidence-based health promotion programs, having taught graduate level courses and workshops on Intervention Mapping nationally and internationally.

Madhushree Zope

Madhushree is a fourth year MD student at Baylor College of Medicine. She was born in India and grew up largely in Houston. Madhushree graduated from UT Austin with majors in Biology and Biochemistry. Madhushree served as the co-chair of Houston Global Health Collaborative’s 2019 UNLIMITED Conference. She currently serves as a student representative for the Global Health Pathway and is an advocate of global health education for health professions students. She is particularly interested in global surgery, pediatrics, and oncology.

Twitter: @MadhushreeZope

Natalia Rodriguez, MPH

Natalia is a Program Manager for the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases, and recent graduate of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, where she earned her Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology with a concentration in Public Health Informatics. Natalia is currently working with Baylor Global Health to improve access to health care in underserved areas of Houston through the deployment of Smart Pods (mobile clinics). She is part of the BCM-COVID-19 ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Program, providing weekly telementoring for COVID-19 testing at Smart Pod locations, which will be developed in the future to treat infectious diseases and other illnesses. Natalia served as Conference Co-Chair for the 8th Annual Houston Global Health Conference in 2020, and Public Relations Chair for the 2019 UNLIMITED Conference.

Twitter: @Natrdz11

Patricia Brock, MD

Dr. Brock is the 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.

Rachel Davis, MD

Seeing that there were gaps in contemporary general surgical education for those planning to practice in resource-limited settings, Dr. Rachel Davis envisioned and created the Baylor College of Medicine Global Surgery Track. Since 2014, she has worked with the BCM Department of Surgery to develop educational opportunities in global surgery for students,
residents, and professionals. Now in her second year of Global Surgery Fellowship training, Dr. Davis has operated in Ecuador, Guatemala, Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, and Tanzania, and has worked with Dr. Walt Johnson in the area of Emergency and Essential Surgery at the World Health Organization. She completed her MD at Baylor College of Medicine,
and has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Richard Caplan, MD

Dr. Caplan is part of a large family of Houston physicians.  After medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas, he completed his surgical residency at the affiliated hospitals in San Antonio. Starting practice in 1985, he has spent his entire career in the Texas Medical Center, and has based his practice for over two decades at Houston Methodist Hospital.  He practices a wide spectrum of general surgery including endocrine surgery, surgical oncology, hernia and complex abdominal wall problems, laparoscopic and robotic surgery.

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Caplan is a staunch advocate for medical education and global health.  He has an interest in capacity building in global surgery and coordination of TMC institutions efforts in global health.  Dr. Caplan is involved in the first American College of Surgeons pilot to improve the training of surgeons in Ethiopia.  He has also made 7 mission trips to Haiti and has worked with Faith in Practice in Guatemala.

Steven Spann, MD, MBA

Stephen J. Spann, a family physician leader, educator and researcher, is the Founding Dean of the University of Houston College of Medicine. Dr. Spann has dedicated his career to improving health and health care around the world by training future health care professionals, contributing to the scientific knowledge base of primary care, leading medical school faculty, physician medical groups and hospital medical staffs, and striving to practice excellent, evidence-based family medicine.

Dr. Spann has been active in the development of the specialty of Family Medicine both in the United States and abroad. He has served as a consultant to medical schools, residency programs, ministries of health, and health care delivery systems in many countries, focusing on primary care training program and clinical practice development and implementation.
A graduate of Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Spann completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and received the M.B.A. degree from the University of Texas at Dallas. He and his wife Nancy have two married children and five grandchildren, who live in Texas.

Sue Ferguson, DNP, MBA, RN

Dr. Ferguson is the clinical administrative director of the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.  She is responsible for all clinical and business operations of a large, ambulatory breast cancer oncology center.  She has an extensive background in healthcare operations, quality, safety, and regulatory compliance. Her doctoral work focused on increasing the physical activity of a rural population in south Texas.