Workshop One: No Apparent Distress book reading and discussion with the author

Rachel Pearson, PhD, MD

Rachel Pearson holds an MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch and a PhD from the Institute for the Medical Humanities. She is currently training as a pediatrician in the Integrated Research Pathway at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Pearson writes on issues in medicine and the humanities for publications including The Guardian, The Daily Beast, and Texas Monthly, and has discussed issues of child health and immigration on MSNBC’s The Chris Hayes Show, Public Radio International’s The World and dozens of NPR affiliates.  Her book No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine was a 2017 New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. She is currently researching narratives of child death in an effort to address the cultural silence surrounding the deaths of children and to empower physicians and community members to serve as interlocutors for grieving parents.

Workshop Two: Development of a Rapid Deployable Mobile Medical Unit for Emergency Disaster Settings

Esther J. Kim

Esther J. Kim majored in biological engineering at Cornell University and is currently a second year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. Throughout her years in medical school, she has been avidly working with the global health department in developing mobile medical unit. She is also an author of several manuscripts in dermatology, urology, and wearable technology in medicine, has worked as a member of a start-up company founded for patient education, and serves as the president of Korean American Medical Student Association. She wishes to continue combining her passion in engineering and medicine to further improve patient care worldwide.

Sergio M. Navarro

Sergio M. Navarro is a M.D. Candidate at the Baylor College of Medicine, and Baylor Global Initiatives research fellow. In his research, he employs data analytics to characterize the online marketplace, surgical outcomes, and technology in human motion on a global basis. He is the co-founder and CFO of AUGMENTx, a healthcare technology company utilizing augmented reality to deliver rehabilitation therapy. Prior to Baylor, Sergio was Vice President of Finance at Goldman Sachs specializing in optimization analytics. He holds two bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and history from MIT.


Workshop Three: Health in Global Humanitarian Crises

Michael Jaung, MD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Michael attended Harvard Medical School and completed residency in Emergency Medicine and the Diploma in Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He currently works with medical education projects in Belize and Liberia and has interests in humanitarian relief and post-conflict health system development.