The University of Iowa

Doing Harm by Doing Good: Presenter List

Dr. R. Balasubramaniam
Dr. R Balasubramaniam (Balu) is a development activist and a public policy advocate who is a physician by qualification. After his MBBS, he earned his MPhil in Hospital Administration & Health Systems Management from BITS, Pilani. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. His living habits were greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and at the age of 19, he founded the Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement. He has spent the last 32 years of his life in the service of the rural and tribal poor in the forests of India SVYM also runs more than 50 projects across the state of Karnataka and also has centers in the USA and UK.

Karmen Berger
Associate Director, International Studies, Global Health Studies, Latin American Studies, Latina/o Studies




Amy Bowes
Amy Bowes has served as the advisor for Italy, Greece, Africa, the Middle East, and international experiential learning opportunities such as internships, research, and service-learning at the University of Iowa for the past four years. Amy graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies before serving in the Peace Corps in Lesotho as an education volunteer from 2005-2007. As part of the fellowship she assisted with the creation and execution of new international service-learning programming for the University of Missouri. Amy co-led the first group of undergraduates to Cape Coast, Ghana in summer 2010.

Christine C. Brunner Luse
Christine received her B.S. in Nursing and her M.A. in Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. As an Illinois native, she started her nursing career doing home health nursing visits in the high risk areas of Rockford, IL, while working as a “jail nurse” at the Winnebago County (Illinois) jail. After the completion of her M.A, she supervised a home health agency in Elgin, IL, followed by working as the Director of Nursing for the McHenry County Health Department in Woodstock, IL. In 1995, she started her own management consulting agency, specializing in non-profits, local government institutions, and local and state health departments.

Dr. Christopher T. Buresh
Chris Buresh is a physician boarded in pediatrics, emergency medicine and has a Master's in Public Health.  He has been traveling to Haiti since 2003. He co-founded the Community Health Initiative in 2009 to address the needs of rural Haitians that otherwise had no access to care. He works in the emergency department and pediatric emergency department. He lives in Coralville, Iowa, with his wife Ginny and four children, Eve, Charlie, Tess, and Penelope (PJ).


Dr. James L. Giblin
James Giblin has been a member of the History Department since 1986. His primary research interest is Tanzania and East Africa in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His first book, The Politics of Environmental Control in Northeastern Tanzania, 1840-1940 (University of Pennsylvania Press), explored connections between environmental and political change.



Dr. Jennifer Kasper
Jennifer Kasper, MD, MPH, is in the Division of Global Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Instructor and Chair of the Faculty Advisory Committee on Global Health at Harvard Medical School; Pediatrician at Chelsea HealthCare Center; and Board Member of Doctors for Global Health (DGH). DGH practices "liberation medicine, the conscious and conscientious use of health to promote human rights and social justice" and works in partnership with rural underserved communities in Central America, Mexico, and Africa.


Dr. Azim Khan
Dr. Azim Khan is a Fellow at the Royal Society for Public Health (UK) and Indian Public Health Association. Dr. Khan has been working as an academic director since spring 2008. He is an academic by training, with a zeal for social and health rights activism. He received his doctorate from Aligarh Muslim University in India. His doctoral thesis focused on sex-selective abortions and the effectiveness of prenatal diagnostic techniques (regulation and prevention of misuse) legislation in India.


Judith N. Lasker
Dr. Lasker’s major area of interest in both teaching and research is in the field of medical sociology, with particular emphasis on women’s health issues and international health.  She is the author of the recently published Hoping to Help is the first book to offer a comprehensive assessment of global health volunteering, based on research into how it currently operates, its benefits and drawbacks, and how it might be organized to contribute most effectively.


Dr. Maureen McCue
Dr. Maureen McCue is a founding member, faculty, and former director of the University of Iowa Global Health Studies Program as well as a founding board member for the UI Center for Human Rights. As Adjunct Clinical Professor in the Colleges of Public Health and of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Dr. McCue has been teaching Health and Human Rights courses since 1997. Before coming to Iowa, she worked as a primary care provider with marginalized communities and has worked for a local women’s clinic for the last 16 years.


Kelly O’Berry, CIP
IRB Education and Outreach Manager, University of Iowa

Robin Paetzold
Global Programs Director at University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Christopher Squier
Dr. Christopher Squier is Director of Graduate Studies and a Professor of Oral Pathology in the College of Dentistry at the University of Iowa. He also directs the Global Health Studies Program at the University of Iowa.  Dr Squier is actively involved at the national and international level in tobacco control and oral cancer prevention. He has worked on tobacco control in Iowa for over 25 years, during which time he served three terms on the State Commission for Tobacco Control. 


Dr. Noelle Sullivan
Noelle Sullivan is a cultural and medical anthropologist who focuses on understanding the politics of global health in practice. Sullivan is concerned with which issues become ‘in vogue’ in global health.  Which issues or needs tend to be excluded or marginalized? How global health concerns are taken up, and by whom?



Autumn Tallman
Associate Director, International Health, Safety and Security, Study Abroad, University of Iowa




Tricia Todd
Tricia Todd, MPH is Assistant Director with the Health Careers Center at the University of Minnesota and an instructor in the Public Health Practice major in the School of Public Health. Tricia has been involved in workforce and leadership development related activities for fifteen years. She began her career working in the field of public health with the Minnesota Department of Health and local public health agencies assessing and responding to workforce and public health infrastructure development needs.


Emily Wentzell
Dr. Wentzell’s research combines approaches from medical anthropology, gender studies and science and technology studies to explore the gendered social consequences of aging, illness, sexual health problems and related medical treatments. She is interested in the relationships between gender (especially masculinities), new medical technologies/areas of medicalization, and people’s sex lives and senses of self.  



Thad R. Wilson
Early in his career, Dr. Wilson was clinic Director at the La Buena Fe Clinic in Honduras, and has repeatedly returned to serve the people of Honduras. He has been able to use his role as a bilingual male nurse practitioner in Puerto Rico to advocate for expanding RN practice in public health to include male health.



Greg Yungtum
Medical Student, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa