William C. Cunningham
Sung Soo Chung
Director of Global Health Studies
Associate Director for Global Health Education
Qing Xia, Ph.D, serves as the Associate Director for Global Health Education and Research at the Institute for Global Health (IGH) and Assistant Professor (adjunct) of Family and Community Medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She specializes in interdisciplinary team building in global health research and professional development. Before joining IGH, Qing held leadership roles at the Office of China Programs and the Visiting International Professional Program at the International Studies and Programs. She managed various programs and projects in capacity building, international professional development, faculty development, and many international student training programs. Qing obtained B.A. and M.A. in China and M.A. and Ph.D. at Michigan State University. Her research interests include adult learning, nursing students' professional identity development, compassion and empathy in medical education, health education, mental health, One Health, community engagement, and higher education internationalization.
Rene C. Hinojosa Director of Research, Students Senior Research Advisor
Rene C. Hinojosa, Ph.D, is a Professor Emeritus in the Urban and Regional Planning program, School of Planning Design and Construction, Adjunct professor of the department of Geography and the Institute for Global Health, Michigan State University. He was former Acting Director of Julian Samora research institute, former Chair of the Department of Geography, visiting professor at the Science Tokyo, Japan, Fullbright Scholar at the National University, Colombia and Private University of Bolivia. Previously he worked as civil engineer and as a consultant in international development agencies. He has authored many articles and technical reports. He has organized several study abroad courses including programs in Japan, Mexico, Italy, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and served in numerous university, college and departmental committees. He holds a master’s degree in civil engineering and a PhD degree in planning from the University of Washington. He also serves as a research mentor for COM students.
Ruben Kenny Briceno
Coordinator Peru Programs, Research Advisor to students
Ruben Kenny Briceno, M.D. is a Peruvian board certified Physician and specialist in Infectious and Tropical Diseases with Hospital De Alta Complejidad Virgen de la Puerta (HACVP). He serves as a Researcher, a mentor for students and a program leader for IGH programs in Peru. He is a clinical faculty at the College of Osteopathic Medicine and work at Universidad Cesar Vallejo in Trujillo. Kenny has a master degree in Health Services Management from Universidad Cesar Vallejo Graduate School. Since 2009, Kenny has serve as the co-leader of the Research Chapter of the Peru Medical Elective.
Assistant Director of Merida Medical Education
Travis Gordon, D.O. is the Assistant Director of Medical Education for International Studies in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico as well as Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He oversees all international projects and collaborations between MSU IGH and Merida, Mexico.
As a Lansing native he graduated from Alma College in 2005 with a B.S. in exercise and Health Science and a B.A. in Spanish. He completed a two-year service in Peace Corps in Nicaragua from 2007-2009 in Public Health with a focus on HIV/AIDS, subsequently being awarded the International AIDS Day Award for outstanding initiatives in the field. He graduated from MSUCOM in 2013, earning the Fred Mitchell Sr. Award for his work in OMM, and later completed a residency at Florida Hospital East Orlando with specialties in family medicine and neuromusculoskeleton medicine.
Returning to his Alma Mater in 2017 to live and work in Yucatan, Mexico to advance international collaboration in the health arena is what he considers a dream job. He is working on a M.S. degree with a psychology orientation. He hopes to blend his experience in language and sciences to promote osteopathic medicine throughout Latin America, as well as at home. He resides in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico with his wife and two children and enjoys traveling with them.
Clinical Coordinator for Study Abroad Programs
Arpon Shahed, D.O., focus is on global health, community medicine, osteopathic outreach and medical education. During his medical training he helped develop global health curriculums, research projects, project grants and served as faculty preceptor and lecturer for medical students/residents under MSU Institute for Global Health. Dr. Shahed’s has residency experience by completing certificates in integrative medicine, faculty development and medical education which allows him to be today the program leader of this clinical offering in the Bateyes of Dominican Republic and an instructor for the Costa Rica new program.
Mary Anne Walker
Senior Outreach Research Specialist
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Mary Anne Walker serves as a Senior International Research Specialist the Institute for Global Health in the College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has led administrative programs in the Office of the VP for Research & Innovation and the University Research Organization at Michigan State University over the past 3 years. As a global leader developing research in STEM disciplines for more than 23 years, she established and directed MSU’s first international research office in 2000, then directed MSUGlobal’s R&D which was MSUs first platform for innovations in online teaching and learning. Most recently, Mary Anne served as the Director of Global Engineering. In 2017, she was selected by DAAD to advance research cooperation with German, Canadian and US global STEM leaders. For two decades, she has engaged with the Association of International Education Administrators and the Association of Public Land Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives in national senior advisory roles to lead internationalization of higher education. Mary Anne joined MSU after serving as a Senior Democracy Officer with USAID in eastern Europe. She attended Northeastern University in Boston (Comparative Politics). Her graduate work was at Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (U.S. Foreign Policy) and American University School of International Service (International Law) and Michgan State University (PsychoSocial Aspects of Kinesiology). Research interests include mental health and well-being, energy medicine, and sustainable development.
Associate Professor, Peru Program Leader
Dr. Jodi Flanders D.O, a certified Family Physician and graduate of Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine transitioned from her Family Medicine practice after 32 years, and she currently serves as Medical Director in a residential facility for survivors of human trafficking and addiction. International medicine is her true love, especially sharing this opportunity with medical students and residents. Hobbies include the study of the Labyrinth, mentoring young physicians and medical students, and admiring her children.
Guatemala Program Leader
Richard Bryce, D.O, is the program director for the Henry Ford Family Medicine residency program and the chief medical officer at the Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), a federally qualified health center in Mexicantown, Detroit. His passion is to promote and motivate his patients to pursue a healthy lifestyle. He started the CHASS Mexicantown 5k Run/Walk and Children’s Race to improve exposure to exercise within the Detroit community. He has been instrumental in facilitating the Fresh Prescription program at the CHASS Center, where he and other providers prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables to their patients from the clinic-based Farmers Market with the goal of increasing consumption of these foods. Dr. Bryce also initiated CHASS’s Reach Out and Read partnership, which provides pediatric patients with a free book at each well-child visit.
Dr. Bryce provides the best care possible for those most vulnerable in our society. He uses medication-assisted treatment to help those suffering from opioid addiction. He is the Faculty Advisor for Street Medicine Detroit and Detroit Street Care, student organizations affiliated with Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine respectively. These programs provide medical care to Detroit’s homeless population; and he is the program leader for the Guatemala Elective Program at COM.
Merida Medical Education Program Leader
Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) Medical Specialty: physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Areas of research/interest: osteopathic manipulative medicine, global health, telemedicine, sports medicine, physician communication.
Sabrina Vieyra Hollenbeck
Consortium & Study Abroad Coordinator
Sabrina holds a B.A in Public and Institutional Relation from UADE (Universidad Argentina de la Empresa) Bs. As., Argentina and a Graduate Certificate on Global Health from MSU, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her early start in the marketing areas allowed her to gain experience in sales and advertisement. Prior to IGH, she had worked in the telecommunications field for over 5 years providing mobile and digital solutions all over Latin America. Through her family passion on medicine and public health, she again interested in the global health matters. Currently serves as the consortium coordinator for all the ERCA projects within Latin America as well as the operations and students coordinator of over 13 study abroad programs. Thrill organizer and a global outreacher.
Suna Barber is an Accountant in IGH specializing in managing and processing financial transactions ensuring compliance with MSU Business Manual Procedures, preparing program budgets, and assisting financial inquiry for IGH faculty, staff, professionals and students. Prior to joining IGH in August 2019, she served at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference center as an accounting associate and at the Controller’s office as a travel voucher auditor. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and her Master’s from the University of Houston.
Lorena Mier y Teran
Merida Coordinator & Assistant
Lorena Mier y Teran graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Universidad Marista in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Currently Lorena is the MSU project coordinator for our educational programs in Merida, Mexico and assistant to the director of medical education in Merida. She has been the bridge between MSU and various collaborating institutions in Yucatan. Constantly involved in social work, she is actively dedicating time to limited resource communities. In her passion for international relations, she has studied abroad at IDRAC business school in Lyon, France; at Central Bucks East in Pennsylvania, USA; Caux peace and leadership programme in Switzerland and Caux Scholars Programme in India, focusing in conflict resolution, trauma healing, change management and sustainable development.
Vilitcia Barghouti, AFCM Project, Teaching Assistant CSS
MaryKay Smith, Director LAC MSU, Program Leader undergrad Santo Domingo Program
Aileen Aldrich, Program Assistant San Pedro Program
Furqan Irfan, Affiliated Adjunct Researcher
Caitlyn Deering, Program Assistant San Pedro Program