Arnhold Institute for Global Health

Student Profiles

A medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Efe Chantal Ghanney is the founder and participant in several global health projects.

Invited by the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, Chantal is part of a seven-member team, partnering with Professor Jeffrey Sachs, to advise the Ghana Ministry of Health on the establishment of a national electronic health system, the first of its kind on the African continent.

Chantal also created her own international palliative care research project that took place in her home country of Ghana, the results of which were showcased across the United States. Through her work with the African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W), Chantal worked with colleagues to establish fully funded eight-week research internships for women in African universities to bridge gender disparities in science. Chantal currently serves as a Master Card Foundation Advisor for seven Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni. Since the inception of ARA-W, 33 fellows have graduated.

Chantal plans to specialize in urology, and as a urologist, she hopes to create urology training opportunities in Ghana, a country that as of 2014 had only eight urologists.

She grew up in Ghana, and has lived in the United Kingdom and France. Prior to attending medical school, Chantal attended Yale College where she majored in chemistry and French.

Faith Goronga graduated from Boston College with a degree in Biology and a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies in 2011. During undergrad, she completed a research project in South Africa on the distribution of medical information to college students, and for her graduate thesis, she completed a literature review on the development of a malaria vaccine. She applied to the Dean’s Scholars in Global Health (DSGH) program because it gave her the opportunity for global health training she otherwise might not have had as part of a regular medical school curriculum.

As a native of Zimbabwe, a country plagued by diseases like HIV, cholera, and TB, Faith’s interests in global health are primarily in the areas of infectious diseases and child health. She is particularly passionate about access to care and health education for high-risk populations. Through the DSGH program, she traveled to Peru during the summer, where she worked on HIV and TB research projects through Socios en Salud, an organization affiliated with Partners in Health. 

Faith is currently completing her research scholarly year abroad in Molepolole, Botswana, where she is working on a retrospective cohort study at a district hospital focused on young adults and adolescents living with HIV (YALHIV). Through this study, she hopes to identify any differences that may exist in outcomes between YALHIV and their adult counterparts in the areas of treatment failure, lack of follow-up care, and treatment switch to second-line antiretroviral therapy.

Faith plans to become a skilled physician, advocate and researcher in a global health setting.

Kham Kidia was born and raised in Zimbabwe and is devoted to improving health systems in his home country. He is the co-founder and executive director of Kushinga, a Zimbabwean nonprofit working on strengthening mental health systems through research, advocacy, and capacity building. Kham has experience conducting and leading policy-relevant anthropological research in HIV mental health, especially among adolescents. His work focuses on areas such as depression, disclosure, adherence, and stigma.

Kham is currently collaborating as a primary investigator (PI) on a project that examines stigma and skin disease in HIV-positive adolescents. Previously, he was PI on an ethnographic study on HIV disclosure to HIV-positive adolescents, and he was the lead qualitative researcher on an NIH-funded project to develop an intervention for depression and adherence in people living with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe.

In addition, Kham has been a research consultant for HIV mental health projects funded by UNICEF, Wellcome Trust, Clinton Health Access Initiative, and the CDC. His work appears in journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet Psychiatry, AIDS, and PLoS Medicine, and it has been featured in the media on BBC News.

Dedicated to capacity building, Kham has taught research methods and academic writing to faculty and students at the University of Zimbabwe Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, as well as the Mount Sinai Hospital.

Kham has a BA in French literature from Princeton University and an MPhil in Medical Anthropology from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

John Rhee worked for a year as a senior research analyst and coordinator at Project B.R.I.E.F., an HIV testing program at Jacobi Medical Center before attending Mount Sinai's Humanities and Medicine Program. While at Mount Sinai, he continued research in HIV through the Dean's Scholars in Global Health Program where he spent one summer studying the predictors and prevalence of diabetes among HIV patients in Cameroon.

John is interested in global palliative care. For his scholarly year, he is working on a project developing and assessing indicators of palliative care development in Africa. He is partnering on this project with the African Palliative Care Association, the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, and the University of Navarra's Institute for Culture and Society. John Rhee also studied policy analysis and management at Cornell University where he graduated with distinction and honors in 2012.

Gus Ruchman is a first-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where he is working with the Arnhold Institute for Global Health Associate Director Sandeep Kishore on developing the Action Center for non-communicable diseases. Recently he also published articles with Dr. Kishore and the Institute’s Director Prabhjot Singh in Global Heart and the AMA Journal of Ethics.

Previously, Gus pursued African Studies as an undergraduate at Harvard University and worked on public health projects in Zanzibar and Uganda. After graduation, Gus worked in the office of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and Malaria. At the UN, Gus supported the governance restructuring of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and led efforts to partner with the Arnhold Institute for Global Health to launch ATLAS, a novel geospatial health data system. John also advised the special envoy and other senior staff on a wide array of public health, technology, and political issues, and assessed biotech investment opportunities. His analysis of achieving child mortality targets was presented at the 2016 SINAInnovations conference.

Gus spent time in Senegal immersed in community health.