Arnhold Institute for Global Health

Meet the Team

Prabhjot Singh, Director

Message from the Director, Prabhjot Singh
What is global health? At the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, we are focused on protecting and improving the health and well-being of everyone on the planet. We envision a future where every individual has the same opportunity for health in every community across the world.

The need for more effective health care systems arises in communities around the world—from underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa, to emerging middle-class communities in South Asia, to the diverse communities of East Harlem.

As the global arm of the Mount Sinai Health System, the Arnhold Institute leads research on the design of more equitable and effective care models, disseminating those models through digital products, training systems, and policy design. In close partnership with the Mount Sinai Department of Health System Design and Global Health, we work to accelerate and scale those models, both domestically and abroad. In addition, as part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, our faculty prepares the next generation of global health leaders to apply these interdisciplinary tools to problems we cannot yet foresee.

As the Arnhold Institute for Global Health engages communities around the globe, again and again we find examples of places that face the same problems, despite having very little else in common. We have much to learn from these places—and they can benefit by learning from each other.

Yours in partnership for building a healthier world,

Prabhjot Singh, MD, PhD
Director, Arnhold Institute for Global Health
Chair, Department of Health System Design and Global Health

Aaron Baum

Assistant Professor and Lead Economist

Aaron Baum is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health System Design and Global Health and an Economist at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, both at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His research applies methods from empirical economics and statistics to evaluate and personalize the targeting of health services and policies. His work has been published in leading health policy and clinical journals, including Health Affairs and the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Dr. Baum has a long-term interest in improving access to quality health care services for vulnerable populations. He was part of the team that started City Health Works in Harlem NY, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded organization that employs community workers to deliver home health coaching and care coordination services to Medicaid beneficiaries. He was also previously a technologist in residence at Cornell Tech, where he helped design a digital nutrition application to scale-up access to registered dietician services under Prof. Deborah Estrin, who was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2018. In partnership with the largest microfinance institution in Haiti, he was part of the team that developed a community health entrepreneur program that has now been scaled up to reach millions of rural, low-income women and children.

Dr. Baum has a secondary appointment in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at Mount Sinai, and he is also affiliated with the Veterans Health Administration (New York Harbor), the Department of Medicine at Stanford University, and the Harvard Center for Primary Care. He studied mathematics at the University of Chicago and worked in finance and international development (microfinance and global health) before graduate school. He has a PhD from Columbia University, where he focused on health and development economics.

Education
PhD, Columbia University
BS, University of Chicago

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UX UI Designer
Nick is a strategic and service designer from Oakland, California. His design experience spans across the non-profit, education, healthcare, behavioral health, tech, and social service sectors.

As a part of the Arnhold Institute's Health System Design team, Nick leads development for the Staff Feedback Board, a collaborative space to communicate staff ideas that help proactively improve patient care, and the patient experience visualization, a feedback mechanism for increased patient engagement. Additionally, Nick has developed a Patient Voice for Innovation workshop for clinic managers, doctors, and administrators. Before entering the world of design, Nick worked as a chef, and started 2 businesses, a visual arts collective, and a bamboo bike company. Most recently, he’s developed strategic communication plans for education initiatives, UX strategy for a social impact workplace development tool, and developed a social R&D collective that embeds ethnographic and design practices in social service organizations.

Craig Helfgott

Senior Software Engineer
Craig joins the Arnhold Institute from Google, where he worked on their ad technology, and D.E. Shaw’s quantitative team. Prior to that, Craig did a PhD in Physics and spent some time in Israel as a postdoctoral scholar.

Education
PhD, Physics, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Physics, Princeton University

David Heller

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Field Researcher for Arnhold Institute
David Heller is a practicing internist and clinician-investigator who studies how to adapt primary care health systems in developing countries for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. 

As an assistant professor in the Department of Health System Design and Global Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine, both at Mount Sinai, Dr. Heller focuses his work on cardiovascular disease control in Uganda and Ghana.

As a Fogarty fellow in Mbale, Uganda, Dr. Heller conducted an evaluation of hypertension control programs associated with the SEARCH study, a randomized controlled trial of universal test-and-treat programs for HIV prevention and control.

As a primary care research fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Heller studied the impact of university-policymaker partnerships on implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and the comparative effectiveness of statin use guidelines for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

In addition to peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Heller’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Lancet editorial series.

Education
MD, University of California, San Francisco
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Residency, Internal Medicine, Osler Training Program, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellowship, Primary Care Research, University of California, San Francisco

Farah Khan

Education Program Coordinator
Farah Khan is the Education Program Coordinator at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She is responsible for organizing all programmatic, teaching, and operational activities for the medical students in the global health education program. Farah’s interest in health care began in 2013 with New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), where she worked with the Family Health and Support Center (FHSC) to improve access and treatment for families and children who were affected by drug dependency. Prior to HHC, Farah worked with the NYC Department of Probation in Family Court. 

Farah was born in Bangladesh, an underserved country, but raised in Queens, New York. She understands the importance and need for global health education to improve global health equity.

When not working, Farah is an avid traveler, hoping one day she will visit every country in the world.

Education
BA, Sociology, City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College
MA, Criminal Justice, CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Advanced Certificate, Healthcare Policy and Administration, CUNY SPS

Sandeep Kishore

Associate Director
Sandeep P. Kishore, Sunny, is the Associate Director of the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, and the Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

He is also the founder of the global non-profit, Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network; his work focuses on the prevention and control of chronic illness in poor communities globally.

Dr. Kishore is the inaugural Lancet Awardee for Community Service, an MIT Dalai Lama Center Fellow, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His work has been featured in the United Nations General Assembly, TEDMED, the WHO Executive Board and in journals including Health Affairs, The Lancet and JAMA.

Education
BS, Duke University
M.Sc. as the Usher Cunningham Scholar, University of Oxford
MD and PhD, Cornell University in Evolutionary Microbiology
Medical Internship and Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale University in Social Network Science and Global Health

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Front-End Developer
Kyle is a front-end developer with the Arnhold Institute for Global Health’s data science team.  He works on the product side of Atlas, where he is responsible for turning design mockups into a fully functional application.  Kyle’s interests include creating lightweight, reusable software components and leveraging the latest technologies to solve complex problems. 

Prior to joining the institute, Kyle worked as a Software Developer for Health Care Software (HCS), where he was responsible for developing front-end features for the HCS Interactant software platform.  Additionally, he was the lead developer for the HCS Service Desk product.

Education
BA, Physics and Mathematics, Geology (minor), Binghamton University

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Program Manager
Erica Levine is the Program Manager at the Chronic Disease Action Center at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. In this role, she is responsible for designing and testing solutions to help medically underserved patients self-manage multiple chronic conditions. She is an expert in behavior change science, and has over 10 years of experience designing technology-based public health solutions. Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, Erica worked as the Programs Director at the Duke Global Digital Health Science Center. While there, she managed the development of a multi-study platform that helped researchers design automated, interactive text-message based health promotion interventions. She also ran an annual conference on mobile health research. Erica earned her BA in International Relations from Tufts University and her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University.

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Amanda is the Program and Policy Research Manager at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She leads the Global Advantage project, as well as the Institute's policy work. She previously worked for BRAC Social Innovation Lab as a Knowledge Management and Communications Officer where she led a mobile money innovation fund supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a learning initiative focused on scaling social initiatives in South Asia funded by the Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to BRAC, Amanda was a Program Officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with the Beacon Community Program. She served as a Health Education Specialist at the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali. Amanda holds a joint Executive Masters in Global Public Policy and Management from New York University and University College London, and graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors in International Development with minors in Economics and Political Science. She is originally from Medina, New York.

Natalie Privett

Lead Health Systems Design Engineer, Mount Sinai Health Partners
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine

Natalie Privett, PhD, focuses on improved decision making and efficient processes for complex problems and systems. Her work involves the design, improvement and implementation of systems to improve healthcare delivery and ultimately population health outcomes. She is Lead Systems Design Engineer at Mount Sinai Health Partners and Assistant Professor at the brand new Department of Health System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Privett received her Masters and PhD from Stanford University’s department of Management Science and Engineering, specialized in operations and supply chain management. She received her BS in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University and subsequently worked in manufacturing. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, she was Assistant Professor of Management and Policy at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Program in Zaragoza, Spain.

Education
MS, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
PhD, Management Science and Engineering, Stanford University
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Global Health Supply Chains, MIT-Zaragoza Logistics Center

David Rojas-Leon

Visual Designer for System Design, Change Packet Developer & Lead Interaction Designer

Since joining the Department of Health System Design and Global Health as its lead visual interaction designer, David Rojas-Leon has continuously developed and refined advanced technical skillsets in his area of expertise, visual interaction design.

David has acquired his skills by working on a range of projects involving different design techniques, such as, digital and print design, branding, communication, and strategic design over the last 12 years. In addition to his breadth of experience, David incorporates interdisciplinary research skills for human-centered design, systems thinking and analyses of user interaction/user experience (UI/UX). This skillset is essential in collaborating with data scientists, engineers, and health workers to translate and articulate abstract thought models into product solutions for end users by utilizing visual design tools for verbal and nonverbal communications.

Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, David’s first job was at Casa Editorial El Tiempo, Colombia’s largest daily newspaper. In 2010, he began work with the Bogota government for the Housing Authority of Bogota and remained in the public sector working with the Urban Studies Institute at the National University of Colombia as a designer and visual communicator.

David believes that designers have an important role to play in social, economic, and political transformation. His experience in New York City includes serving as a Visual Design Fellow for the United Nations Foundation where he worked on the Foundation’s Mashable Social Good Summit 2015 and the Earth to Paris Summit 2015. David also co-produced the Priya’s Shakti Augmented Reality Art Exhibition.

Education
MFA, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts, New York
BFA, Graphic Design, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota

Bruno Silva

Director of Design and Product Development

As Director of Design and Product Development at the Arnold Institute for Global Health in the Mount Sinai Health, Bruno leads a team of Experience Designers and Social Innovators that design services and product that are user-centric for the improvement of population health.

His extensive design experience includes global brand repositioning, television network branding, environmental graphics, and digital applications for both mobile and the web.

Most recently, Bruno created digital experiences for the classroom based on the NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) in partnership with Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley. He is also developing a geographic information system to create transparency and help Mexico City citizens identify areas of need. Bruno is passionate about technology and the role it can play to affect social change, and his goal is to ensure that innovation benefits the entire society, not only a privileged few.

Bruno’s works have been featured by many prominent design publications, and displayed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and the Cooper Hewitt Museum, both in New York City.

 

 

Education

MFA, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts

BFA, Graphic Design and Advertising, School of Visual Arts

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Director of Informatics

Jeb Weisman, PhD, is responsible for leading a team of software engineers, machine learning experts, data scientists, and researchers to build analytics and visualization tools and platforms at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. The Institute’s premiere analytics platform, ATLAS, supports transformative public health work on local and global scales, as well as providing a resource for researchers and policy-makers. Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, Jeb spent three decades working in primary and tertiary care health information technology.  He has served as faculty and administration in computer science, public health, information systems, and serves with many professional associations and national collaboratives.  Holding a doctorate in anthropology, as well as being an informaticist, his work spans non-profit, higher education, local, state, and federal government domains.   He is a researcher at SMARTlab, University College Dublin and OCADU, Toronto. Jeb lectures, builds tools, and advises on ethics in technology, technologies for disaster preparedness and response, and understanding unanticipated uses of complex technical and social systems.  He works to translate high-level ideas into practical informatics applications and the human application of technology on a global scale.

Education
PhD, Anthropology (Virtual Communities), New School for Social Research
MA, Anthropology (Systems), New School for Social Research
AB, Anthropology (AI, History of Science), Vassar College