Meet the Team
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
Lead Economist and Assistant Professor
Aaron Baum is an economist at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health and an Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine. His research applies methods from empirical economics to quantify causal relationships. Aaron integrates impact evaluations and R&D on commercial viability into the Institute’s portfolio of work with a focus on value-based care models and data products.
Aaron collaborates closely with financial, health care, and technology institutions. Since 2009, he has collaborated with the largest microfinance institution in Haiti to evaluate and scale up a network of community health entrepreneurs. He is a founding member of City Health Works, a social enterprise based in Harlem that aims to close the gap between hospitals and communities, where he supports business and technology development. Most recently, he was a Technologist in Residence at Cornell Tech on a team that built small data applications for the health care sector.
Aaron’s academic projects combine data and fieldwork to investigate causal relationships in heath and development economics. USAID (United States Agency for International Development), Grand Challenges Canada, and other foundations have supported his work.
Prior to his doctoral studies, Aaron was an MD/MSc candidate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the Clinical Scientist Training Program. Before that, he was a trader on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
PhD, Columbia University
BS, University of Chicago
Emilie Bruzelius is an Analyst at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, and a doctoral student in Epidemiology at Columbia University. She is interested in the intersection of data science and social epidemiology—leveraging emerging technologies to tackle challenges in population health.
Emilie’s current work uses high-variety data to explore social and environmental determinants of health across multiple geographical and temporal contexts. Prior to joining the Arnhold Institute, Emilie conducted research and program evaluation at Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Massachusetts General Hospital.
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.
Carroll Hayek is a management analyst at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health, providing analytical and project management support by running business reports, managing documents, and assisting with various departmental tasks.
Carroll’s passion for working in health care began as early as 2003 with internships at the Lutheran Medical Center Professional Affairs and External Affairs Department, and the Mount Sinai Hematology and Medical Oncology Department.
He began full-time employment at Mount Sinai in 2008 as a data manager for the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Upon earning his Master in Public Health in 2012, Carroll was promoted to senior database coordinator. His focus was gathering program information and using it to generate and report statistics to improve patient outcomes. In 2013, Carroll became a financial analyst for the Department of Surgery, where his main task was the reconciliation of financial data.
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.
PhD, Physics, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Physics, Princeton University
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.
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
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.
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
Humale Khan is the product manager for ATLAS, the Arnhold Institute’s data science team’s population health management tool that uses healthcare data, satellite imaging, and contextual insights to identify invisible, at-risk populations for the delivery of healthcare-related services. Humale graduated in 2015 from Cornell University with a B.S in Computer Science, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Information Science.
As an intern at SpaceX, Humale worked on flight configuration software for the Avionics team. After graduating from Cornell, Humale moved on to work as a product manager for Microsoft, where he worked on leveraging computer vision and artificial intelligence to assist people with low vision or low hearing. When he’s not glued to the computer screen, you can find him at the basketball court attempting greatness or learning a new language. An avid story teller, Humale will be competing at the Moth StorySLAM in New York City in October.
BS, Computer Science, Cornell University
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.
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
Chief Operating Officer
Kirsten Knaup has had extensive experience with financial and operational management, in both private and academic settings. Her career has included senior positions at Mount Sinai’s Institute for Interventional Cardiovascular Research and Clinical Trials, the Stem Cell Institute at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Columbia University’s International Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research, and Columbia’s Mailman School/Earth Institute National Center for Disaster Preparedness. Kirsten has specialized working in start-up and restructuring environments and gravitates toward organizations that are energetic, innovative, mission-driven, and goal-oriented.
At the Arnhold Institute, Kirsten works with the Institute’s organizational leadership to ensure that the team can deliver upon its mission and to anticipate future needs. In her current role, Kirsten is responsible for the management and professional development of all non-academic staff related to the Institute; she oversees the development and maintenance of the research, educational, and service infrastructure; and she is the single point of accountability for all financial matters.
Kirsten Knaup was educated in Germany, and completed her Abitur in Biology, Social Studies, and Art History at the Hansa-Schule in Hamburg-Bergdorf. She has been a volunteer for the Domestic and Other Violence Emergencies (D.O.V.E.) program at Columbia, and a consultant to The Children’s Health Fund in New York. She has consistently focused on supporting globally related projects, including The Resiliency Program in response to the 2004 Tsunami as well as long-term global field site support in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
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.
BA, Physics and Mathematics, Geology (minor), Binghamton University
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
MFA, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts, New York
BFA, Graphic Design, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogota
Head of Design and Product Development
Bruno Silva is an award-winning experience and product designer. 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.
MFA, Design for Social Innovation, School of Visual Arts
BFA, Graphic Design and Advertising, School of Visual Arts
Education Program Manager
Alyssa Smaldino is Education Program Manager at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. She is responsible for developing education and training programs that prepare medical students to become 21st century leaders in global healthcare. Alyssa has been an advocate for health equity since her undergraduate years, and most recently served as Executive Director of GlobeMed.
She began working for GlobeMed in 2011 as Director of Partnerships. Over four life-changing years she visited 50 grassroots organizations in 19 countries and used the resultant data to develop training programs for students and grassroots leaders. For her work in this role, Alyssa received a Cordes Fellowship for “exceptional nonprofit leaders,” and was featured in podcasts, on panels, and in global health textbooks. Alyssa spends her free time volunteering with racial justice organizations, doing yoga and finding new ways to expand her knowledge.
EMPA Candidate, New York University
BS, Public Health, George Washington University
Director – ATLAS
In his role as Director of ATLAS, Jeb Weisman, PhD, is responsible for leading a team of machine learning engineers, data scientists, software developers, UX designers, and researchers to build ATLAS at the Arnhold Institute for Global Health. ATLAS is a digital platform supporting transformative public health work on local and global scales, as well as an evolving resource for researchers. Prior to joining Arnhold Institute, Jeb has spent three decades working in health information technology and its humane application to address human need across the globe, as well as serving as faculty and administration in computer science, public health, and information systems. His work spans non-profit, local, state, and government agencies domains. Jeb lectures, builds tools, and advises on ethics in technology, preparing for unanticipated uses of technology, and translating ideas into practical applications. He is a researcher at SMARTLab, University College, Dublin and OCADU, Toronto. Jeb was born in the Canary Islands and currently lives in the Hudson Valley.
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