Clinical Advisory Board


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Michelle Niescherenko, MD MPH


Michelle Niescierenko, MD, MPH is a Pediatric Emergency Medicine physician and Director of the Global Health Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. She is also Health Specialist in humanitarian health with Avenir Analytics and the World Bank. Dr. Niescierenko has delivered pediatric care and developed clinical programs in China, Bolivia, Lesotho, Guatemala, Syria and Iraq. In 2011, she helped create Liberia’s only pediatric residency training program, continuing to sustain it as visiting attending and through links to U.S. academic institutions. During the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, Dr. Niescierenko helped lead the Liberian hospital public health response. This work continues into Liberia’s recovery phase with a national program for hospital quality improvement and emergency care.


Thomas cudjoe, MD MPH

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Thomas Kofi Mensah Cudjoe, MD, MPH is Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Cudjoe completed his medical degree at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a residency in Internal Medicine at Howard University and MPH at Harvard’s School of Public Health. Dr. Cudjoe is actively engaged in the medical care of homebound older adults. His research focuses on the link between elderly social context and physical and emotional health. He is a Major in the US Army Reserves, a fellow in the inaugural Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Leaders Program and board member for the East Baltimore Henderson-Hopkins School.


MEgan COffee, MD PHD

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Dr. Coffee completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at Harvard University. She attended residency at Massachusetts General and fellowship in Infectious Disease at UC San Francisco. In the aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake in 2010, Dr. Coffee and a group of Haitian nurses established a TB inpatient ward and outpatient program at the main public hospital. This work continues with the nonprofit Ti Kay. In 2014, Dr. Coffee went to Sierra Leone with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) where she oversaw the opening and running Ebola Isolation Units. She continues to work with the IRC as Communicable Disease Advisor. She also works as attending and instructor in infectious disease at Bellevue Hospital


Jason Higgenson, MD


Dr. Higginson currently serves as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of California Los Angeles. He holds a Master of Arts in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University Chicago. He trained in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Oakland. He completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at the National Capital Consortium in Bethesda, Maryland where he became Chief of Neonatology and the Medical director for its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 2004-2013.