NCD Synergies, a program of Partners In Health, builds on clinical, technical, and advocacy expertise to address NCDs and injuries among the poorest. Our team works closely with program leadership and staff at the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Gene Bukhman, Founder and Director
Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD is the Director of NCD Synergies. He is the Senior Health and Policy Advisor on NCDs for Partners In Health. At Harvard Medical School, he is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and has directed the Program in Global Noncommunicable Disease and Social Change since 2010. By training, Dr. Bukhman is a cardiologist, an internal medicine physician, and a medical anthropologist. For the past decade, his work has focused on the design, planning, and evaluation of integrated strategies to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries of poverty. He is the lead author and editor for the (2011) PIH Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic NCDs. In 2013, Dr. Bukhman helped launch the NCD Synergies project, an initiative focused on developing a community of learning and support for governments addressing the NCDs and injuries of the poorest billion. In 2016, Dr. Bukhman became a co-chair of The Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (NCDI Poverty).
Maia Olsen, Program Manager
Maia Olsen, MPH is a Program Manager for NCD Synergies at Partners In Health. She holds an MPH in International Health from Boston University and a BA in Anthropology and Global Development Studies from Grinnell College. She has been working with Global Oncology since January 2013, serving as project leader for the Patient Education Materials project, and assisting with the GO-QECH Malawi partnership and GO Talks. She was named a 2013 Summer Graduate Fellow for the BU Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, conducting research on the links between policy and advocacy for HIV/AIDS and NCDs and the feasibility of cancer control efforts in sub-Saharan Africa. She comes to NCD Synergies with a background in non-profit program administration and resource development. She is currently a 2018 co-chair for the Taskforce on Women and NCDs, a coalition of 17 global health organizations from the women’s health and NCD communities.
Dr. Neil Gupta, Policy Director
Dr. Neil Gupta, M.D., MPH is an internist, pediatrician, and public health specialist who currently serves as Policy Director for the NCD Synergies Project. He has previously worked as Chief Medical Officer for Partners In Health in Rwanda, where he was responsible for the strategy, design, and implementation of clinical programs provided in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Dr. Gupta is Primary Investigator for the Simplifying Hepatitis C Antiviral Therapy for Elsewhere in the Developing World study, which aims to promote access and availability of Hepatitis C treatment, and the Population Health Implementation & Training grant in rural Rwanda. He is a lecturer at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda and leads strategic planning for the university’s teaching hospital. Dr. Gupta is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health, and he completed his residency training at Brigham & Women’s and Boston Children’s Hospitals. He is currently an Associate Physician of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dr. Paul Park, Director of Implementation
Dr. Paul H. Park, MD, MSc is the Director of Implementation for NCD Synergies. He also holds appointments at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the University of Global Health Equity. Dr. Park previously worked at Partners In Health – Rwanda as the Director of NCDs and later as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Chronic Disease. Before beginning his four years in Rwanda, Dr. Park worked on implementation research surrounding community-based models of delivery in both diabetes mellitus and MDR-TB for two years with AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya. Dr. Park’s current career interests continue to focus on the novel implementation and research of rural care delivery of chronic diseases. Dr. Park continues to provide clinical care for the Indian Health Service. In addition, Dr. Park is the founder of the Timmy Global Health – Pop-Wuj NGO-based partnership in Xela, Guatemala and a former member of the Board of Directors for the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM). Dr. Park earned his MD from Indiana University and his MSc at Duke University and completed a dual residency in Internal Medicine and Global Health at Duke University. Dr. Park has also completed fellowships with Fogarty International Center and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
Dr. Emily Wroe, Associate Director of Policy & Implementation
Dr. Emily Wroe, MD, MPH is working with the NCD Synergies Team to expand regional NCD efforts in southern Africa, and is currently co-chairing Malawi’s National NCDI Poverty Commission. In addition, she is the Chief Medical Officer for PIH in Malawi and an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Dr. Wroe received her BA from Dartmouth College in 2003, her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2010, and her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health in 2015. Her early global health work was with PIH in Rwanda doing clinical work, research on adherence to HIV medications, and assisting with operational planning for a new district hospital. She then completed the Doris and Howard Hiatt Residency in Global Health Equity and Internal Medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. As a resident, she worked in Malawi to expand a program on NCDs and improve TB screening initiatives. Dr. Wroe also served as the GHE residency’s first chief resident. Dr. Wroe then moved to Malawi as PIH’s Chief Medical Officer. In this role, she works closely with the Ministry of Health to strengthen health care delivery in the rural district of Neno and support medical education and research. In her first few years in Neno, she led the team to redesign the HIV care delivery platform into an integrated approach to include NCDs, launched new community screening programs, and spearheaded a stepped-wedge study of a polyvalent community health worker program. Her academic interests center on implementation and evaluation of innovative health delivery systems, specifically for chronic disease.
Dr. Gene Kwan, Associate Director of Cardiovascular Training & Research
Dr. Gene F. Kwan, MD, MPH is a cardiologist and global health researcher. He is Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a practicing cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. He has worked with Partners In Health since 2008 in Rwanda and Haiti developing and studying novel integrated care systems for patients with chronic disease – particularly heart failure and rheumatic heart disease. Is a co-author of the (2011) PIH Guide to Chronic Care Integration for Endemic NCDs. He is co-chair of the Haiti National Commission on NCDs and Injuries of Poverty. Dr. Kwan earned his MD from the University of California, San Diego, and his MPH from Harvard School of Public Health. He completed his training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and cardiology at Boston University.
Wendy Bennett, Senior Advisor
Wendy Bennett is a Senior Advisor to NCD Synergies. Wendy has worked in philanthropy and development for thirty years for both US based and international organizations. Since 2003 she has been engaged primarily in consulting on international grantmaking strategies in global health, with a particular interest in strengthening health systems, and prevention and care for noncommunicable diseases in developing countries. Recent clients have included the Medtronic Foundation and UnitedHealth Group. Previously she served as a consultant to corporate and family foundations across a range of issues, and was a program officer at the Archibald Bush Foundation. Wendy lived in Europe for 11 years and has enjoyed extensive travel internationally. She has a BA from Harvard College, and a Masters in Music from the University of Minnesota. Wendy has served on numerous nonprofit boards. She is a founder of the Minnesota Friends of the Children’s Heart Fund of Ethiopia, and she serves as a Global Ambassador for the Nature Conservancy.
Gedeon Ngoga, NCD Nurse Educator
Gedeon Ngoga is currently the Nurse Educator for the NCD Synergies team at Partners In Health. After serving as the Director for Integrated Non Communicable Diseases (iNCDs) at PIH’s sister organization, Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) for several years, Mr. Ngoga comes to the team with immense experience in integrated NCDs. Mr. Ngoga holds a Bachelor’s in Health Studies from the University of the West of Scotland, UK and a Master’s of Public Health (MPH). Over the last decade, Gedeon’s work has focused on developing the NCD program in its various areas, including clinical care, supervision, training, and mentorship of NCD nurses at the three Rwandan PIH-supported district hospitals, focusing primarily in the areas of diabetes, heart failure, hypertension, chronic respiratory diseases, and palliative care. This has included clinical duties as well as a wide-ranging programmatic and leadership role for the NCD program. In this role, Mr. Ngoga supported the national NCD program’s efforts to nationally scale up integrated NCD services to all district hospitals.
Mr. Ngoga is currently focused on expanding educational activities for NCD nurses by working with relevant bodies, including but not limited to the National Ministries of Health and councils for nurses and midwives, to advance curricula and methodologies of the era in order to accelerate clinical and leadership expertise needed among nurses to manage a spectrum of NCD conditions in the most severe and disadvantaged settings.
Amy McLaughlin, NCD Policy & Program Manager, PIH Liberia
Amy McLaughlin, MA joined the PIH NCD Synergies team in September 2016 as a Communications & Advocacy Coordinator. After working for three years in the Boston office on the NCD Synergies team, most recently as the team’s Program Associate, Amy joined the NCD efforts of the PIH Liberia team in November 2019 as the Policy and Program Manager. She earned a MA in International Development with a focus in global health from Sciences Po while working with ActionAid Ghana and UNESCO. Prior to her graduate studies, Amy worked in in both rural and urban development in Ghana promoting primary and higher educational opportunities for traditionally marginalized communities. She completed a Bachelors of Social Welfare from the University of Washington while working with low-income immigrant communities in Seattle, and young adults facing homelessness.
Lauren Brown, Program Coordinator
Lauren Brown, MPH is the Program Coordinator for the NCD Synergies team at Partners In Health. She earned an MPH in Healthcare Management from Boston University and a BSc in Public Health and Global Studies from Worcester State University. During her graduate studies, Lauren worked as an mHealth consultant with the Ghanaian NGO, Friends of Dwenase (FoD) to implement Commcare into their health center. Prior to joining the NCD Synergies team, she participated in several government-based health programs and fellowships such as the VA Pathways Program, where she served as a Health Systems Specialist Trainee and the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars Program (CUPS) as a Scholar in the Future Public Health Leaders Program (FPHLP) at the University of Michigan. Lauren comes to NCD Synergies with a passion to advocate for eliminating barriers and disparities in access to quality healthcare for underserved communities and developing countries.
Natalie Price, MEQ Manager
Natalie Price, MPH is a Monitoring & Evaluation Manager at Partners in Health. She began supporting the NCD Synergies team in January 2020. Natalie has a BA in Economics from Oberlin College, an MPH in Epidemiology from Yale School of Public Health and 8 years of experience in program management, data systems management, evaluation and research. Natalie first gained experience in global health at the Harvard AIDS Initiative by evaluating the Botswana National HIV Treatment Program in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the University of Botswana. After that Natalie spent two years in India building digital data systems for NGOs and other social impact organizations to help them manage and evaluate their programs. Since joining the PIH team, she has worked to increase access to information in hopes of improving clinical care for patients.
Dr. Emmanuel Mensah, West Africa Regional Advisor
Emmanuel Mensah (MD, MBA) is an internist and Firm Chief in the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He currently serves as the West Africa Regional Advisor for the NCDI Poverty Network. He holds a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining the NCDI Poverty Network, Dr. Mensah split his time between practicing medicine and management consulting at McKinsey and Company. As a management consultant, his interest and work focused on healthcare delivery systems and strategy work for various clients along the healthcare value chain. Dr. Mensah also continues to practice as an internist at Tema General Hospital in Ghana. His academic interests are in health disparities and unconscious bias and its impact on patient care. He teaches lectures on the topic at multiple Grand Rounds, Harvard Medical School and as a keynote speaker at various leadership programs. Dr. Mensah earned his MD at Harvard Medical School and MBA from Harvard Business School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.