Holly G Atkinson, MD

Assistant professor, Department of Medical Education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Dr. Atkinson has an MD from the University of Rochester and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Dr. Atkinson has worked in global health and the social determinants of health. She was involved with the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-winning organization Physicians for Human Rights and served on its board for more than 16 years including four years as its president. Her research focuses on documenting the linkages between the social determinants of disease and health outcomes, especially as it applies to the well-being of women and girls. She has conducted research in several countries around the world, including most recently Bahrain and Burma. She is a member and co-founder of the AMWA’s Task Force on Human Sex Trafficking and also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Joseph Amon, PhD, MSPH

Clinical Professor and Director of the Office of Global Health  


Joe Amon, PhD, MSPH, is the Director of the Office of Global Health and Clinical Professor in the Department of Community Health and Prevention at the Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health. Trained in molecular parasitology, he has worked for a wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FHI360, Helen Keller International and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. During his ten-year tenure at Human Rights Watch he founded programs on human rights and health, disability and the environment. Dr. Amon has also held visiting or adjunct academic appointments with Paris School of International Affairs (SciencesPo), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Princeton, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins Universities as well as the Institute for Advanced Studies (Princeton).


David O. Carpenter, MD

Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health


Professor Carpenter is a public health physician who serves as Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization, as well as a professor of environmental health sciences at University at Albany School of Public Health. He previously served as Director of the Wadsworth Center of the New York State Department of Health, and as Dean of the University at Albany School of Public Health. Professor Carpenter, who received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, has more than 435 peer-reviewed publications, six books and 50 reviews and book chapters to his credit.


Dr Nazila Ghanea

 Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law, Department for Continuing Education 



Dr Nazila Ghanea is Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She serves as Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, as a member of the OSCE Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief and on the Board of Trustees of the independent think tank, the Universal Rights Group and of the Freedom Declared Foundation.  Naz’s research spans freedom of religion or belief, freedom of expression, women’s rights, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East. She has published widely in academic circles as well as for the United Nations. Her normative work at the UN level has been informed by field research in a number of regional and domestic contexts. She has acted as a human rights consultant/expert for a number of governments, the UN, UNESCO, OSCE, Commonwealth, Council of Europe and the EU. She has facilitated international human rights law training for a range of professional bodies around the world, lectured widely and carried out first hand human rights field research. She is a regular contributor to the media on human rights matters.  


Stephen E. Gottlieb, LL.B.

Emeritus Professor, Albany Law School


Professor Gottlieb held chairs for distinguished visitors at Akron, Marquette, Cleveland-Marshall, and Suffolk schools of law. He served on the board of directors of the New York Civil Liberties Union and on the New York Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He was assistant general counsel of the Legal Services of New York and practiced poverty law in St. Louis and corporate law in New York City. He was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Iran. He has taught Constitutional Law, Mass Communications Law, Privacy and Jurisprudence. 


Henry M. Greenberg, MD, FACC, FAHA, FACP

Associate Porfessor, Preventive Cardiology, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University


Dr. Greenberg is a Special Lecturer in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Institute of Human Nutrition at the University of Albany. His area of interests is on clinical trials examining various aspects of coronary artery disease and heart failure. He also has an interest in global health with a focus on chronic illness, especially cardiovascular disease. He served on the Board of Governors and was chairman of the Academic Committee on the Human Rights of Scientists. He also served as editor-in-chief of Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases journal. 


Kaveh Khoshnood, Ph.D., MPH

Associate Professor,Yale University School of Public Health


Dr. Khoshnood is a co-founder of Yale Violence and Health Study Group and a Steering Committee member of the Program on Conflict, Resiliency, and Health at the Yale McMillan Center. He is an infectious disease epidemiologist and has more than two decades of domestic and international experience in HIV prevention research among drug users and other at-risk populations, including its ethical aspects. Dr. Khoshnood’s teaching includes a course focused on the Middle East and North Africa region at Yale School of Public Health. The course  "Responding to Violent Conflict: Epidemiological Methods & Public Health Interventions” focuses on how epidemiological methods are applied to understand specific health consequences of violent conflicts, including infectious diseases, mental health, maternal/child health, and chronic health problems. .


Philip Nasca, PhD

Professor, Former Dean of the School of Public health University at Albany School of Public Health


School of Public Health Dean Philip Nasca served as a member of numerous grant review boards for national agencies, including the National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society. He is an expert in cancers related to women and children.  

Previously, Professor Nasca worked with the New York State Department of Health, where he held numerous positions including as director of the Bureau of Cancer Epidemiology. He serves on the editorial board of both the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice and the Annals of Epidemiology.


Sean Tedjarati, MD, MPH, MBA

Associate Professor, Chief Clinical Integration Officer, Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College

Dr. Tdjarati is a board certified in gynecologic oncology and obstetrics and gynecology. He holds a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration degree with a focus on Leadership in Healthcare at Yale University. Dr. Tedjarati has served as Chief of Gynecologic Oncology and Robotic Gynecologic Surgery as well as Associate Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2015. Dr. Tedjarati has received multiple awards, including national teaching awards, and he was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award, an award that is officially recognized by both Houses of Congress as one of the nation’s most prestigious awards. His areas of interest include innovation in care and leadership in healthcare management, robotic and radical/advanced surgical technologies and chemotherapy and targeted therapies for gynecologic malignancies. He has 20 years of experience in developing cancer care for women in developing countries.  


Yuchi Young, DrPH, MPH

Associate Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health


Dr. Young received a master’s degree in Public Health and a doctoral degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a post-doctoral training from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She is a certified gerontologist and licensed nursing home administrator. Dr. Young’s research interest centers on applied and translational gerontological research, more specifically  comparative effectiveness research and health outcome evaluations for improving the health and quality of life of vulnerable populations. Her areas of interests are successful aging and aging pathways, international health policy analysis related to dementia care and caregivers, sensor technology and injury prevention among direct care workers, and aging people living with HIV/AIDS and their long-term care needs.


Carol Whittaker, MA, MPA, MA

Clinical Associate Professor, University at Albany School of Public Health


Carol Whittaker has served at the University at Albany in numerous capacities including as student, alumnus, faculty member, administrator, donor, and volunteer. She serves as the Director of the University of Albany’s Center for Global Health and as the School of Public Health’s Assistant Dean for Global Health. The Center and the School have a rapidly increasing roster of collaborative partnerships with universities, institutes, and health agencies throughout the world including those in Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Kuwait, the Republic of Georgia, Mongolia, Vietnam, China, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.