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Global Health


SMFM's Global Health Committee is committed to improving the health of women and children in underserved international communities.  As opportunities for clinicians arise, we will share them here.



Committee Members

Kelli Barbour, MD
Dr. Barbour is an assistant professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where she works 60% domestically and 40% globally with her efforts focused in Lilongwe, Malawi. She received her MD and a Master's in Global Health Sciences at UC San Francisco and spent time working at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  She completed residency at Indiana University, which allowed her the opportunity to spend 5 months in Eldoret, Kenya, working at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital. As a fellow at the University of Utah, she received the SMFM Queenan Fellowship where she worked at the World Health Organization for 6 months. SMFM members can learn more about Dr. Barbour's work in Special Delivery.

Robert Goldenberg, MD

Dr. Robert Goldenberg is a professor at Columbia University in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He previously was the chair of Ob/Gyn at the University of Alabama Birmingham. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has published over 500 journal articles. He has had an extensive career in global health which includes leading the NIAID HIVNET 024 study (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lilongwe and Blantyre, Malawi; and Lusaka, Zambia) of antibiotics to prevent chorioamnionitis, related maternal to child transmission of HIV. He was a co-founder of CIDRZ, the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia that, in addition to undertaking substantial research on maternal and neonatal health and HIV MTCT, has cared for more than 200,000 HIV infected people. He is currently chairing a NICHD Global Network multi-country study on Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care and has consulted on pregnancy outcomes in Armenia, Colombia, Egypt, India, and Zambia. SMFM members can learn more about Dr. Goldenberg's work in Special Delivery.


Member Highlights

Dr. D'Angela Pitts is currently a second year MFM fellow at the University of Michigan. She is the 2018 recipient of the Foundation for SMFM's Queenan Fellowship.  As a resident, she worked in Forte Liberté, Haiti and currently has worked for 2 months in Ghana during her fellowship.  Her work focuses on providing lectures on high-risk obstetrics, perinatal laceration simulations, fetal strip rounds, and ultrasound education. She also assists on creation of protocols and policies. She will return in six months to evaluate the programs and challenges of starting a new fellowship in a low-income country.  SMFM members can read more about Dr. Pitts's work in Special Delivery.


Opportunities in Global Health

Queenan Fellowships for Global Health

The Foundation for SMFM is now accepting applications for the next cycle of the Queenan Fellowships for Global Health. This program offers SMFM members opportunities for research or educational experiences related to maternal and child health in low/middle income countries. Detailed information about each program, eligibility criteria and the application can be found by following the links below:

For general information or to read reports from previous Queenan Fellows, visit the Foundation's websiteApply by July 1, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Michele Prince at the Foundation office (202-517-7068 or mprince@smfm.org). 


The Addis Clinic - Telemedicine

The Addis Clinic is a growing non-profit organization that utilizes technology to connect volunteer specialist physicians with frontline health workers in rural & underserved communities across the globe. We are a remote organization and our volunteers and staff are located across the globe. We use asynchronous, or store-and-forward technology, to provide tele-consultations that support these health workers as they care for their patients. The telemedicine platform we use, Collegium Telemedicus, is made for use in low connectivity settings.  Additionally, our more than 100 physician volunteers span 25 medical specialties, and these physicians love our volunteer opportunities because they are low demand but high in impact.  Consultation requests are text-based and answered by our volunteers at a time and place that is convenient for them.

Attached is an introduction letter and FAQ sheet.  If you are interested in more information, please email Meghan Moretti, RN, FNP-BC (Director of Operations) at mmoretti@addisclinic.org.

YouTube video showing the online platform: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mRGfmGnitA


Fellows in India

ACOG’s Office of Global Women's Health is seeking Fellows to provide basic ultrasound in obstetrics training in India. Please reply directly to Ariana Rua at arua@acog.org with a note of interest and a copy of your updated CV.

For the past year, ACOG has been collaborating with the General Electric (GE) Healthcare Institute to enhance medical education and provide continuing medical education to health care providers in India. ACO

G and GE will be conducting three (3) trainings in India. As part of our continued collaboration, GE has requested ACOG Fellows to deliver basic and advanced ultrasound in obstetrics hands-on training, MFMs preferred.

As we prepare for the training, the Office of Global Women’s Health is seeking FACOGs with the following criteria to participate in this effort:
  • Experience as faculty or delivering lectures and hands-on training,
  • International experience in South East Asia, preferred
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine sub-specialty, preferred
  • Willing to work with programmatic colleagues to prepare some training materials (content for trainings will be prepared in advance)
  • Willing to travel to India in Economy Plus accommodations.

ACOG will handle travel arrangements, expenses, and other logistics, and provide an honorarium.

If you are interested in participating, please send a note of interest and a copy of your updated CV to the program manager, Ariana Rua at arua@acog.org as soon as convenient. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to reach out directly.

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