People

Hannah McLane MD, MA, MPH

Dr. McLane currently works at the University of Pennsylvania in the Field of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She holds degrees from McGill University (BA, International Development Studies), Temple University (MA, Speech Pathology), Brown University (MD, Doctor of Medicine), and Harvard School of Public Health (MPH, Global health). Dr. McLane is particularly interested in adult learning disabilities and how they affect one’s self-perception. She is also focused on how environmental factors – such as light, sound, and personal-time-monitoring devices – can be built into schools and workplaces in order to improve productivity and orientation. Her work also involves questions of distributive justice, and she is interested in this topic as it applies to cognitive differences, personal learning-needs, and cultural perceptions of fairness.
Daniel Wikler, PhD

Professor Dan Wikler is the Director of the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health (PEH). His current research interests are ethical issues in population and international health, including the allocation of health resources. Prior to his time at Harvard, he served as the first Staff Ethicist for the World Health Organization. He also served on the President’s Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine in Washington, D.C., as Staff Philosopher for Biomedical and Behavioral Research. He has a particular interest in using simplified dilemmas to highlight the ethical issues involved in global health decision-making.
Nate Totushek

Nate studied Neuroscience and Educational Psychology in Vermont while drumming in several bands and learning biodynamic farming techniques. He has spent the subsequent years teaching Chemistry in public schools in NYC. Working with underserved populations has allowed him to appreciate the social determinants of health and the importance of finding ways to transcend the systemic barriers to optimal health outcomes. He developed and manages our website and has spearheaded our animation education series.
Leah Weiss Ekstrom, LCSW, PhD

Dr. Ekstrom has extensive training in meditation and a strong interest in developing meditation protocols for at-risk and underserved populations. She received her BA from Stanford University, her MA in clinical social work from Boston College, and her PhD in theology and education from Boston College. She is a certified teacher for CCARE.  She is also the Director of Contemplative Education & Scholarship at HopeLab. She has also been involved in working with veterans who suffer from PTSD at Stanford’s VA Hospital in Palo Alto California.
Nir Eyal, D. Phil

Professor Eyal works in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. He holds a D. Phil in Politics from Oxford University and studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv University. He served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Dept of Clinical Bioethics of the National Institutes of Health. Professor Eyal chairs the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on Philosophy and Medicine. He has a special interest in finding ethical ways to address critical health worker shortages and on certifying corporations for their level of global health awareness.
Marc Mitchell MD, MS

Dr. Marc Mitchell, is a pediatrician, and health systems specialist. He is also a lecturer at the Harvard school of public health, and the founder of D-Tree international. His work focuses on the use of mobile phone decision algorithms to help solve the critical healthcare worker shortage faced by many low-income countries. His groundbreaking work in Tanzania and Zanzibar has shown that mobile phones equipped with decision support tools can significantly improve the health outcomes of patients in these communities.
Amza Ali MD

Dr. Ali has been working for 15 years as a neurologist in urban Jamaica. He has spearheaded the development of an epilepsy management program in Jamaica and was instrumental in the creation of the Epilepsy Society of the Caribbean. He served on the North American Regional Commission of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) and he maintains an ongoing collaboration with the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Yale University, with regular cross-cultural teleconference meetings since 2010. He inspired our Stigma of Epilepsy video project and many of our ideas about global health.
Yakub Grant

Yakub Grant is one of the original founders of the SoundMind Project, and functions as Director of Operations in Jamaica. He began his studies in design in England and spent almost a decade as a professor of Digital Media Editing at University of the West Indies and Edna Manley College (Kingston, Jamaica). He is firmly rooted in musical creation with a conscious message. He is also the man behind the camera.