Global Health Faculty Mentor Program | Loyola Medicine

Global Health Faculty Mentor Program

Several faculty at Loyola University Medical Center have experience in underserved medicine and global health, this mentoring program will allow faculty to engage and become more involved in the formation of our residents as well as provide guidance and advice to our learners. Over time the hope is to involve more faculty in community and global health pursuits and work alongside the residents in these settings and provide opportunities to expand their educational and teaching careers. This will program will give residents a support network during their experiences in sometimes difficult situations both locally and abroad and help to prepare them to achieve their education objectives on their away rotations while providing a support system during the three-year certificate program

Mentor-Mentee Expectations

  • Faculty who volunteer for mentoring will be expected to meet with each of the mentees 2x/year for two years as well as 3x/yr in the final year of the program.
  • Mentors will act as role models and share their experiences and also guide mentees during their participation in the Community and Global Health Engagement Program and help advise them on their third year away rotation (if resident chooses to go abroad)
  • Mentors will read and be familiar with the GME requirements for the program and global health electives including the specific goal and objectives
  • Mentors will help prepare their mentees for his/her away elective, this will include global health content specific to their specialty as well as site-specific orientation based on where the resident will be rotating
  • Mentor will review and discuss with mentee the State Department and CDC travel alerts for their site location.
  • Mentor will know where the GME global health resident emergency protocol will be located and how to access this at any time
  • Mentor when at all possible will be available by pager and/or cell phone during the time the mentee is completing their away rotation. Recognizing that if unavailable urgent contacts from my mentee will default to GME and/or program director.
  • It will be the mentor’s responsibility to file an incident report with GME for any incidents that occur during mentee’s global away rotation including but not limited to medical emergencies, blood borne pathogen exposure, any disciplinary action, theft, assault or involvement of local authorities or police.
  • Mentors will debrief mentee upon return home from this elective. 

List of Physician Mentors

Dr. Amy Blair

Amy Blair, MD (Family Practice)

Dr. Charles Bouchard

Charles Bouchard, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Hannah Chow

Hannah Chow-Johnson, MD (Peds)

Dr. Chow is a pediatrician at North Riverside clinic and her special interests are faith based medical missions. She has worked with program from the Christian Medical and Dental Society and their Global health outreach. She has been to El Salvador on multiple occasions and the organization also serves in Haiti, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Myanmar, Afghanistan and Ghana.  

Dr. Eileen Gable

Eileen Gable, OD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Lisa Gramlich

Lisa Gramlich, MD (Peds Anesthesia)

Dr. Gramlich is a strong advocate for healthcare delivery and skills transfers. Starting as a nurse's aide in high school, her entire working life has been devoted to healthcare. With the huge disparity of healthcare delivered globally, "I found it extremely gratifying to be a part of trying to lessen this disparity. It is, also, a great challenge to deliver high quality health care to those who may be severely afflicted by their disease processes with limited resources to the healthcare providers." Dr. Gramlich has worked in Nepal acting as teacher and anesthesiologist on close to 20 different trips focusing on multi-disciplinary cooperation, clinical work and clinical education. 


Anya Gushchin, MD (Ophthalmology)

Dr. Gushchin is passionate about providing skills-transfer training for ophthalmologists and affiliated staff seeking in their countries of origin as well as improving medical student exposure to the field of ophthalmology and early involvement in community outreach. She completed medical school and residency training at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. During her training she completed a Schweitzer fellowship focused on improving regional eye care access through the Guerilla Eye Service (a medical student organization co-founded in 2006) as well as outreach in Honduras. She finished her Ophthalmic, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship at Stanford followed by the Moran International Ophthalmology teaching fellowship. She began international work as a student with Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP) and continues to do so with active collaboration in Nepal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Micronesia, and PNG. 

Mary Jo Liszek, MD (Med-Peds) 

Dr. Liszek practices Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the North Riverside Clinic. She has been on several faith based medical missions with the Christian Medical and Dental Society.


Dr. Theresa Nguyen

Theresa Nguyen, MD (ER)

Dr. Theresa Nguyen is an Emergency Medicine attending with a strong interest in EM development, tropical diseases, and ultrasound teaching in resource-poor settings. She was worked previously in Vietnam, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Peru. Dr. Nguyen has also participated in several medical mission trips and was previously the International Electives coordinator at Christiana Care Health System (Wilmington, DE), where she finished her residency in 2011. Dr. Nguyen is ASTMH certified in Tropical Medicine. 

Dr. Julie O'Keefe

Julie O’Keefe, MD (Peds)

Dr. O'Keefe is a general pediatrician and has been involved in community pediatrics since 1999, mostly via the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program, serving as a CATCH Facilitator (first as a Resident Liaison, then as Oregon Chapter CATCH co-Facilitator, and now as Illinois Chapter CATCH co-Facilitator). In that capacity, she assists pediatricians and pediatric residents applying for biannual CATCH grants to collaborate within their communities to advance the health of all children. She then shares the responsibility of scoring all Illinois CATCH grant applications with my co-chapter facilitator each cycle. Dr. O'Keefe hopes to start her own project encouraging physical activity in the community of Berwyn soon.  Dr. O'Keefe also volunteers at 1-2 Catholic Charities Health Fairs each summer.

Kevin Polsley, MD (Med-Peds)

Dr. Polsley practices Internal Medicine and Primary care in Homer Glen and has special interest in faith based missions. Kevin has gone on the Stritch School of Medicine Ignation Service Immersion (ISI) trips and also has been doing work each year with the Salvation Army in Honduras. 


Dr. David Ubogy

David Ubogy, MD (Peds ICU)

Dr. Lena Wiley

Lena Wiley, MD (OB/GYN)

Dr. Wiley is faculty in the OB/GYN department and attended medical school at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio. During medical training she had the opportunity to travel to Accra, Ghana and work at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital as well as working in various rural clinics, doing primary care in Jamaica. She trained in the OB/GYN residency program at University Hospitals Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she completed research in Ghana on the effects of intimate partner violence on pre-natal care. She also rotated at Georgetown Public Hospital, Guyana doing capacity building for the newly established OB/GYN residency program at Georgetown.  She joined Loyola University Medical Center in 2013, and developed a community health track within the department and provides attending teaching and support during the year in Georgetown, Guyana.