VCU hosted eight Humphrey Fellows, midcareer professionals from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central America and the Middle East.
Nguyen Cuu Duc, from Hanoi, Vietnam, obtained his bachelor’s in international studies from Vietnam National University in 1999 and a master’s in oriental studies from VNU in 2004. He works on national drug policy and international cooperation for drug control in the Standing Office on Drug Control of Vietnam, a government agency responsible for both national policy and international cooperation for drug control. During his Fellowship period, Duc wants to learn more about drug control legislation and drug abuse treatment and prevention in the U.S., as well as broaden his experience in drug control.
Dr. Giselle Gonzalez, from Panama City, Panama, received her D.D.S. from the University of Panama in 1995. She obtained specialty training in orthodontics at the Latin American University of Science and Technology and also completed postgraduate training in health administration and education. She currently directs of the Department of Dentistry at a large public hospital in Panama. She has attended numerous professional conferences in Latin America, Europe and the U.S. Gonzalez’s interests for the Fellowship period are in public health dentistry, health administration and policy, and research in international health organizations.
Dr. Kevin Goulbourne, from Montego Bay, Jamaica, obtained his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus, Jamaica) in 1988, completing his M.D. with specialty training in psychiatry there in 1999. He is the regional consultant psychiatrist for the Jamaican Western Regional Health Authority where he has administrative and clinical responsibilities in mental health and substance abuse services development, planning, coordination and delivery. During his Fellowship year, Goulbourne will focus on drug treatment practices and policies to help improve service capabilities in western Jamaica and participate in the further development of national drug abuse policies. He also seeks experience in drug abuse research, training, program planning and development in implementing evidence-based practices.
Dr. Adham Hamd, from Damascus, Syria, obtained his D.D.S. in 1990 from Damascus University Faculty of Dental Medicine, with residency training in orthodontics at the same institution from 1996 to 2000. Before coming to VCU, he enrolled in a health administration program at the Syrian Ministry of Health. He also has been working for the public health directorate of Qunaitera where he has practiced orthodontics and has management and training responsibilities. His goals for the Fellowship period are to broaden his experiences in public health dentistry and in health administration and policy development with a focus on resource allocation and dental health economics.
Rehana Kader, from Cape Town, South Africa, earned a bachelor’s with honors in psychology from the University of the Western Cape, where she also completed her master’s in psychology in 2000. She is a clinical psychologist and the former director of Positive Muslims, an HIV/AIDS nongovernmental organization. Currently, she is in private practice and lectures and supervises students at the University of the Western Cape. She will spend her Fellowship year gaining additional experiences and training in community health in the areas of mental health, HIV/AIDS and substance abuse. Other interests include obtaining leadership skills in public health policy and public-private partnerships and developing performance measures for assessing the quality of substance abuse services in South Africa.
Lala Margaryants, from Yerevan, Armenia, obtained her degree in pharmacy from the Yerevan State Medical University in 1991. She is an adviser on drug policy at the Scientific Centre of Drug and Medical Technology Expertise. She also is involved in pharmacy postgraduate education in the Armenian National Institute of Health. She has participated in professional meetings in Europe, Canada and the U.S. For her Fellowship, Margaryants will focus on pharmaceutical legislation and regulation development, particularly drug registration, drug export/import, rational drug use, pharmacoeconomics, drug retail and wholesale, drug information systems and the role of pharmacists in health care. She seeks additional experience working with policy and regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration.
Desirée Molina, from Maracaibo, Venezuela, obtained her degree in psychology from the University of Rafael Urdaneta in 1984 and her master’s in clinical psychology in 2002. She is the director of the Outpatient Drug Abuse Program for the José Felix Ribas Foundation, which serves western Venezuela. She is concurrently the coordinator for the inpatient and outpatient psychology area in the State General Hospital. During her Fellowship period, Molina seeks additional training and experience in substance abuse treatment, including the use of motivational enhancement therapy and working with patients with comorbid mental health problems. She also would like more experience working with women and youth.
Dr. Peter Ndege, from Nairobi, Kenya, obtained medical training at the University of Nairobi in the 1990s. He completed specialty training in internal medicine in 2003 and has a postgraduate diploma in sexually transmitted diseases. He is a consultant physician in Kenyatta National Teaching and Referral Hospital’s Department of Respiratory and Infectious Diseases/Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Care Clinic. He also serves as an honorary lecturer at the University of Nairobi Department of Internal Medicine and a research associate with the African Mental Health Foundation. During his Fellowship period, Ndege wants to broaden his research experiences and gain new skills in the areas of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse education and prevention.