2020-2021 GEMA PROGRAM COMMITTEE LIAISON CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Shama Patel, MD, MPH
Columbia University

S PatelI am an emergency medicine physician who has worked globally for over 10 years. I started off working with Native Americans as an AMERICORPS volunteer involved with community health in rural Nevada, which led me to pursue a Master in Public Health focusing on global epidemiology from Emory University. During my time at Emory I developed a project to decrease female genital cutting occurring in refugee populations in Georgia as well as worked on nutrition programs for a USAID program.

After completing my MPH, I took a position at CDC with the Global AIDS Program as part of the PEPFAR program where I worked as a technical advisor in HIV prevention with high risk populations (injection drug users, sex workers and men who have sex with men) in sub-Saharan Africa and south-east Asia. During my time at CDC, in concert with local partners and the Kenyan government, developed a dedicated HIV/STI prevention and treatment clinic for high risk populations in Nairobi. This clinic remains functioning to this day. While at CDC I also led the development of a toolkit on HIV/STI prevention in injection drug users and implemented an international rapid assessment in Mozambique, which was presented at the International AIDS conference in 2008 and subsequently published.

After three fruitful years working at CDC, I decided to pursue medicine at Medical College of Georgia after, which I completed an Emergency Medicine residency program at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. During her time at Morristown I engaged in research, medical education and completed an international elective in Nepal.

After residency, I decided to complete an International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Columbia University starting. During fellowship I completed the ICRC Health Emergencies in Large Populations in Baltimore, MD as well as the University of Minnesota tropical medicine diploma course. I responded as a member of New York Presbyterian to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico serving as a lead physician responding to both emergency care and inpatient needs. I spent over 4 months in Rwanda providing residency leadership to the masters in emergency medicine training program including developing didactics, exams, and providing simulation. Currently I work in concert with the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health to implement the WHO Basic Emergency Course as well as the WHO Emergency Care Systems Toolkit.

I served as secretary for GEMA this year. As part of my role I was the liaison with the pulse submission committee and garnered articles from our membership. I served on the executive committee and believe my year has prepared me to take on the program committee position. Thank you for your consideration.