Dr. Chih Chuang earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He went on to complete a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. In addition, he served as Chief Medical Resident for the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center to advance his passion for teaching. Dr. Chuang then went on to complete a Fellowship in Palliative Care Medicine and Hospice. Dr. Chuang has been involved with World Health Student Organization since his time in medical school participating in multiple medical relief trips as a student and now as faculty. He served on the Executive Board as a second year medical student. Currently, Dr. Chuang is Director of Global Health and Education and serves as Faculty Advisor for WHSO. Dr. Chuang’s interests include teaching, medical education and cross cultural exchanges and competencies.
Participating on a global health mission is a life changing event. It affords a perspective that cannot be otherwise achieved. We are our brother’s keepers. We are all part of a global community and have to work to improve access to health care and the health of people at everywhere.
I have always supported politicians and programs that work to achieve equity and parity. But there is something incredibly personal about rolling up your sleeves, washing your hands, and providing medical care on a mission trip. Volunteering with WHSO has given me the opportunity to see what medical students can do. From setting up a makeshift pharmacy on tables under the sweltering sun to setting up a clinic under a thatched roof, our students are adaptable, inventive and extraordinarily compassionate. It has been my privilege to work with them to make a difference.
I’ve had the honor of going on 2 WHSO trips. My first trip was to Nicaragua. I fell in love with the country and the people. It amazed me how people who had so little were so content. At our 1st clinic a woman arrived on horseback from 2 hours away because she heard we would be doing OB ultrasounds. She had previously been pregnant and developed abdominal pain. By the time her family raised the money for her to have an ultrasound her baby had died. On this trip not only were we able to confirm her current pregnancy but able to inform her that she was having “dos bebes” twins. She did not go home by horseback. My second trip was to Haiti. I never imagined a country so close in distance to the U.S. would have such poverty. It is said the average Haitian eats 3 times a week. Based on the body weight we saw in our patients, this was confirmed. The 1st day of clinic, the students were uncomfortable doing histories, physicals and plans. It was amazing to watch them become clinicians over the clinic days. These trips leave me energized and help me to be a better physician.
Helen Berlie is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pharmacy Practice at Wayne State University. She obtained her PharmD degree and completed a 2 year fellowship in diabetes, both from Wayne State University, and is also a Certified Diabetes Educator. She practices as an Ambulatory Care Specialist at Health Centers Detroit Medical Group, a private physician group. Dr. Berlie is responsible for managing a pharmacist-run diabetes clinic with the group. She is also the pharmacy faculty advisor for the WHSO sister organization at Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Michael Brady is the Vice President of Policy at the Center for Community Progress, a national nonprofit organization that assists communities across the nation with urban redevelopment. Prior to joining Community Progress, Michael was the Legal & Policy Director at Michigan Community Resources, where he worked with nonprofit organizations. Michael is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School, where he earned a Graduate Certificate in Economic Development from the Department of Urban Planning, as well as a graduate of the Residential College at the University of Michigan. Michael is proficient in Spanish and Latin and has extensive experience leading international service and educational trips to other countries, including Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
Marcus J. Zervos, M.D., is Division Head, Infectious Diseases, and Associate Director of Research (for Clinical Trials), Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan. He is Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Zervos received his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. He completed his medical internship and residency and chief medical residency at Wayne State University Affiliated Hospitals. He was a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, followed by Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Yale New Haven Hospital and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He then served as infectious diseases consultant and Medical Director of the Microbiology Laboratory and Co-Medical Director of the Molecular Probe Laboratory in the Department of Clinical Pathology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.
Dr. Zervos area of research is epidemiology and outcomes of serious Enterococcal and S. aureus infection, and coordinates Global Health projects in various locations. He has been the recipient of several million dollars in grant awards, and has been Principal Investigator on over 250 government and industry-funded studies examining multidrug antimicrobial resistant pathogens. From 1999 to 2004 Dr Zervos served as Director of Research at Beaumont Hospital. As Associate Director for Research at Henry Ford Health System, he has oversight for clinical research and the Clinical Trials Office. Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Zervos is on several NIH review panels, editorial boards, editor of major journals and a member and fellow of several professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He was awarded the CDC, James H. Nakano Citation and Charles C. Shepard Science Awards for work with resistant Staphylococcus aureus . He has contributed over 390 published abstracts at national and international scientific meetings and has published over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has co-authored several books and contributed numerous book chapters dealing with infectious diseases.
Dr. Arody Gomez is a family medicine practitioner with broad-based background and experience in family medicine from prenatal to geriatrics. His skills and abilities include ICU/CCU, labor and delivery, trauma/burns, Ob/Gyn, pediatrics/PICU/NICU, mechanical ventilation management, and pain management. He believes in a holistic clinical approach to patient centered care and a strong desire to contribute to an underserved community that will provide an opportunity for patient education and community outreach. He speaks fluent Spanish and is interested in obtaining a Masters in Public Health with emphasis on staff development.
Currently a Third Year Medical Student at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Went to Haiti with WHSO during both first and second year of medical school. Served on the Executive Board of WHSO as President during the 2012-13 year. Prior to medical school, graduated with a BA in history from Wheeling Jesuit University. Worked as Emergency Services Coordinator in Portland through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Taught for two years at Bei Hua University in Jilin, China. Worked in Detroit as a Medical Case Manager for AIDS Partnership Michigan, working predominately with pregnant women and women with children, to assist in providing medical care and addressing barriers to receiving care.
Currently lives in Detroit with lovely wife, Monique Stanton.
Samantha Bruni traveled to Haiti as a first year medical student on a WHSO trip and loved it so much that she knew she had to go back. As a second year, she was the December trip leader on the WHSO Executive Board and planned a trip to Haiti for medical and pharmacy students that she was fortunate enough to attend. She is dedicated to bringing more sustainable care to the countries that WHSO visits and excited to serve on the Board of Advisors!
I am a Bengali-American, who was born and raised in the city of Detroit. For my undergraduate education, I attended Wayne State University, and am currently starting my third year at Wayne State School of Medicine. As my roots are from a developing nation, it is all too familiar how many difficulties are faced. Between my frequent travels to Bangladesh and growing up in one of the most underserved cities in the U.S., I found new meaning to the word luxury. One’s health should be a necessity, but to many, it is merely a luxury. Many people in Bangladesh and all developing nations alike, don’t have the means to maintain their health and wellbeing. These experiences helped catalyze my passion for global health. It also was a prime reason for my involvement with WSU SOM and its World Health Student Organization. As part of WHSO, I traveled to Haiti as a first year medical student, returned again and served on the WHSO executive board as a second year medical student, and am currently a member of the Board of Advisors. I intend to work with the WHSO to not only provide aid to developing countries in the form of healthcare, but also in the form of health and hygiene education, research, and sustainable relief projects, such as water filtration. I believe the key to any sustainable effort is continuity. With the conjoined efforts of the WHSO and the BoA, I truly believe that this can be attained.