About Us

While our team has been at work in improving global child health for decades, our program has only formalized in recent years. We are excited to see it grow and strengthen in the future to equip more researchers, clinicians, and program managers in the field of global child health.

Our Team

Bonnie Maldonado

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases), and Health Research and Policy

Dr. Maldonado is a pediatrician and infectious disease expert. Dr. Maldonado’s research activities have included the epidemiology and prevention of viral infections such as rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, polio and pediatric HIV infection. In 1989, Dr. Maldonado received the Epidemic Intelligence Service Alumni Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and she was inducted into the Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame at Stanford University in 2001. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Public Health Association. Dr. Maldonado is a member of the HHS National Vaccine Advisory Committee and the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). Her work has received funding from the NIH, CDC, WHO, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the State of California.


Saraswati Kache

Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics (Critical Care)

Dr. Kache is a Clinical Associate Professor in the division of Pediatric Intensive Care and has led the pediatric global health clinical and education efforts at Stanford since 2010. She co-directs the Peds Residency Global Health Scholarly Concentration. Her work as a clinician and educator has taken her to Kenya, India, Indonesia, China, Nepal, and Bangladesh. She has collaborated closely established partner sites in Nepal and Bangladesh. In 2009 she helped to develop a curriculum and training program for intensive care medicine at Patan Hospital and helped establish the PICU and NICU there. Her present research interest focuses on appropriate resuscitation of malnourished children that present in shock.


Gary Darmstadt

Associate Dean for Maternal and Child Health, and Professor of Neonatal and Developmental Pediatrics

Previously Dr. Darmstadt was Senior Fellow in the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), where he led a cross-foundation initiative on Women, Girls and Gender, assessing how addressing gender inequalities and empowering women and girls leads to improved gender equality as well as improved health and development outcomes. Prior to this role, he served as BMGF Director of Family Health, leading strategy development and implementation across nutrition, family planning and maternal, newborn and child health.


A. Desiree Labeaud

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Disease)

Since the early 2000s, Dr. Labeaud has devoted her efforts to better understanding the risk factors and long-term health consequences of arboviral infections, including Rift Valley fever, chikungunya, and dengue viruses. She has two large field projects ongoing in Kenya. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and masters degree in Clinical Research from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Labeaud completed her pediatric residency and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital. 


Clea Sarnquist

Senior Research Scholar, Pediatrics (Infectious Disease)

Dr. Clea Sarnquist holds a DrPH and an MPH from UC Berkeley. She co-directs the Peds Residency Global Health Scholarly Concentration. Her research interests include program evaluation, infectious disease prevention, and program management. She has developed and implemented research as varied as behavioral and clinical characteristics of HIV-infected adults in California, gender-based violence prevention in Kenyan adolescents, and measles vaccination in Mexico.  She is a member of the American Public Health Association where she has served on various committees and is a former board member of the MayView Community Health Center, which serves the low-income population in northern Santa Clara County.


Marisa Holubar

Instructor, Infectious Disease

Dr. Holubar is a clinician who holds a Masters in Epidemiology. Prior to starting her infectious disease fellowship at Stanford, she worked as a pediatrician for Indiana University School of Medicine at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. Her research interests include vaccine-preventable diseases and pediatric global health.


Rasika Behl

Program Manager

Rasika received her MPH in Maternal and Child Health from UC Berkeley and has experience working in India and sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to coming to Stanford, she was involved in a variety of projects within the Global Health Group at UCSF, including global health metrics development for social franchise organizations, analysis of national data, program coordination, and research projects aimed at understanding factors that influence quality of care for family planning services in India and Kenya.  Before that, she was a core manager of the monitoring and evaluation team for three telemedicine projects in rural Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, focused specifically on childhood disease and women’s health services. She can be contacted with questions regarding the Pediatric Global Health scholarly concentration for residents, or about ongoing research projects. 


Jenny Kang

Program Manager

Jenny received her MPH from University of Washington and has worked in China, Kazakhstan, Namibia and all over Eastern Africa with UNICEF (micronutrient malnutrition), I-TECH (HIV training for health workers), and World Vision (orphans and vulnerable children). She can be contacted with questions regarding the Pediatric Global Health scholarly concentration for residents and the Mary Duke Biddle Clinical Scholars program.


Jonathan Altamirano

Research Data Analyst

Jonathan received his B.A. in Human Biology and M.S. in Biology from Stanford University. He is originally from Houston, TX and is a native Spanish speaker. He works as a research assistant in the Global Child Health Program, and while the specifics have not been decided, his role has included database management and statistical analysis. His interest in medicine, public health, and global child health comes from living in Nicaragua as a child and both seeing and experiencing the effects of tropical vector-borne diseases. Dr. Maldonado’s international work is particularly interesting to him, and he’s learned so much already about the challenges of working abroad. He hopes to go to medical school, and continue to work in global child health as an MD. He is the recipient of the 2017 Stanford Pediatrics Rising Star Award.

Timeline of Pediatric Global Health efforts at Stanford/Packard

2009

  • Mary Duke Biddle Foundation donates funds to begin Clinical Scholars Program at Stanford /Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
  • First cohort of Mary Duke scholars (~25/yr)

2011

  • Global health track officially offered for Pediatric residency program
  • Monthly journal club and every other month noon conference initiated 

2012

  • Funding for GH training for Stanford Pediatric residents begins
  • First cohort of scholarly concentration residents selected (5)
  • First annual 2-week intensive GH course (24 med students/residents/fellows enrolled)

2013

  • GH scholarly concentration solidified/ website developed
  • Second cohort of scholarly concentration residents selected (3)
  • Second annual 2-week intensive GH course (22 residents/fellows enrolled)
  • Eight core faculty mentors identified and committed to mentoring residents

2014

  • Second cohort of scholarly concentration residents selected (4)
  • Third annual 2-week intensive GH course (25 residents/fellows enrolled)

2015

  • Third cohort of scholarly concentration residents selected (1)
  • Fourth annual 2-week intensive GH course, Med 233
  • New undergraduate course developed (HumBio 124C, Winter 2015)

2016

2017

  • 1st cohort of Global Child Health Equity fellows
  • Global Child Health Equity Seed Grants Program launched 
  • Community engaged learning component added to HumBio 124c

Dr. Saraswati Kache, training PICU/NICU staff at Patan Hospital, Kathmandu, Nepal