Our faculty have led the way in building capacity of hospitals and clinicians in other countries to improve the health and wellbeing of children. For example: 

Dr. Desiree LaBeaud has partnered with clinicians and researchers at Msambwene Hospital in Kenya since the early 2000s. 

Dr. Saraswati Kache – Helped establish Patan Hospital PICU/NICU, amongst the first in Kathmandu valley in Nepal (along with PICU / NICU education at multiple other countries)

David A. Zlotnick, MD Memorial Scholarship

The David A. Zlotnick, MD Memorial Fund was created in the Department of Pediatrics to encourage, develop, and support the volunteerism of Stanford medical students interested in pediatrics, pediatric residents, and pediatric faculty members, with a preference for volunteerism in Central and South America. The Fund aims to provide Zlotnick Scholars with experience, understanding, and satisfaction for lifelong contribution and leadership in the interest of children’s health.

Learn more on the program website.

Mary Duke Biddle Scholars Program

The Center for Innovation in Global Health at the School of Medicine oversees the Mary Duke Biddle Scholars Program. This is an opportunity for pediatric residents, fellows, and medical students in their clinical years who are interested in pediatrics to spend a rotation abroad in a low- or middle-income country setting, serving the needs of the community.

This scholarship provides funding for travel, housing, meals and immunizations for a 6-week international rotation in  Brazil*, Ecuador, Nepal, or Uganda*. (*Only residents, fellows, and faculty are eligible for these sites). Funds are open to pediatric trainees and clinical medical students committed to the program’s goal of improving the quality of life of children needing medical care.

Learn more on the program website.

MDB Reflection: Victoria Boggiano

2017-18 scholar, Victoria Boggiano, reflects on what it means to provide care with limited resources and when patient volumes are extraordinarily high.

MDB Reflection: Pooja Makhijani

2017-18 scholar, Pooja Makhijani, reflects on how the rules of care can differ across countries and clinical settings.

MDB Reflection: Alex Ball

2017-18 scholar, Alex Ball, reflects on his 6-week rotation in Riobamba, Ecuador.

MDB Reflection: Blake Zwerling

2016-17 scholar, Blake Gordon Zwerling, reflects on her experience working in Riobamba, Ecuador with the CACHAMSI program.

MDB Reflection: Diana Huynh

2016-17 scholar, Diana Huynh, reflects on her experience working in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

MDB Reflection: Carson Burns

2016-17 scholar, Carson Burns, reflects on how technology can shape the care we provide for our patients, whether at Stanford or in a rural health post in Ecuador.

MDB Reflection: Adam Was

2016-17 scholar and Global Health Scholarly Concentration Resident, Adam Was, reflects on his experience working in Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda.

Mary Duke Biddle Scholar Profile: 

Periodically we take time to highlight the work of our Mary Duke Biddle scholars as they work to improve the health of children around the world. 


Mary Duke Biddle Scholar Profile: 

Periodically we take time to highlight the work of our Mary Duke Biddle scholars as they work to improve the health of children around the world. 


Dr. Gavin Hartman, Peds/Anesthesiology resident, takes a plunge in the Nile River at the end of his Mary Duke Biddle rotation at Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda.

Stanford medical student, Jackie Chu, traveled to Riobamba, Ecuador as a Mary Duke Biddle Scholar in 2014.

Since 2010 we have been fortunate enough to be able to equip students, residents, and faculty to train overseas through the Mary Duke Biddle Scholars program.

As of May 2018, we have supported 94 rotations for clinical training and on-the-ground experiences in 20 different countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.


My time spent at Patan Hospital was incredibly valuable, in more ways than just the medical experience. While there is a lot to gain by seeing and learning about new pathology, there is also a great deal to gain by immersing oneself in a new setting and soaking up the culture and the new experiences. It provides a wonderful opportunity for growth.

- Elizabeth Huffman (2012)

“I have been blessed with, reaffirmed in my interest in pursuing a career in the clinical neurosciences, and more motivated than ever to continue working as an advocate for underserved patients. Thank you to the Mary Duke Biddle Clinical Scholar's Program for making this experience a reality.

- Aria Jafari (2012)


I absolutely loved my time in Ecuador! I stayed with a wonderful host family who were always looking out for me and really wanted me to have the most enjoyable time I could, and encouraged me to explore the city of Riobamba and beyond throughout Ecuador while always making sure I was safe. I really enjoyed the Spanish classes and feel that my Spanish has vastly improved, so that I now feel comfortable speaking with patients in Spanish.

Jackie Chu (2014)

Working in Sri Lanka has opened my eyes to the possibilities of treating patients in a low-resource universal health care system. While all patients are allowed the right to have healthcare and access to medications, there is a limit to how far the medical system can go for patients (e.g. limited transplant services). Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital. I honed my physical exam skills and learned a lot about tropical diseases. We were welcomed by the staff in the hospital and I felt like we got a genuine view of how the healthcare system works in Sri Lanka.

Mary Le (2015)

My 12 total weeks in Brazil will forever be a part of who I am as a physician. I worked with some of the most incredible physicians, medical students, residents, and patients in the world. My heart was transformed by the patients and families that I met. I had the fortunate opportunity to work with many doctors caring for child with chronic medical illnesses that require high-level home interventions, and I was astounded by the resilience of the families caring for these patients.

- Mikey Maurer  (2018)

For more information, email the program managers.

Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Saraswati Kache, cares for a pediatric patient.