Global Faculty

Grace X. Ma, PhD

Grace X. Ma, PhD is Associate Dean for Health Disparities, Founding Director of Center for Asian Health, Laura H. Carnell Professor and Professor in Clinical Sciences at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University. Dr. Ma is a nationally recognized behavioral health scientist and leader in health disparities research. Her community-based participatory research and patient-centered outcomes research focus on early detection, patient navigation, cancer prevention and control, chronic diseases, smoking cessation, and access/quality of healthcare in underserved Asian Pacific American, African American and other diverse health disparity populations.

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Nilay Shah

Nilay S. Shah, MD, MPH is a clinical cardiology fellow and an NRSA postdoctoral fellow in the Departments of Medicine (Cardiology) and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. His research interests are in cardiovascular health and disease in Asian Americans with a focus on primordial and primary prevention of CVD in South Asians.

Sanchita Saxena, PhD

Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies (Institute) at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies under the Institute. She is the editor of Labor, Global Supply Chains, and the Garment Industry in South Asia: Bangladesh after Rana Plaza (Routledge, 2020) and author of Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textiles Industries (Cambria Press, 2014). Dr. Saxena has been a Practitioner Resident at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy and a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.  She currently serves on the BRAC USA Advisory Council. She frequently gives invited lectures and publishes commentaries in the popular media. Dr. Saxena holds a PhD in political science from UCLA.

Van Ta Park, PhD, MPH

Dr. Van Ta Park Dr. Van Ta Park is an Associate Professor at UCSF, Department of Community Health Systems. Her primary research interest is to address issues related to racial and ethnic minority health and healthcare disparities, especially among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Her research areas include mental health, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) caregiving, and precision health.