Global Health Equity Leadership Council

Cynthia Khoo, MD, PHD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Division Co-Director
  • Regional and Multispecialty Anesthesia

    Dr. Cynthia Khoo completed her MD-PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and residency and regional anesthesia fellowship training at Stanford. Volunteering with the CASIEF-ASA GHO program in Rwanda, she had the opportunity to teach residents anesthesiology and to help develop a nerve block program. Dr. Khoo firmly believes regional anesthesia is a tool to improve safety, reduce cost, and enhance patient experience in the perioperative period. Using ballistic gel simulation models for needling techniques, ultrasound anatomy question modules, and instructional videos, she has created remote learning options for her colleagues abroad and at Stanford alike. Dr. Khoo is interested in expanding the utilization of regional anesthesia and acute pain in low-resource settings through education, research, and clinical practice. She recently started a partnership with a rural, non-profit hospital Foundation for African Medicine and Education (FAME) Africa in Karatu, Tanzania. She is co-director of the Global Health Equity Division, Director of the Stanford regional anesthesia rotations for residents and fellows, and regional anesthesia lead for the Anesthesia Diversity Council.

Sara Strowd, MD, MPH

  • Clinical Assistant Professor 
  • Division Co-Director
  • Co-Director for Global Anesthesia Resident Pathway and Fellowship

Dr. Sara Strowd has a passion for global health that has shaped her career. She received a Masters in Public Health with focus on infectious diseases and global health and completed projects on malaria prevention in Zimbabwe. She received a grant to teach and research the medical system in Vietnam during medical school and was awarded the SEA-HVO global fellowship during residency to continue work in Vietnam. She completed her Global Health fellowship at Stanford and her projects included a needs assessment at FAME in Karatu, Tanzania and an evaluation of the ICUs in Rwanda. She currently runs both the virtual and in-country rotations in Hue, Vietnam where she has been building a partnership for years. Her focus is on needs assessments, capacity-building of local providers and ethics of global health.  She is committed to Global Health education and resident training.  She is the co-director of the Global Health Equity Division, the Stanford resident pathway and the GHE fellowship at Stanford.

Michelle Arteaga, MS, MHA

  • Program Manager
  • Co-Director, Global Anesthesia Resident Pathway

    Michelle has led as Program Manager since 2015 and is a founding member of the Division of Global Health Equity Leadership Council. She has a hybrid role and is also the Project Manager for Quality Improvement initiatives in the department. She earned a Master’s in Health Care Administration (MHA) from California State University, East Bay through which she helped formalize the Division of Global Anesthesia at Stanford. For the practicum of her Master of Science in Global Health (MSGH) degree from Northwestern University, she created and taught a course on Global Health Care Management to the administrative staff at University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences (UZCHS). Michelle partnered with faculty to create the Global Anesthesia Resident Pathway and lecture series at Stanford and currently serves as Co-Director. Michelle is fluent in Spanish, and has visited over 30 countries - including our ACGME rotation sites in Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

Ana Maria Crawford, MD, MSC

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Fellowship Co-Director and External Affairs
  • Multispecialty and Critical Care Anesthesia

    Founder of the Division and GHE Fellowship in 2011, Dr. Ana Crawford is passionate about increasing access to education and resources as a tool to improve patient outcomes. An anesthesiologist and critical care medicine physician with a Master's in Global Health Sciences, she continues to grow the division, broaden the definition of global health and push the narrative toward health equity for all. Dr. Crawford is the creator and Editor-in-Chief of the online Global Anesthesia & Critical Care Learning Resource Center

Travis Reece-Nguyen, MD, MPH

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Travis Reece-Nguyen (he/him/his) joined the Stanford faculty as a Pediatric anesthesiologist in 2019 after completing his anesthesia residency at University of Washington and his Pediatric Anesthesiology fellowship at Stanford. His passion for Global Health started during his 2 year service as a Peace Corps volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa where he taught science, health, and midwifery. He obtained his MD and Masters of Public Health with a focus on global health from University of Texas. Throughout his medical training, he has had the opportunity to work on several continents focusing primarily on sustainable anesthesia education and capacity building. During residency, Travis received the SEA-HVO grant to teach anesthesia in Vietnam which helped solidify his passion for global education. Travis’ global health interests include sustainable anesthesia education, decolonization of global health, anesthesia provider capacity-building, barriers to healthcare, global emergency response, and pediatric anesthesia safety in LMICs. Dr. Reece-Nguyen is also an avid, nationally-recognized LGBTQ+ advocate through his work improving the perioperative experience for transgender patients.

Andrea Murray, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor

  • Dr. Andrea Murray, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology. She is board certified in Anesthesiology, Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, she served as a lead physician at a non-profit, federally-qualified health center which focused primarily on care for the underserved, uninsured, and homeless populations in Memphis. She later completed an anesthesiology residency at University of Texas at Southwestern and a Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship at Stanford where she was a CIGH Scholar in 2018-2019. She is a passionate advocate for global health equity and sustainable education models. She also holds a faculty appointment in the Stanford School of Medicine with the Educators-4-Care program. Dr. Murray has done innovative work using virtual reality to decrease anesthetic needs and increase patient safety for pediatric patients in low-resourced settings. She is also a fearless advocate for diversity and equity in healthcare as a means to improve health outcomes for all patients.


Dr. Fadzai Mugadza

  • Consultant Anaesthetist-Lecturer at University of Zimbabwe, College of Health Sciences

Dr. Farai Madzimbamuto

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Dr. Paulin Ruhato Banguti

  • Lecturer of Anesthesia at University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences

Affiliated Faculty

  • Alex Macario MD MBA
    Professor, Vice Chair for Education, and Residency Program Director
    Languages: Spanish

  • Fred Mihm MD
    Professor and Division Chief of Critical Care Anesthesia (Regional Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine)
    2017: Rwanda, Palestine
    2018: Zimbabwe

  • Pedro Tanaka MD PhD
    Clinical Professor, Co-Director, Stanford Anesthesiologists Meeting Brazilian Anesthesiologists Program (SAMBA), Director, Stanford Anesthesia Fellowship in Medical Education, Associate Residency Program Director
    Languages: Portuguese
    Brazil (yearly)

  • Mark Singleton MD
    Clinical Professor (Pediatric Anesthesia), ASAGHO Committee Member