Key Brown University Faculty & Partners
Timothy P. Flanigan, MD is Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. He is internationally recognized for his expertise in the provision of infectious disease care for substance users, including community-based DOT. He has published over one hundred-twenty papers related to infectious diseases. He has worked internationally in West Africa and Asia in the areas of HIV and TB. He has visited Ukraine three times including providing specific HIV training and assessing programs at the invitation of "The Doctors of the World" (now called Healthright), as well as the Clinton Foundation.
Natasha Rybak, MD trained in the field of Internal Medicine (Adult Medicine) and Pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children's Hospital. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a major in International Affairs/Microbiology and a minor in Russian in 1999, she spent 4 years conducting HIV vaccine research at the Harvard School of Public Health. She then graduated from Brown Medical School and over the past 10 years has been actively involved in International Health with a special focus on marginalized individuals. She has worked in the field of HIV and TB research and clinical care in Botswana, Burundi, Mali, Russia and Ukraine. She lived in L'viv, Ukraine for a year as a Rotary International Exchange Student in 1993-94 and has maintained ties there since then. She has been involved in ongoing projects in HIV and TB in Ukraine, most recently in collaboration with the Elena Pinchuk ANTIAIDS Foundation.
Jennifer Carroll, PhD, MPH is a medical anthropologist who researches drug use behaviors and addictions treatment in the United States and Eastern Europe. Dr. Carroll is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital, a teaching affiliate of the Alpert Medical School at Brown University. She earned her PhD in Socio-cultural Anthropology and MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She also holds an MA in Sociology from Central European University and a BA in Anthropology from Reed College. Her dissertation, entitled Choosing Methadone: Managing Addiction and the Body Politic in Ukraine, explores the perspectives of addicted patients who are receiving opiate substitution therapy. Dr. Carroll’s other projects have included the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation tools used by PEPFAR/Peace Corps Ukraine to assess HIV-related knowledge and attitudes among the Ukrainian public. She has also worked in a supportive role with the USAID-funded Strengthening Tuberculosis (TB) Control in Ukraine project, which seeks to improve diagnostic and treatment services for TB and for TB/HIV co-infection in Ukraine, and with the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, which provides advocacy and technical support for harm reduction efforts across Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Boris Skurkovich, MD graduated from 2nd Moscow State Medical Institute (now Russian State Medical University). After immigrating to the United States he completed his pediatric training in Washington, D.C. and Pediatric Infectious Disease training in Boston. Currently he is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at Brown University. He also works in the community health centers in Providence, R.I. providing primary care to marginalized adolescents and young adults from 57 different countries, often addressing concerns of substance abuse and TB. He has been actively involved in ongoing projects in TB and HIV in Ukraine and has served as a consultant in Russia in the past. His interests include international health, international adoptions, and infectious diseases in children.
Michael Koster, MD completed his pediatric residency as well as chief residency at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York. After completing his infectious diseases fellowship at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, he remained as faculty. He provides care to inpatients both as a pediatric hospitalist and an infectious diseases consultant. He also sees patients with TB, Lyme, and other pediatric infectious diseases in the outpatient clinic. His research interests are global health, clinical virology, immunizations, and application of rapid testing to patient management and physician decision making. He is Assistant Professor at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is fully committed to resident education and training.
Charles Sherman, MD has worked for the last 20 years as a pulmonary epidemiologist, pulmonologist and critical care clinician. He also teaches at the Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University and has received numerous teaching awards for education at all training levels. He has extensive clinical research experience, both at Harvard and Brown, in the areas of asthma, COPD, tuberculosis, and tobacco use. For the past 10 years, he has worked on short-term COPD, tuberculosis and AIDS projects in Latin America, Africa, and Eurasia. He is one of the founders of Brown University's involvement in the Asante Medical Exchange Program (renamed AMPATH Consortium) and has been involved in the program for over a decade. In 2006, he served as a consultant and educator in Togliatti, Russia sponsored by the American International Health Alliance. His responsibilities included: assessing the needs of local physicians with respect to TB, TB-HIV, and opportunistic infections in HIV patients and developing a curriculum to address the educational needs using a series of lectures, x-ray sessions, and case presentations.
Josiah Rich, MD is Professor of Medicine and a member of the Infectious Diseases division at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He has worked extensively in Russia in collaboration with the American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and has also received grant funding for research in Russia through the Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF). He is director of the Center for Prison Health and Human Rights and has been asked to provide expertise and training in the area of medical care among incarcerated individuals by many national and international organizations. He is also an expert in providing combined medical care and HIV care with substance abuse treatment for individuals with opiate addiction. He has published over one hundred papers in the area of infectious diseases and substance abuse.