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Center for Global Health Staff

The Center for Global Health is a collaborative team of over 40 cancer researchers, scientists, and communication experts.


Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D., is serving as interim director of CGH at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Dr. Croyle was appointed director of NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) in July 2003. View Dr. Croyle's bio on the DCCPS website.

Robert Croyle, Ph.D.
Interim Director, NCI Center for Global Health
Director, DCCPS

Cathy Muha, R.N., M.S.N.
Acting Deputy Director for Policy and Health Diplomacy
Branch Chief, Evidence Dissemination, Policy, and Diplomacy Branch 
(Cancer Control, Oncology Nursing, Latin America)

Thomas Gross, M.D., Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Science
(Pediatric Oncology, Clinical and Translational Research)

Research and Training Branch

Mark Parascandola, Ph.D., M.P.H. 
Acting Branch Chief
Program Director, TCRB, DCCPS
(Epidemiology, Behavioral Research, Tobacco Control)


James Alaro, Ph.D.
Program Director
(Disparities, Training, Research Contracts, sub-Saharan Africa)

John Flanigan, M.D.
Medical Officer
(Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Research Centers)

Catherine Hidalgo
Program Analyst
(Evaluation, Communication)

Paul Pearlman, Ph.D.
Program Director
Lead, Global Health Technology
(Cancer Technologies, Medical Imaging, Bilateral Programs)

Luis Salicrup, Ph.D.
International Program Officer
(Latin America)


Yelena Shnayder, M.S.
Public Health Analyst
(Summer Curriculum, Eastern Europe)


Shannon Silkensen, Ph.D.
Program Director
(P20 Cancer Planning Grants, Cancer Centers)

Sudha Sivaram, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director
(Implementation Science, Epidemiology and Social Science, South Asia)

Stephen Taplin, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Scientist
(Cancer Screening)


Vidya Vedham, Ph.D.
Program Director
(Mhealth, Infections and Cancer, Training, South Asia)

Evidence Dissemination, Policy, and Diplomacy Branch

Cathy Muha, R.N., M.S.N.
Branch Chief
Acting Deputy Director for Policy and Health Diplomacy
(Cancer Control, Oncology Nursing, Latin America)

Rachel Abudu, MPH
Contractor, Data Analyst III

Roxanne Brew
Program Analyst
(Project ECHO, Evaluation)


Matthew Brown, Ph.D., M.P.S.
International Program Officer
(International Partnerships, China)

Ann Chao, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Health Science Administrator
(WHO, Geneva; East Asia; Surveillance Research; Epidemiology)

Mishka Cira, MPH
Contractor, Public Health Specialist III

Anita Das, MBBS, MPH
Consultant, Southeast Asia Liaison

Kalina Duncan, M.P.H.
Planning, Evaluation, Data Team Lead
(Research Program Evaluation/Analyses, Cancer Control, Global Tobacco Control, sub-Saharan Africa)

Susan Giuliani
Program Analyst
(Communications, International Visiting Delegations)

Marianne Henderson, M.S., C.P.C.
Research Projects Officer
(Research Contracts, Biobank Capacity Building)

Douglas Puricelli Perin, MPH, JD
Consultant, ICSN Program Coordinator and Support for Policy and Program Analysis and Development


Marie Ricciardone, Ph.D.
Health Science Administrator
(Middle East and North Africa Region)

Business Operations Branch

Balkissa Abdoulaye, M.A.O.M.
Operations Team Lead
(Business Operations)

Tonia Cumberledge
Contractor, Operations Coordinator

Brian Davis, M.H.A.
Program Analyst

Karen Grady
Contractor, Operations Coordinator

Terri Harshman
Program Analyst
(Executive and Administrative Support)

Jejelola Oresanya
Contractor, Operations Coordinator

Rhonda Robinson
Staff Assistant

Center for Global Health Fellows

Robel Tesfay
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
(Mhealth, Evaluation)


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