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

Lisa Stevens, Ph.D.
Deputy Director of Planning & Operations
(Planning, Cancer Control, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Eurasia)

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)

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

Brian Davis, M.H.A.
Program Analyst

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

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

Catherine Hidalgo
Program Analyst
(Evaluation, Communication)

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

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

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

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)

Jack Welch, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical Officer
(Clinical Trials, Rare Cancer Initiatives, sub-Saharan Africa)

Evidence Dissemination, Policy, and Diplomacy Branch

Cathy Muha, R.N., M.S.N.
Branch Chief
(Cancer Control, Oncology Nursing, Latin America)

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

Roxanne Brew
Program Analyst
(Project ECHO, Evaluation)

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

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)

Terri Harshman
Program Analyst
(Executive and Administrative Support)

Rhonda Robinson
Staff Assistant

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

Center for Global Health Fellows

Mina Akhavan
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow
(Data Analysis)

Vicent Butera, M.P.H.
Cancer Research Training Award Fellow

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

  • Updated: February 5, 2019