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Aaron Epstein received his undergraduate degree in Economics and International Policy Studies from Rice University in Houston, Texas and Master's degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He has a professional history working with defense industry and in the national security arena focusing on Middle East affairs. He has also spent a significant amount of time in the Middle East. After returning from the region in 2011 he switched career fields to focus on global humanitarian and medical work. He is now attending Georgetown University's School of Medicine. Aaron combines his previous global security networks with current medical networks to provide medical services in conflict areas and austere environments where other aid groups are often unable to go. Having intimate knowledge of the damage caused by warfare, he and his organization seek to immediately change realities on the ground by leaving a lasting humanitarian impact with local medical personnel and populations.
Dr. Beyene graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts from the Plan II Honors Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his M.D. from the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University in Manhattan, New York. While there, he dedicated 2 years to research as the Brain Tumor Fellow for the Department of Neurosurgery, graduating with a distinction in research. He also engaged in a 2 month, subsidized medical education mission to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. After completing medical school, Dr. Beyene did his internship at Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. After his third year of residency, he again took a dedicated year to do research in the department of trauma and surgical critical care. In residency, he also worked to further surgical and undergraduate education by becoming the resident liaison for the Georgetown University School of Medicine Trauma Interest Group and teaching a course in the physics of ultrasonography at Catholic University. Dr. Beyene’s professional interests are in trauma, surgical critical care, emergency general surgery, and medical ethics. His research interests include combat trauma and surgery with limited resources, including rural and low-and-middle-income settings. He is a member of the WHO Global Initiative for Essential and Emergency Surgical Care.
Peter Sloan is a 1985 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. After graduating from the USAF Academy he completed instructor pilot training at Randolph AFB in San Antonio and became an instructor pilot with the USAF. After returning to the civilian world, Peter became Chief Pilot of a Part 135 Executive Charter Operation and Vice President of its aircraft sales division. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor/Instrument Flight Instructor ratings. In 2005 he received his Master's degree (Magna Cum Laude) from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology where he took several courses in nonprofit organization and governance. He also received a graduate degree in Franciscan Spirituality from Washington Theological Union in 2008. Peter has worked for several nonprofit organizations with operations around the world and brings significant experience to GSMSG.
Jason Tauches is the General Counsel for Global Surgical and Medical Supplies Group. He has extensive experience in both domestic and international law. He has represented over 1000 clients in civil and criminal litigation, and served as a consultant for UNESCO. He has lectured on the law at Harvard University and Sonoma State University. Before receiving a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law and a Master of Laws from New York University School of Law, Mr. Tauches served as an Officer of Marines for six years and completed a number of overseas deployments to include deployments to both Kuwait and Iraq.
Steven W. Swann, MD FACS and former Command Surgeon for USSOCOM began his career with his Bachelor of Science Degree (cum laude) from Tennessee Technological University in 1979 on a 4-year ROTC Scholarship in which he was named a Distinguished Military Graduate. Initially entering the Army as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry, he served in a number of Cavalry and Infantry units with the 9th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, WA. He received a Doctor of Medicine Degree (MD) from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in 1986. Following an internship at Madigan Army Medical Center, COL(Ret) Swann subsequently completed specialty training in General Surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center, Presidio of San Francisco, CA and Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Academy of Disaster Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College. COL Swann is a Founding- and past-Member of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine. Assignments have included Command Surgeon, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Tampa, FL; Command Surgeon, Army Warrior Transition Command, Arlington, VA; Commander, 30th Medical Brigade and V Corps Surgeon/Multinational Corp-Iraq Surgeon (OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, 05-07, Unit Awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation), Heidelberg, Germany; Commander, Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital and Joint Readiness Training Center Surgeon (Unit Awarded the Army Superior Unit Award), Fort Polk, LA; Commander, Joint Medical Augmentation Unit and Command Surgeon, Joint Special Operations Command (OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, Command Awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award), Fort Bragg, NC; Commander, 168th Area Support Medical Battalion, Taegu, Republic of Korea; Commander (PROFIS), 31st Combat Support Hospital, Fort Bliss, TX; Division Surgeon, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, KY; Regimental Surgeon, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY; and Battalion Surgeon, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Okinawa, Japan. Additionally, COL(Ret) Swann served as the Director, J5 Integration Division, JTF CapMed, Bethesda, MD; Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Lyster Army Community Hospital, Fort Rucker, AL; and as a staff General Surgeon, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY.
Dr. Tabry graduated from the French School of Medicine in Beirut, Lebanon in 1970 and then went on to complete his general surgery residency training at the American University of Beirut in 1974 as well as receive his board certificaiton. He enhanced his surgical training by completing a cardiac surgery residency at Yale University in 1977. Simultaneously he received fellowship in congenital heart disease at the Hektoen Institute in Cook County, IL in 1975. Dr. Tabry's surgical training continued with his completing yet another cardiac surgery fellowship from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN in 1978. In 1990 Dr. Tabry trained with Professor Magdi Yacoub at the National Institute of Health in London, England on "homograft replacement," and in 1991, trained with Professor Alain Carpentier in Paris, France on mitral valve repair. His positions and posts have included Chief Cardiac Surgeon at Michigan State University from 1978-1980, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, FL from 1990-1993, previous Chief of Department of Surgery and Chief of Cardio-Thoracic surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL, past President of the Caducean Society of Fort Lauderdale and previous President of the Fort Lauderdale Surgical Society. He has specialized in adult cardiac surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL since 1980 and continues practicing to the current day. Dr. Tabry is fluent in Arabic, French, and English, is extensively involved in global surgical missions and has been awarded on numerous occasions for his charitable works. He is the recipient of the St. Luke Humanitarian Award(St Luke Society of South Florida) and the Spirit of Christmas Award (the parish community of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Fort Lauderdale, FL). In 2012 Dr. Tabry was knighted in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.
Colonel (Ret) and Sister Deirdre Byrne is an active missionary sister and superior as well as a board-certified family practitioner and general surgeon. She completed medical school and surgical residency at Georgetown University in Washington DC and, at the same time, joined the Army through their HPSP program. On September 11, 2001 she was at the site of the Twin Towers attacks ministering in the rubble. She retired from the United States Army in 2009 after 29 years of service in the military including deployments to Afghanistan. After her career with the US Army, she joined the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart community which has a heavy emphasis on overseas medical missionary work and providing free medical care for the poor and uninsured. At the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington DC, she currently serves the dual roles of clinic director and general surgeon where she and her teams provide medical/surgical services to the uninsured in the Washington Diocese. She is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts house, where the sisters run a pro-bono physical therapy clinic and diabetic eye clinic, as well as a pre-school for underserved children. Sister Deirdre routinely participates in medical missions in Kenya, Haiti, Sudan and Iraq.
Dr. Stahl is an internationally recognized expert in adapting principles of aviation safety to the healthcare industry to increase patient safety. Dr. Stahl is board-certified in cardiothoracic surgery as well as surgical critical care and general surgery. He has been involved in many aspects of clinical medicine and medical research for over 20 years. He is also an FAA certified airline transport pilot (ATP) and has logged thousands of hours in the cockpit. He is the author of over 75 text book chapters, peer reviewed publications and presentations on a variety of clinical and systems topics that include surgical teamwork and team training, patient safety and the High Reliability Mindset. Dr. Stahl has been one of the pioneers in the role of robotics and computer-assisted surgery in modern operating rooms and has taught numerous courses on robotic-assisted surgery as well as performed surgical procedures all over the world. He has developed simulator models to teach surgeons robotic and endoscopic techniques. As a pilot he has type ratings in various complex, high performance aircraft and has additional experience in acrobatic flying.
Michael Karch, MD, FAAOS is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and is a Fellow of the Academy of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Karch specializes in Mass Casualty Trauma Response and Instruction, Orthopeadic Trauma, Anterior Hip Replacement, Total Knee Replacement and Complex Revision Hip and Knee Surgery. Dr. Karch graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware and with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. Following a surgical intern year at Loma Linda University Medical Center and additional years of general surgery training, he completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Georgetown. Dr. Karch completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Trauma at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute, in Taos New Mexico, concentrating on advanced arthroscopic techniques, ski and snowboard injuries and complex periarticular trauma. He has completedadditional fellowship level work in Advanced and Masters AO trauma techniques domestically and in Europe. Dr. Karch was a co-recipient of the Adelina Award, the highest honor awarded for humanitarian work in the Philippines, for his work leading the Forward Surgical Team that deployed to Tacloban City in the Philippines just after the super storm Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall. Dr. Karch has received two letters of commendation from the President of the United States of America for his work at Ground Zero and he has been recognized by the United Nations on World Humanitarian Days for his work in Nepal. Internationally, Dr. Karch is recognized for his instruction in mass casualty medicine based upon his real experiences in disaster zones.
Dr. Epstein is a senior attending with the Memorial Health Care System in Hollywood Florida. In addition to his Interventional Radiology practice of over 25 years, he has served on many hospital, local, state and national medical society committees, including 16 years with the Jurisdiction 9 Medicare Advisory Committee. He previously served on the clinical faculty of University of Miami Medical School, and is now a member of the clinical medical faculties of Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and Nova Southeastern Medical School. He has also led several international medical missions to remote and austere parts of the world recently focusing on South and Central America.
Rishi Rattan is an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a trauma and critical care surgeon at the Ryder Trauma Center of Jackson Memorial Hospital. Through the US Army Trauma Training Center, he trains Forward Surgical Teams in surgical and mass casualty skills before deployment to austere settings. Dr. Rattan serves as a Medical Team Manager for a federal Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. His previous international humanitarian and development experience includes clinical, advocacy, and political work with NGOs in Haiti and India and as an independent advisor to the Government of Haiti, US Department of State, and the United Nations, including members of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Security Council. He recently completed his tenure as a board member for an NGO focused on developing medical education systems in resource-poor settings. Dr. Rattan lectures and teaches about global health and humanitarian response at universities, medical schools, and law schools. His work and research have been published in lay and academic press, translated into several languages, and presented internationally.
Dr. Khaled Emara is an leading orthopedic surgeon who subspecializes in pediatric orthopedics, orthopedic trauma, and management of deformities and limb lengthening and reconstruction. He completed his M.D. degree from Ain shams university in 1990. He received an advanced masters degree and doctoral degree in 1994 and 1998 respectively. He is European board certified in orthopedics and traumatology subsequently completing a AO fellowship in Switzerland. He also has completed multiple fellowships including an orthopedic trauma fellowship in Ohio and a pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis fellowship in Texas. Dr. Emara is also a professor and Director of orthopedic surgery trauma and limb reconstruction at the Ain shams university specialized Hospital in Egypt. Dr. Emara has been published numerous times in international scientific journals in the field of limb lengthening and reconstruction and pediatric orthopedics, and routinely gives lectures and presentations around the world. His complete CV includes over 40 published papers and 170 lectures and presentations. Dr. Emara is also a reviewer for several journals including Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research, International Orthopedics, and the Indian Journal of Orthopedics. He's also the editor at World Journal of Orthopedics. Dr. Emara routinely travels around the world providing charitable surgical services and is happy to have joined GSMSG where his unique skill sets can be put to use with the most desperate populations facing the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.
Bill Daddio is the retired Associate Director for Protection/Chief, U.S. Mint Police. He was responsible for directing all protection programs and law enforcement functions for all the U.S. Mints facilities located in Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia, PA; West Point, NY; Denver, CO; San Francisco, CA and the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, KY. In that capacity, he provided advice and performed high value asset security services for other governments and other U.S. Government agencies. During his over 25 year tenure, the U.S. Mint Police developed into a nationally recognized law enforcement agency, and the U.S. Mint Police was awarded the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial’s Distinguished Service Award in 2001. He and his organization were commended by the President and the Secretary for their quick and effective response to the Katrina disaster. His law enforcement and academic interests focus on understanding terrorism, mitigating bio-terrorism, developing methods that can improve cooperation to prevent transnational crime, and examining survivor issues, especially those of survivors of police officer deaths. Dr. Daddio provides consultation services to numerous countries on the protection and transportation of high-value assets and the control of transnational crime.
Jon-Paul Bernard is a Foreign Service specialist for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Jon-Paul is responsible for the security of Foreign Service personnel, property, and information throughout the world. Prior to the Foreign Service he served in the U.S. Army Reserves for 8 years, deploying twice to Iraq. His deployments allowed him to see firsthand the citizens of Iraq fighting for a better nation; the sad state of affairs that country is in, the monumental hardships of many families, and their need for a working government and better economy. Public service has been a cornerstone of Jon-Paul’s life, whether it was volunteering in Veterans’ homes, retirement facilities, international student exchange organizations, his military service, or activities of the student veterans’ organizations. It is his belief that service to one’s country and community is a lifelong pursuit. Jon-Paul is an alumnus of Georgetown’s Security Studies Program and has a political science degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Kristin Pettersen, a Marine Corps (veteran), has a Masters degree from Georgetown University's Security Studies Program where she focused on international stability operations. She currently works for the US government conducting assessments of the security sector reforms completed in Afghanistan. During her time at Georgetown she was selected as a Global Initiatives Security Fellow and served on the board of the Georgetown Student Veterans Association (GUSVA). Originally from Wisconsin, she studied Comparative Politics and Spanish for her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University, in Washington State. After serving in the Marine Corps Reserves for 6 years as a logistics specialist, she subsequently served with the Peace Corps in southern Africa for 2.5 years, as a development volunteer. She has held a variety of positions with internationally focused NGOs - such as Mercy Corps - and academic institutions, to include Georgetown and the University of Maryland. She has traveled to over 26 countries on 5 continents, most recently conducting research on Demobilization, Disarmament, and Reintegration (DDR) in Colombia.
Mohammed Arkan is an Iraq-Subject Matter Expert. Mohammed worked in Iraq for a number of years prior to attending the University of Wyoming where he completed his B.A degree majoring in International Studies and Political Science with a minor in Governance and Conflict Resolution and a regional concentration on North Africa and the Middle East. Mohammed relocated to Washington D.C. in 2013 and earned his Masters of Science degree at George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Mohammed is a native speaker of Arabic with near native fluency in English. He has strong ties to the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, as he continues to travel to the region periodically to closely monitor and evaluate the security conditions and socio-political dynamics of the region.
Juliana Balich graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts from Washington College where she was named top graduate of the Political Science department. She was awarded a research fellowship at the Ridgway Center for International Security Studies where she worked for the next two years while earning her masters in arts in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently, Juliana attended the U.S. Navy's Officer Candidate School and earned her commission as an Intelligence Officer. During her naval career she completed assignments supporting the Directorate of Intelligence at the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence and Operations Center, as well as for a U.S. air reconnaissance unit. Juliana later transitioned from her career in the Navy to consulting for the cyber and military intelligence community for Booz Allen Hamilton. Currently, she co-owns a small government contracting business that offers custom computer programming, design, and facilities management services, and administrative management and general management consulting services.
Dr. Mitchell is currently professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has been Chairman of the Government Department, and also Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs at SFS-Q. During the 2008-10 academic years, Dr. Mitchell took Leave from Georgetown, and was the Acting Chancellor of The American University of Iraq - Sulaimani (see www.auis.edu.iq). His research interest lies in the relationship between political thought and theology in the West. He has published articles in The Review of Politics, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Religion, APSR, Political Theory and Critical Review. In 1993 his book, Not by Reason Alone: Religion, History, and Identity in Early Modern Political Thought, was published by the University of Chicago Press. A second book, The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and American Future, was published in 1995, also by the University of Chicago Press. Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times, was published by Princeton University Press in 2006. His most recent book, Tocqueville in Arabia: Dilemmas in the Democratic Age, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2013. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “Reinhold Niebuhr and the Politics of Hope.”
Adnan is a native to Erbil, Iraq, fluent in Kurdish, Arabic, and English, and is the Kurdistan Regional Advisor for GSMSG. From 2003-2007 he worked with the US military and US Special Forces in Iraq in the capacity of interpreter and cultural advisor. During a combat mission in Operation Iraqi Freedom he was critically injured by an IED and subsequently required more than 20 surgeries. After his time serving with the US forces, Adnan became heavily involved in charitable efforts with various organizations to rebuild the the region. From 2008-2011 he worked with the International Rescue Committee facilitating several high level meetings by again acting as an interpreter and cultural advisor. In 2011 and 2012 Adnan served as the head of logistics and technical operations for SLS Security in Iraq giving frequent briefings on the threat environment to international actors. In his current capacity with the NGO Qandil, he serves as the protection team leader and also facilitates refugee applications for aid, asylum, and higher education and simultaneously serves as the field coordinator for the global NGO World Vision. His most addition to his extensive list of ongoing programs includes project assistant for the joint UNDP/Kurdish Regional Government program "Kurdistan Vision 2020" where he supervises more that 13 programs which all require significant coordination between the global parties involved. He is currently pursuing his MBA degree.
Kristi Arthur holds a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Washington with a specialization in social welfare policy and Masters of International Human Rights Law (LLM) from the University of Oxford with a specialization in refugee law and rights of children. Kristi worked with at-risk youth as a family law social worker and refugee resettlement caseworker in the United States. Kristi worked as a social worker in rural villages in Kenya and with the United States Refuge Admissions Program (USRAP) in Sub-Saharan Africa. During her time with the USRAP, Kristi worked in 14 different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa traveling to refugee camps and urban locations to interview refugees for possible resettlement to the United States. Kristi also held the position of Child Protection Specialist with USRAP and in consultation with the Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (BPRM) developed global guidance on the resettlement of unaccompanied and separated refugee children to the United States. In 2014, Kristi began working with UNHCR in Baghdad, Iraq and in mid-2014 transferred to UNHCR Erbil, Iraq office to work with Iraqi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).
As an extension of her work as a professional architect, Patricia Andrasik joined the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning at the Catholic University of America two years ago as a tenure-track assistant professor. She teaches within the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program and serves as the Head of Sustainability Outreach. Professor Andrasik holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma and was a Fulbright Student Scholar at the Technical University of Slovakia. She has also served as a Visiting Professor of Architecture at the Lebanese American University in Beirut prior to returning the U.S to practice. Patricia’s professional portfolio has spanned a wide range of building types, including fire stations, military establishments, governmental and retail institutions. It includes all facets of sustainable design from schematic planning, design development and construction management to post occupancy studies and LEED Certification. Her international work focuses on creating sustainability building workshops and constructing sustainable housing for the poor. Locally, she assists non-profit organizations with architectural services such as renovations, additions and new construction. The interaction of her practice and research have successfully fused building performance analytics, human factors, and third party green certification as a means of improving sustainable building design. This course of work has been recognized globally through publications, and numerous conferences. Working with organizations like the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Little Workers of the Sacred Heart, Architecture for Humanity, and Habitat for Humanity to pursue her independent research efforts have led to her to become a strong advocate for those dispossessed by war and civil strife.
Shaughnessy Costigan received her BA from Yale University in 2009, after which she worked as a financial analyst on Wall Street for two years. Both during her time at Yale and after, she engaged in numerous population health outreach projects around the globe, addressing issues of community health education, malaria prevention, and access to healthcare. Her research has similarly focused on healthcare utilization and access in medically underserved populations. Shaughnessy’s determination to bring health and wellness to communities in need led her to pursue a career in medicine. She is currently completing her medical doctorate at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Lisa Prince has worked at the Georgetown Medical Center since 2014. She has a BA in International Affairs with a focus on conflict and security and the Middle East. Prior to working at Georgetown, she worked for two policy focused think tanks in DC. Lisa is currently completing her MBA at Georgetown and is passionate about applying her business skills to causes in the Middle East.