GHCiStaff_steveSteven J. Thompson

As a longtime executive leader at two of the U.S.' most influential academic healthcare systems, and an acclaimed pioneer of global healthcare partnerships, Steve was influential in the founding of GHCi and remains a close advisor and supporter. Steve is Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he's responsible for both international and domestic business relationships. Previous to that he was the founder and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine International (JHI), the 400-employee international arm of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Starting at a time when cross-border hospital partnerships were almost unheard of, Steve created innovative pathways to international collaboration that led to Hopkins' strategic involvement in some 30 hospital building and improvement projects in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Steve is widely recognized as the U.S.' foremost authority on healthcare globalization strategies, and has written and spoken extensively on that and other topics in healthcare leadership, including health-system design and workforce development. He has served on a number of boards in the public and private sectors and has written extensively on global healthcare and leadership.



David H. FreedmanGHCiStaff_Dave

Dave is co-founder, president and executive editor of GHCi. A contributing editor at The Atlantic, and a contributor to Scientific American, he has at various times written regularly for The New York Times, Science, Newsweek, Discover, Forbes and Inc. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which is WRONG, which has been lauded in publications ranging from The British Medical Journal to The Wall Street Journal as a groundbreaking and revealing analysis of the problems that beset research studies in medicine, public health, economics, management and more. Much of his writing has been related to the roles of policy, industry and journalism in guiding health-related behavior change, as well as in improving global healthcare. His articles on medicine and science have appeared in several collections of writing, including The Norton Reader and The Best American Science and Nature Writing. He has consulted to a number of major academic medical centers, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard-associated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, New York University and McGill University. David has been a frequent keynote speaker at health, science and industry conferences, has appeared many times on U.S. television network news, has won numerous awards for his writing, served as a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Resident, and occasionally teaches college journalism. See a curated list of Dave's published articles and books here.






GHCiStaff_AlanaAlana Assenmacher

Alana is a news consultant for GHCi. She started working for GHCi in June 2015 as a research assistant and has evolved her role as the company has expanded. She graduated from Boston University’s School of Public Health with her Master's degree in January 2017, and specialized in global health. An advocate for maternal and child health, her graduate capstone project focused on the overarching opioid epidemic that gave rise to neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) cases within Massachusetts as well as throughout the country, and the best practices for treating and preventing substance abuse during pregnancy. In addition to her graduate degree, she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University, with a specialization in health promotion. She is passionate about health policy, human rights and healthcare for all. When she isn’t working, she enjoys watching college sports, listening to music, traveling and drinking copious amounts of coffee.



Leslie Brokaw

As deputy editor, Leslie helps oversee GHCi's editorial content and its larger vision as a resource for healthcare and hospital influencers. She began her career at the U.S. business magazine Inc., first as a writer and later as editor-in-chief of She went on to be editor of Leader magazine, a publication for adult volunteers of Girl Scouts of the USA, and of Colloquy India, a magazine about customer engagement for the Canadian company LoyaltyOne. For several years she wrote about film and the business of art as a weekly columnist for the Boston Globe, and she has co-authored the annual Frommer's guidebooks to Montréal and Québec City since 2006. Leslie teaches magazine publishing at Emerson College in Boston, and since 2010 has been a contributing editor to MIT Sloan Management Review.



Jacqueline DiChiaraGHCiStaff_Jackie1

Jackie, an assistant editor at GHCi, is an established healthcare writer whose work has been featured in numerous healthcare industry publications. A former university professor, college lecturer, editor and copy editor, Jackie has a Bachelor's degree in English and Theatre Arts from Mount Holyoke College, and a Master's degree in Teaching from Fairleigh Dickinson University.






Alex Freedman

Based in Portland, Oregon, Alex is one of our global correspondents. He has specialized in healthcare innovation and community health since earning his BA in neuroscience from Pomona College, where his clinical research as a student included studying stress responses and blood-thinning-medication dosing. He has been involved in developing higher-nutrition local food-production systems, improving healthcare access for rural youth, and developing a college community-health curriculum. Alex has lived and worked in India, Spain, and Thailand, and has studied six languages. Outside of GHCi, he has written on education, culture, and travel.





Ali Greatsinger

As senior editor, Ali has a lead role managing content production, marketing strategy and website operation. She is a healthcare researcher and program coordinator whose work has primarily focused on health disparities and preventative health. Prior to joining GHCi, Ali served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer in Roanoke, Virginia, where she led an evaluation of anti-hunger programs throughout the Appalachian region, and was coordinating producer of the PBS documentary film “The State of Eugenics.” She has had a strong interest in global healthcare delivery since college, when she worked to develop programming around tuberculosis and food security in Callao, Peru. Ali received a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.




Reena Karasin

Reena is a journalism intern for GHCi, where she focuses on global healthcare reporting and industry research. She is also a Metro Correspondent for the Boston Globe, and writes on topics including policy, education and poverty for several Boston-area publications. She graduated from Tufts University in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in English.







Tarsilla S. MouraGHCiStaff_Tarsilla

Tarsilla is GHCi’s managing editor and a lead writer in the magazine’s Latin America bureau. She recently graduated from Emerson College with a Master's degree in Publishing and Writing, and completed her graduate thesis on the applicability of online fanfiction within the publishing industry. After a brief stint as a pre-med candidate, she received a Bachelor's degree in English Language & Literature from the University of Maryland, with a focus on creative writing and editing. Tarsilla divides her time between Boston, Washington D.C. and her home country of Brazil. When not working for GHCi, she is either tutoring international students on English writing and speaking, reviewing romance novels, or reading and writing underground internet fanfiction.



Ben Rabin 

Ben serves as associate editor and researcher for GHCi. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to teach English courses and advise engineering PhD candidates at Koszalin University of Technology in Poland. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a Chemistry minor in 2016 from Oberlin College. Ben plans to study medicine, and is particularly interested in primary care and academic medicine.





Hedy Veith 

Hedy is a summer intern for the GHCi team, where she is researching and writing global healthcare news items, as well as contributing to articles and reports. She is a rising junior at Tufts University, double majoring in Economics and Community Health. At Tufts, Hedy is on the varsity women’s lacrosse team.






Changhong Zhang

Hong is GHCi’s Shanghai-based China correspondent. She received a Master’s Degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College, and another in English Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University. She is the co-author of Dragon’s Teeth, the biography of an Asian-American World War II hero whose nine medals weren’t awarded until 64 years after his service. Hong has a special interest in the plight of migrant workers in China. She also teaches English, and is a dancer.





Alissa Zimmer

Alissa is a social media consultant for GHCi, having joined the company in January 2016. Alissa is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree at Northeastern University in Political Science and Environmental Studies. She will be living and studying in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the first half of 2017, where she will also be contributing to Latin America coverage for GHCi. She is passionate about climate change and health, and improving infrastructure and health systems to create resilient communities. When she's not tweeting away for GHCi, Alissa enjoys her bicycle, community organizing and traveling every which way she can.




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Alessandra Bianchi

Catherine Elton

David Fischer

Teresa L. Johnson

Laura Kiesel

Shannon Lee

Larry Lindner

Megan Margulies

Megan Popkin

Stephanie Schorow

Ron Shinkman

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