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. Steve is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was 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 was co-founder, president and executive editor of GHCi. A longtime science journalist, Dave is a contributing editor at The Atlantic and a contributor to Newsweek, and has at various times contributed to Scientific American, The New York Times, Science, Discover, and Forbes. 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 was a contributing editor for GHCi. She graduated from Boston University’s School of Public Health with her Master's degree in January 2017, and specialized in global health. 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.




Leslie Brokaw

Leslie was a contributing editor for GHCi. She teaches magazine publishing at Emerson College in Boston and since 2010 has been a contributing editor to MIT Sloan Management Review. She has been an editor at the U.S. business magazine Inc., the Girl Scouts publication Leader magazine, and LoyaltyOne’s Colloquy, a magazine about customer engagement. She has also written about film, the arts, and Québec travel.





Catherine Elton

Catherine was GHCi’s Peru-based Latin America correspondent. She has been a journalist for two decades, about half of which she has spent living in and reporting from Central and South America as a freelance foreign correspondent for U.S. newspapers, magazines and radio programs. Over the years, her work, including extensive health reporting, has appeared in Time, The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Psychology Today, and Glamour, and aired on NPR, among many others.





Alex Freedman

Based in Portland, Oregon, Alex was one of GHCi's 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

Ali was a healthcare researcher and contributing editor at GHCi, whose work primarily focused on health disparities and preventive health. She holds a Masters of Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has had a strong interest in global healthcare delivery since college, where 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.





Tarsilla S. MouraGHCiStaff_Tarsilla

As managing editor, Tarsilla had a lead role managing content production, marketing strategy, and day-to-day operations. She 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 Washington D.C. and her home country of Brazil.



Ben Rabin 

Ben served 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 is attending medical school at Emory University.




Stefanie Rubin 

Stefanie was a fall intern for GHCi, where she exercised her writing and journalistic skills and researched and reported on various global healthcare news. She received Bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations at Boston University.





Sony Salzman 

Sony was one of GHCi's global correspondents, based in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career covering the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, and has since expanded her coverage to include global health and inequity. She is an award-winning journalist and producer, a regular contributor to The Body and managing editor of GlobalHealthHub. Her byline has appeared in Vice (Tonic), MedPage TodayNovaNextAl Jazeera AmericaThe Boston Globe, and elsewhere online and in print.




Changhong Zhang

Hong was 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.




Additional Former Contributors

Cheryl Alkon

Alessandra Bianchi

Jacqueline DiChiara

David Fischer

Teresa L. Johnson

Reena Karasin

Laura Kiesel

Shannon Lee

Larry Lindner

Megan Margulies

Megan Popkin

Stephanie Schorow

Ron Shinkman

Annie Zak

Alissa Zimmer

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