2020 NISA Abstract Review Committee

All submitted abstracts go through a blind peer-review process carried out by an independent reviewing committee.

2020 NISA Abstract Review Committee

Dr. Muktar Aliyu

Dr. Aliyu is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Associate Director (Research) with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health.

He attended medical school at the Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and holds masters and doctorate degrees in public health from the George Washington University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), USA. He joined Vanderbilt University after completing residency and fellowship training at Meharry Medical College and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests are in implementation science approaches to assessing drivers of sustainable, high quality HIV/AIDS services in resource-constrained settings.

He is a recipient of several awards, including the UAB Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, the American College of Preventive Medicine’s William Kane ‘Rising Star’ award, the Mayo Foundation’s William Summerskill Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, the UAB Alumni Award for Scientific Excellence, and the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Aliyu is a diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

George K. Sibbery, MD, MPH, FAAP, FPIDS

Dr. Siberry is a pediatric infectious disease physician who directs the PEPFAR technical unit on HIV care, treatment and TB for the State Department (S/GAC).

He is also responsible for helping provide technical direction and leadership on pediatric HIV in PEPFAR programs globally, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Siberry joined NICHD as a medical officer in 2008 and has been seconded to S/GAC since 2014. He participates in WHO HIV Guidelines development and serves on the US pediatric ARV guidelines and US Perinatal Guidelines Panels. Dr. Siberry co-authors pediatric HIV chapters in Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles & Practice of Infectious Diseases and Long, Pickering & Prober’s Principles & Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

He is Associate Chief Editor for the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal for which he oversees the HIV Reports section. He has provided care to children and youth with HIV infection at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for over 20 years.

Rachel Sturke, PHD, MPH, MIA

Dr. Sturke currently serves as Deputy Director and Senior Scientist in the Division of International Science Policy, Planning, and Evaluation and the Center for Global Health Studies at the Fogarty International Center at NIH. 

In this role, she oversees a portfolio of global implementation science projects and the program evaluation portfolio for Fogarty.  Dr. Sturke’s work in implementation science includes a focus on building research capacity in implementation science in low- and middle-income countries and using innovative platforms to bring implementation scientists together with decision-makers and program implementers from LMICs. 

Dr. Sturke has worked extensively in India, Ecuador, Peru, and sub-Saharan Africa.  She is an active member of the NIH Dissemination and Implementation Science Working Group, leads a trans-NIH working group focusing on building capacity for global implementation science, and has co-chaired the global track for the NIH-sponsored Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation for several years.

Dr Stuke has been working with the Nigeria Implementation Science Alliance since 2015.

Dr. Theddeus Iheanacho, MD

Dr. Iheanacho is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Errera Community Care Center, VA Connecticut Healthcare System. His clinical work is in community psychiatry and his research focuses on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for common mental and substance use disorders in community settings using task-sharing and collaborative care models.

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