Education at OHSU

Staff for OHSU Global SE Asia

Joe Robertson, Jr., M.D., M.B.A
Director, OHSU Global

Joe Robertson, appointed OHSU's president in 2006, has led numerous initiatives aimed at providing improved health care access to Oregonians. Other professional interests include the development of health care delivery systems and the application of cost accounting principles to medical practice, with the goal of reducing expenses for care while enhancing patient outcomes. He began at OHSU as a resident in 1979 and held numerous posts, including director of the Casey Eye Institute and dean of the School of Medicine. Dr. Robertson is an acclaimed surgeon and researcher who has participated in numerous clinical trials. His clinical focus is on vitreous surgery, with special emphasis on surgery for macular diseases. He received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis in 1978 and he received his business administration degree from the University of Oregon in 1997. He is also a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology, International Society for Ocular Trauma, Western Retina Study Club, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and American Society of Retina Specialists, The Retina Society.

Justin Denny, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, OHSU Global, Southeast Asia
Kathryn Robertson professor of global health

Justin Denny brings to OHSU an instant connection to global health partners in Southeast Asia from his recent engagements with the World Health Organization and United Nations. Based in Laos, he worked as a medical epidemiologist with the World Health Organization to create the country's first field epidemiology training program. He has worked to improve the skill set of public health and clinical leaders from Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.  Prior to this, he transitioned the largest global enteric disease surveillance system from London to Stockholm when working with the European Center for Disease Control. Denny completed his residency training at OHSU in family and preventive medicine and later served as this department's residency director.

Leah Cronn, J.D.
Assistant professor and associate director, OHSU Global, Southeast Asia

Leah Cronn trained as an attorney, and over the last 20 years has been involved in numerous large-scale international and philanthropic business development efforts. Before joining OHSU, Cronn designed and implemented health care programs and on-site medical clinics for large companies and worked with a spin-out of the Soros Foundation on Global Health Equity programming addressing the intersection of law and public health internationally. Cronn also launched a non-profit organization, Marathon Scholars, which has raised millions of dollars for low-income children to attend college. She also sits on the board of directors for The Schlesinger Family Foundation and teaches Access to Education at Portland State University.

Sara Schwanke Khilji, M.D.
Director of interprofessional education, OHSU Global

A native of Oregon, Sara Schwanke Khilji's interests in community health, research and clinical education have allowed her the opportunity to serve in a variety of international settings. She has worked largely in Asia, including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia and Malaysia. Schwanke Khilji is board certified in internal medicine and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on primary care. Her research interests include women's health and the intersection between human health and migration. Schwanke Khilji  is also keenly interested in medical education and was responsible for creating and implementing the first clinical sub-internship program in Malaysia.

Paul Bollinger, M.P.H.
Operations director

Paul Bollinger has over 30 years' experience in the field emergency medical services and health system development at the local, national and international levels. He received his Master of Public Health with a focus in International Health from Oregon State University. He was previously with Medical Teams International as a senior technical adviser supporting their emergency response initiatives globally with long term programmatic development in Cambodia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Uganda and Moldova. 

Joanna Cummings, M.S., R.D.
Coordinator and instructor, Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI)

Joanna Cummings received her master's degree in clinical nutrition from OHSU and is a registered dietitian. Her clinical and research experience includes pediatric and adult nutrition, inherited metabolic disorders, oncology and bone marrow transplant. Cummings previously worked as the curriculum coordinator for Metabolic University, an intensive nutrition education program for dietitians, physicians, registered nurses and genetic counselors working with patients with inherited metabolic disorders. Additionally, she has worked extensively on the development of nutrition education tools as the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities trainee at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at OHSU, Clinical and Research Dietitian at Children's Hospital Colorado, Oncology Dietitian at the University of Colorado and as an adjunct professor at the University of Northern Colorado. Cummings is based in Vientiane, Lao.

Nichapa Prasarttongosoth
Thai Protocol Manager

Nichapa Prasarttongosoth, who goes by Nikki, is originally from Thailand and has lived in the United States with her son and husband for the last 15 years. Nikki has a great passion for providing professional services in the hospitality and executive environments. With a multi-national background in a variety of industries, Nikki provides logistical, administrative and executive support to individuals, teams and departments. Nikki is fluent in the Thai and English languages and customs which allows her to bridge cultural differences and strengthen international relationships.  

Keleigh Glisson, M.A.
Administrative coordinator

Keleigh Glisson spent several years studying and working throughout the Middle East. Following the completion of her M.A., she accepted a position coordinating operations and patient care for an organization providing pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for children in the region. She returned to her hometown of Portland in 2009. She spent the last several years working with OHSU's Interprofessional Initiative focusing on interprofessional education and patient safety.