About us

Our Mission

The mission of OHSU Global Southeast Asia is to partner with the best public and private institutions in SE Asia to enhance OHSU's leadership in health and science innovation.

History of Global Health at OHSU

In 2006, following several years of increasing campus-wide activity related to global health, students of the Global Health Alliance proposed a plan for a Global Health Center at OHSU. Subsequently, former OHSU President Peter Kohler and Provost Lesley Hallick established a campus-wide Global Health Initiative Steering Committee to "develop a proposal for an interdisciplinary Global Health Center at OHSU that would focus on collaboration, advocacy, research, education around health issues that connect countries and people all around the globe."  President Joseph Robertson announced the creation of the enterprise wide OHSU Global Health Center in August 2007.

OHSU Global Team

OHSU Global Joseph Robertson

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

Joe Robertson, M.D., M.B.A., 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 healthcare 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 most recently, dean of the School of Medicine. 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 (ARVO), and American Society of Retina Specialists, The Retina Society.

OHSU Global Justin Denny

Justin Denny, M.D., M.P.H.

Director of OHSU Global, SE Asia

Kathryn Robertson Professor of Global Health

Dr. Justin Denny is the appointed Director of OHSU Global in Southeast Asia and brings 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. Dr. Denny completed his residency training at OHSU in family and preventive medicine and later served as this department's residency director.

OHSU Global Leah Cronn

Leah Cronn, J.D.
Assistant Professor/Associate Director, OHSU Global, SE Asia

Ms. Leah Cronn trained as an attorney and is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director with OHSU Global - Southeast Asia. Over the last 20 years, Ms. Cronn has been involved in numerous large scale international and philanthropic business development efforts. Before joining OHSU, Ms. 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. Ms. Cronn also launched a non-profit organization, Marathon Scholars, which has raised millions of dollars for low income children to attend college, sits on the Board of Directors for The Schlesinger Family Foundation and teaches Access to Education at Portland State University.

Sara Schwanke Khilji OHSU Global

Sara Schwanke Khilji, M.D.
OHSU Global Director of Interprofessional Education

A native of Oregon, Dr. 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. She 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. She is also keenly interested in medical education, and was responsible for creating and implementing the first clinical sub-internship program in Malaysia.

Paul Bollinger

Paul Bollinger, M.P.H.
Operations Director, OHSU Global, SE Asia

Paul 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 (a Portland based NGO) 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.
OHSU Global Joanna Cummings

Joanna Cummings, MS, RD
Coordinator and Instructor of the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI)

Joanna is the Coordinator and Instructor for the Lao-American Nutrition Institute (LANI) in Vientiane, Lao. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition from Oregon Health &Science University (OHSU) and is a Registered Dietitian (RD). Her clinical and research experience includes pediatric and adult nutrition, inherited metabolic disorders, oncology, and bone marrow transplant. Joanna 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 (LEND) trainee at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center (CDRC) 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.  Joanna is based in Vientiane, Lao. 

OHSU Global Nikki Nichapa Prasarttongosoth

Nichapa Prasarttongosoth
Thai Protocol Manager

Nichapa Prasarttongosoth, who goes by Nikki, serves as the Thai Protocol Manager for OHSU Global in SE Asia. 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.

OHSU Global Keleigh Glisson

Keleigh Glisson, M.A.
Administrative Coordinator

Keleigh spent several years studying and working throughout the Middle East. Following the completion of her MA, 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 Portland, her hometown, in 2009. She spent the last several years working with OHSU's Interprofessional Initiative focusing on interprofessional education and patient safety. Keleigh and her husband enjoy the outdoors, traveling and spending time with their families.