• The Global Health Initiative Team

    The Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center brings together faculty, fellows, researchers, nurses, social workers, psychologists, health educators, and managers to help support international projects on childhood cancer and blood disorders.

    • Leslie Lehmann, MD, is the Clinical Director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Center and the Medical Director of the Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, as well as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Since 2008, she has been collaborating with foreign partners and nonprofit organizations such as Partners In Health in Haiti and Rwanda to design programs that effectively deliver quality pediatric oncology care in low- and middle-income countries.
    • Irini Albanti, DrPH, MPH, MA, is the inaugural Director of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She manages GHI international efforts and provides strategic and scientific leadership on the design, implementation, and evaluation of global childhood cancer programs in Central and South America, the Middle East, the Caucasus Region, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. Irini started her career in healthcare as the Administrator at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) at NYU Langone Health in 2004, where she was exposed to international health planning for HIV clinics in Kenya. She then became the Deputy Director at a 150-bed general hospital in Greece leading clinical operations, finance, human resources, purchasing, facilities, real estate, marketing, and other functions. She later launched the first International Patients Department at Euromedica and was responsible for the evacuation and hospitalization of war patients from Libya and delivery of systems-strengthening technical assistance to hospitals after conflict. In her capacity as Practicum Preceptor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, she mentors Master of Public Health students in designing and executing global health research projects in strategy, leadership, quality improvement, impact assessment, and clinical operations. She is Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt certified (2017), serves as Consulting Producer on the How I Live documentary, received the Women Leaders in Global Health Fellowship Award from Stanford University (2017), and was selected for the Emerging Leaders Program at UMass (2019). Her research interest is hospital capacity building in resource-limited countries and bridging business concepts with science and public health. Irini holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (American College of Thessaloniki), a Master of Arts in Communication (University of Miami), a Master of Public Health (Columbia University), and a Doctorate of Public Health (Boston University School of Public Health). Her DrPH dissertation was on strategic planning for the establishment of pediatric oncology units in low-resource settings.

    Team Members:

    • Natasha Archer, MD, MPH — Haiti
    • Amy Billett, MD
    • Brian Delaney, PsyD, is the Director of the Psychology Fellowship in Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology, Senior Psychologist, and member of the Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, and Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He has provided program support to psychosocial services in South America, the Caribbean, and Southeast Asia.
    • Lisa Diller, MD
    • Jorge Fernandez, LICSW, is a senior member of the Division of Pediatric Psychosocial Oncology and member of the Global Health Initiative at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. He began working in pediatric oncology in 1999. His international experience in pediatric psychosocial oncology includes: clinical consultation, assessment, program development, staff support, abandonment reduction, and patient communication and education with partner sites in Asia, South America and the Caribbean.
    • Lindsay Frazier, MD, ScM — El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala
    • Alejandro Gutierrez, MD — Colombia
    • Lisa Morrissey, MSN, RN, CPON, MPH — Colombia, Dominican Republic, Georgia, Myanmar
    • Chris I. Wong, MD
    • Colleen Nixon, MSN, RN, CPHON®
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