Faculty and Staff
Dr. Melanie Katsivo (PhD)
Faculty Director, Global Health
Dr. Melanie Katsivo has been appointed in June 2013, as the Faculty Director, Global Health.
Dr. Katsivo is the leader responsible for setting the vision, monitoring the progress and outcomes of, reporting the performance metrics and suggesting improvements to the education activities occurring within the Global Health program of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry in Western University. She is responsible for ensuring organization and delivery of those components to the undergraduate and postgraduate curricula and electives in communities that are identified and supported for Global Health learning by Schulich Medicine & Dentistry; as well as ensuring that all Global Health (undergraduate and postgraduate) learning at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry meet the accreditation standards.
Dr. Katsivo is also an adjunct Research Professor in the department of Pathology, as well as a Research Officer at the Research Office of Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 86240
Dr. Leah Mawhinney (MD)
Academic Director, Global Health International Learning
Dr. Mawhinney is responsible for leading the undergraduate International Global Health Electives Program and providing support for Post-Graduate International Electives at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. She is the faculty lead for the Pre-Departure Training program at Schulich Medicine. In this role, Dr. Mawhinney strives to engage students in high quality Global Health Learning Experiences that are enriching, safe and culturally sensitive.
Dr. Mawhinney completed her undergraduate medical training at The University of Toronto and her Family Medicine Residency at McMaster University. She also completed her Master’s of Science in Microbiology/Immunology and enhanced skills training in International Women’s health and Obstetrics, both through Western University. She is passionate about the health and safety of women and children worldwide and has been involved in research and clinical care internationally, primarily in Zimbabwe.
At Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Mawhinney is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She is a Family Physician with a clinical practice that includes academic family medicine, public health, women’s health care and obstetrics.
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 89135
Dr. Javeed Sukhera (MD)
Academic Director, Global Health Curriculum
Dr. Sukhera is responsible for leading Global Health curricular learning including the organization and delivery of Global Health curricula to Schulich Medicine undergraduate medical students in London, Windsor and communities of the Southwestern Ontario Medical Educational Network (SWOMEN). He studied medicine at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), an innovative collaboration between Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University in Israel. MSIH is a four-year MD program with an emphasis on global health. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester in New York.
During his time in Israel and in the U.S.A., he has volunteered with a variety of organizations including Physicians for Human Rights, and Wadi Nam - a nonprofit clinic serving Israel's marginalized Bedouin Arab population. He has played a leadership role with a Canadian organization that fostered scientific collaboration between Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian Health Professionals. Dr. Sukhera has also conducted research on the relationship between sanitation and paediatric parasitic infection and on community perceptions of intimate partner violence in rural Honduras.
At Schulich, he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Physician Lead for Transition Age Mental Health Services at London Health Sciences Centre - Victoria Hospital. His interests span the diverse areas of global health, medical education scholarship and consultation-liaison child and adolescent psychiatry.
Phone: 510-661-2111 ext. 85964
Prior to working at the Office of Global Health, Hélène completed her MSc in Neurosciences at McGill, where she investigated the neurobiology of addiction in humans. She has then been involved with various research projects with clinical applications. She also completed a program in Behavioural Sciences, during which she had the opportunity to work in Psychiatry, with teenagers suffering from mental health disorders, and in a school setting with children with autism. In her spare time, Hélène volunteers at Carrefour des Femmes, and enjoys biking, playing squash, and cooking.
Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 89135