Who We Are


Obinna Ekwenna, MD


Dr. Ekwenna is an attending urologist at Riverside Medical Center in Chicago, IL, with affiliations at Rush University Health System and University of Miami Transplant Institute. He is a trained kidney and liver transplant surgeon and his interests include expanding access to transplant services to health care centers in Africa.

His current projects are:
• Development of a dialysis kidney transplant center at University of Calabar Medical school, Calabar, Nigeria
• Development of an AIM Health & Fitness Center at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria
• Volunteer urologist with Medics on a Mission, Inc.
• Annual urological trip to St. Ann’s Bay Hospital, St. Ann’s Bay, Jamaica


Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, MD

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Dr. Opara is an assistant professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She is also the Global Health Director of the Internal Medicine and MedPeds residency programs.

Her current projects are:
• Developing global health curriculum for internal medicine and MedPeds residents
• World Health Student Organization medical mission Physician Leader – Haiti



Nicole Cooper, MD, MPH


Dr. Cooper is a fourth year resident physician at University of Miami (Jackson Memorial Hospital) in the Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. She has an MPH in Global Health and Population from the Harvard School of Public Health and her primary career interests are academic medicine in resource-poor settings and health systems strengthening.

Her current projects are:
• Leading AIM’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (click here to view)
• School health access at the Baptist School Complex and Orphanage in Trotor, Ghana
• Research into the use of evidence based medicine in resource-poor settings, Monrovia, Liberia


Imani Anwisye-Mashele, MD, MPH


Dr. Anwisye is a third year resident physician at St. Louis University School of Medicine in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. She has an MPH in Family and Community Health from the Harvard School of Public health and has a keen interest in child and maternal health.

Her current projects are:
• Teaching and evaluation of the Helping Babies Breathe curriculum (basic neonatal resuscitation for resource-poor areas) in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa.


Kwame Torian Easterling MD, MPH


Dr. Easterling is an Assistant Professor at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in the Departments of Family Medicine and Preventative Medicine & Community Health. He is also the Faculty Director at the Student Family Health Care Center and the Assistant Clerkship Director for the 3rd year Family Medicine Clerkship.

His current projects are:
• Global Health Faculty Advisor, Global Health Alliance at New Jersey Medical School
• Medical Evaluator for Asylum Seekers
• Volunteer faculty attending for rotating residents and medical student with theHEARTT Foundation in Monrovia, Liberia
• Director of Medicine/Board Member for Young Doctors DC, a medical enrichment program for young men of color

His research interests are:
• Developing Family Medicine Teaching Programs in Developing Countries/Developing Innovative teaching tools in global health medical education


George Ozoude, MD

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Dr. Ozoude is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health).

His current projects are:
• Development of an AIM Health & Fitness Center at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria



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