Sylvia Siyang Chen
Sylvia Chen is a first-year MBA student at Booth and a member of GPHAP (Graduate Program of Health Administration and Policy). After graduation from Sun Yat-sen University with an MD degree, she practiced in one of the top ten Hospitals in China as an anesthesiologist for eight years. Besides clinical work, she plays an active role in clinical and pharmaceutical research field and has published 11 peer-reviewed articles in international and Chinese academic periodicals. In 2015, she joined Doctors Without Borders for a mission in Afghanistan and led an anesthesia department in a maternity hospital. Sylvia hopes to explore the possibilities of exerting influence on healthcare industry through consulting or management fuction.
Liz is a current student at Chicago Booth with a focus on strategic and operations management in the healthcare industry. She came to Booth after working at Accenture for 4 years, managing the training division of a military substance abuse prevention program. Liz studied healthcare management and international health during her undergraduate studies and continues to have a strong interest in how to increase access to services in under-served populations. Liz is interested in how to improve the patient experience, both through process improvements and technology.
Kopal is currently working at the Centre for Health and Social Sciences for an initiative to incorporate dental services in the University of Chicago hospitals. Previously she has worked with the Government of India to address health workforce issues and strengthen health systems in urban, rural and underserved areas through policy development, implementation and monitoring. Prior to that, she had experience working on urban health initiatives in the University of Manchester (United Kingdom) as well as a dental practitioner in public and private hospitals in India. She is interested in health policy with a focus on strategic development of healthcare delivery and the health workforce.
Liang Zhang (Claire) is a first-year MPP student in Harris from China. She is mostly interested in the intersection between global health and foreign policy-making, and has begun her exploration in this area since she was an undergraduate of International Politics major in Peking University, China. Liang has experience in a policy consulting institution, Pfizer internal consulting team, and UNAIDS China Office. She has also been a researcher in several consulting projects on China's global health participation strategies for Chinese governments. In the future, Liang aspires to hone her pharmaceutical industry skill sets in consulting, and make contributions to relevant public policy-making in the long run. Liang is interested in global health policy-making.
Monica graduated from Rice University in 2014 with a degree in Asian studies, with a particular focus on Arabic and the Middle East. In addition to having spent time living in Egypt and Morocco, she spent the following year in Jordan researching women's opinion and knowledge of cord blood banking. Monica speaks Arabic and is working to combine her experiences abroad with her career in medicine. She is an avid Ultimate Frisbee and soccer player, and enjoys playing the cello and watching sports. Monica has not yet decided on a specialty, but in addition to being a practicing clinician, she is interested in international policy and medical education and training, especially in collaboration with Arab countries.
SSA AB/AM, 1st Year
MeeSoh is a joint undergraduate, graduate student at the University of Chicago. A comparative human development major at the college with a minor in creative writing, she is currently working towards her masters in social work at SSA as well as a poetry portfolio on collective trauma. A recipient of the Center for Global Health's Research Fellowship, she spent the summer conducting clinical research investigating sociocultural impacts on uptake of family planning resources in Kumasi, Ghana.
Before starting her masters degree at SSA, Marci spent three years as a Peace Corps volunteer doing rural community health work in Burkina Faso. She also served two years as an AmeriCorps member working on community development in Chicago. As a student, Marci received a fellowship through the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights to work on sexual and reproductive health in Malawi during the summer of 2016. Her professional interests include international development, sexual and reproductive health, and community health development.
Emily completed her undergraduate coursework at The University of Texas at Austin and received a B.A. in Religious Studies and a B.A. in History. Emily has spent time in sixteen developing countries doing a variety of community development projects involving education, agriculture, health, refugee services, services for commercial sex workers, orphan care, and more. In addition to her work overseas, Emily also spent two and a half years on staff at a church in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently a social work intern in the Behavioral Health Department at Christian Community Health Clinic on Chicago's south side. Emily enjoys playing guitar, watching Spurs basketball, and she is currently raising money to fund water projects in Africa by training for an ultra-marathon with Team World Vision. Emily is interested in the intersections of global health and social work, particularly as it relates to maternal and child health, access to clean water, and community health in urban locations.