Our Faculty Affiliates

Prerna (Mona) Khanna, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Director, Urban Global Medicine Program

Mona Khanna is a triple board-certified medical doctorm, Emmy award-winning multi-platform medical journalist, and an acclaimed humanitarian and disaster volunteer.

Jonathan Klein, MD, MPH
Professor and Executive Head
Department of Pediatrics

Jonathan D. Klein is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and the Savithri and Samuel Raj Professor of Pediatrics and Executive vice head of the department of pediatrics at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine. Jon is a specialist in adolescent medicine and health services research, known for his leadership and expertise in adolescent preventive services, tobacco control, and translation of research into practice and policy. He was Associate Executive Director at the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he had oversight for tobacco control, research, global health and publishing. Jon serves as a member of the Leadership Committee for the American Pediatric Society and as an elected member of the Executive Committee and Standing Committee of the International Pediatric Association, a global organization of 186 national and regional pediatric associations.

Jerry A. Krishnan, MD, PhD
Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health Sciences
Professor of Medicine and Public Health
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Jerry A. Krishnan a physician-scientist with expertise in care delivery science, co-founded the Institute for Healthcare Delivery Design. The IHDD provides advising service to various clients, including the State of Illinois. He is an affiliate faculty member for the Center for Global Health and the College of Pharmacy. He is a practicing pulmonologist and provides care for advanced asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and individuals with pulmonary complications of long COVID-19

Janet Lin, MD, MPH, MBA
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine

Janet Lin is Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine and an Affiliate Professor in Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC). She is Director of Health Systems Development, at UIC’s Center for Global Health. Her work for the past 17 years has focused on improving health care access and the delivery of care in resource-limited settings within a framework of public health. She has earned certificates in tropical medicine and has consulted on global health issues. Her work has led her to pursue activities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Current work focuses on HIV, HCV, and diabetes screening in the emergency department and linkage to care in Chicago; community engagement in disaster risk reduction in Haiti and the Caribbean; and emergency care capacity development in Kenya.

Peter Orris, MD, MPH
Chief of Occupational & Environmental Medicine

Dr. Peter Orris has served as adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO)

Caryn E. Peterson, PhD, MS
Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Dr. Peterson’s current research explores clinical and community-based solutions to improve HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening rates in low-resource settings. Domestically, this includes two current studies set in UIC’s Federally Qualified Health Center clinics: a quality improvement project to increase HPV vaccination rates for adolescents and a mixed-methods pilot study to identify social influences on parents’ hesitancy to seek HPV vaccination for their children and on women to participating in cervical cancer screening. Globally, this includes two studies set in French-speaking West Africa: Evaluating the Implementation Outcomes of the Roll Out of a Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Screen and Treat Program in Two Rural Senegal Regions, and Assessing the acceptance and political viability of a gender-neutral HPV vaccine program among multi-level stakeholders in French speaking West Africa.

Amer Smajkic, MD

Nicole C.P. Thompson, MD, FAAP
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Thompson’s interest in global health has spanned over many years. During college, she participated in my first international research experience and I’ve been trying to incorporate this work into my career ever since. She currently participates in global health mission/education trips, international collaboration, resident education, and philanthropy. In addition, Dr. Thompson is leading the newly formed Global Health Division for the department of anesthesiology.

Trevonne Thompson, MD, FACEP, FACMT
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Toxicology
Director of the Division of Medical Toxicology
Assistant Dean of Residency Preparedness

Dr. Trevonne Thompson is the co-director of the Ramaiah Integrated Poison Information Center (IPIC) in Bangalore, India.  The IPIC represents a collaboration between UIC and M.S. Ramaiah Medical College to develop a poison center in Southern India and to serve as a model for deploying poison information in resource-poor areas throughout the world.

Terry Vanden Hoek, MD, FACEP 
Professor and Head, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Terry Vanden Hoek specializes in emergency cardiovascular care and works with our partners at M.S. Ramaiah on the HeartRescue India project, one model of heart attack emergency care that has been implemented in Bangalore, India.

Rohitkumar Vasa, MD
Mercy Hospital and Medical Center and Ann & Robert Lurie Childrens Hospital
Neonatology, Pediatrics