Gelila Goba, MD, MPH won the 2016 UIC College of Medicine Obstetrics & Gynecology Rising Star Award.  Dr. Goba won this award for establishing a formal partnership between the UIC Department of OB/Gyn and Mekelle University, Ethiopia, to support and improve the quality of their OB/Gyn residency program and provide faculty development, expand educational programs and initiate joint research.  With Dr. Goba’s wealth of experience ion building capacity, we are already seeing improvements in the delivery of educational, clinical and research initiatives at this site.  Dr. Goba has obtained funding this year from IDP Foundation, a Chicago-based organization which supports global health programs aimed at sustainability. Dr. Goba was presented the Rising Star Award at a College of Medicine Award Ceremony hosted by Dean Dimitri Azar and Dr. Tim Erickson on June 3, 2016.