Social Accountability Fellows 2023

Asuma Ayisha Rahim

Professor and Head of the Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala.

Dr. Asuma Ayisha Rahim is Professor and Department Head of Community Medicine at Government Medical College, Kozhikode, which was established in 1957 as the second medical college in Kerala. With over 3025 beds, it is currently the largest hospital in India and tenth largest in the world also catering to four neighboring districts as a center of excellence and referral.

Kathryn Dong

Social Accountability Lead, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry

University of Alberta

Dr. Kathryn Dong is the Social Accountability Lead for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry and the Endowed Chair in Emergency Medicine Research at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In addition to her training in emergency and addiction medicine, she also completed a Masters in Population Health at the University of Alberta. Her clinical work is as an inpatient addiction medicine physician at a large, urban hospital. Her work focuses on improving health care access and outcomes for people who use substances and seek care in emergency departments and acute care settings.

Athena Bernadette De Padua-Tan

 Assistant Professor Mapúa University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Wafa Mohamed Al Madhagi

Head of the Pharmacy Department at Al Naser University, Sana’a, Yemen.

Wafa Al Madhagi is Head of the Pharmacy Department at Al Naser University in Yemen, which is one of the oldest organizations in the country. Her research concerns medical science and her team brings expertise in both medical science and pharmaceutical science, and in national accreditation and the movement toward global accreditation.

Ciraj Ali Mohammed

Professor and Head of Medical Education, National University of Science and Technology, Oman.

Dr. Ciraj Ali Mohammed is the Head, Medical Education and Professor of Microbiology at College of Medicine and Health Sciences, National University of Science and Technology, Oman. He is the founding Director of the MAHE-FAIMER fellowship programme organised in collaboration with Foundation for advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), Philadelphia and a faculty of the International FAIMER Institute (IFI), Philadelphia. He is a recipient of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Early Career award (2006), Honourable Mention award (2010), UNESCO award for International Educators (2011) and Outstanding Mentor award (2012). Dr Ciraj is a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Department of Molecular biology and Infectious diseases, Florida International University, Miami and a recipient of the International fellowship in medical education (IFME). He has authored articles and chapters in medical education and medical microbiology and served on the editorial board of many journals. For the innovative student-centred pedagogical approaches in medical education, he was awarded the “Good Teacher Award,” eight times. He is currently the Secretary of the Academy of Health Professions Educators, India, the Chair of IndiPEN, (the Indian interprofessional education network) and a member of the Global confederation for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. Dr Ciraj also serves on the Advisory Board of the Network – Towards Unity for Health (TUFH).

Nanditha R. Sujir

Associate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, at the Manipal College of Dental Sciences in Mangalore.

Nandithat is faculty at Manipal College of Dental Sciences Mangalore in India. Along with her team and the support of her institute and faculty members, she is interested ind developing a framework to plan, execute, and evaluate programs that contribute to social accountability of the institution and to honor the core principle of our university.

Anthea Roda

Dean for Community and Health Sciences Faculty, University of the Western Cape.

Professor Anthea Rhoda is the Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (CHS), at the University of the Western Cape. She holds a Professorship in the Department of Physiotherapy and has completed a BSc Physiotherapy and a PhD in Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She also completed a BSc Honours in Physiotherapy (Neurology) and an MSc in Medical Sciences (Rehabilitation) at Stellenbosch University. Her research interest focuses on neuroscience within the field of disability and rehabilitation, and specifically the rehabilitation of adults with neurological conditions caused by stroke or spinal cord injuries. She also conducts research in the area of faculty development and interprofessional education. Prof Rhoda is a South African National Research Foundation-rated researcher and a faculty member and facilitator of the Southern African FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellowship. The programme focuses on developing leadership skills in academics who teach health sciences programmes in Southern Africa. She was also part of the consortium that developed the Physiotherapy Programme at AHFAD University in Sudan. Her interest in building capacity in African scholars has seen her supervise a number of PhD and Masters students from across the African continent. Prof Rhoda is dedicated to developing a critical mass of next generation, emerging academics through her Capacity Building Programme for Associate Lecturers (junior lecturers) within CHS. She also facilitates a Mentoring for Academics Programme where established academics mentor emerging academics.

Krishnappa Pushpanjali

Professor and Head, Department of Public Health Dentistry, Faculty of Dental Sciences, MS Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences.

Dr. Pushpanjali is a highly accomplished and dedicated individual with a strong background in public health dentistry. As a public health dentist, I am committed to improving the oral health of communities and promoting preventive dental care. With a deep-rooted passion for academia, I have established myself as a prominent figure in the field of dentistry education, both as a practitioner and an educator. Driven by a genuine desire to enhance dental education standards, I have actively participated in conferences, seminars, and workshops to stay updated with the latest advances in dental research and teaching methodologies. I also possess an innate flair for research, consistently exploring innovative approaches to address oral health disparities and the social determinants of health. My work in the field of PHD and medical education has resulted in numerous published articles in reputable dental and public health journals, contributing significantly to the academic community. What truly matters at the moment is my deep drive to implement social accountability within the institution. Recognizing the significance of dental professionals actively engaging with the community, I and my team have spearheaded various initiatives to promote oral health education, preventive measures, and access to dental services in underserved populations. By diligently working with students, faculty, and community organizations, I have successfully integrated social responsibility into the institution’s curriculum, ensuring that future oral health professionals develop a strong commitment to service and community engagement.

Philip Sairu

Professor & Head of Community Medicine. Government Medical College, Kerala, India.

Sairu Philip has over thirty years experience in teaching, training & research in Community Medicine; Public Health Expert; Has worked in team with Local Self Governments in Kerala and facilitated innovative Public Health projects: Bernard Lown Scholar in Cardiovascular Health, Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health; FAIMER fellow; Passionate in community based training of medical students, Medical education, Community based research and Palliative care.

Jessiklécia Siqueira

Master of Science and Mathematics Education. Assistant Management of Extension and Social Accountability, Faculdade Pernambucana de Saúde.

I am a PhD student in Science Education in the Graduate Program in Science Education at UFRPE, with a master’s degree in Science and Mathematics Education from UFPE and a teacher’s degree in Biological Sciences from UFRPE. I am a member of the Research Group in Education, Public Policies, Innovation, and Technologies, and also collaborate with the Polinizar (educational immersive program). My research focus is Educational Trends, with specialization in topics such as University Extension, Social Responsibility, Educational Curation, Teacher Training, Environmental Education, and Science Education. Currently, I serve as the assistant management of extension and social accountability at the Pernambucana School of Health. My responsibilities include planning, development, and implementation of programs, operational and executive project management, internal and external communication, event organization, and alignment between extension activities and the academic objectives of the institution as well as to collaborate with local organizations to develop projects that address the needs of the surrounding communities, such as several education programs, health events, among others. In absences, I take on the responsibilities of the main management, ensuring the continuity of operations.