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I am a medical anthropologist and use mixed-methods research to examine the intersections of identity and chronic disease, with a focus on diabetes in American Indian communities. I have training in team science, inter/transdisciplinary research, comparative effectiveness research (CER), and community based participatory research (CBPR) in frontier and urban settings.
Mara Buchbinder, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UNC – Chapel Hill. Dr. Buchbinder’s current research examines the clinical encounter as a platform for exploring the sociocultural and political forces that shape the organization and delivery of healthcare in the United States, with a particular focus on the role of language in medicine. Dr. Buchbinder also has interests in the ethical dimensions of clinical communication and the patient-provider relationship.
Dr. Buchbinder’s forthcoming book, All in Your Head: Making Sense of Pediatric Pain (University of California Press, 2015), draws on ethnographic fieldwork in a multidisciplinary pediatric pain clinic to explore how clinicians, adolescent patients, and their families understand and work to alleviate intractable pain. Phenomenological approaches to pain have flourished in recent years because pain has been cast as a private experience that shatters language and evades representation. And yet, despite the obvious epistemological constraints on apprehending another’s internal states, language is what translates pain from the solitary and unknowable to a phenomenon that is richly described in literature, medicine, and everyday life. All in Your Head builds on phenomenological accounts but situates pain within an intersubjective context to emphasize the relational, everyday means through which chronic pain is understood and managed. Through careful attention to the language of pain and detailed analysis of how pain sufferers make meaning through interactions with others, the book reveals that however private pain may be, making sense of it is profoundly social.
Dr. Buchbinder is currently working on a new project that explores the ethical dimensions of mandated-counseling abortion laws, as well as the language ideologies underlying these laws and the scripting of clinical speech. In this project, she traces the multiple, complex, and ambivalent relationships between language and action at the intersections of medicine, ethics, and the law.
Megan A. Carney is a sociocultural and critical medical anthropologist specializing in gendered migration, migrant health, food insecurity, mental health, and immigration policy. She conducts research with Latin@ immigrants in the Western US, and with North African and Middle Eastern immigrants in southern Italy. She is currently a lecturer at the University of Washington and a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University. She holds a PhD in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Short CV about my interest in urogenital anomalies
Name: Mohamed Abdel Baky Fahmy
- Professor and head of pediatric surgery Dept, Faculty of medicine for Girls, Al Azher University.
- Consultant and head of pediatric Surgery Dept, Nasser institute, Cairo. Egypt.
- Mb BC at Dec 1982, Al Azher University, Cairo, Egypt.
- Master General Surgery at Nov 1987, Al Azher University, Cairo, Egypt.
- FRCS at Jan 1992, Royal College of Surgeon of Edinburgh.
- MD in General Surgery at May 1997.
- Rectal Prolapse as an early presentation of meningitis in infants, Case report, Pediatric Middle East,
- Outcome of Submucosal Injection of Different Sclerosing Materials for Rectal Prolapse in Children, Pediatric Surgery International, 20, 352-355, May 2004.
- Ureterorectostomy as a Continent Urinary Diversion for Complicated Bladder Exstrophy in Children by using Modified Duhamel Procedure. International journal of Surgery, (2007) 5, 394-398 http://www. http://www.elsevier.com
- Neonatal genital prolapse, Paediatrics.me Vol.12 No.4 ,2008
- The Feasibility of Tissue Expanders in Reconstruction of Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevi in Children,J of Surgical innovation, May,2010. http://sri.sagepub.com/content/17/3/189.abstract
- Rare case of continuous and discontinuous Splenogonadal fusion in a single testicle, Annals of Pediatric Surgery Vol 5, No 4, October 2009, PP 284-287
- Applicability of Sigmoid Colon Graft for Vaginal Replacement (Colovaginoplasty) at Young Age, Surgical Science, 2011, 2, 422-426. http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?paperID=7915
- The Spectrum of Genital Median Raphe Anomalies among Infants Undergoing Ritual Circumcision, Journal of Pediatric Urology, 2013, http://www.jpurol.com/article/S1477-5131(12)00294-X/abstract
- Versatility of Tissue Expander in Abdominal Wall Reconstruction After Removal of Vascular Malformations in Children. Annals of Plastic Surgery.
· The intra-abdominal testis: lessons from the past, and ideas for the future
Pediatric Surgery International October 2013, Volume 29, Issue 10, pp 1039-1045 http://rd.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00383-013-3406-5
· Spectrum of penoscrotal positional anomalies in children. August, 2014
International Journal of surgery: http://www.journal-surgery.net/article/S1743-9191(14)00485-3/abstract
I’m interested in congenital urogenital anomalies in general and Hypospadias, Epispadias specially.
In this regard I presented in many conferences about:-
- Rare genitor urinary anomalies
- Genitourinary anomalies associated with imperforate anus
- Rare complications of hypospadias repair
- Rare complications of circumcision
- Median Raphe congenital anomalies
- Urtetosigmoidostomy as a content diversion for cases of failed repair of bladder Exstrophy
I organized many International conferences about genitourinary anomalies:-
- All aspects of male circumcision. At Al Baha, Saudi Arabia, July, 2008
- International Hypospadias Repair Workshop, at King Fahad Hospital, Al-Baha, KSA, July 15-16, 2009, I invited many international speakers like; Prof Warren Snodgrass from Children’s Medical Center Dallas, USA, and Prof. Dr. Ahmed Hadidi from Frankfurt University, Germany.
- Also in Cairo I held a workshop about hypospadias repair with Prof Antonio Dessanti, from Sassari University, Italy.
Also I’m a Co Editor to many international journals:
- Annals of Pediatric Surgery Journal
- Medical Journal of Case report, BioMed:
- Pediatric ME :- pharmedia.co.uk
- Journal of US-China Medical Science:
- Member of the World Association of Medical Editors WAME
- Egyptian Association of Pediatric Surgeon since 1995.
- Member of the board of Egyptian Association of Pediatric Surgeon.
- Member of the Egyptian Association of Neonatal & preterm care. http://www.epsa-eg.org/ http://www.epsa-eg.org/
As regard my social activities I wrote a book in Arabic directed mainly to mothers of babies who had congenital anomalies and children’s feeling in the operating room, this book published three times.
Douglas A. Feldman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Anthropology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York near Rochester, New York, and Past President of the Society for Medical Anthropology – an international organization with over 1,300 members. He is the former Chair of his current Department, and has served as Professor, Academic Director, and Institute Director at Nova Southeastern University near Fort Lauderdale, Florida; President of D.A. Feldman & Associates, Inc. – an HIV/AIDS social research organization; Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and faculty member of the M.P.H. Program; and founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County – the AIDS service organization for the borough of Queens in New York City.
As a leader in AIDS and anthropology, and more broadly medical anthropology, he was the first anthropologist to develop as Principal Investigator a research study on HIV/AIDS in the United States in 1982 – among gay men in New York City. He also was the first anthropologist to do a research study on AIDS in Africa in 1985 – among hospitalized persons with AIDS in Rwanda. He started the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group in 1986, which had rapidly grown under his leadership. In 1987, Dr. Feldman led the formation of an AIDS service organization in the face of strong, and sometimes violent, community opposition. In 1988, he influenced AIDS policy in Bangladesh after meeting with government officials and the media. That same year, he founded the American Anthropological Association Task Force on AIDS.
He has also conducted AIDS social/behavioral research in Zambia, Senegal, Uganda, Hungary, and Florida. His published books include The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (1986), Culture and AIDS (1990), Global AIDS Policy (1994), The AIDS Crisis: A Documentary History (1998), AIDS, Culture, and Africa (2008), Ethnicity and Health Care Delivery: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (2009), and AIDS, Culture, and Gay Men (2010), as well as 78 other papers, posters, and articles. He has served as an expert witness on HIV/AIDS for eight law firms. Dr. Feldman has served as elected Treasurer and member of the Membership Committee of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology, member of committees for the Institute of Medicine, elected member of the Nominations Committee of the American Anthropological Association, and elected board member of the Society for Medical Anthropology. He served as the Chair of the Friends of the Society for Applied Anthropology Committee. He is the recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology (1996), and the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology (2008). He is the Chair of the SMA Career Achievement Award Committee.
Robert A. Hahn received his Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University (1976) and his M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Washington (1986). He began his career at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta in 1986 in the Epidemic Intelligence Service. He is a member of the Senior Biomedical Research Service. He has conducted anthropological and public health research in Peru, Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Niger, and the Cameroon, and published studies on a variety of topics, including diverse chronic diseases, syphilis and AIDS, obstetrics and internal medicine in the U.S., perinatal ethics, racial and ethnic classification in public health, poverty and death, blindness and breast cancer, and the nocebo phenomenon. He is the author of Sickness and Healing; An Anthropological Perspective (Yale, 1995) and editor (with Marcia Inhorn) of Anthropology and Public Health; Bridging Differences in Culture and Society (Oxford, 2008, second edition). In 1998 – 1999, he worked as a Capitol Hill Fellow in the United States House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs and in the office of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. Dr. Hahn is a Coordinating Scientist of systematic reviews for the CDC Guide to Community Preventive Services. He has led reviews on excess alcohol prevention and violence prevention, and is currently leading a review on educational interventions to promote health equity.
Kaylene Holvenstot is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in anthropology from Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in linguistic anthropology. Her current research interests span both medical and linguistic anthropology, examining the role of communication as children learn to embody community and family attitudes of health and wellbeing, and ramifications of these issues with regard to pediatric healthcare experiences.
Specialties: Medical anthropology, urban anthropology, anthropology of drug use, HIV/AIDS, health policy, health inequities, the anthropology of urban space, gender and health, subjectivity and social suffering, the anthropology of violence
John (Juan) Luque, PhD, MPH is associate professor in the Department of Community Health, Behavior and Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and adjunct member of the Georgia Regents University Cancer Center in Augusta.
Luque received his doctoral degree in medical anthropology and his MPH from the University of South Florida where his research was focused on child respiratory health and natural disasters in Andean Ecuador. He also received postdoctoral training in behavioral oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. He has served as Principal Investigator on multiple research projects sponsored by the National Institutes of Health on cultural factors related to cancer screening and attitudes toward cancer prevention in Latino and African-American populations in the U.S. South. He is currently testing the effectiveness of lay health advisor programs to increase cancer prevention and control in these populations. He has expanded his interest in cancer education to work with a cervical cancer screening clinic in Cusco, Peru to promote screening opportunities in low resource communities. Luque has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals in anthropology, medicine, and public health. With Chad Morris, he co-edited Anthropological Insights on Effective Community-Based Coalition Practice for a special issue of the Annals of Anthropological Practice in 2011 as part of his continued interest in community-based approaches to research.
Mark Nichter received a BA in philosophy and psychology at the George Washington University (1971), a Ph.D. in social anthropology (University of Edinburgh, 1977), a M.P.H. in International Health (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1978), and postdoctoral training in cultural psychiatry and clinically applied anthropology (University of Hawaii, 1980-83). He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine and the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona as well as the Arizona Cancer Center. Dr. Nichter has over 30 years of experience conducting a broad array of health related research on issues ranging from child survival and the household production of health to infectious and vector born diseases, and from anthropology in clinical settings and the study of health service delivery, to ethnomedicine and CAM. He has conducted research in South and Southeast Asia (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand) , West Africa ( Benin, Cameroon, Ghana) and North America. He is well known to both the global health as well as the tobacco control communities. His most recent research has focused on neglected and emerging diseases, tobacco, pharmaceutical practice, and health systems and policy research. Between 2004 – 2014 he was the PI on a NIH Fogarty International Center funded project developing culturally appropriate approaches to tobacco cessation in medical schools, clinics and community settings in India and Indonesia (Quittobaccointernational.org). He currently coordinates social science research for an UBS Optimus Foundation-funded Buruli Ulcer project in three West African countries, and a Global Bridges funded study on tobacco cessation in Turkey.
Dr. Nichter is the author of over 130 articles and book chapters in a wide variety of health-related fields and four books & edited volumes including Global Health: Why Cultural Perceptions, Social Representations, and Biopolitics Matter (2008). Dr. Nichter has been a consultant to several international health and development donor agencies, foundations and organizations including the Ford, UBS Optimus, and Rockefeller foundations, UNICEF and WHO. He has participated on three Institute of Medicine panels focusing on tobacco use among youth, complementary and alternative medicine in the United States, and global zoonotic disease surveillance. Dr. Nichter was an adviser to the International Network of Clinical Epidemiology for over two decades, a core member of the Robert Woods Johnson-funded Tobacco Etiology Research Network, and presently serves on the National Advisory committee of RWJ’s Health and Society Scholars Program. He is a past president of the SMA and the recipient of several national and international awards in the field of engaged anthropology.
Elisa (EJ) Sobo is currently Professor of Anthropology at San Diego State University (SDSU). Prior to joining SDSU in 2005, she worked for the Veterans Healthcare Administration and, before that, for Children’s Hospital San Diego.
Her current research focuses on the intersection of education and health. Representative publications include “Salutogenic Education and the Lifescape Paradigm: Movement and Whole Child Health in a Waldorf (Steiner) School” (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maq.12140/abstract); “Play’s relation to Health and Well Being in Preschool and Kindergarten” (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/21594937.2014.886102#preview); and “High Physical Activity Levels in Waldorf/Steiner Education Reflect Alternative Developmental Understandings (http://sheu.org.uk/x/eh311ejs.pdf). Recent books include Dynamics of Human Bio-cultural Diversity: A Unified Approach; The Cultural Context of Health, Illness and Medicine; and Culture and Meaning in Health Services Research: A Practical Field Guide. Sobo is presently on the editorial boards of Anthropology & Medicine, Medical Anthropology, and Medical Anthropology Quarterly.
Now President Elect of the Society for Medical Anthropology (and a prior executive board member: 2004-2007), Sobo has chaired various SMA interest groups in the past: the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group (AARG; 1999-2000), the group for Clinically Applied Medical Anthropology (CAMA; 2001-2003), and the Council on Infant and Child Health and Welfare (CICH). Sobo also served on and co-chaired the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on Public Policy (CoPP; 2009-2011) and she is presently on the steering committee of the Anthropology of Childhood and Youth Interest Group (ACYIG; from 2011).