Global Health Mentors

If you are interested in finding a mentor in global health, the Student Global Health Initiative has list of enthusiastic mentors. Please see below for a list of mentors in your field and/or area of interest.  Please note that this list is not exhaustive, so please feel free to contact the individuals below for inquires about other global health mentors. Thank you and we hope you find your mentor experience enriching. 

Medical Doctors

Dr. Catherine deVries

Dr. deVries joined the Pediatric Urology group at the University of Utah and Primary Children's Medical Center in 2000 and is a Clinical Professor of Surgery and Public Health at the University of Utah School of Medicine. A graduate of Harvard University, she holds a Masters in Pathology from Duke University and an M.D. from Stanford University. She trained in Urology at Stanford University and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Urology at University of California, San Diego. While pediatric urology is her clinical focus within the U.S, she has been intensively active in the development of sustainable global surgery since1992. In 1994, she founded International Volunteers in Urology (now IVUmed) and continues as its President. IVUmed is dedicated to urological education worldwide and focuses on training doctors and nurses in developing countries. Dr. deVries has developed urological training programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. She serves as a member of the Global Alliance for Elimination of Filariasis (GAELF) , and on the Board of Chairmen of the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU). She teaches courses in surgery and public health and in engineering innovation for the developing world at the University of Utah and at Stanford University. She has recently completed a book, Global Surgery and Public Health; A New Paradigm. Dr. deVries is the Director of the University of Utah Center for Global Surgery. Her awards include the American Red Cross International Hero Award in 2011, the American Urological Association’s 2009 Distinguished Contribution Award, The Southeastern Section AUA Presidential Lectureship 2009, The American Urological Association’s Honorary Member 2007, and the American Medical Association’s 2006 Dr. Nathan Davis International Award in Medicine. She has recently been appointed Director, Center for Global Surgery. This center will serve the surgical community both in Utah and globally by research and advocacy for innovations in Bioengineering, Education, Business and clinical practice aimed at extreme affordability and access to surgical care.

Dr. Ty Dickerson 
Pediatrics, Public Health

Ty Dickerson, MD, MPH is Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of Utah. He practices as a pediatric hospitalist at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah where he combines the clinical care of hospitalized children with the education of medical students, pharmacy students and resident physicians. Since working in rural Zambia as a Yale/Johnson & Johnson International Physician Scholar in 2003, he has pursued interests in community-based maternal & child health in resource-poor settings. He has authored or co-authored peer-reviewed research articles and abstracts related to maternal and child health in global settings and has worked as a program manager to develop and implement a community-based maternal & newborn health outreach program in rural Tibet. In addition to teaching clinical medicine, Dr. Dickerson directs a global health education program for pediatric residents, co-directs the Ghana Public Health Study Abroad Program and lectures frequently on clinical pediatrics and global health topics in a variety of settings.  

Dr. Bernhard Fassl 

Bernhard Fassl was born in Austria where he completed medical school and a residency in Family Medicine. Subsequently he worked internationally, met his wife Barbara and moved to Utah where he completed a residency in Pediatrics. In 2004 he joined the faculty in the Division of Inpatient Medicine while continuing his involvement in various maternal-child health projects in Nepal and Tibet. He currently leads the Asthma Health Care Quality Improvement project for the University of Utah and Intermountain Healthcare and is actively involved several NIH funded studies. He also has an adjunct appointment at the Division of Public Health where he teaches graduate and undergraduate students about maternal-child health. His current international projects include studying the impact of dissemination of a community based newborn care project in 2 districts of Nepal. Bernhard Fassl is an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast and enjoys Utah’s red rock country with his wife Barbara and 2 children. He also operates a bicycle shop. 

Dr. Brian Good

After a New England upbringing, Dr. Brian Good came to Salt Lake City in 2000 after graduating from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He worked for 2 years in the Division of Emergency Medicine as a general physician in the Primary Children’s Emergency Room and Rapid Treatment Unit. During this time he also joined a general practice, Families First Pediatrics in South Jordan, Utah. His practice grew and in 2005 he transitioned to this private practice full-time. After 3 happy years, to increase his involvement in academic medicine and global health, Brian returned to the University of Utah. Currently Brian spends roughly 2/3 of the year in the Division of Pediatric In-patient medicine and 1/3 of the year volunteering with Concern America, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles. During his months at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Brian’s primary interests are clinical service and medical education. He works closely with medical students; he has designed and teaches a weekly course based on clinical exam skills. Due to his experience practicing medicine in very rural areas, Brian also teaches and helps administer the rural medicine/global health certificate for pediatric residents. As a medical volunteer, Brian currently spends 4 months a year in rural Colombia or Guatemala teaching medicine to layperson health promoters. The ultimate goal is to improve the health in communities geographically distant from the current health system in their own countries. Brian’s personal goal is to merge his careers and bring residents or medical students with him to experience alternative forms of feasible health care.

Dr. Devon Hale
Infectious Disease

DeVon C. Hale is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology who is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases with a specialized practice and background in travel medicine and tropical diseases. He is the Medical Director for the International Travel Clinic at University Hospital and has successfully completed the Certificate of Knowledge Exam in Tropical Diseases and Travelers Health sponsored by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and holds a certificate in Travel Health from the International Society of Travel Medicine. As Assistant Dean of International Medical Education, Dr. Hale directs and participates in medical projects in Ghana and Kenya, Africa. He has visited over 40 countries to evaluate health risks and medical care and is a Co-Director of an early warning system, called GeoSentinel, sponsored by the International Society of Travel Medicine and funded by the Center for Disease Control

Physician Assistants

Jennie Coombs 
India, Papua New Guinea, Guatemala

Dan Crouse

Nadia Miniclier

Don Pedersen
Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma. Australia and now Indonesia

Kathy Pedersen
Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Australia, and now Indonesia, Honduras

**For interested mentors please feel free to email the Student Global Health Initiative ( with your biography and a short descriptive of why you are interested in being a global health mentor.