Director’s Message

Dear Faculty, Students and Guests, 

Stephen W. Nicholas, MD; Founder and DirectorOn behalf of the IFAP Global Health Program, I would like to extend a warm welcome!

We are proud to support health science students, residents and faculty that undertake innovative and groundbreaking work, both globally and within our own Washington Heights community. We are deeply committed to creating an atmosphere that fosters academic and personal development, while reinforcing the education provided through the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Mailman School of Public Health, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing and Columbia College. 

Whether you are interested in our program as a current or prospective CUMC student, I invite you to join the global health dialogue. Global health leadership is needed in all areas of medical specialization. Now is an exciting time to think about what might be achieved globally through translational research in the areas of precision medicine and genetics, emerging infections, chronic non-infectious diseases, surgery and anesthesia, global mental health, bioinformatics, bioethics, global health policy, and global health economics (to name just a few). 

I invite you to explore the global health programs and opportunities that IFAP has to offer, and as you read about our program, I hope that you will be inspired to join our global health activities and initiatives. 

I look forward to some vibrant conversations. 


Stephen W. Nicholas, MD
Founder and Director

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