ETH Board of Directors
Our international Board of Directors oversees organizational decision making and creates strategic vision for ETH.
Yang Jae Lee, CEO
Jae is the first medical student to gain acceptance to the McDonnell Scholars Academy at Washington University in St. Louis. Jae has lived in 11 places on three continents, and this exposure has motivated him to solve problems in global health inequity. He connected to the Busoga region of Uganda through a malaria research project he undertook in 2015. Jae has since contributed to Ugandan healthcare initiatives by creating a business plan for a maternal hospital, publishing award-winning medical journalism through the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting, and devising or collaborating on original ground-breaking research in emergency medicine, gynecology, infectious diseases, immunization, and gastroenterology. Jae believes unequivocally that all lives are equally valuable.
Scott Blackwell, President
Scott grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his BA in Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. He has extensive basic science and clinical research experience in the fields of Neurobiology, Pulmonology, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Policy. Scott worked to establish ETH during the organization's formative stages, volunteering and living in Uganda for over a year as the Field Director. He is currently in his first year of medical school at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN.
Gautam Adusumilli, Treasurer
Gautam is a medical student at Washington University. Growing up with family living in a rural Indian village exposed him to the necessity for global healthcare improvement and intervention from an early age. Gautam is passionate about translating technologically-advanced processes in radiology, neurology and physiatry into simplified cost-efficient forms suitable to implementation in resource-constrained environments. Gautam's interest in simplifying technological processes has led him to research low-cost adaptations for the prevention and treatment of malaria and dyspepsia. Gautam maintains that accessible remedies already exist for most health issues in the developing world and, through good health, wishes to provide those in underserved populations a platform to succeed - much like the one his parents provided for him coming from India.
Dylan Bassett, Secretary & Vice President of Development
Dylan currently works for Rotational Program at Accuity, a leading information services provider for global businesses. Dylan's educational background in anthropology and business economics and work experience at firms ranging in size from bootstrapped startups to multinational corporations has deepened his underlying motivation to engage with and construct global systems. Dylan is thrilled to have discovered in ETH an opportunity to help reshape global systems in an ethical and meaningful way.
Dr. Peter Waiswa, Chairperson of ETH-U
Peter Waiswa is a world expert in maternal and child medicine. He is from the Busoga region, and a frequent advisor to international organizations on perinatal-newborn health. With a background in the district health service provision in rural Uganda he holds a joint Ph.D. degree from Karolinska Institutet and Makerere University, and is on the faculty at Makerere University School of Public Health, Uganda, as well as at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden.
Dr. Shanti Parikh
Shanti Parikh is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. Shanti's research focuses on local responses to national and global development interventions, particularly issues surrounding sexuality, sexual and reproductive health, and gender relations. Using ethnographic and historical methods and critical theory, her current research in eastern Uganda traces historical changes in the tension between risk and romance of youth sexuality. Having conducted research in Eastern Uganda for twenty years, she is involved both professionally and personally with the prosperity and empowerment of the region.
Dr. George Hoganson
George is passionate about improving the health of individuals and populations, both locally and internationally, by working to ensure each person and community has the opportunity to reach their full potential. He has led collaborative, multidisciplinary and multi-institutional research projects across a variety of settings and disciplines, including pediatrics, infectious disease, global health, emergency medicine, aging, neurology and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as provided strategic direction, governance and organizational development to non-profit organizations. He is currently a clinical fellow in the Department of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and committed to working to help ETH serve others through collaboration, innovation and service.