Meet Our Team
ETH Board of Directors
Empower Through Health is proud to have a dedicated and diverse Board of Directors committed to advancing the organization's mission of improving healthcare access and outcomes in underserved communities around the world. The Board is comprised of individuals with extensive experience in healthcare, public health, international development, and business, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to guide the organization's strategic direction.
Maya is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and plans to pursue medicine. She started working with Empower Through Health in 2021 when she co-founded an ETH chapter at Penn. Ever since beginning to work with ETH, she has grown more dedicated to the fight for global health equity. She is also the Chair of Education in which she hopes to empower other students to join in this movement by creating opportunities for students to learn about and discuss the complex challenges of global health today.
Board Secretary & Director
Scott Blackwell, MD
Scott first became involved with ETH in 2018, when he spent a year working as Field Director to open and operate Mpunde Health Center. Inspired by his time in Uganda, he has worked ever since to fulfill the mission of ETH and fight for global equity and justice. Scott continued his involvement throughout his medical school training and served as ETH's Executive Director from July 2022 to June 2023. In 2023, ETH saw a record number of applicants for GHEF. Scott is a Psychiatry resident at the University of Alabama where he aims to pursue an academic career in global mental health. He was born in Nashville, TN and enjoys creating music, playing pool, and backpacking in his free time.
George Hoganson, MD
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.
Board Chairperson, Executive Director, & Co-Founder
Yang Jae Lee, MD
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis, Dr. Lee attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine as the inaugural McDonnell Scholar and Distinguished Alumni Scholar, where he was named the Wrighton Leadership Fellow. He is currently a psychiatry resident at Yale University, where he has been recognized with various awards, such as the Emerging Generation Award from the American Society of Clinical Investigation and various departmental honors. He has engaged with the Busoga region of Uganda since 2015, initiating several collaborative projects with academicians, local government, and community members on various public health interventions and development initiatives. These projects set the foundation for the establishment of Empower Through Health in 2018.
Robert Rosenheck, MD
Robert is an internationally known mental health service researcher who is a leader in cost-effectiveness studies of behavioral health interventions and in monitoring quality of care and other aspects of the performance of large health care system. He was a prime architect of national VA collaborative programs with both the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Social Security Administration. He has published more than 900 scientific papers on topics such as performance evaluation of large mental health systems, mental health quality of care, the causes of homelessness, the organization and financing of mental health services, and the cost-effectiveness of psychosocial and psychopharmacological treatments of serious mental illness, homelessness, and PTSD among war veterans. He has conducted global mental health services research in China, Brazil, Nigeria, and Ghana. He has received awards for his work from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association, among others. He is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and at the Child Study Center at Yale Medical School where he is also Director of the Division of Mental Health Services and Outcomes Research in the Department of Psychiatry.
Board Treasurer & Director
Roshan Sivakumar is a graduate (2021) of Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Microbiology and the university's ETH Chapter. While he plans to pursue an M.D. following his two gap years, Roshan has a strong passion for global health and intends to remain closely involved with ETH even after he leaves Uganda and enters medical school. Outside of work and school, Roshan enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and cooking.
Vice-Chairperson, Co-Founder & Director
Ibrahim Ssekalo, MPH
Ibrahim Ssekalo is a Global Health specialist. He has implemented and overseen various health interventions both as ETH-U's Executive Director, and as a Manager for McNeil Medical Center. He is currently completing his PhD in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Ibrahim obtained his bachelor’s degree in Community Health from Uganda Christian University. He also holds a Master’s degree in International Public Health from Uppsala University, Sweden. Ibrahim possesses strong analytical skills for creating programming for subjects such as reproductive and adolescent health, diarrhea prevention, HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and gender-based violence. Ibrahim loves to read, play chess, and travel.
Peter Waiswa, MBChB, MPH, PhD
Hailing from the Busoga Region of eastern Uganda, Dr. Peter Waiswa is a renowned Ugandan medical doctor and researcher who has made significant contributions to the field of maternal-newborn-child health and health systems. He is an associate professor at Makerere University College of Health Sciences, and has led several innovative initiatives that aim to improve newborn health and development in low- and middle-income countries, using evidence-based approaches and community engagement. He has also served as an advisor for various global organizations such as the World Health Organization, UNICEF, Save the Children and others on maternal-newborn-child health issues.
Merlin Wilcox, BM BCh
Dr. Merlin Willcox is a Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford and a General Practitioner in Oxford, UK. His research centers on improving global health, particularly in primary health care for disadvantaged populations and traditional medicine. Dr. Willcox has pioneered several clinical trials involving herbal medicines in various countries and co-founded the Research Initiative on Traditional Antimalarial Methods (RITAM). Currently, he is working on two projects: HURAPRIM, focusing on Human Resources for Primary Care in Africa, and MUTHI, a multidisciplinary initiative for traditional health. In his spare time, Dr. Willcox devotes his efforts to a local health center for the homeless in Oxford.