Daniel Polsky

Daniel Polsky is the 40th Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Health Economics at Johns Hopkins University. He holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Carey Business School.  From 1996-2016 he was on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Robert D. Eilers Professor the Wharton…

Iro Filippaki, Postdoctoral Fellow

Iro Filippaki (pronounced Eero) is the Center’s inaugural postdoctoral researcher. Her role includes organizing Center events; working with the Director and faculty to develop new programs; liaising with faculty and trainees across multiple campuses of Johns Hopkins University; and developing online content for the Center’s online and social media presence, as well as conducting her…

Lauren Small

Lauren Small is a writer and novelist with strong interests in social justice, narrative medicine, and the history of psychiatry. She earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Master’s degrees in French and German at the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught French, German, English, literature and creative writing. Her scholarly work has appeared in…

Kamna Balhara

Dr. Kamna Balhara, MD, MA, is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Program Director of the emergency medicine residency program at Johns Hopkins. She practices clinically in the emergency departments at Hopkins and Bayview. Her research interests include graduate medical education, patient safety and access to care, and the medical humanities. She is…

Judith Vick

Judith Vick is a medical student, researcher, writer, and family caregiver. In 2018, she graduated with an MPH from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in 2019, she will graduate with an MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to matriculating at Hopkins, she worked for the Writing and Speaking Programs at…

Sarah Roth

Sarah Roth is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. Spanning the United States and Mexico, her ethnographic research follows the experiences of individuals, families, and providers affected by the intersection of cancer care, genetic medicine, and patient advocacy movements. She is interested in the ways in which risk, disease, and…

Kevin Shird

Kevin Shird is a three-time published author, activist and public speaker. This sought-after writer has become the content-expert on using the past to build a better future based on his life experiences. At the tender age of 16, Shird began his very unorthodox journey and it started with dealer drugs on the streets of Baltimore…

Elisabet Pujadas

Elisabet Pujadas is entering her last year as an MD-PhD student at Johns Hopkins and is currently applying to residency programs in Pathology. Originally from Barcelona, Elisabet was a student at Aula Escola Europea where she was taught in Catalan, Spanish, French and English. During her last two years of high-school, she also attended evening…

Alexandre White

Alexandre White is a Provost’s Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He earned his PhD in Sociology from Boston University, an MSc. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a B.A. in Black Studies from Amherst College. His work sits at the intersection of global health research, medical…

Mary Catherine Beach

Mary Catherine Beach, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Beach is a Core Faculty Member of the Berman Bioethics Institute and Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Dr. Beach received her…