Training in global pediatrics at Stanford includes opportunities for everyone from undergraduates to post-doctoral fellows and faculty. Our core training initiative is the Global Health Scholarly Concentration for pediatric residents.

Dr. Bonnie Maldonado lectures during a session of HumBio 124c: Global Child Health

Photo courtesy of Global Health Fellows Program II

One of six formal tracks for pediatric residents to experience  a fundamental category of scholarship and gain a deeper understanding about the process of inquiry. Read more on the Scholarly Concentration website

Our PGY1 Residents

Dylan O'Connor, MD

Dylan received his BS in Biology from SUNY Albany before joining the Peace Corps in Tanzania. He returned to Tanzania during medical school at Columbia University. Dylan served as Columbia's student liaison to the Lesotho Ministry of Health and assisted in the establishment of the country’s first medical school. 

Kelly Sanders, MD, MS

A Bay Area native, Kelly has been working in Global Health for the last 10 years. She received her bachelors from UC Berkeley, and masters degree in Global Health from UCSF, where she also worked in the Malaria Elimination Initiative.  She is passionate about applying her experience in population health to clinical research and practice abroad. 

Ala Soofian, MD

Ala studied public health at the University of Washington and studied medicine at the University of Chicago. There, she was involved in a project looking at the needs of pediatric refugees in Istanbul, Turkey. Her research interests also include cardiology and health of the underserved. 

Megan Quinn, MD, MPH

Megan earned her bachelors degree in biology from Amherst College before joining the Peace Corps in Sierra Leone. As a medical student at Emory University, she continued to work on health in low-resource settings during several surgical trips to Haiti. She received her MPH in global health from Emory and completed her surgical internship before beginning residency at LPCH. 

Journal Club

An education session and group discussion held at least four times a year for global health track residents and interested medical students. The focus of these discussions will be to address pertinent global health subject matters – either presently active global health issues, i.e. an epidemic, or discussion of other relevant global health topics.  Residents will also have an opportunity to exchange scholarly concentration project ideas, concerns, roadblocks, and successes at these sessions. 


Noon Conference Series

The Series is open to residents, faculty and medical students interested in global health. Presented six times a year, this series consists of lectures showcasing the expertise of faculty and community in subjects ranging from under-five mortality to population genomics.  All lectures are held in the LPCH Board Room (1st Floor, 725 Welch Rd.)

Lecture Date Speaker Topic/Lecture Title

Global Health intensive course for residents and fellows

A 2-week multi-disciplinary course Med233 "Global Health: Beyond Diseases and International Organizations," is offered each fall. The course:

  • Provides multidisciplinary trainees across subspecialties with insight to the over-arching themes of global health.
  • Encompasses economics, public health, the impact of non-governmental organizations, health and human rights, creating successful projects, and the ethics of overseas clinical work and research.
  • Significant clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic components of the course allow students to learn the practical, day-to-day knowledge required to care for patients in overseas settings.
  • Exposure to potential paths in developing a global health career.

Applications for each year's course will be available from the Center for Innovation in Global Health.

Undergraduate courses

HumBio 124C: Global Child Health (MED 124, PEDS 124), co-taught by Drs. Bonnie Maldonado and Clea Sarnquist, introduces undergrads to key challenges to the health and wellbeing of children worldwide, with a particular focus on children in low- and middle-income countries. It reviews the leading causes of morbidity and mortality, identifies interventions to address some of the biggest child health problems, and provides an overview of the roles of culture, gender, and civil society on child health and health policy.

Humbio 129S: Global Public Health, co-taught by Drs. Gary Darmstadt and Paul Wise,  is an introduction to the fields of international public health and global medicine. It focuses on resource poor areas of the world and explores major global health problems and their relation to policy, economic development and human rights. The course is intended for students interested in global health, development studies, or international relations, and provides opportunities for in-depth discussion and interaction with experts in the field. Upper division course with preference given to upperclassmen.


Students and trainees--from undergraduates to junior faculty-- are matched with members of Stanford’s renowned faculty from across disciplines to develop skills and expertise in clinical care, research, and advocacy. See the full list of mentors on the Scholarly Concentration website. Please contact the program managers for more information. 

Dr. Saraswati Kache co-teaches the course Med233 Global Health: Beyond Diseases and International Organizations.