Our Mentors

2016 Program Year

Cristianne Maria Famer Rocha

Cristianne Famer Rocha3Cristianne Maria Famer Rocha (from Porto Alegre, Brazil) has a Doctorate and a Master Degree in Education (UFRGS). Presently she is an Adjunct Professor at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). She was a Visiting Professor at Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL), in Portugal, in 2008. She was also a Guest Teacher at the Universidad para la Cooperación Internacional (UCI), in Costa Rica (2006-2013). She was an Associate Consultant for the Human Resources Development Unit of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in Washington, DC (EUA). She works as a Consultant of the Brazilian Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in several projects, since 2004. She is experienced in the field of Education, Social Communication and Collective Health. Her full curriculum vitae (in Portuguese) is available on http://lattes.cnpq.br/6227320473881539

Malika Sharmamalika professional

Malika Sharma is a general internist and infectious diseases physician. She is currently completing an M.Ed. in Health Professions Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and is a research fellow at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education. Her research focus critically examines how we frame, understand, teach, and evaluate advocacy. Her areas of clinical interest include HIV, women’s health, and the health of marginalized communities.


Jayson Stoffman

stoffmanI am a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist in Winnipeg, and the Program Director for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Manitoba. My clinical interests are
in coagulation disorders and hemoglobinopathies in children, and I have a growing interest and involvement in medical education and international advocacy. Hemophilia is a congenital bleeding disorder where there is a stark contrast between the developed and developing worlds. Since 2009, I have worked with the World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH), a global organization dedicated to bridging that gap. Their Twinning Program links developed and developing world programs for mutual support and development. From 2010-13, I coordinated the twinning between our center and the Hemophilia Society [Delhi] in India, providing education, training, and support for their bleeding disorders team and patients. At the WFH General Congress in 2014, I was appointed to the WFH Twinning Committee. I am also a member of the International Committee of the Canadian Hemophilia Society, which supports Canadian hemophilia programs in their international outreach and partnership. My international experiences in hemophilia have encouraged me to further my efforts in global child health. I was very pleased to be selected as a Mentor for the Canadian Society for International Health Mentornet program, and look forward to being able to work with other young professionals in their own global health care efforts.

Al Artaman

Al_Artaman-Nov15Dr. Al Artaman is a medical scientist with years of experience in clinical and pharmaco-epidemiology as well as public and global health epidemiology.  As the Director of Epidemiology at Cancer Care Manitoba, he is responsible for cancer epidemiologic research management and collaboration with regional, national, and international cancer research networks.

In 1999, he had participated in an international health internship program, coordinated through the CSIH, focused on HIV epidemiology in Central Asia. He subsequently worked as consultant in the private sector, researcher in the academia, and epidemiology manager in the government sector.  He was recently the Coordination Committee chair of the Canadian Alliance for Regional Risk Factor Surveillance.  He is currently an expert for the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors Study coordinated through the University of Washington.

Don Sutherland

Donald Sutherland has had a very full and interesting career in international public health, initiating and supporting community programs and national initiatives around the world for many more years than he may care to tell us.

He began with a medical degree from the University of British Columbia, as his aunDonawardt told him that with his long fingers he should either become a surgeon or a pianist. Having learned the piano for many years and knowing how much work that would entail, Don chose medicine. When he qualified in 1966, he interned in Hawaii and became a family doctor practicing in Vancouver.

Don was drawn to work in international health and his first experience was 2 years working as a District Medical Officer with CUSO in a rural hospital in Malawi, where he lived in a village with his wife and two young daughters. During this time he came to understand the need to deliver basic safe health care and to look at the challenge to what to do about the health of a population.

The Malawi experience inspired him to apply for and receive a scholarship from IDRC to attend the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to obtain a Masters in Community Health. On his return to Canada, Don settled on Pender Island in BC, working as the sole GP and to apply what he had learned in Liverpool. The island provided him with the opportunity to develop a community clinic with the support and political involvement of the residents.

In 1981, Dr. Sutherland was drawn back to international health by working as the medical officer for Oxfam in a refugee camp in North Somalia. Later, he chose to return to Somalia over a two year period, working as senior technical advisor on refugee health for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Don moved to Geneva in 1984, to work as the senior technical advisor to the International Red Cross Child Health Program, developing the Child Alive Program, to develop diarrhea prevention and treatment projects in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

In 1988, he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) newly formed Global Program on AIDS. He worked in Uganda for 2 years as team leader/epidemiologist just when the enormity of epidemic was becoming apparent. He then went to study again, this time for an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

He returned to Canada to live on a farm, raising chickens and 2 children and working as Chief of the HIV/AIDS Division and then Director of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS, STD and TB at Health Canada’s Bureau of Communicable Disease. In these roles, he was responsible for planning, directing and managing epidemiology, laboratory research, and surveillance programs as part of the National AIDS, STD and TB Strategies throughout Canada and the world.

Dr Sutherland then became Senior Advisor on Scientific Affairs in the Center for Infectious Disease Prevention and Control. In 2003 Dr. Sutherland and his family returned to WHO in Geneva for four years, to coordinate the HIV Department’s Strategic Information including HIV/AIDS Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation, Operational Research and the WHO HIV Drug Resistance Global Strategy. In 2007 Dr. Sutherland returned to Canada to become Executive Director of International Public Health of the Public Health Agency of Canada based in Ottawa. Don continues to sit as a member of the Research Ethic Board for Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada and to volunteer as Senior Advisor on Public Health to the Canadian Society for International Health.

Don continues to be involved and provide inspiration on issues around Global health in many capacities, as an independent consultant, speaker, volunteer and mentor. In addition he is an active father of four children, a loving husband, an enthusiastic trumpet player and a phenomenal potato farmer.

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