Team

Proyecto Precáncer Team
  • Patti Gravitt 
  • Valerie Paz Soldán
  • Margaret Kosek 
  • Anne Rositch
  • Joanna Brown
  • Magdalena Jurczuk
  • Sandra Soto
  • Esther Jennifer Ríos
  • Gessy Salva
  • Karen Zevallos 
  • Gabriela Ladrón de Guevara 
  • Anna Smith 
  • Rachel Morse
  • Helen Noble
  • Jhonny Córdova
  • Karina Román 
San Juan Laboratory
  • Nolberto Tangoa Rengifo 
  • Esther Yolanda Garcia Satalay 
Stakeholder Group
  • Carlos Santos
  • Dalia Marín Macedo
  • Graciela Rocío Meza Sánchez
  • Hermann Federico Silva Delgado
  • Jaime Marín
  • Janeth Pinto
  • Javier Vasquez Vasquez
  • José Jerónimo Guibovich
  • Lita Esmeralda Carrillo Jara
  • Obstetrician of the Micro Red Iquitos Sur
  • Onco-obstetricians of the Hospital Regional de Loreto and Hospital Apoyo de Iquitos
  • Manuel Alvarez
  • Renso López Liñam
  • Reyles Ríos
Acknowledgements

Elvira Rivera, Lorena Mestanza, Jessica Mori, Andrea Dawson, Elizabeth Tracy, Gabriela Salmón-Mulanovich, Rosita Celis.

Technical Team for Cancer Control
MINSA Technical Cancer Team
  • Manuel Alvarez
DIRESA Loreto
  • Lita Esmeralda Carrillo Jara 
  • Dalia Marín Macedo
Loreto Regional Government
  • Hermann Federico Silva Delgado 
Oncological obstetras of the Microred Iquitos Sur
Partners
  • Micro Red Iquitos Sur 
  • Ministry of Health (MINSA)
  • Regional Ministry of Health (DIRESA) - Loreto 
  • The National Institute of Neoplastic Diseases (INEN)
  • The National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP) 
  • The National Association of Psycho-Oncology of Peru (ANPPe)
  • The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP)
  • Escuela de Excelencia en Consejería

Project Team

Patti Gravitt

Principal Investigator
Patti Gravitt, PhD, MS, is a Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. She is a molecular epidemiologist whose research in human papillomavirus and cervical cancer spans the translational spectrum from the natural history of genital infection across the lifespan to the translation of evidence-based prevention tools to low and middle-income countries. She has contributed significantly to the evidence base regarding the efficacy of alternative cervical cancer screening strategies, being among the first to show an increase in screening coverage afforded by self-collected sampling and HPV testing and the relatively poor performance of visual inspection methods where intensive international technical assistance and training are not available (i.e., the majority of LMIC settings). Currently, Dr. Gravitt is leading a team of interdisciplinary research scientists and screening implementers to use a systems thinking approach to the design, implementation, and evaluation of WHO-recommended, HPV-based screening algorithms. She earned her PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and her MS in Biology from University of North Carolina, Charlotte. See her publications here

Valerie Paz Soldán
Principal Investigator
Valerie Paz Soldán, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a Peruvian-American social scientist whose research mainly focuses on improving women’s access to cervical cancer screening and treatment programs using implementation science strategies, as well as prevention and control of vector borne (dengue, Zika, Chagas) and zoonotic diseases (rabies). Born and raised in Peru, she obtained her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the United States (Stanford University, San Jose State University, and PhD in Public Health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). Her doctoral dissertation focused on diffusion of reproductive health ideas and practices in rural Malawi where she lived for almost a year. She returned to Lima, Peru in 2004, where she directs the research and teaching activities of the Tulane Health Office for Latin America. She has mentored approximately 90 (mostly) graduate students from various universities and nationalities conducting research in Peru.

Margaret Kosek
Co - Principal Investigator

Margaret Kosek, MD, is an internal medicine doctor specializing in treating adults with both common and chronic, complex infections. She is committed to working with patients and other providers to make sure patients receive the treatment and support they need to reach the highest level of wellness.

Originally from California, Kosek received her medical degree from Boston University before returning to California, where she completed an internal medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then completed fellowship training in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins.

Kosek has spent most of her career working in the fields of public health and medical research in Mexico, Honduras, Brazil and Peru, where she lived with her family for 15 years.

Anne Rositch
Co - Principal Investigator

Dr. Rositch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research has focused on cervical cancer in HIV-positive individuals, aging women, and in low-resource settings. She has ongoing research in Baltimore, South America, and across sub-Saharan Africa. Her recent work is focused on leveraging her training in Implementation Science and experience in cervical cancer prevention to identify novel multidisciplinary and multilevel approaches for cancer control in low-resource settings.

Joanna Brown
Research Assistant

Joanna is a Peruvian-British social psychologist experienced in qualitative research methods. As a consultant, she collaborated in studies that evaluated and systematized public and private initiatives related to culture and education. She is interested in art-based research as a complementary way of inquiry, intervention and knowledge production. Joanna and her family enjoy music, outdoor play and family time.

Magdalena Jurczuk
Research Assistant

Magda is a public health professional committed to high quality applied research and sustainable health interventions. She is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research methods and facilitating program implementation. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Tulane University in 2017, with a focus in international health and development. Her research interests include health issues in Latin America, sexual and reproductive health, migrant health, and mental health.

Magda is a Polish-American from Chicago, IL and loves to travel, read, draw, and learn new languages and perspectives.

Sandra Soto
Project Coordinator

Sandra is a clinical and community psychologist with more than 5 years of experience in social projects in the Peruvian Amazon related to the prevention of gender-based violence, intercultural education, early childhood development, and mental health. Her skills include qualitative research methods and facilitation of implementation programs. She is interested in interdisciplinary, participatory projects that involve arts and culture as a means of social transformation.

Sandra is from Lima, currently lives in Iquitos, and loves dancing, photography, and traveling. She is completing training in Dance Movement Therapy.

Esther Jennifer Ríos
M&E Assistant

Jenny is a nurse with 17 years of professional experience. She has worked for 13 years on research projects related to dengue and has been responsible for the application of qualitative research tools, such as focus groups and interviews and conducting monitoring and evaluation. She has a Master's degree in Public Health from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP).

Gessy Salva
M&E Assistant

Gessy is a midwife (“obstetra”) trained at the Scientific University of Peru in Iquitos with a specialization in cervical cancer. She has worked for organizations such as Plan de Salud Escolar, DIRESA, INEI, Cunamás and the Ramón Castilla Network, in the latter carrying out monitoring and supervision of health facilities.

Karine Zevallos Villegas
Implementation Leader

Karine Zevallos Villegas, MD, is a professor at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon. She has experience in public management and research on diseases affecting the Peruvian Amazon, specifically in Iquitos. She is currently working on implementation strategies for cervical cancer prevention in Iquitos.

Born in Lima, she studied human medicine at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon and obtained a PhD in Public Health from the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia. Karine has spent most of her career in Iquitos, where she resides with her family. In her free time, she enjoys painting.

Gabriela Ladrón de Guevara
Director of Communications

Gabi is a social designer and strategic researcher. As a consultant, she has collaborated in the design, development and implementation of communication strategies and public services for companies, think tanks and organizations such as IEP, GRADE, University of Lima, Backus, Río Tinto, Ministry of Culture, Grupo Breca, TGP, Ministry of Education, Insitum Perú, among others. Since 2012, she has taught Intercultural Communication and Project Design in the Communications Faculty at PUCP.

Gabi is a social communicator and birth doula.

Anna Kohler Smith
Project Coordinator

Anna is a passionate public health implementation advocate with 12 years of programming and research experience in population and family health for lower resourced communities. In the US, she has managed clinics in breast cancer survivorship, high risk obstetrics and low cost HIV testing. In Peru, Anna worked in maternal infant health programming with community health workers in Lima and innovative methods to provide childhood autism treatment. She received her Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. She loves to write, photograph, cook, and adventure in Iquitos.

Rachel Morse
Research Assistant

Rachel is a social science researcher passionate about interdisciplinary approaches to global health. She has qualitative research experience in resource limited contexts and is interested in mental health, neurodegenerative diseases and sexual and reproductive health. She received a BSc in Global Health and Social Medicine with Neuroscience from King’s College London. Rachel is originally from Vermont and enjoys traveling, exploring the outdoors and photography.

Helen Noble
Research Assistant

Helen is in her final year of medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University and applying for residency in obstetrics and gynecology. She has experience in program development and mixed-methods research in Sierra Leone, India, Haiti, Rwanda and Peru. Helen hopes to focus her future career as a physician scientist on individual patient care and overarching health system’s changes to improve global health equity. She loves all outdoor activities, especially spending time on a lake and hiking to a stunning view.

Jhonny Córdova
Data Coordinator

Jhonny is an agricultural engineer with an MA in Environmental Management from the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP). His 11 years of professional experience have been focused on statistical analysis and research for institutions such as Tulane University, the University of Liverpool, University of California-Davis, and UNAP.

Karina Román
Project Manager

Karina has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Health Management with over 11 years of professional experience. She has worked for 7 years in the management of biomedical research projects with foreign collaborative institutions such as: Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina, University of California - Davis, University of San Diego - California, Tulane University, George Washington University, University of Maryland, among others.