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Former Global Health Fellows

Lara Antkowiak, MD, M Ed: Caribbean Program


Dr. Lara Antkowiak obtained her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She also has a master's degree in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literary Studies from Northwestern University. Lara is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

In the Dominican Republic, Lara collaborated with the Centro de Salud Divina Providencia in the town of Consuelo as an active pediatric provider in CHOP’s Niños Primero en Salud program, and with the Columbia University International Family AIDS program in nearby La Romana. Her research efforts in the DR focused on understanding the impact of community health worker education on the prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding in Consuelo, DR.

Lara is a former English teacher and has extensive volunteer and research-based international experience. She lives in Consuelo with her husband Tobin and her daughter, Lucia.

To read about some of Lara’s experiences in the DR in her own words, read the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Children's Doctor, which highlights our Global Health program.

Henry D. Welch, MD: Africa Program


Dr. Henry Welch obtained his MD from The Medical School for International Health in Collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel. He also has a BS in Biology from The University of Wisconsin La Crosse. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Henry split his time in Africa between Sparrow’s Village in Johannesburg, South Africa (a residential pediatric AIDS home for children), and Princess Marina Hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Here he provided inpatient and outpatient general pediatric clinical care as a part of the CHOP Pediatric program in collaboration with the University of Botswana School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics and the Botswana-UPenn Partnership. His key research study in Botswana sought to understand factors associated with adverse outcomes in children admitted with gastroenteritis to Nyangagwe Referral Hospital.

Henry is a former member of the United States Army Reserves and has extensive domestic and international volunteer medical experience.

To read more about Henry’s work in his own words, read the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Children's Doctor, which highlights our Global Health program.

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