Partnering Departments

GHPi was established in 2014 as an affiliate with the UC San Diego - MAS Program in Health Policy and Law. Members of GHPi constitute a diverse group of individuals from academia, government, the private sector and civil society with real world experience in global health and health policy, law and governance

UC San Diego - School of Medicine

The Department of Anesthesiology in the UCSD School of Medicine is an affiliate of the institute and partners in faculty development, leadership, and clinical expertise.

UC San Diego - Extension

UCSD Extension is an affiliate of the institute and is the current administrator of the MAS Health Policy and Law program and the Global Health Policy professional certificate.

GHPi Team

GHPi is comprised of a core leadership team, senior trainees, its members, and student affiliate members. See additional information below:

Leadership Team


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Tim K. Mackey, MAS, PhD Director

Tim Ken Mackey is the Director of GHPi, an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Global Public Health at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and is the Associate Director for the UC San Diego MAS Program in Health Policy & Law. He holds a BA in Political Science-International Relations and a Masters Degree in Health Policy & Law from UC San Diego and also earned his PhD in Global Public Health from the joint doctoral program at UC San Diego - San Diego State University.

His work focuses on a broad array of multidisciplinary topics in domestic and global public health. This includes cross-cutting research in disciplines of public health, medicine, international relations, public policy, law, innovation, substance abuse, eHealth, crime, and global governance. He has extensive professional experience including consulting for the World Health Organization, the US Department of State and others. See his full bio here.


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Bryan Liang, MD, JD, PhD Senior Advisor

Bryan A. Liang is Professor Emeritus of Anesthesiology and former Director of the San Diego Center for Patient Safety at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. He received his BS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MD from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, PhD from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies, and JD from Harvard Law School. The focus of his work is the systemic impact of health policy and law on providers, patients, and patient safety, broadly construed. He combines his experience working in policy contexts in Asia, the European Union, and the United States with medical, legal, public policy, and economics training to formulate rational social policy promoting patient safety.


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Raphael E. Cuomo, MPH, PhD Senior Research Associate

Raphael E. Cuomo is a Senior Research Associate at GHPi and a PhD Candidate in the Joint Doctoral Global Public Health Program at the UC San Diego and San Diego State University. He obtained a BS in Biology at Lafayette College and completed a medical education summer program at Yale University and a medical externship at the Cardiac Arrhythmia Center in the Washington Hospital Center. He also holds an MPH, with a concentration in Health Management and Policy, from SDSU. Raphael has also completed graduate coursework to obtain a Professional Certificate in Sustainability from Harvard University and he holds a certification in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. Raphael has conducted public health research with several organizations, including the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health, Leidos, and the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.


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Janani Kalyanam, MS, PhD(c) Senior Research Associate

Janani Kalyanam is a Senior Research Associate at GHPi and a PhD Candidate at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a BS from Rutgers University and a Masters from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, all in ECE. Her research focuses on developing machine learning and data science based tools to solve big data and related problems with applications specific to global public health. While her educational background is primarily in Computer Science and Engineering, she is passionate about work that is interdisciplinary in nature, and believes that it requires minds from a variety of disciplines to solve important problems in society.


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Gaurvika Nayyar, MPH, MBA Special Advisor

Gaurvika Nayyar is a Special Advisor to GHPi. Gaurvika has worked on pharmaceutical access and commercial strategy, drug quality and safety, corporate social responsibility, and health economics for emerging markets at organizations such as Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Deloitte, Rady Children's Hospital and United States Pharmacopeia. Nayyar received her BA in Global Health and Biology at Cornell University and a MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University. She has also served as the Director of the Global Network for Access to Medicines at Johns Hopkins, and was a fellow at the Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. Her work has been widely covered by BBC, NYT, Reuters, CNN & others.


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