Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH
President & Medical Education Director
Galit graduated from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences, and then continued at the NYU School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine Residency at NYU/Bellevue Hospital and Preventative Medicine training at the NYC Department of Health and the Columbia School of Public Health, where she also earned a Masters in Public Health.
After completing her training, she worked as a faculty member at Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), where she served as the associate director of the Social Medicine and Primary Care Residency programs. Her time at MMC was allocated to teaching, social epidemiology research and clinical medicine. Among other responsibilities, she was the director of the residency research curriculum and was the founder and director of a Research Based Health Activism course. With the intention to work in the field of international health, she changed her academic status to an adjunct after ten years as faculty at MMC/AECOM. Since April 2010 she has been involved with the Haiti Medical Education (HME) Project.
Galit has presented at numerous national and international meetings, published multiple original articles and in peer reviewed journals and has been invited as a book-reviewer by leading academic publishers. She feels privileged to be an active member of the global health advocacy community and plans on being involved in this cause for years to come.
Haiti Operations Director
Drake Delvoix was born and raised in Port-Au-Prince and attended Cote Plage College, the School of Chemistry of Haiti, and Quisqueya University. In addition, he studied web programming and information technology in the Dominican Republic. Drake left Haiti in 2004 for professional opportunities, but returned to his homeland after the January 2010 earthquake to contribute to the rebuilding efforts. As coordinator for the HME Project in Haiti, he directs the organization’s activities on the ground, serving as the liaison between the Haitian community and the HME Project staff members outside of Haiti.
Ellis Steven Lenger, MD
Steve received his BA from Brooklyn College and his MD from Downstate Medical School. After graduation, he served as both a medicine intern at New York Hospital and as an assistant resident in internal medicine. He did two fellowships in gastroenterology, one at Beth Israel Hospital and one at New England Deaconess Hospital, both in Boston, MA. In addition, he served as chief of the division of gastroenterology at St. Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Israel Medical Association. He is a member of the American Gastroenterological Association, the New Jersey Society of Gastroenterology, the Ileitis and Colitis Foundation, and the American Liver Foundation.
Brian D. Remillard, MD
Director of External Relations
Dr. Remillard is the Section Chief , Nephrology and Hypertension, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, completed his residency training at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, and did his nephrology fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. You can find out more about his initial work in Haiti by going here. He has been involved with the HME Project since summer 2010.
Cruff Renard, MD
Cruff Renard grew up in the Central Plateau of Haiti and received his MD from the State University of Haiti in Port-au-Prince. After he completed his social service as a general practitioner in rural Haiti, he joined Partners in Health (PIH), where he served for five years as both Director of TB and HIV/AIDS programs at Bon Sauveur Hospital in Cange and Ste. Therese Hospital in Hinche. Through PIH, he also served as a senior trainer for the Caribbean HIV/AIDS and Regional Training Network (CHART), teaching physicians, medical students, nurses and community healthcare workers about HIV and tuberculosis management. In July 2010, Cruff started his residency in social and internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and plans to do a fellowship in infectious diseases. His main interests are in global health and medical education. Cruff joined the staff of the HME Project in February 2011.
Barbara Ley Toffler, Ph.D.
Director of Nursing Education and Task Development
Dr. Toffler is an organizational psychologist and former Harvard Business School professor, who has also held adjunct professorships at Yale and Columbia Universities and Tufts School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Toffler advises, teaches, and consults in Organizational Psychology, specifically in the areas of Organization Design, Organizational Culture, Leadership, Decision-Making, and Management Ethics. She has consulted on, designed and taught programs for over sixty companies, NGOs and government agencies.
Tara brings a decade of experience as a writer and radio producer to her work with the HME Project. She holds bachelor’s degrees in music and journalism from the University of Kentucky, and a masters degree in public communications from Fordham University in NYC. She spent 9 years at Fordham’s public radio station, WFUV, serving as assistant program director, while freelancing as a radio reporter for nationally syndicated radio shows including All Things Considered and The World. She currently makes her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where she works as a part-time radio host and a freelance writer, in addition to her work with the HME Project.
Nadav joined the HME team in September 2011 as the IT Director. Nadav is the current CEO and owner of Btech Holdings, which provides project management and professional services to information systems. Prior to joining HME, he held several executive positions at MTS Integratrak, Inc. Nadav holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics and M.B.A in Business Administration, specializing in Information Systems and Technology.
Social Media Associate
Stuart is currently studying towards a B.S. in Neuroscience at Columbia University. He joined the HME Staff through an internship program in Tenafly High School, and this is now his second summer working here. Prior to HME, he was a research lab assistant at Columbia University Medical Center and co-authored a paper on mutations in pancreatic cancer. Stuart Fine currently resides in Tenafly, NJ and is excited to visit Haiti later this summer to see the work that HME has done rebuilding and revitalizing Haiti’s medical education system.