Our Staff

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 June 2013, Dr. Renard completed his internal medicine residency training (primary care and social internal medicine) at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Renard currently works as an internist/hospitalist at St. Elizabeth Physicians, in northern Kentucky. His main interests are in global health and medical education. He joined the staff of the HME Project in February 2011.


Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH
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.

Ellis Steven Lenger, MD
Medical Director
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.

Nancy Sohler, PhD
Director of Research Education
Nancy Sohler conducts research on accessing quality health care, social/cultural influences on health behaviors, and novel strategies to deliver health care for disadvantaged populations. She is an Associate Medical Professor at the City College of New York.

Carlyle Schlabach, MD
Director of Emergency Medicine Training
Carlyle Schlabach MD is Assistant Medical Director, Emergency Department and a Clinician at Coryell Memorial Hospital, Gatesville, TX. He is Director of Emergency Response Training for HME and Acting Chairman of the Curriculum Committee for The Comprehensive Advanced Life Support Essentials course. His passion is to train Haitian physicians and nurses in advanced life support and train Haitian clinicians to become CALS trainers.

Tara Anderson
Communications Director
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 Krause
IT Director
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.

Stuart Fine
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.  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.

Liad Maslaton
Administrative Assistant
Liad is currently studying towards a B.A. in both psychology and French from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Prior to joining the HME Project, Liad joined a software Smart-QC development team and assisted in performing functional testing of their website; Smart-QC focuses on enhancing the efficiency of pharmaceutical companies like Pfizer, Merck, and Teva. He is currently a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and is looking to apply to medical school in the near future. Liad Maslaton resides in Tenafly, NJ, and is determined to help improve the medical standards of education in Haiti.

Gregory Ceus
Research Assistant
Greg is currently in his 5th year at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Greg was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY but his family are all of Haitian descent. Through the Leonard Davis Community-Based Research Fellowship, Greg was partnered with Dr. Sohler of the Sophie Davis School who in turn introduced him to HME. He has been working as Research Assistant in advancing a research course for Haitian medical residents, and looks forward to going to Haiti as soon as possible.
Alisha Alabre
Research Assistant
Alisha is currently a 4th year student at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. She was born in Brooklyn and grew up in Long Island. Personal experiences in the healthcare sector have supported Alisha’s lifelong interest in medicine, particularly in the field of oncology. Through the Rudin Research Fellowship, Alisha began working with Dr. Nancy Sohler of the Sophie Davis School in the administration of the Fall research education course sponsored by HME and Quisqueya University. Alisha’s interest in HME stems from her desire to interact with her Haitian peers and play an active role in ensuring that Haitian health care professionals provide optimal care for their patients.


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