Faculty Involvement

Dr. Jonathan Dyal

Dr. Jonathan Dyal’s work focuses on international emergency medicine, emerging infectious diseases, and public health epidemiology. After residency at Baylor, he completed a Fellowship in International Emergency Medicine with the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency. He then joined the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, where his research with the Viral Special Pathogens Branch focused on viruses like Ebolavirus, Hantavirus, and SARS-CoV-2.  Here at UT-Houston, he is continuing his work in infectious disease epidemiology and expanding resident training experiences in places like Haiti, Belize, and Pakistan.


Dr. Hannah Smith

Dr. Hannah Smith’s work focuses on an innovative virtual ultrasound educational program at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) and the University of Ghana Medical Centre in Accra, Ghana during the 2021 – 2022 academic school year. In collaboration with UTHealth Houston and the McGovern Medical School, this partnership is led by Dr. Smith with the goal to teach use cases of ultrasound to emergency medicine physicians. The longitudinal, monthly, and interactive ultrasound curriculum evaluates the “Effects of a Virtual Cross-Cultural Ultrasound Curriculum on Trainees’ Ultrasound Knowledge, Satisfaction and Usage.” This service to KATH and the University of Ghana Medical Centre has an impact on the emergency medicine trainees, faculty, and patients in Ghana, and we are excited to continue to grow this partnership.


Dr. Adeola Kosoko

Dr. Adeola Kosoko’s work focuses on teaching and curriculum development to enhance pediatric care in Belize. After completing her global health and international emergency medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine with partners from Baylor College of Medicine and Brown University, Dr. Kosoko has developed medical simulation, small groups, and didactics-based pediatric emergencies curriculum targeting generalist providers for low and middle-income countries. The curriculum is based on a formalized needs assessment performed in Belize City, where the curriculum has been implemented. Future efforts will be to roll out the curriculum to other areas in Belize and abroad.


Dr. Shabana Walia

Dr. Shabana Walia completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital with a focus and concentration on International Emergency Medicine and earned a Master’s in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.  Her previous work in international emergency medicine has involved clinical work in Honduras, Haiti, and India. Dr. Walia’s resident teaching has expanded in India and Ecuador. Throughout the COVID pandemic, she continued to work on educational development for emergency medicine programs in India. Her current focus in Emergency Medicine involves providing sustainable healthcare in underserved countries, expanding resident training experiences, and international emergency response. She continues to serve as a mentor and advisor for the International Advisory Group and iEM project and is president of the Global Academy of Emergency Medicine Inc. Recently, Dr. Walia has become a member of the ACEP International Ambassador Regional Committee Leadership Team.


Dr. Camila Calderón Molestina and Dr. Richard Gordon

Drs. Calderón Molestina and Gordon’s work includes a pursued partnership established early this year. 8 physicians from the Department of Emergency Medicine travelled to Ecuador to teach over 70 Emergency Medicine residents from several local universities. The ultrasound workshop provided hands-on practice for clinical application in a limited resource setting. The initiative was a collaborative effort between Pontifica Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Universidad Central del Ecuador, and the Universidad San Francisco de Quito with the intention to continue developing partnerships with these universities to augment their ultrasound curriculums and work on future endeavors together. Dr. Calderón Molestina completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at UTHealth Houston’s McGovern Medical EM. Dr. Gordon completed his residency at Wayne State University’s Detroit Receiving. For more information on the Ultrasound in Ecuador initiative, click here.