About the Center

The Center for Global Collaboration & Health Initiatives was founded by the physician and medical educator John D. Cahill. Dr. Cahill was first exposed to international health while studying abroad in medical school. During his postgraduate medical training at Brown University, he spent a number of months in East Africa. After completing his training, Dr. Cahill worked in Southeast Asia & Africa. One common problem he observed was the lack of basic medical education in the principles and practice of emergency medicine, infectious diseases, and public health. Dr. Cahill began to develop simple training programs for the local healthcare providers in these regions. The response to these programs and the direct impact they have had on thousands of peoples lives inspired Dr. Cahill to found the Center.

The principle aim of CGCHI is to determine the medical educational needs of a local population, develop a course or program to address these needs, successfully train the region’s health care providers, and transition the responsibility for the operation of the course or program to the local healthcare providers and educators so the programs will be able to function independently.


Executive Director
John D. Cahill, M.D.

Dr. Cahill is a specialist in international health and an attending physician in Emergency Medicine and Infectious Diseases at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York, New York. There he is the Global Health Fellowship Director and Site Director for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Project in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has lectured and has been Course Director for a number of international courses and symposia pertaining to emergency medicine, infectious diseases, public health and international health.

He is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, Adjunct Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Brown Medical School, and Visiting Senior Lecturer for the Department of International Health & Tropical Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Emergency Physicians and is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

He is the editor of several textbooks and has published numerous chapters and articles on the subjects of emergency medicine, disaster medicine, infectious diseases, and international health. Dr. Cahill is a medical advisor to many organizations and has provided his expertise in many regions of the world.

Dr. Cahill received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America, his Medical Degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and holds postgraduate diplomas from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Fordham University, and the University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Advisory Board

Patrick Birde, J.D.
Mr. Birde is a partner at the law firm Kenyon & Kenyon. He has substantial experience in the procurement and enforcement of U.S. and foreign intellectual property rights for major clients. With emphasis in the chemical and medical device arts, his legal practice is focused on patent prosecution and licensing matters. His responsibilities have included the drafting, prosecution and licensing of many commercially significant patents.

Mr. Birde has a wide range of technical experience with products and processes relating to peptide synthesis, catheters for non-invasive surgical techniques such as angioplasty, angiography and tissue ablation, photographic chemicals, battery chemistry, petroleum refinement, soaps and detergents, dental compositions, electrically conductive polymers, cooking oil recovery, plastic packaging, bioabsorbable polymers, fluorocarbon propellants, metal oxide catalysts and food chemistry. He has also worked on projects in the textile, elevator door operator, plastic fastener, electric current interrupter, conductive ink, ceramic and other industries. Before entering law, Mr. Birde worked as a research and development chemist for a photographic chemical company. Mr. Birde serves on the editorial board of Patent World magazine and has written several articles and monographs on intellectual property topics. His Bar and Court Admissions include: New York, Registered Patent Attorney: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Birde received his Bachelor of Science from Herbert Lehman College and his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University.

Con Clarke, M.B.A.
Mr. Clarke had a long and successful career with the Irish airline Aer Lingus, from which he retired after 42 years of service in 1999 as Senior Vice President. He is currently a management consultant and serves as a Director for Manchester Airline Services, Chairman of Dublin Gaelic Athletic Association, Director of Global Waste Solutions, and a trustee of the Irish Airlines Pension Fund. Mr. Clarke has had extensive international experience as an advisor and political lobbyist for a number of organizations and governments.

Mr. Clarke received his Bachelor in Communications and his Masters in Business Administration from University College Dublin.

Shelby Coffey III
Mr. Coffey is the former Editor of the Los Angeles Times, Mr. Coffey is one of nation’s foremost authorities on news. Mr. Coffey began his journalism career at The Washington Post as a sports reporter. During his 17 years there, he held a variety of editorial positions, including Style Section Editor, Deputy Managing Editor for features and Assistant Managing Editor for national news. Mr. Coffey is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the International Press Institute, and has served on the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy.

From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Coffey was the Editor and Executive Vice President of the Los Angeles Times. He joined the newspaper in 1986 as Deputy Associate Editor and in 1988 was named Executive Editor. During his tenure, the Los Angeles Times won five Pulitzer Prizes and was a finalist for the award 25 times. In 1995, the National Press Foundation named Coffey Editor of the Year in recognition of the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the 1992 riots in Los Angeles, the 1994 Northridge earthquake and the 1994 O.J. Simpson trial. Among the honors, he received the Ida B. Wells Award in 1995 for exemplary achievement in the hiring and advancement of minorities in the news media. Before joining the Times, Mr. Coffey was Senior Vice President and Editor of the Dallas Times Herald, and earlier was Editor for U.S. News & World Report.

Currently a Senior Fellow of the Freedom Forum and Trustee at the Newseum, Mr. Coffey was President of CNN Business News and CNNfn, where he was responsible for the overall leadership of CNNfn and for all business and financial programming on CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN Headline News, CNN Airport Network and the news content of CNNfn.com. Prior to joining CNN, Coffey served as Executive Vice President of ABC News, where he was responsible for editorial standards and practices, online activities, cable program development and ABC News productions, in addition to other editorial responsibilities.

Mr. Coffey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech and drama at the University of Virginia.

James Fay
Mr. Fay worked at Merrill Lynch for 18 years and was Managing Director in its Institutional Equity Trading Division. He is currently Director of U.S. Trading for the UK broker dealer Collins Stewart Inc.

Mr. Fay is active in philanthropic organizations in the New York area and his charitable contributions touch all spectrums of need, and he is excited to be part of this new endeavor. Mr. Fay received his Bachelor of Arts from Fairfield University.

Thomas Neumann
Mr. Neumann has served at Managing Director of the Deutsche Bank Capital Markets Corporation. He was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a member of the Executive and Management Committee of NDB Capital Markets Corporation.

Mr. Neumann currently serves on the Boards of numerous other philanthropic organizations. Mr. Neumann received his Bachelor of Science from Muhlenberg College and completed the Executive Program at the Darden Graduate School of Business.

Robert Partridge, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Partridge is Associate Professor in Emergency Medicine at Brown School of Medicine. He is a specialist in international health and is the Director of the Division of International Emergency Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, at Brown Medical School. Dr. Partridge has 20 years experience working and teaching in the developing world and has participated in several international disaster relief operations.

Dr. Partridge received his Bachelor of Science and Medical Degree from Tufts University and his Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.

Thomas Troy, M.B.A.
Mr. Troy retired from Merrill Lynch in 2003, where he was a Senior Vice President and was responsible for managing the Global Securities Services Division. Professionally he has worked in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. During the summer of 2008, he volunteered at Ortum Missionary Hospital in Kenya.

Mr. Troy received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics for Holy Cross and his Masters of Business Administration from New York University.