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Ameena Ahmed, MD, MPH

Ameena Ahmed, MD, MPH

Physician; Assistant Clinical Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Ahmed has examined hundreds of torture survivors from over 60 countries and provided expert witness testimony on the medical and psychological evaluation of torture survivors in over 50 cases in United States Federal immigration court since 2001, Learn More »

Dr. Joanne Ahola

Joanne Ahola, MD

Asylum Network Member

In 1999, I read an article by a psychiatrist who described having found deeply rewarding volunteer work as a member of the Asylum Network. He spoke of the flexibility there was to do as little or as much as his time allowed, and how he could volunteer right in his office. ... I signed up that evening. Learn More »

Scott Allen, MD

Scott A. Allen, MD, FACP

Medical Advisor

Dr. Scott Allen serves as medical advisor to PHR on our work in stopping torture and was lead medical author of PHR's reports “Experiments in Torture,” “Aiding Torture,” and “Leave No Marks.” Learn More »

Holly G. Atkinson, MD, FACP

Holly G. Atkinson, MD, FACP

Dr. Atkinson is especially interested in the intersection of health and human rights as it applies to advancing the well-being of women and girls. She is immediate past President of the PHR Board of Directors. Learn More »

Rusudan Beriashvili  MD, PhD

Rusudan Beriashvili, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Forensic Medicine

Dr. Beriashvili is actively involved in the Istanbul Protocol Implementation Project in Georgia. She participated as an International Trainer in Prevention and Documentation of Torture in several of PHR's professional trainings in Georgia, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan. Learn More »

Marion Brown, DO

Marion Brown, DO

Asylum Network Member

I have been a member of the Asylum Network since 2001 and have seen more than 18 clients, all but one of whom have received asylum status. It took just one interaction with an asylum seeker, a woman from Senegal who was held captive as a sex slave, to make me want to work with people seeking asylum. Learn More »

Robert Bux, MD

Robert Bux, MD

IFP Advisory Council Member

Dr. Bux has participated in many international human rights investigations for PHR's IFP. His work for international courts includes the exhumation of mass graves in Yugoslavia for the UN International War Crimes Tribunal, and providing written reports for the Special Prosecutor for the International War Crimes Court in Sierra Leone. Learn More »

Nancy Cabelus, DNP, RN

Nancy Cabelus, DNP, RN

Senior Fellow; Adjunct Professor; Director-at-Large

Nancy’s research topic of interest is human trafficking. She continues to lecture internationally on prevention of sexual violence and trafficking. She joined PHR in 2011 as a forensic consultant, and has also recently joined the Asylum Network. Learn More »

Sondra Crosby, MD

Sondra Crosby, MD

Medical Consultant

Dr. Crosby’s clinical practice focuses on care of asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees, and she has written over 200 affidavits documenting medical and psychological sequelae of torture. Learn More »

Bill Davis, MA, MPH

Burma Researcher

Bill Davis has spent five years working in development and human rights in East Africa and Southeast Asia. Davis worked as PHR's Burma project director from 2011–2013; during this time, he led a population survey of health and human rights in Karen state and emergency investigations in Kachin, Rakhine state, and Mandalay division in Burma. Learn More »

Barbara Eisold, PhD

Barbara Eisold, PhD

Asylum Network Member

I began doing asylum evaluations as a volunteer approximately eight years ago... The actual work with asylum seekers has turned out to be extremely valuable to me in ways I could never have predicted. Learn More »

Hope Ferdowsian

Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, FACPM

Asylum Network Member and Medical Expert Consultant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Hope Ferdowsian is assistant professor of medicine at the George Washington University and adjunct associate professor at the Georgetown University Medical Center Department of Microbiology and Immunology, as well as an asylum evaluator for PHR’s Asylum Network. Learn More »

Lynne Gaby, MD

Lynne Gaby, MD

Asylum Network Member

I have met some remarkable individuals as a volunteer for PHR - people who have lived through unimaginable horrors, yet retain a dignity and resilience that is deeply inspiring. I feel immensely gratified to know that the evaluations I have provided can make a difference in terms of a judge's decision to grant asylum. Learn More »

William D. Haglund, PhD

William D. Haglund, PhD

Senior Forensic Consultant

Former Director of the International Forensic Program, Dr. Haglund serves as Senior Forensic Consultant to the IFP. His work with the United Nations and PHR have included investigation of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity and genocide. Learn More »

Alastair Hay

Alastair Hay, PhD, OBE

Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Alastair Hay is Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Leeds. He has worked on chemical weapons issues for nearly 40 years. Learn More »

Howard Hu

Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD

Director/Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Medicine

Dr. Hu, an expert in understanding the impact of exposure to toxic chemicals on human health, has served on four fact-finding missions for PHR, as well as a former member of PHR's Board of Directors. Learn More »

Kristine Huskey

Kristine Huskey, JD

Advisor on Torture

Kristine Huskey has more than 10 years of experience in torture, human rights, and national security. Learn More »

Wangu Kanja

Expert Consultant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Wangu Kanja is the founder and executive director of the Wangu Kanja Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides survivors of sexual violence with access to medical, psychological, and legal redress. Learn More »

Allen Keller, MD

Allen Keller, MD

Medical Advisor

Co-author of PHR’s ground-breaking report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives, Allen is internationally recognized as an expert in treatment and evaluation of torture. He is the Director of the NYU Center for Health and Human Rights. Learn More »

Coleen Kivlahan, MD, MSPH

Coleen Kivlahan, MD, MSPH

Asylum Network Member and Volunteer Medical Advisor, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

As a family medicine physician for more than 25 years, Coleen Kivlahan serves the Association of American Medical Colleges as the senior director for health systems innovation. She is an avid volunteer with PHR in the Asylum Program, both as a trainer and medical evaluator, as well as a volunteer medical advisor and lead trainer for the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones. Learn More »

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

Asylum Network Member

An Asylum Network member for nearly two decades, Dr. Kosik has lectured on issues related to asylum, performed evaluations, and trained others to conduct asylum evaluations. Learn More »

Georges Kuzma

Georges Kuzma

Expert Consultant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Georges Kuzma has experience in police, justice, and security sector reform and has worked in Chad, Mauritania, and the DRC. He has extensive international experience in forensic investigations. Learn More »

Stuart Lustig, MD, MPH

Stuart Lustig, MD, MPH

Asylum Network Member

I was initially prompted to begin volunteering for the Asylum Network because my father lost several family members in the Holocaust. In the same way that we enjoy those rights [such as freedom of speech] because of the efforts and sacrifices of our predecessors, I believe we have an ethical obligation to advocate for those who are less fortunate than we are. Learn More »

Stephen McElroy, MD, MPH

Stephen McElroy, MD, MPH

Asylum Network Member

An emergency department physician and Clinical Assistant Professor, Dr. McElroy has been a member of PHR's Asylum Network since 2004 and regularly evaluates asylum seekers. Learn More »

Ranit Mishori

Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS

Asylum Network Member and Medical Expert Consultant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Ranit Mishori is a family physician and an asylum evaluator for PHR's Asylum Network. Learn More »

Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, MD

Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, MD

Sudan/South Sudan Expert, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Dr. Mohammed Ahmed Eisa, a physician and professor of Medicine at el-Fasher University in Darfur, specializes in working with victims of torture and sexual violence. Learn More »

Alejandro Moreno, MD

Alejandro Moreno, MD, MPH, JD, FACP, FCLM

Medical Consultant

Dr. Moreno, a practicing physician and attorney, is an expert in the care of refugees and victims of torture, an area which he has published extensively. Learn More »

Joan Nyanyuki, MD, MSc

Medical Expert Consultant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Joan Nyanyuki is a medical practitioner working independently on health rights issues. Learn More »

Nery Suyapa Osorio, JD

Nery Suyapa Osorio, LLM, LLL

Forensic Legal Expert and PHR Consultant

Ms. Osorio received her law degree from the Law School at the Autonomous National University of Honduras in 2001 and her Master's Degree in International Criminal Law at the University of Granada, Spain. She has consulted for the IFP since 1996. Learn More »

Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD

Philip O. Ozuah, MD, PhD

Professor and University Chairman at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Ozuah's research has been focused on environmental exposures, obesity, and medical education. His specialty is pediatrics. Learn More »

Parveen Parmar

Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH

Medical Advisor

Dr. Parmar currently serves as clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. She worked with PHR on Burmese Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Learn More »

Nizam Peerwani, MD

Nizam Peerwani, MD

IFP Advisory Council Member

A Chief Medical Examiner in Texas since 1979, Dr. Peerwani was one of two investigators for PHR of attacks on health professionals and their patients in Bahrain in 2011. Learn More »

Steven Reisner, PhD

Steven Reisner, PhD

Psychological Ethics Advisor

Dr. Reisner has worked tirelessly to amend policies of the American Psychological Association that support psychologists’ participation in unethical military and intelligence interrogations in places such as Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and the CIA ‘black sites’. Learn More »

Dr. Guzman

Ricardo Restrepo-Guzman, MD, MPH

Physician/Psychiatrist; Associate Clinical Professor

Dr. Restrepo-Guzman is a psychiatrist interested in the field of cultural psychiatry and human rights, and currently manages a substance abuse and mental health program at the Long Beach VA Hospital. He has conducted medical evaluations and clinical treatment of people who have survived torture and other forms of abuse and has been a PHR volunteer since 1998. Learn More »

 Katalin Roth, JD, MD

Katalin Roth, JD, MD

Asylum Network Member

My commitment to human rights goes way back to college activism (civil rights, anti-Vietnam and anti-poverty). I came to medicine after a brief career as a lawyer and law teacher, and so issues of justice and human rights have concerned me throughout my career. Learn More »

Stephen Soldz, PhD

Stephen Soldz, PhD

Advisor on Torture

Dr. Soldz was a co-founder in 2007 of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology. The Coalition has been in the forefront of efforts to withdraw psychologists from aiding abusive interrogations in US Department of Defense and CIA facilities. Learn More »

Donna Sutter, MD, MPH

Donna Sutter, MD, MPH

Asylum Network Member

A member of PHR's Asylum Network since January 2002, Dr. Sutter has participated in over 30 asylum evaluations. Learn More »

Homer Venters, MD

Medical Advisor

An attending physician at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture as well as Medical Director for NYC DOHMH at Rikers Island Jail, Dr. Venters also sees detained victims of torture who are seeking asylum, and conducts trainings for US Dept. of Homeland Security Asylum Officers on the effects of torture. Learn More »

Muriel Volpellier

Muriel Volpellier, MA, MD

Expert Consultant, Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones

Muriel Volpellier has over 15 years of experience in working with sexual health, and is currently the lead doctor of Forensic Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in London where she established a new forensic service for victims of sexual assault in 2004. Learn More »

Dr. Willems

Jan L. Willems, MD, PhD

Colonel MC (retired), Professor (retired)

Dr. Jan Willems is an expert in the field of pharmacology and toxicology, and was a professor of environmental health (now retired) at the University of Ghent Medical School. Learn More »

Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD

Brigadier General (ret) Stephen Xenakis, MD

Anti-torture Expert

Dr. Xenakis says his human rights work is guided by a simple principle: "Do what's good and do what's right. Be honorable." Learn More »