Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO)

Fellowship Site Directors:
Daniel Fitzgerald, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College
Jean Pape, MD, GHESKIO

Site Contact: 
Lindsey Reif

Site Specialties:

  • HIV/ID
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • TB
  • Oral Health
  • Health Outcomes
  • ethics and Policy
  • Eye Diseases
  • Cholera
  • Nutrition

Site Description

The Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi’s Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) is a Haitian non-governmental organization founded in 1982 that is dedicated to providing clinical service, research, and training in HIV, TB, and other communicable diseases. GHESKIO has collaborated with Cornell University since 1982 and with Vanderbilt University since 1992. GHESKIO is a prime example of the mutual benefits derived from maternal-child health, TB, oral health, health outcomes, ethics and policy, eye diseases, and sustained training focused in Haiti but continuing to draw heavily from  expertise available through U.S. collaborators. GHESKIO hosts undergraduate, graduate, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows from North America and Europe for research training.

GHESKIO also recruits talented young Haitian investigators for long-term training in Haiti and abroad.  Trainees focus on the priority research areas necessary for developing and expanding HIV care and prevention services: HIV vaccines, pediatric and adult antiretroviral therapy, health outcomes of HIV care and prevention, pediatrics and prevention of mother to child transmission, tuberculosis and other HIV-associated opportunistic infections, ethics, and HIV pathogenesis, immunology, and virology. 

  • Marie Elmase Belizaire, MD
    Kayvan Zanabadi, PhD

  • Curtis O’Neal, MPH 
    Linda Severe, MD, MPH 
    Kendra Harris, MD, PhD
    Aynsley Duncan, MD 
    Samuel Pierre, MD
    Kathleen Walsh, MD, MPH 
    Mario Camblart, MD
    Jacky Petion, MD
    Olga Tymejczyk, MPH
    Yvetot Joseph MD
    Daniel Oduro PhD, MPhil
    Genevieve Vanessa Hilaire MD