New Members

  • Student Doctor Guy Bennallack

    Guy Bennallack graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Biology and a Certificate in Spanish and continued his education at Touro University California to pursue a Master Degree in Public Health with an emphasis on global health. After completing his Capstone project on a malaria intervention initiative in La Paz Bolivia, he joined Touro University's 2015 class of College of Osteopathic Medicine.

    During his undergraduate studies Guy Bennallack's passion for travel and exploration lead him to participate in a variety of global health efforts including volunteer work in Costa Rica, Panama, Cayman Islands and participation in a tsunami relief effort in American Samoa.

    In the Summer of 2012 Guy participated in the Tanzania global health elective course where he led the continuation of a Global Physicians Corps sponsored initiative to research and provide treatment for the disease Schistosomiasis. The 2012 effort expanded the project both geographically and in the number of patients participating in the program.

    Student Dr. Bennallack will begin his third year rotations at Pacific Hospital in Long Beach, CA and hopes to enter the fields of emergency medicine and international health.

  • Student Doctor Aaron Heffner

    Aaron Heffner graduated from the George Washington University in 2007 with a BS in Biology, and completed a graduate program at Georgetown University in 2009 with a MS in Physiology and Biophysics. Aaron is now enrolled at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in the class of 2015.

    While in college Aaron was first exposed to international public health as an intern for the non-profit Global AIDS Alliance, where he became well versed in both political lobbying and grassroots campaigning. His first international aid mission was to Costa Rica in 2007 with the group International Service Learning, and there he helped treat patients at rural mobile clinics along the under-developed eastern coast.

    Aaron became involved with the GPC in 2012 as a first year medical student. He led fundraising efforts that surpassed expectations by diversifying methods used to raise funds, and he participated in various research projects in Shirati, Tanzania including Schistosomiasis and HIV. Upon returning to the States he published an abstract with co-author Guy Bennallack that was awarded second place at the BIOMEA/OMED/AOA annual conference in 2012.

    Inspired by his experiences, Aaron recently became project coordinator for the Tanzania site, and is actively working to expand the scope of the GPC’s presence in that country.

New Members 2013

New Members

We are so proud and excited to have joined the Global Physicians Corps and to get the chance to travel to Tanzania and Ethiopia! We are a group of energetic, dedicated, and hardworking individuals made up of first-year medical students and pharmacy students from Touro University, California. We are incredibly excited to gain a different perspective on medicine by rotating in the local clinics and hospitals; it will be a truly valuable learning tool.

Our group is eager to delve into a different culture from our own and interact with the local residents. As we will all learn a great deal from the people of Africa, we feel it is our duty to give back to the communities that will be teaching us so very much. We have many goals aimed at making a difference in the African communities we will be working with this year.

We are motivated and driven to help the adults and children that make up these amazing African villages. We are so proud of the fact that our projects are completely funded by donations from our friends, family, and local businesses. We cannot wait to embark on our journey this summer!

Thank you for your donations and support! 100 % of the funds raised proceed directly to the cause!

Sean Griffiths, Kelly Park, Melanie Kappadakunnel, Eric Chen, Celia Chao, Bill Kelley, Zubin Sedghi, Lauren Piacente, Alicia Zhou, Harjyot Toor, Atif Saleem, Matthew Blaisdell, Yvonne Ding, Amanda Do, Julia Vorotnikova, and Andrew Newman.