The Department of Public Health Advisory Council brings together program stakeholders and public health experts to advise and support the Department of Public Health at Syracuse University. The Department of Public Health Advisory Council provides guidance and feedback to the department on academic issues to strengthen the relevance and quality of academic programs including curriculum, planning, student outcomes, program strengths, and program weaknesses. The Department of Public Health Advisory Council champions the program to prospective supporters, students, public health professionals, and the community.
Advisory Council Members
Nader Atallah-Yunes, Pediatric Cardiologist, Golisanos Children’s Hospital
Ivan Castro, ’18, Data Analyst, innoVet Health
Indu Gupta, ’04, Commissioner, Onondaga County Health Department
Kennedy Hagens, BSPH/MPH Student, Falk College, Syracuse University
Timothy “Noble” Jennings-Bey, CEO of the Street Addiction Institute Inc. (SAII), Syracuse New York
LaTisha Marshall, ‘98, Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Andres Moreira, ’12, Senior Director, Patient Experience & Patient Relations, Mount Sinai Health System
Assaf F. Alassaf, Executive Director, American Institute for Healthcare Quality
About Our Members
Dr. Nader Atallah-Yunes, M.D., is a Pediatric Cardiologist in Syracuse, New York. He has been in practice for over 20 years. He received his medical degree from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine. His specialty includes Echocardiography, transthoracic, transesophageal, intracardiac and fetal cardiac imaging and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.
Ivan Castro, ’18, Falk College
Ivan Castro, MSPH, is a data analyst at innoVet Health where he is part of a clinical analytics team working within the VA healthcare environment. Previously, he was a Research Coordinator at the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare where he coordinated an NIH-funded clinical trial; and a Project Manager at the Undergraduate Trauma Research Training Program, an NSF-funded project at Syracuse University. Ivan is a Navy veteran and holds a B.A. in psychology from SUNY Oswego, and a Master’s in Public Health from Syracuse University.
Indu Gupta, ’04, Maxwell School
Indu Gupta, M.D, MPH, M.A, FACP, is the Commissioner of Health at the Onondaga County Health Department. She completed her medical degree in India and began a private practice after moving to the US. Her experience as an internist led to a special interest in epidemiology, quality and process improvement to improve health outcomes at the population level. She completed her Masters of Arts in Public Administration and certificate of advanced study in health service management and policy from Syracuse University, as well as a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Gupta’s focus is to improve and protect the health of all the residents of Onondaga County. She believes that local health departments are a bridge between the community, the healthcare sector, and community-based organizations. She fiercely advocates for Health in All Policy (HiAP) and places a strong emphasis on data collection and analysis, performance management, quality improvement, strategic planning, and collaborative community partnerships to achieve health equity.
Kennedy Hagens is pursuing her B.S. in Public Health at Syracuse University and intends to earn her MPH with one additional year of study at Syracuse University. She plans to attend law school and pursue a career in health policy as well as continue with global health research after graduation. At Syracuse University she also serves as the Co-Chair of Diversity Affairs for Student Association, a Falk representative for Student of Color Advisory Council, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Iota Upsilon Chapter, and is the current President of Syracuse’s student section Otto’s Army.
Timothy “Noble” Jennings-Bey
Timothy “Noble” Jennings-Bey’s work involves responding to youth violence in Syracuse, NY, neighborhood killings, and to provide help for affected families.
LaTisha Marshall, ‘98, Falk College
LaTisha Marshall, DrPH, MPH, is a Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Marshall is an accomplished public health professional with over 20 years of experience providing expertise in the areas of surveillance, evaluation, health care administration, and health equity. She has worked with various countries, as well as federal, state, and tribal programs to assist in their chronic disease prevention and control efforts. In addition, she has led multiple patient care studies within public and private health care settings that have contributed to new patient care initiatives. Dr. Marshall serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor within the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. She holds a B.S. in Nutrition Science from Syracuse University, an MPH from the State University of New York at Albany, and a DrPH from the University of Georgia. Dr. Marshall is a member of the Falk College Board of Visitors.
Andres Moreira, ’12, Falk College
Andres Moreira, MHA, is a health care professional with experience in the administrative and clinical functions of the healthcare delivery system. He is currently the Senior Director of Patient Experience & Patient Relations at the renowned Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. Previously, he spent over five years at ChristianaCare, a prestigious academic medical center continuously ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Hospital. In his roles, Andres has engaged in driving culture change to reimagine patient and family-centered care in order to provide clinical excellence and exceptional patient experience. Andres was recently recognized with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, an honor given to individuals for public and community service. He is an active emergency medical technician in his hometown of Greenwich, CT and also a committee member of his region’s Swim Across America event that raises awareness and money for cancer research, prevention, and treatment. Andres holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in Health Administration from The George Washington University. He is also certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Assaf F. Alassaf
Al Alassaf, MD, MPH, CQA is a professor emeritus with the University of Oklahoma and a physician with clinical specialization in internal and pulmonary medicine with a graduate education in health administration and policy. He has 40 plus years of progressive healthcare experience (of which 30 years are in academe) with clinical and managerial roles, including special expertise in health systems strengthening, healthcare quality, and health services administration. Besides his academic and administrative positions, he has been serving as an international healthcare consultant to such organizations as the WHO, USAID, the World Bank and UNDP and to several international governments and governmental agencies.