Boston Team

JeffMarkuns Jeffrey Markuns, MD, EdM

Executive Director

Boston University Family Medicine

Global Health Collaborative


Assistant Residency Director

Department of Family Medicine


Jeff is the Executive Director for the Boston University Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative. Jeff has been working with the Collaborative since 2007, providing teaching and consultation around the world with a special focus on education and training as well as primary care systems integration.


Jeff is the project leader for for the Vietnam Family Medicine Development Program and our current project sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies working with multiple Vietnamese universities and the Ministry of Health on national-level scale up of a Family Medicine-based primary care model for delivery of grassroots clinical services and integration with the existing hospital-based system. He directed a similar program retraining physicians in Laos from remote district hospitals to provide general medical services and primary care, and co-leads an early-phase primary care system strengthening program in Cambodia. Jeff has led numerous workshops around the world focused on medical education and primary care systems development, and he has developed and organized countless fellowships to Boston University for visiting professionals ranging from practicing specialist physicians to health system administrators to government policy-makers, including Ministers of Health.


With broad clinical skills in the full spectrum of Family Medicine clinical services, formal fellowship training in medical education, and almost a decade of experience as an assistant program director in postgraduate training in Family Medicine, Jeff has served as a consultant in various aspects of both general medical education and primary care in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Oman, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam.  He also sits on the board of the American Academy of Family Physicians’ Center for International Health Initiatives, and is a Vice President of Family Medicine for GHETS (Global Health through Education Training and Service).  Jeff is active in Wonca (the World Organization of Family Doctors) and was lead author in the revision of the chapter on Education and Professional Development in the Wonca guidebook, The Contribution of Family Medicine to Improving Health Systems, 2nd Ed.


Brian Jack, MD
Brian Jack - Our Team

Department of Family Medicine


Clinical Director

Lesotho-Boston Health Alliance


Brian Jack, MD, is Associate Professor of Family Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine founding Vice Chair for Academic Affairs. Dr. Jack came to BU in 1997 from Brown University, where he was founder and director of the Department’s maternal and child health fellowship program. Dr. Jack received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts and completed his residency training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital where he was Chief Resident. He completed a fellowship in Obstetrics and FamilyMedicine at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.


Dr. Jack has an active family medicine practice that includes high risk OB and cesarean section. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles or book chapters, reviewed papers for major medical journals, served on NICHHD and HRSA grant review panels and currently is PI on grants from HRSA, AHRQ and NHLBI. He is currently a member of the CDCs “Select Panel on Preconception Care”. Dr. Jack has also been active in the worldwide development of  medicine and is a founding member of the AAFPs Center for International Initiatives. He spent a sabbatical year in Budapest, Hungary in 1995 where he received a special citation from the mayor of Budapest. He taught the first ALSO courses in Jordan and Pakistan. Dr. Jack has served as a consultant to USAID, the World Bank, the US Department of State and Rockefeller Foundation on the development of family medicine in Lesotho, Albania, Jordan, Romania, and Vietnam.


Laura Goldman, MDLaura Goldman
Deputy Director

Boston University Family Medicine

Global Health Collaborative


Director of Geriatrics

Department of Family Medicine 


Associate Professor

Boston University School of Medicine


Laura graduated from Rutgers Medical School and Brown University Program in Family Medicine. She came to Boston University in 1998 from Tufts, and has been core faculty in the Family Medicine Medical Student Education and Residency Programs, serving as assistant residency director until 2004.  She trained as a Faculty Scholar in the Boston University Center of Excellence in Geriatrics and the Stanford Faculty Development Center Program In Geriatrics in Primary Care.


Laura directs the geriatrics program and the nursing home practice for the department of Family Medicine, and practices full spectrum family medicine at South Boston Community Health Center and Boston Medical Center.   Laura has an interest in women’s health and supervises the cervical cancer screening and colposcopy training for the department.  She joined the Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative in 2008 and has taught faculty development workshops in Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar.


Alysa N. Veidis, RN, MSN, FNP
Alysa Veidis - Our TeamDirector of Nursing Programs in Lesotho 


Alysa N. Veidis completed her Bachelors in Nursing at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and attained her Masters in Nursing with a Family Nurse Practitioner specialty at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Alysa has been employed at the Family Medicine Center at Boston Medical Center for the last seven years and functions as a Family Nurse Practitioner.



Alysa provides broad-spectrum, preventative, acute and home care for a diverse, multi-cultural, high-risk patient population. Appointed as a Teaching Associate at the Boston University School of Medicine, she precepts Nurse Practitioner students and teaches Home Care to Boston University School of Medicine Residents. In addition, she acts as a Case Management Coordinator at Boston Medical Center, where she oversees a nursing team in the case management of diabetic, asthmatic, substance addicted and pediatric patients.



Alysa has worked previously in Ecuador and the Dominican Republic, and made her first trip to Lesotho in 2005 as an exchange participant in a U.S. Department of State Africa Workforce Development program and then returned several times in 2007 to assess the current needs in nursing education and develop a feasible plan for improvement.


Lai N. Ly, MPHLai
Program Manager


Lai Ly joined BUFMGHC in August 2009 after working in community health centers in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She provides advanced project management and support, working closely with faculty to manage all aspects of overseas projects, specifically in Southeast Asia. Having spent her early childhood in Vietnam, Ms. Ly has a unique perspective on global health and feels a particular connection to her first country. Ms. Ly holds an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health and a BA in History from Amherst College.


Kristin ShawKShaw
Program Manager


Kristin Shaw joined the BUFMGHC team in January 2013 while pursing her Master’s in Public Health Degree at Boston University with a concentration in International Health.  Prior to joining the team, Kristin received a Bachelor’s Degree in International Health from Georgetown University.  During her time there, she lived and worked at a health research center in Dodowa, Ghana and conducted a research study on the barriers to maternal health care utilization in the Dangme West District.  Kristin also has private sector experience and worked on the global advertising operations team at Google before moving to Boston.



Stephen Cummings, MD
Senior Advisor


Dr. Cummings co-founded the Vietnam Family Medicine Development Project in 1995 and continues as senior consultant and active member of the GHC. He has been board certified in family medicine, emergency medicine and undersea & hyperbaric medicine and currently holds academic appointments in Family Medicine at Brown and Boston University Schools of Medicine. Medical school and Family Medicine training were at the University of Florida (1979) and Brown Universities (1982) respectively.


Dr. Cummings’ work in southeast Asia began in mid 1960’s Vietnam where he served as USAID advisor to the minister of health and social welfare for war victim relief and resettlement programs and has continued in various capacities since that time throughout Indochina. In addition, he is a retired senior foreign service officer from the U.S. State Department Office of Medical services. Dr. Cummings provides a variety of primary care health systems consultations, and co-leads our early-phase primary care system strengthening program in Cambodia.  He is actively engaged with the Network TUFH (Towards Unity for Health) and is a Vice President of Family Medicine for GHETS (Global Health through Education Training and Service). 


Alain J. Montegut, MD, FAACPAlain Montegut - Our Team
Senior Advisor


Vice President for Primary Care Development

Martin’s Point Health Care


Dr. Montegut is the Former Director of the Global Health Primary Care Initiative in the Department of Family Medicine, Boston University. He received his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the Brown University/Memorial Hospital. Dr. Montegut began his career as a solo family physician in a rural town in Maine and after ten years helped create and practiced in a group practice. He began at the Maine Medical Center where he then served as Residency Director from 2001-07 was also the Director of a Division of International Health Improvement. His experience in international consulting has spanned close to two decades.


Dr. Montegut served as the director of the USSR/Russian Family Medicine Development Project from 1989 until 1995. In 1995, Dr. Montegut began a consultative relationship with the Ministry of Health, Vietnam.There, he has directed several projects that have led to the creation of the specialty of Family Medicine and postgraduate training programs in the specialty. In addition, Dr. Montegut has directed medical education projects in Laos and Cambodia, consulting for the Ministries of Health of Saudi Arabia and China and for medical schools in Armenia, Hungary, Oman, and Bahrain. Dr. Montegut is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine, and is the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) Regional President for North America.


Larry Culpepper, MD, MPH  


Dr. Culpepper is the founding Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Boston University. He received his M.D from Baylor College of Medicine and his M.P.H. from Boston University. He has served as President of the North American Primary Care Group (NAPCRG), Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), and Chairman of the Board of Rhode Island Public Health Foundation. He is a Primary Care Fellow of the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration, and has chaired or served as a member of research grant review committees for 5 NIH and other federal agencies. He has received the STFM Excellence in Education, the STFM-NAPCRG Hames Research awards, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in 1998. He has conducted research in Otitis Media, and school-based and community interventions to improve pregnancy outcomes and to prevent teen pregnancies.


Dr. Culpepper currently is the principal investigator of an AHRQ funded center for patient safety research devoted to low income and minority vulnerable populations in ambulatory care settings, principal investigator of interventions to improve the care of uninsured patients and urban patients with diabetes and depression, co-principal investigator of a study to decrease delays in CHC patient follow-up for abnormal mammography, and co-investigator of a long term study of the course of anxiety disorders in primary care settings. Dr Culpepper co-chairs a panel on Otitis Media with Effusion for the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and is a member of the AAP-AAFP panel on acute otitismedia. He is the family medicine editor of UpToDate, and the editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry Primary Care Companion.



Mark Allan, LICSW, MBAMark Allan - Our Team 

Director of Health Systems Development

Department of Family Medicine Faculty


Director of Health Sector Management Program

School of Management


Mark Allan is Faculty Director of the Health Sector Management Program at Boston University’s School of Management and Principal for Strategic Healthcare Solutions. Mark has a strong record of achievement in public and privately funded non-profit and for-profit managed care and health and mental health service delivery organizations. He specializes in aggressive operational start-ups and development in troubled organizations through highly effective strategic planning, product design and marketing, and proposal development and production. Mark is also adept at financial analysis and use of quantitative tools to evaluate and manage performance. Among Mark’s previously held positions are Executive Director for BMC HealthNet Plan, Director of Business Development at Magellan Public Solutions and Executive Director for Family Service of Greater Boston.



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Nguyen Thi Kim Chuc, PhD

Nghiem Nguyen Minh TrangTrang - Our Team

Project Secretary


Ms. Trang is the Project Secretary of the Collaborative’s Vietnam office. She provides essential coordination and interpretation for projects in Vietnam. Ms. Trang’s language skills include Vietnamese, Chinese and English. She has also studied Health Economics, Administration, and Policy. Ms. Trang has worked as a researcher, collaborator, and interpreter in the public health field since 2003.