Our People

(In alphabetical order)

Johns Hopkins University

Saifuddin Ahmed
Professor - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Ahmed is trained as a physician, demographer and epidemiologist his research includes reproductive epidemiology, particularly maternal mortality estimation; program evaluation for family planning and MCH care. He is principal investigator for a multi-country study in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria.  He teaches courses on survey sampling methods and on complex survey data analysis. He is a technical advisor to Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group (MMEIG) for the WHO’s global estimation of maternal mortality. He has about 80 publications on peer-reviewed journals. He has received Advising, Mentoring and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA) for outstanding mentoring and teaching service in 2004 and 2009.

Kelly Bower
Assistant Professor - Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Bower’s research and public health nursing practice is focused on the elimination of racial disparities in maternal and child health. Using a lens of social justice, she aims to understand why these disparities exist and develop interventions to reverse them. Her research examines the role of racism and respectful maternity care in maternal and child health outcomes. She also studies involvement in maternal, infant, and early childhood home visiting programs and the impact childhood trauma has on involvement. Dr. Bower applies a community-engaged approach to her research that comes from her 18 years of experience practicing as a public health nurse, including the Baltimore City Health Department, the B’More for Healthy Babies Initiative, and the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR). She has received funding from the Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Scholars (NIH KL2) program, the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, and the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).

Andreea Creanga
Associate Professor - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Creanga is the Program Director for MDMOM. Her research focuses on perinatal quality and safety both domestically and internationally. She is the Associate Director of the International Center for Maternal and Newborn Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.  She has received numerous professional honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the United States Government, Executive Office of the President.

Ernest Graham
Associate Professor - Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dr. Graham’s areas of clinical expertise include high-risk pregnancy conditions and fetal heart rate monitoring. He serves as the director of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Graham joined the Johns Hopkins faculty in 1999. He is a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and a member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation. He has served as a reviewer for several medical journals, including the American Journal of Infection Control, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Journal of Perinatology and the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Amy Hobbs
Research Associate - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ms. Hobbs is nurse with extensive experience working in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of maternal and newborn health (MNH) programs in local, national, and international settings. In her most recent role as Provincial Director of Surveillance, Research, and Analytics at the Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia (BC), Canada, she led the monitoring and analysis of key perinatal health indicators and engaged with clinicians and key stakeholders for knowledge translation and quality improvement activities. Of particular relevancy, Ms. Hobbs led the improved maternal, fetal, and newborn morbidity and mortality surveillance and response activities within the province and nationally as the BC representative for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Maternal Mortality Pilot Project. Ms. Hobbs has also worked extensively as a consultant for MNH monitoring and evaluation activities at the WHO, UNICEF, and NGOs in Uganda, Tanzania, and South Sudan. Ms. Hobbs holds a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology and Bachelor’s degrees in Nursing and Sociology from the University of Calgary.

Habibat Oguntade
Research Associate - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Ms. Oguntade’s public health practice is focused on improving maternal and newborn health outcomes in domestic and international settings. Her area of expertise is qualitative research, particularly social behavioral interventions. Ms. Oguntade studies how implementation science can be used to inform successful adaptation, implementation and scale up of evidenced based maternal and newborn health interventions in low resource settings. Ms. Oguntade has Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She obtained a Master of Science in Public Health from the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Ms. Oguntade has studied and conducted public health research in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jordan, Nigeria, Taiwan and Turkey.

Nicole Warren
Associate Proffesor - Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Dr. Warren is a community-public health nurse whose academic work and research at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing focus on reproductive healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa and caring for women who have been affected by female genital cutting. A certified nurse-midwife, she has cared for refugee and immigrant women in the U.S. and is committed to improving reproductive healthcare in countries of resettlement for women who have been affected by the practice. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer (1994-96) in Mali, West Africa.

Maryland Department of Health

Courtney McFadden
Deputy Director - Prevention and Health Promotion Administration

Ms. McFadden provides public health leadership in the provision of maternal and child health services and the prevention, control, monitoring, and treatment of infectious diseases, cancer, chronic diseases, and environmental health hazards. She earned an MPH from George Washington University, and began her public health career as a Health Educator from 2000-2006 for Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington.  Ms. McFadden transitioned to MDH in 2006, serving in several roles in the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control, including serving as the Office Director from 2011-2016.  She also served as the MDH Maternal and Child Health Bureau Director from 2017-2018.

Colleen Wilburn
Title V Program Manager - Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Ms. Wilburn’s 25-year professional experience includes work in an array of family and children services in both residential and community-based settings.  Ms. Wilburn served as the Program Manager for two evidence-based home visiting programs for pre and post-natal women in Charles County and Baltimore City. She earned a Master of Public Administration degree from West Virginia University. From 2004-2016, At MDH, Ms. Wilburn is responsible for ensuring Title V’s success in meeting federal programmatic and fiscal requirements. Additionally, Ms. Wilburn serves as the Project Coordinator for the MD MOM grant.

Maryland Patient Safety Center

Bonnie DiPietro
Director of Operations - Maryland Patient Safety Center

Ms. DiPietro serves as the lead facilitator of several patient safety collaboratives, including those of the Maryland Perinatal Quality Collaborative. Additionally, she serves as the clinical resource, quality expert and lead on many of the Center’s initiatives and projects. Ms. DiPietro has more than 35 years of healthcare experience, holding executive, clinical, educational, and administrative nursing positions throughout the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. Ms. DiPietro holds both a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland. She is active in many local and national professional organizations, including The American Organization of Nurse Leaders, Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders (MONL), The Maryland Association of Healthcare Executives, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is certified in advanced nursing administration through the American Nurses Association credentialing center and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Jennifer Callaghan-Koru
Assistant Professor - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Callaghan-Koru’s work is focused on identifying and evaluating approaches for improving access to evidence-based interventions and reducing health disparities for mothers and children in both high- and low-resource settings. Her research utilizes qualitative and quantitative methods and draws from implementation science, social science, epidemiology, and program evaluation disciplines.  She previously received funding from the National Institutes of Health to study factors that determine successful implementation of evidence-based practices in obstetric care. 

Güneş Koru
Professor - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Dr. Koru is a tenured Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC. His research interests generally fall under health information technologies, health information privacy and security, IT in Health Services, and software engineering. He teaches a number of related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He received a PhD degree and an MS Degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering, respectively, from the Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, Texas. He received an MS Degree in Computer Engineering from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and a B.Sc. Degree in Computer Engineering from Ege University, Izmir, Turkey.  He is a fellow of AMIA. He serves in the Policy Board for Health Information Exchange organized by the State of Maryland’s Maryland Health Care Commission