Our People

(In alphabetical order)

Johns Hopkins University

Saifuddin Ahmed
Professor - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Ahmed is a physician, demographer and epidemiologist. His research includes reproductive epidemiology, particularly maternal mortality estimation and program evaluation for family planning and maternal and child health care. He is a principal investigator for a multi-country study in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Niger and Nigeria. He also teaches courses on survey sampling methods and on complex survey data analysis. He is a technical advisor to the Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group (MMEIG) for the WHO's global estimation of maternal mortality.

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. 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 and involvement with the Baltimore City Health Department, the B'More for Healthy Babies Initiative, and the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review (FIMR).

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. Dr. Creanga is a member of the Maryland Maternal Mortality Review Committee. 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 the lead for the severe maternal morbidity surveillance and analytic activities for MDMOM. She is a nurse epidemiologist with experience in the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of maternal and newborn health (MNH) programs in local, national, and international settings. In her most recent role as Provincial Director, Surveillance, Research, and Analytics at Perinatal Services BC in Canada, she led the analysis of MNH indicators and engaged with clinicians and stakeholders for knowledge translation and quality improvement activities. Of relevancy, she co-led the maternal/fetal and newborn morbidity and mortality surveillance activities within the province and nationally as the BC representative with the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada Maternal Mortality Pilot Project. Ms. Hobbs has also worked extensively as a consultant with the WHO, UNICEF, and NGOs in Uganda, Tanzania, and South Sudan.

Nicole Warren
Associate Professor - 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. As 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.

Shari Lawson
Assistant Professor - Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Shari Lawson is an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division Director of General Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Director of the ambulatory OB/GYN practice at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. Her research interests include medical education and working to reduce or eliminate health care disparities.

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 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. From 2004-2016, 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. Currently, Ms. Wilburn is responsible for ensuring Title V's success in meeting federal programmatic and fiscal requirements at the Maryland Department of Health.

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. She is certified in advanced nursing administration through the American Nurses Association credentialing center and she 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's research is focused on health informatics which including data analytics, health information privacy and security, home healthcare, and software engineering. He is a member and Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the Editorial Board of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA). Dr. Koru also served in the Policy Board for Health Information Exchange organized by the Maryland Health Care Commission. At UMBC, he served in Research Council, Academic Planning and Budget Committee, and Faculty Senate.

Inaya Wahid
Research Associate - University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Inaya Wahid is a research associate assisting with the MDMOM program. As a student, she worked on research examining discrimination and cardiovascular disease risk. Her previous experiences also include internships at AARP, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Delaware Public Health Association.