International Pediatrics

The history of our division dates back to 1990 when Dr. George Rodgers took his first international service trip to Romania shortly after the end of the Cold War.  Since that time the Division’s outreach has grown to include collaborative relationships with numerous health systems across the globe.  Our current projects include educational partnerships in Ghana and Ecuador. 

Meet the International Pediatrics Team

Academic Office
571 South Floyd Street, Louisville, Ky 40202
P:  (502) 852-8600


Jackson H. Williams, MDJackson H. Williams, MD, FAAP, DTM&H ()
Interim Chief, Division of International Pediatrics
Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
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Nicole Bichir, MDNicole M. Bichir, MD ()
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics
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Bethany HodgeBethany Hodge, MD, MPH )
Co-Director, Global Education Office (GEO) for medical students
Director, Medical Student Distinction in Global Health Track
Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
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Mirzada Kurbasic, MDMirzada Kurbasic, MD ()
Professor, General Pediatrics
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Sheridan Langford, MDSheridan Langford, MD ()
Co-Director, Global Education Office (GEO) for medical students
Assistant Director, Medical Student Distinction in Global Health Track
Assistant Professor, General Pediatrics
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Dan Stewart, MDDan Stewart, MD ()
Professor, Neonatal Medicine
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George Rodgers, MDGeorge Rodgers, MD
Founding Member, Division of International Pediatrics
Emeritus Faculty

A brief history

Formed in 1997, the Division of International Pediatrics has achieved the following international education accomplishments:

  • Coordinated departmental faculty in international activities
  • Facilitated faculty exchange and education programs in Romania, Poland and Moldova as a cooperative venture with the Humana Foundation and Humana, Inc. through generous donations from the Humana Foundation and Humana, Inc. until 2006.
  • Received endowments established in 2007 as part of “Bucks for Brains” at the University through donations by David and Betty Jones and the Humana Foundation to fund an Endowed Chair and ongoing programs
  • Completed missions in Eastern Europe and is currently serving other underserved areas of the world.







Our division supports an International Resident Rotation and Education program offering:

  • A Global Health Track including Certificate in Global Health
  • Resident and medical student education in International pediatric medicine
  • Supervised International Elective opportunities in Ghana and Ecuador with partner institutions
  • Funding is currently available to support a significant portion of the expenses for resident global health travel
  • An intensive Domestic Global Health Elective and 2-week pre-departure global health training. This elective includes time studying global health topics, tropical medicine cases, refugee health clinical sessions, ethics case discussions, a skills lab night, and an intensive half-day simulation experience
  • Two of our core faculty members (Drs. Hodge and Langford) are currently serving on the national steering committee which has developed the recent American Academy of Pediatrics Global Health Education for Equity Anti-Racism & Decolonization (GHEARD) curriculum


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