International Emergency Medicine and Public Health

The Division International Emergency Medicine and Public Health is focused on global and public health issues.  Our faculty are actively involved in international global health issues with partners in Global Emergency Care Collaborative, Syrian American Medical Society, and Harvard Initiative among others.

The goals of the division are:

  • Health Systems Strengthening in Resource-Limited Settings – Long term strengthening of health systems in resource poor settings through education and research.
  • Humanitarian & Emergency Care – Deliver appropriate emergency care in humanitarian and disaster settings.
  • Healthcare of local refugee and immigrant populations – Ensure culturally appropriate, sensitive care to local populations through mindful, public health approaches

An International Emergency Medicine Fellowship is also available. 

Affiliated Sites:


Payal Modi

Payal Modi ,MD, MSc, is Director of the International Division at University of Massachusetts Emergency Department and affiliate faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.  She received her medical degree from the Baylor College of Medicine and a Master of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Modi completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Alpert Medical School of Brown University and her fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at Harvard University/Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Modi’s work has cross over 4 continents and over 10 countries including Mass Casualty training of pre-hospital providers in Pakistan, Ebola preparedness and response in Liberia, and humanitarian relief in South Sudan during the civil war.   She has also spent significant time on the Thai-Burmese border investigating sexual reproductive healthcare with refugees and pediatric diarrhea during outbreaks in Bangladesh.  Her research focuses on refugee and immigrant populations both domestically and international setting.

Benjamin Terry

Dr. Benjamin Terry is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Emergency Medicine Residency in 2011 and completed his International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at UMass. He attended medical school at the New York Medical School where he also obtained a Masters' degree in Public Health. Dr. Terry is Fellowship Director for the International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and a member of the Division of International Emergency Medicine and Global Health.

Dr. Terry's work has focused on training local healthcare providers in emergency medicine, task-shifting, and point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings, in affiliation with the non-profit organization Global Emergency Care. He has practiced in a wide variety of locations, including Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Liberia, and Nicaragua. His fellows have gone on to practice academic international emergency medicine, full-time clinical work abroad, and U.S.-based community EM careers. 

Megan Pelis

Meg Pelis, DO, MPH, is an Emergency Medicine physician and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. Meg completed a fellowship in International Emergency Medicine at University of Massachusetts. Some of her recent work has been providing medical care to refugees in Greece and Northern India, precepting clinical work in Uganda and Dominican Republic, and developing Emergency Medicine protocols in Western India.

Meg received her medical degree from Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Genesys Regional Medical Center at Michigan State University. She earned her Masters’ degree in Public Health at University of Massachusetts.

Affiliate Faculty / Projects

Gayle Galletta

Dr. Galletta received her MD degree from Georgetown and completed her Emergency Medicine training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. She came to UMass in 2000 and has been involved in international EM ever since, initially with teaching trips to Honduras and Guyana and as a board member for the Rotary’s Global Emergency Medicine INItiative. 

From 2013-2014, Dr. Galletta lived and worked in Norway, leading a group of physicians who staffed Norway’s first Emergency Department with attending physicians. In 2014, she was one of 12 EM physicians who passed the first European Board Exam in Emergency Medicine. Dr. Galletta is currently the treasurer for the Norwegian Society for Emergency Medicine (NORSEM) and was the co-organizer for the 2016 annual Norwegian EM conference. Dr. Galletta currently represents NORSEM at the International Federation for Emergency Medicine. She was also instrumental in getting the specialty of EM officially recognized by the Norwegian Minister of Health in 2017. Dr. Galletta is active in ACEP’s international section and is ACEP’s lead ambassador to Norway. She has spoken at the European Society for Emergency Medicine's Congresses on topics including the Establishment of EM in Norway, the EBEEM exam, and work-life balance. 

Hilary Irons
John Broach, MD

Dr. John Broach, Disaster Disaster Medicine Division director.  Dr Broach attended undergraduate and medical school as well as receiving his MPH from Northwestern University in Chicago before his emergency medicine residency training at the University of Massachusetts.  Dr. Broach completed the UMass DM fellowship.  Dr Broach serves on several hospital-wide disaster preparedness committees as well as being a member of the Massachusetts DMAT-MA2.  Dr Broach has been in instrumental in preparing UMass for emergening infectious diseases, such as H1N1 and Ebola.

Andrew Milsten

Dr. Andrew Milsten, Disaster Medicine fellowship director.  Dr. Milsten received his MD from the George Washington University, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Lincoln Medical Center in New York City.  He completed an EMS Fellowship in addition to a Masters of Science in Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland. He has been active as a clinician and researcher since 2000 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and at Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  His research has primarily focused on mass gathering medicine, while he was director for special events & Ravens stadium fan operations. He joined the UMass Emergency Medicine Residency Program and faculty in 2009 and is director of the Fellowship in Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management. Dr. Milsten coordinates and runs the NDLSF training programs at UMass, specifically BDLS and ADLS.  He was also instrumental in organizing and founding the New England Society of Disaster Medicine (NESDM).  Dr. Milsten deployed in November 2017 to Puerto Rico with DMAT MA-2 in response to Hurricane Maria.

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