Amy Blair, M.D.
Medical Director, Center for Community and Global Health
Associate Professor, Family Medicine

Amy is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Assistant Dean of Medication Education.  She has a clinical practice in Family Medicine in Maywood, Illinois. 

She received her undergraduate degree through the University of Iowa in Biochemistry, Spanish, and Global Health and completed medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and residency in Family Medicine at the University of Michigan.  She has undergraduate Global Health training, local and global service during medical school and residency, and has been a visiting professor and volunteer faculty in local and international underserved settings.  She has field experiences in Central America and the Caribbean, South America, and Southern Africa. As a Loyola Stritch graduate, Amy is thrilled to be part of a faculty that has cultivated a history of service learning and social justice in medical education.  She is excited to inspire and support medical students who have a passion for local and global service as a part of their medical careers.‌


Theresa Nguyen, M.D.
Assistant Director

Theresa is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loyola. She attended medical school at Jefferson in Philadelphia, PA and then completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, DE.  She has been involved with Emergency Medicine development in Vietnam and has helped train Emergency Medicine residents in Haiti, Peru, and Vietnam. She also has additional fieldwork experience in Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and Nicaragua. Over the course of her global health work, Theresa developed a strong interest in tropical diseases and obtained her Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health in 2014. Her current interests include ultrasound teaching in resource-limited settings, illness in the returning traveler, and international EM development. Theresa is looking forward to teaching and mentoring students who are interested in expanding their global health skills and knowledge.


Amy Luke, Ph.D.
Director of Community and Global Health Research

In Dr. Luke’s new leadership role within the Center for Community and Global Health she will be responsible for the oversight and development of research for ongoing projects. She will oversee new initiatives, aimed at translating student, faculty and resident experiences in low-resource settings into effective advocacy for public and community health.

Amy ‌received her doctorate in Human Nutrition and Nutritional Biology from the University of Chicago in 1994.  She started at Loyola as a research associate (or post-doc) immediately after graduation and has been here since.  Her training while in graduate school was in the objective measurement of energy expenditure and body composition using stable isotopes and she brought that expertise to the ongoing multi-country study of hypertension being conducted by Dr. Cooper.  Dr. Luke also collaborated on a community-based nutritional intervention in Maywood led by Dr. E. Prewitt.

Traveling to Nigeria for the first time in 1998, Dr. Luke initiated her first project on the relationship between weight regulation and energy expenditure, as well as continuing to work with Dr. Cooper on a range of research including the genetic and environmental determinants of hypertension.

Amy has spent a significant amount of time coordinating field research in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana), the Caribbean (Jamaica) and here in Maywood, and currently has a multi-country study of the environmental determinants of obesity in African-origin populations, with study sites in rural Ghana, Seychelles, urban South Africa, Jamaica and the US (Maywood).  She is also a co-principal investigator on a computational modeling project dealing with childhood obesity.

Amy teaches several lectures in the MS1 course, Function of the Human Body, and is course director for a course in the Masters of Public Health program, Epidemiology of Obesity.


Brian Medernach, M.D.
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Assistant Professor Stritch School of Medicine
Assistant Director for the Center for Community and Global Health
Director for the GME certificate program in Community and Global Health

Dr. Medernach is an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics trained physician with interests in tropical medicine, travel medicine, primary care skills transfer and development, as well as medical education. He completed medical school and residency training at Loyola University Medical Center. During his training he was a participant and then supervisor on several Ignatian Service Immersion trips. After completing residency he and his wife, Antoinette, moved to the remote Peruvian Amazon basin to run the small rural hospital in Santa Clotilde, Peru. They spent four years working with the support of Mission Doctors Association. Dr. Medernach served as medical director of the hospital and faculty supervisor for visiting students and residents. He holds a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Gorgas course as well as ASTMH Certificate in Tropical Medicine. He works in primary care at Loyola’s Homer Glen clinic is an assistant director for the Stritch School of Medicine CCGH and directs the GME resident certificate program in Community and Global Health.


Lucia H. Garcia, MEd
Assistant Director, Global Health Education

Lucia has been with the Center for Community and Global Health since 2009 as the Program Administrator, where she helped build the Honors program and formalized international electives.  In her new role, Lucia will utilize her background in education to strengthen our Global Health Education programs.  She is excited to evaluate outcomes of the Global Health Honors program and to increase opportunities for students to advance their global health training within the curriculum.


Tina Calcagno
Medical Education Coordinator

Tina is a Medical Education Coordinator for the CCGH, as well as ACE and the vertical curricula. Within the CCGH she coordinates student international electives and the Global Health Honors program.  Her desk is located in ACE.