Amy Blair, M.D.
Medical Director, Center for Community and Global Health
Assistant 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.


Carrie Cox, M.D.
Assistant Director

Carrie is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and practices primary care in Oak Park and Elmhurst.  After completing her training in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, Carrie cared for pediatric HIV patients in Malawi for four years through the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, and worked with UNICEF Namibia in adolescent HIV program development.  She brings a depth of experience to the Honors program and is excited about mentoring students along their paths in global health.



Theresa Nguyen, M.D.
Assistant Director



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.


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.