Staff

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

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

Dr. Blair 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 also has field experiences in Central America and the Caribbean, South America, and Southern Africa.

As a Loyola Stritch graduate, Dr. Blair 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, Center for Community & Global Health
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Dr. Theresa Nguyen is an Associate 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, Dr. Nguyen developed a strong interest in tropical diseases and obtained her Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health in 2014.

Dr. Nguyen's current interests include ultrasound teaching in resource-limited settings, addressing language barriers, providing access to care for the homeless population, illness in the returning traveler, and international EM development. She looks 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. Amy 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.

Dr. Luke ‌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 Public Health Sciences faculty. 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 and the primary determinants of excess body weight gain in adults.

Dr. Luke has spent a significant amount of time coordinating field research in West Africa (Nigeria and Ghana), the Caribbean (Jamaica), South Africa, and here in Maywood, and currently is working with Dr. Lara Dugas on multi-country studies of the relationship between the gut microbiome, sleep, and cardiometabolic diseases in African-origin populations, with study sites in rural Ghana, Seychelles, urban South Africa, Jamaica and the US (Maywood). She is also a co-investigator on a local study (and community engagement project) to determine transmission rates for the SARS-CoV2 virus and COVID-19.

Dr. Luke teaches several lectures on human nutrition in the MS1 course, Mechanisms of Human Disease, and is Director for the Global Health Equity track in Loyola's Master of Public Health (MPH) program, as well as Director of the MD/MPH Program.

 

Kevin Boblick, M.D.
Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
Assistant Professor Stritch School of Medicine
Assistant Director for the Center for Community and Global Health

Dr. Kevin Boblick is an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics trained physician who currently practices primary care through Loyola in the Chicago western suburbs. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago, and his medical degree from Rosalind Franklin University, followed by residency at Loyola University Medical Center. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Boblick serves as the Assistant Director for the Stritch School of Medicine’s CCGH, and Director of the GME resident certificate program in Community and Global Health. He has an interest in reaching out to the local underserved community and working with those experiencing homelessness. He also frequently works at Centro Medico Susan Hou in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

Dr. Boblick is dedicated to improving the health of all patients, and strongly believes in universal access to care. He is committed to promoting health literacy and is a passionate teacher to his patients and medical students.

 

 

Jennifer Rogers, M.Ed.
Program Manager

Jennifer Rogers joined the CCGH team as Program Manager in 2021. An alumna of Loyola University Chicago and Indiana University and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she was employed earlier with the University, serving in Student Life at the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. She subsequently worked in the Stuart Graduate School of Business at the Illinois Institute of Technology and in the Dean of Students Office and Academic Department of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad). Originally from Cincinnati, Jennifer calls the Rogers Park neighborhood home, volunteers with the Lincoln Park-based organization Care for Friends, and looks forward to collaborating with local and global partners to support CCGH programs.