Organization for Global Health (OGH)

The Organization for Global Health (OGH) is composed of students at the Stanford University School of Medicine who have come together with the desire to increase awareness of international health issues through educating at home and assisting abroad. 


  • To increase awareness of the issues in global health.
  • To facilitate participation in issues surrounding international health through travel fellowships and NGO networking.
  • To stimulate passion and interest through tangible community-initiated, community-centered projects abroad.

Medical Students Abroad

Whether helping devise new preventive strategies, gaining hands-on clinical experience or conducting field research, members of OGH are advocates for improved health care worldwide. 

Get involved

Contact the OGH Leadership to learn more about upcoming events and opportunities on campus. 

2016-2017 OGH Leadership


Carlie Arbaugh is a Stanford medical student passionate about addressing health disparities both locally and globally. She studied human biology, health, and society (with a focus on nutrition) at Cornell University and human sciences at the University of Oxford. Carlie has worked with nonprofits such as SMART (New York) and CAMI (California) as well as Weill Cornell/New York Presbyterian Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. At Stanford she is part of an interdisciplinary team partnering with ReSurge and Kirtipur Hospital to develop an acute burn care training program for healthcare providers in Nepal. Carlie loves running, cooking, learning languages, and exploring new places. She is excited to join the OGH leadership!


Tori (Victoria) Bawel is a Stanford medical student whose passion is to serve and advocate for vulnerable populations. She studied biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis where she conducted research on the malaria parasite. As an undergraduate, Tori focused on issues affecting refugees, undocumented immigrants, and survivors of human trafficking. At Stanford, she is engaged in global health and infectious disease research. A defining experience for Tori was learning from Stanford physicians who are addressing child health in rural Guatemala. While in Guatemala, she engaged with the community and made new friends, including Fatima who is smiling for the picture!


Elizabeth Hyde is a student at Stanford School of Medicine passionate about improving health equity. Before medical school, she studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan and focused on developing medical devices for use in low-resource settings. After graduation, she worked at the World Health Organization in Switzerland with the goal of increasing access to high-quality medical equipment in low- and middle-income countries. At Stanford, she pursues particular interests in global palliative care, emergency medicine, gender equality, and infectious diseases. In her down time, she loves traveling, rock climbing, arts and crafts, and learning new languages. She's looking forward to working with the OGH and CIGH teams!


Sarah McCuskee is a second-year student at Stanford Medical School and serves as Financial Officer for the Organization for Global Health. She aims to use population-based and clinical research grounded in an understanding of policy and economics to inform and promote healthy child development. She currently works on the epidemiology and treatment of child malnutrition in Madagascar, in partnership with PIVOT, a not-for-profit organization. She has previously researched child development, infectious diseases, health system equity, pharmaceutical policy, and global health ethics, and has advised governments on antimicrobial resistance, health system monitoring and evaluation, and national demography. This work has spanned a dozen countries and several institutions, most recently the London School of Economics (London, UK).

Sarah holds a master’s degree in Public Health from Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK) and a bachelor’s in Literature & Global Health from Harvard College (Cambridge, MA, USA). 


Xinyuan (Lisa) Zhang is a Stanford medical student from Beijing, China. She grew up experiencing, learning, and thinking about air pollution and other environmental impacts that are affecting the public health in China. She studied Environmental Policy as well as Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, and continues to have an interest in global health and health policy in her medical training and beyond. She is currently learning and working on a documentary film focusing on the structure and problems of palliative care in China, especially given the demographic shift due to One-Child Policy, as well as how Traditional Chinese Medicine could play a role in maintaining quality of life for palliative care.