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Debbie Ungar

Assistant Director of Communications

As assistant director of communications for the IU Center for Global Health and AMPATH, Debbie shares stories about the university's partnerships to improve health care in Kenya and around the world. Contact her at 317-278-0827 or

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New GI Partnership Improves Lives

Through the AMPATH partnership, a team from IU School of Medicine spent a week in March at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) holding a surgery “camp” to begin the process of training the Kenyan team in ERCP and other advanced and therapeutic endoscopy procedures. 

Debbie Ungar  |  May 31, 2024

Global Health Pathway Provides New Perspectives and Opportunities

Many doctors choose to complete residency at Indiana University School of Medicine because they aspire to care for patients in underserved communities both locally and globally. The global health pathway brings together these residents from diverse specialties to better understand the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease throughout the world. 

Debbie Ungar  |  May 31, 2024

Medical Students Prepare for Summer of Learning in Kenya

A summer of personal and professional growth awaits four Indiana University School of Medicine students selected as Slemenda Scholars by the IU Center for Global Health Equity. Rising second-year students Madeline Cory, Om Dalal, Bethlehem Daniel and Ryan McArdle will travel to Eldoret, Kenya, to learn about every facet of the AMPATH partnership and complete a project with an IU faculty mentor. 

Debbie Ungar  |  Apr 30, 2024

Slemenda Scholars Reunite in Kenya as Residents with Global Health Aspirations

In 2017, three Indiana University School of Medicine students spent the summer in Eldoret, Kenya, as Slemenda Scholars and this year ended up back in Eldoret at the same time by chance. 

Debbie Ungar  |  Mar 27, 2024

Global Health Simulation Trains Pediatricians to Better Care for Patients

Your patient is a 15-year-old Burmese female adolescent who came in alone for her well-child check. She speaks Hakha Chin and an interpreter is needed. During the conversation, she mentions having a boyfriend, but doesn’t want to answer any questions about her relationship because she knows the interpreter from her community. How do you proceed to provide optimal care?

Debbie Ungar  |  Aug 30, 2023

IU School of Medicine Residents Complete Global Health Pathway

Fourteen IU School of Medicine residents completed the requirements for the interdisciplinary Global Health Pathway (formerly residency track) and received certificates from the IU Center for Global Health Equity this spring. 

Debbie Ungar  |  Jun 27, 2023

Residents Join Global Health Pathway to Eliminate Health Inequities

The life and medical experiences of residents in the Global Health Pathway are varied, but they share a desire to improve care for people in underserved communities in Indiana and around the globe.

Debbie Ungar  |  May 18, 2023

AMPATH Kenya Partnership Makes an Impact on Indiana Healthcare Leaders

Earlier this month, five Indiana health leaders made their first visit to Kenya to see for themselves what makes the AMPATH collaboration so special. 

Debbie Ungar  |  Mar 28, 2023

Indiana and Kenyan Investigators Partner in Multi-Country Clinical Trial to Reduce Maternal Sepsis

A team from Indiana University School of Medicine and Moi University School of Medicine in Kenya led one of eight sites in seven countries contributing to the A-Plus study that showed that a single oral dose of the antibiotic azithromycin can reduce the risk of postpartum sepsis and death among women who deliver vaginally by one-third.

Debbie Ungar  |  Feb 23, 2023

Student Engages in Mental Health Intervention in Kenya

Marissa Vander Missen is a second-year medical student at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine. She is one of three Slemenda Scholars who spent the summer in Eldoret, Kenya, with the AMPATH partnership.

Debbie Ungar  |  Aug 21, 2022