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Girish Motwani, MPH

Girish Motwani, MPH

Program Manager
UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies

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  • UC Berkeley, B.S., Molecular Environmental Biology, 2014
  • Yale University, M.P.H., Health Policy, Management, & Global Health, 2016
  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Systems
  • Innovations in Health Care
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Hindi

Girish Motwani, MPH is one of two Program Managers for the UCSF Center for Global Surgical Studies (CGSS). Girish received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2014, he went on to pursue his Master of Public Health (MPH) at Yale University, where he focused on health policy, management, and global health. Prior to CGSS, Girish gained experience in various aspects of public health research ranging from bench-based lab work in environmental health to policymaking efforts in urban health.

During his time at UC Berkeley Girish worked at a lab that seeks to understand connections between environmental insults, epigenetics, and human disease. While at Yale, he worked on a project that sought to test the effectiveness of a texting intervention program to help college-aged individuals stop smoking. For his MPH internship Girish worked at the Public Health Foundation of India on two projects: one around the topic of innovations for the delivery of health services in the context of universal health coverage and another around the topic of best practices for the inclusion of marginalized populations in urban health. Girish also served briefly in a consulting position for the Minister of Public Health in his home country, Sint Maarten.

Girish was immediately drawn to global surgery because, as a field relatively in its infancy, it presents several opportunities to discover and innovate.

  1. Checkley L, Motwani G, Wange IC, Nwanna-Nzewunwa O, Kirya F, Ajiko MM, Juillard C, Dicker R. Assessment of blood donation and transfusion in Eastern Uganda: A mixed-methods study. Annals of Global Health. 2019 Apr;85(1): 59, 1-9.
  2. Nwanna-Nzewunwa O, Ngamby MK, Cox J, Feldhaus I, Motwani G, Monono ME, Etoundi GA, Dicker RA, Hyder AA, Juillard C. Epidemiology and cost of pediatric injury in Yaoundé, Cameroon: a prospective study. European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. 2019 Apr.
  3. Nwanna-Nzewunwa O, Ajiko MM, Motwani G, Kabagenyi F, Carvalho M, Feldhaus I, Kirya F, Epodoi J, Dicker R, Juillard C. Identifying information gaps in a surgical capacity assessment tool for developing countries: a methodological triangulation approach. World Journal of Surgery. 2019 Jan.
  4. Wu N, Carvalho M, Nwanna-Nzewunwa O, Nana T, Motwani G, Mbeboh S, Chendjou W, Nour FMA, Christe SA, Mefire AC, Dicker RA, Juillard C. Developing trauma audit filters for regional referral hospitals in Cameroon: mixed-methods approach. Journal of Surgical Research. 2018 Dec; 232:578-586.
  5. Nwanna-Nzewunwa OC, Christie SA, Carvalho M, Motwani G, Delon FND, Ngamby MK, Mballa GAE, Nsongoo P, Saidou A, Mekolo D, Dicker R, Juillard C. Analysis of a National Trauma Registry in Cameroon: Implications for Prehospital Care Strengthening. Panamerican Journal of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery. 2018;7(2):133-142.
  6. Bommakanti K, Feldhaus I, Motwani G, Dicker RA, Juillard C. Trauma registry implementation in low- and middle-income countries: challenges and opportunities. Journal of Surgical Research. 2018 Mar;223:72-86.
  7. Yousefi P, Huen K, Quach H, Motwani G, Hubbard A, Eskenazi B, Holland N. Estimation of blood cellular heterogeneity in newborns and children for epigenome‐wide association studies. Environmental and molecular mutagenesis. 2015 Dec;56(9):751-8.


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