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2012 Global Health Case Competition

The Case

Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis in the Russian Prison System

Russia has been chosen as the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Yekaterinburg is one of the host city candidates. The region is plagued with a high incidence of Multiple Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and one of the main sources of disease in the area is the prison system. The regional governor of Yekaterinburg is committed to investing $2.89 million USD to reduce the burden of MDR-TB in the region prior to 2018. He has invited outside teams of consultants to provide cost-effective recommendations for effective reduction of tuberculosis.

Learn more about the topic: Threat of Tuberculosis (PBS) | MDR-TB in Russia: In-Depth Report (Scientific American) | Tuberculosis in Prisons (WHO) | Tough measures in Russian prisons slow spread of TB (WHO)

The Winning Team

The 2012 Vanderbilt team at the Emory International Global Health Case Competition

Kristin S. Anderson, Peabody College of Education and Human Development  

M.Ed. candidate (International Education Policy Management), 2012

Nkiruka Arinze, School of Medicine   

M.D. candidate, 2014

Sushil Khadka, The Graduate School  

M.A. candidate (Economic Development), 2013

Bishal Paudel, The Graduate School  

Ph.D. candidate (Biology), 2015

Sivu Suppiah, Peabody College of Education and Human Development          

B.S. candidate (Human and Organizational Development), 2014

Geoff Todd, MBA, School of Medicine

M.D. candidate, 2012


The Winning Presentation


Team 1
Ken Drake
Liyan Hou
Tianwei Shen
Yuan Xie
Shuai Yuan
Yiling Zhong

Team 2
Tori Bates
Kevin Blair
Brant Bonetti
Andrew Castillo
Cat Majors
Ally Thompson

Team 3
Alyssa Braxton
Shaka Dickerson
Michael Geoghegan
Marquicia Pierce
Andrew Wu
Tim Xu

Team 4
Kristin Anderson
Lori-Jene Brazier
Zaid Choudhry
Melissa Hazlitt
Oluchi Nwosu

Team 5
Joyonna Gamble-George
Eric Hollabaugh
Rachel Kinney
Catherine Mcintyre
Nicole Sexton
Mark Wells

Team 6
Nadia Falah
Cherie Fathy
Dawit Johwar
Gayathri Prabhakar
Chloe Qi
Yosaf Zeyed

Team 7
Omonigho Aisagbonhi
Neil Dani
Michelle Park
Kelsey Walters
Joannes Yuh

Team 8
Niki Arinze
Sivu Suppiah
Geoff Todd
Jay Watson
Arthurine Zakama

Team 10
Ayush Giri
Ashwin Joshi
Sushil Khadka
Shilpa Mokshagundam
Curtis Northcutt
Bishal Paudel


Carol Etherington, M.S.N., R.N.
Carol Etherington is Assistant Professor of Nursing and the Associate Director for Community Health Initiatives at VIGH. Professor Etherington has worked globally and nationally in acute disaster and conflict situations, establishing primary health and mental health programs for traumatized populations. She has been most active in the last decade with Doctors Without Borders, working in over 10 missions and serving as President of the U.S. Board of Directors. In 2007, she was recognized as Vanderbilt Alumna of the Year.

Connie Haley, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Haley is adult infectious disease physician and epidemiologist engaged in Community TB and HIV Initiatives for the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). Prior to coming to VIGH, Dr. Haley served as the Medical Director of the Tuberculosis Elimination Program at the Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) where she was responsible for TB control and prevention activities as well as providing medical oversight of TB clinics and public health staff across Tennessee.

Doug Heimburger, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Heimburger received his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1978, and completed his fellowship and Masters degree in clinical nutrition at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is a Physician Nutrition Specialist, board-certified in internal medicine and clinical nutrition. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Fogarty International Center, the governing Council of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition and the U.S. FDA's Food Advisory Committee. As Associate Director, he oversees education and training programs at VIGH.

Brian Heuser, Ed.D.
Dr. Heuser is currently an Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO). He is also the Senior Research Fellow and Advisor for the Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Students at Vanderbilt University. For the past 7 years, he has worked in many of the former Soviet Republics on education research and scholarship initiatives. Dr. Heuser currently serves as a U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist in the Republic of Georgia.

Tim Sterling, M.D.
At Vanderbilt, Dr. Sterling is the Director of Epidemiology Research in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He also serves as the Director of the Epidemiology and Outcomes Unit of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for AIDS Research and the Director of Tuberculosis Research at the Nashville Metropolitan Health Department Tuberculosis Clinic. Dr. Sterling's research interests are focused on the epidemiology and treatment of tuberculosis and HIV. Particular areas of interest include treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, drug resistance in M. tuberculosis (including multi-drug resistance and fluoroquinolone resistance—both phenotypic and genotypic), and HIV-related tuberculosis.

Frank Wcislo, Ph.D.
Dean of The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, Dean Wcislo leads Vanderbilt's first-year experience. He is a historian of modern Russia, Eurasia, and Europe. Dean Wcislo is also a recipient of the Jeffrey Nordhaus Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Arts and Science (1993), the Alumni Education Award of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association (1998), The Madison Sarratt University Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (2003), and the Alumni Freshman Adviser Award of the College of Arts and Science (2006).


  • Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health
  • The Martha Rivers Ingram Commons
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • The Office of Active Citizenship and Service
  • Tennessee Academy of Family Physicians
  • Vanderbilt Student Government

Case Competition Committee

  • Jon Andereck, School of Medicine
  • Mary DeAgostino, School of Medicine
  • Abby Hannifan, College of Arts and Science
  • Jeff Jay, Law School
  • Patrick McGovern, College of Arts and Science
  • Corey Peak, School of Engineering
  • Tara Ramaswamy, College of Arts and Science
  • Rebecca Reed, College of Arts and Science


  • Rob Tauscher
  • Ali Thomas
  • Eric Turner
  • Emily Wolfe