About Global Bridges

We create and mobilize a global network of healthcare professionals and organizations to advance evidence-based diagnosis and treatment, and advocate for effective health policy.

Objectives

Build Connections

Build connections and create opportunities to share treatment and advocacy expertise among network members within and across regions.

Provide Training

Provide state-of-the-art, evidence-based training in diagnosis, treatment and advocacy to network members.

Support Effective Health Policy

Facilitate the implementation of FCTC Article 14 in every nation (tobacco dependence treatment).

Ensure Sustainability

Ensure the long-term sustainability of the initiative and its programs.

Our Network

Build connections and create opportunities to share treatment and advocacy expertise among network members within and across regions.

Global Bridges Milestone Report

A comprehensive report on Global Bridges’ work in tobacco dependence treatment during its first decade featuring a leadership letter, network member accomplishments, awards, grant projects, and more.

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Map showing dots for all the projects Global Bridges is involved with worldwide.

Benefits of Membership

  • Global Bridges is a forum for senior leaders to connect with mid-career and early-career practitioners.
  • 47% of our network has established relationships through Global Bridges they wouldn’t have otherwise.
  • Global Bridges connects colleagues to each other and to national, regional and global leadership organizations in their field.
  • Global Bridges is a distributed, rather than centralized network: Our member organizations interact as much with each other as with the central Global Bridges leadership.

Program Leadership

TDT

J. Taylor Hays, MD

Chair, Global Bridges

Expertise

Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic

Career Highlights

Tobacco dependence and treatment, including pharmacological and behavorial therapies, education, and research.

TDT

Katie Kemper, MBA, PMP

Executive Director, Global Bridges

Expertise

International Program Leadership at Mayo Clinic

Career Highlights

Developing and supporting global public health initiatives in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

TDT

Thomas J. Glynn, PhD

Expert Advisor

Expertise

International Tobacco Policy at Stanford University

Career Highlights

Supporting science-based cancer prevention and control, in the US and internationally.

Oncology

Kenneth W. Merrell, MD, MS

Medical Director

Expertise

Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic

Career Highlights

Improving cancer outcomes with novel radiation therapy approaches and the establishment of training programs in Africa.

Oncology

Kebede Begna, MD

Medical Director

Expertise

Hematology/Oncology at Mayo Clinic

Career Highlights

Improving cancer care and control through collaborative (win-win), sustainable cancer education, and research in Africa.

Oncology

Miranda Rank, AAS

Project Assistant

Expertise

Expertise in meeting, report and project management, tracking system updates, web design, and global relationships with local and international project team members.

Career Highlights

Works alongside executive director and provides direct support to the medical directors at Mayo Clinic.

Amyloidosis

Morie A. Gertz, MD

Medical Director

Expertise

Hematologic disorders; stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma and amyloidosis; Waldenstom Macroglobulinemia at Mayo Clinic

Amyloidosis

Martha Grogan, MD

Medical Director

Expertise

Cardiology, Amyloidosis at Mayo Clinic

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