To build on Stony Brook Medicine’s mission to deliver world-class, compassionate care to our patients, advance our understanding of the origins of human health and disease, and educate the healthcare professionals and biomedical investigators of the future. Stony Brook Global Women’s Health Program works collaboratively with our international partners to build capacity for excellent patient care, education, and research in order to eliminate health disparities and mutually strengthen institutions of Stony Brook Medicine and our international partner institutions.


We seek to develop an interdepartmental global health initiative across several departments at Stony Brook with the following goals.

Primary Goals

To improve women’s’ reproductive health, surgical and perioperative, and emergency care  through the training and education of specialists in OBGYN at the largest of four public quaternary care hospitals in Mozambique.  

  1. Improve the quality of care for patients receiving specialist surgical care at Maputo Central Hospital (MCH)
  2. Develop human resources for health in Mozambique through training and education of surgical specialties
  3. Develop capacity for conducting high quality relevant research that will impact health outcomes in Mozambique and beyond

Secondary Goal

To provide ongoing ethical and responsible teaching and training in Global Health to Stony Brook undergraduate medical students and postgraduate medical trainees. 

Learn more about Stony Brook's Center for Global Health Equity


Global Partners




Stony Brook is committed to health equity both locally and globally. In the spirit of equity, our AccessGYN program is dedicated to offering free gynecologic care to uninsured patients on Long Island.


Stony Brook Faculty work on site alongside Mozambican specialists to continuously promote the provision evidence based medicine, safe obstetric care, and enhanced gynecologic surgery in Hospital Central to Maputo.

Current Care Initiatives:
  • Improved Labor Management to Reduce Unecessary Cesarean Deliveries
  • Utilization of Point of Care Ultrasound
  • Training in Pelvic Surgery
  • Improved Miscarriage Management



The Program in Global Women’s Health provides a robust and sustainable global health program for the department through capacity building efforts to support education, and provide high quality, evidence-based reproductive healthcare in low resource settings and conduct responsible and relevant research. The Global Health curriculum for residents and fellows serves as the educational framework for responsible and sustainable resident global health work. We coordinate short-term teaching opportunities in global health for interested faculty, and coordinate responsible clinical rotations for interested residents and fellows.

Resident Resources:

Student Resources


The Global Women’s Health Program provides research mentorship for medical students, residents, and fellows interested in Global Women’s Health research projects.


  • Dr. Washington’s area of interest is implementation science and quality improvement at the intersection of reproductive health, HIV and family planning.
Global Women's Health Faculty

Sierra Washington, MD, MSc
Clinical Associate Professor, Director for Stony Brook Center for Global Health Equity, Director for Fellowship in Global Women's Health  
Cassandra Heiselman, DO, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine and Associate Director for Fellowship in Global Women's Health
Sibone Mocumbi, MD
Director of Gynecology, Hospital Central de Maputo (HCM) and Associate Director for Global Health
Amy Lasky, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine
Andre Plair, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Medicine
Xun Lian, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine




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