Dr. Anthony J. Alberg is an epidemiologist who currently holds the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health. Dr. Alberg’s research has primarily focused on cancer epidemiology, the health effects of tobacco, and tobacco control. Dr. Alberg has longstanding commitment to working to eliminate health disparities. Today, the nationally renowned Dr. Alberg joins Eric Gu to discuss the far-reaching economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, analyzing the disparities in access to healthcare highlighted by the pandemic. 

Paul M. Lewis is a Medical Student at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College where he concentrated in Neurobiology with a secondary in Global Health

and Health Policy. He has experience in diverse areas of global and public health having served as the Director of a program for underprivileged Native American youth, the President of a peer education group to promote holistic wellness, and the Community Education Chair of a drug and alcohol education group. Paul is the Founder of Harvard College VISION Global Health Society and the Global Health and Leadership Conference. He was a recipient of the Finley Fellowship from Harvard to spend a postgraduate year in Japan to learn about end-of-life care. While there, he helped found the International Young Researchers' Conference. Afterwards, he worked as a TMS Therapy Clinician at Dignity Brain Health to treat patients with Major Depressive Disorder. At Columbia University, he co-leads the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society, and the Global Health Organization. Additionally, Paul is a member of the Manly-Brickman Lab where he works with Drs. Jennifer Manly and Justina Avila-Rieger. Paul is the recipient of the Robert T. Benjamin Prize for his contribution to the health and wellness of Harvard, The Harvard Phillips Brooks House Association Houston Award for exceptional commitment to serving underprivileged communities, and the Harvard Transcript Project Prize for excellence in writing and reflection.


Simar Bajaj is a sophomore at Harvard who conducted research with the thoracic surgery and obesity medicine departments at Massachusetts General Hospital on everything from health equity to the impact of delays in treatment, publishing in journals such as New England Journal of Medicine and Lancet Respiratory Medicine. He is also the founder and host of The Medic Network which provides a student's take on all things medicine through interviews with leaders in the healthcare space from policymakers (Dr. Shalala, Secretary of U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services under President Clinton) to startup founders (Dr. Pooviah, Co-founder of Google-backed Elly and  Shark Tank Winner) to researchers (Dr. Michael Chiang, Director of the  National Eye Institute). In high school, Simar presented several abstracts at national conferences and published first-author papers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In this episode, Simar joins Eric Gu to give advice on how to engage in research as a high school student.

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It was an honor to be featured in the IYRC Podcast, moderated by high school IYRC Vision Scholars Arthur and Chinedum.

"They are very insightful into specific global health issues. I especially like how the blog and publications are written by high school students, which are those who are truly motivated to make a difference. The podcasts are also very informative as they are giving views from

experts and professors."

~ Eugenia from Hong Kong