Donna M. Staton MD, MPH, is a pediatrician in Weston, MA, and an attending physician at Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, both in Boston, MA, and Newton- Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA. After graduating from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, she earned her medical degree at the University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, and later trained in international health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. With her husband and fellow guest editor, Dr. Marcus Harding, she has worked in numerous developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
Dr. Staton is chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Section on International Child Health, and she lectures nationally on a variety of international health topics. She is also editor of Working in International Child Health, a manual produced by the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is on the steering committee for the Pediatric Division of Health Volunteers Overseas, a Washington, DC-based nongovernmental organization. As an active member of the International Health Medical Education Consortium, Dr. Staton encourages medical students and residents to learn more about international health and helps in planning medical electives in developing countries.
Marcus H. Harding MD, MPH, is an assistant clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston and practices emergency medicine at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. He grew up in South America and Europe before moving back to the United States. His interest in other cultures and travel took him to more than 40 countries and Antarctica before he entered medical school at the University of Massachusetts. He later trained in international health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Harding is director of the International Medical Volunteers Association in Woodville, MA, a nongovernmental organization that promotes effective international medical volunteer work. He has worked in more than a dozen developing countries, most recently in Mexico, Honduras, and Chad. He also chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society's Global Medicine Committee.