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MCN Welcomes Dr. Franyuti and Dr. Shelly to Board of Directors

Dr. Giorgio Alberto Franyuti Kelly and Dr. Robert Shelly
[Dr. Giorgio Alberto Franyuti Kelly and Dr. Robert Shelly]

Earlier this year, Migrant Clinicians Network welcomed two new board members to our clinician-driven Board of Directors: Giorgio Alberto Franyuti Kelly, MD, and Robert Shelly, MD, FAAP.

Dr. Franyuti is the Executive Director of Medical IMPACT, a nonprofit organization based in Mexico that provides humanitarian medical assistance to communities living under extreme marginalization, political instability, difficult access, or natural disasters. He has led and developed interventions that has provided humanitarian medical assistance and supplies or prevention education to over 20,000 people in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Cuba, Guatemala, and Mexico. He has published widely on health concerns, including on Ebola and apoptosis. Dr. Franyuti is a medical doctor with a specialty degree in occupational health and a Master’s degree in Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities Direction and Administration from Anahuac University, Mexico City.


MCN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Laszlo Madaras at the United Nations with new MCN board member Dr. Giorgio Franyuti
[MCN Chief Medical Officer Dr. Laszlo Madaras at the United Nations with new MCN board member Dr. Giorgio Franyuti.]

Dr. Shelly is a doctor in pediatrics and internal medicine at Finger Lakes Community Health, a Federally Qualified Health Center that serves a large number of immigrant agricultural workers in New York. Dr. Shelly spent much of his early career serving small rural communities internationally, including in El Salvador and Nicaragua, where he served as a clinician and also trained local health workers using popular education methods. Upon returning to the US in 2002, Dr. Shelly joined Quincy Community Health in Washington, serving migrant and immigrant agricultural workers, before moving to New York for his present position in 2010.

We said a very reluctant goodbye to board members Wilson Augustave and Robert Moore, MD, MPH. Augustave provided critical insight from his work as a Community Health Worker in Upstate New York, giving MCN much-needed perspective and advice. Dr. Moore served for many years and in diverse capacities. MCN greatly benefited from his exceptional astute health care systems acumen and his drive to keep MCN fiscally sound. We are grateful for their service to MCN!

Gayle Thomas, MD, has stepped in to take the helm as Board Chair for this fiscal year. Read the short biographies of all of our board members on our Board of Directors page, in English or Spanish.



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