Doctor using a stethoscope on a baby.

The Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was founded in 1994 in response to an increasing international demand for American medical education, technology, and procedures. For 30 years, the IMP has cultivated global partnerships to create transformational mutual exchange in medical education, training, and research.

IMP’s goal is to provide life-changing opportunities to build the capacity of other countries and share the latest advances in medicine and healthcare. As a pioneer in international medical education, training, and research, IMP has developed, coordinated, and completed over 150 projects in over 50 countries, touching the lives of more than 12,000 healthcare professionals, students, and patients around the globe.

Meet Our Team

IMP's staff has more than 75 years of combined international experience, expertise, and knowledge necessary to operate in today's demanding and challenging global environment. Read more about the members of our dynamic team in the bios listed below.

Leadership & Staff  
Headshot of Huda Ayas
Huda M. Ayas, MHSA, MBA, EdD
Associate Dean for International Medicine
Executive Director, Office of International Medicine Programs
Stanley Knoll
Stanley M. Knoll, MD, FACS
Medical Director
Fernando Vidal-Vanaciocha
Fernando Vidal-Vanaclocha, MD, PhD
Research Director
Dr. Ali Pourmand
Ali Pourmand, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Medical Research Fellowship Program
Shereen Toubaji
Shereen Toubaji, MBA 
Associate Program Director


Kristin Vail
Kristin Vail, MA 
Program Manager

Eva Bacskai
Program Associate