Jamii Health International

Who We Are

To create self-sustaining health care systems in the developing and underserved world

Jamii Health International is an international non-profit organization dedicated to creating self-sustaining health care systems throughout the world. We focus on under-served areas with sufficient population base to support a program based around a health-facility, whether it be a clinic or hospital.

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Board of Directors

  • Alan Spira MD, DTM&H

    • Alan Spira MD, DTM&H

      Alan Spira MD, DTM&H

      Dr Spira is the Founder, Medical Director and CEO of Jamii Health International. JHI is a international non-profit organization dedicated to creating local self-sustaining health care systems in the developing world, emphasizing community health, disease prevention, education, training and health care whose first project is based in Uganda.

      Dr Spira has taught or volunteered as a physician in the developing world for 22 years. He has rendered medical service, lectured and taught in over 15 countries.

      Dr Spira obtained his BS degree in Microbiology from UCLA (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). He is also a graduate of UCLA School of Medicine. His original specialty training in emergency medicine was done at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center, then the largest trauma center in North America. He then acquired the post-graduate Diplomate of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene degree at the prestigious London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which he has put to good use both abroad and domestically. Dr Spira has also been trained in diving & hyperbaric medicine. He has the additional unique quality of being an MD who is board-certified in acupuncture. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine and the American Association of Medical Acupuncture.                   

      Dr Spira served as an affiliated Associate Clinical Professor at Stanford University where he taught Med 229, Introduction to Global Health. He was also the Medical Director of The Travel Medicine Center in Beverly Hills, CA, where for fourteen years he provided medical care to travelers both before and after their journeys in addition to serving as a consultant for several Hollywood studios.

      Dr. Spira writes extensively, for both the scientific and medical communities as well as for the public. In 2003 he published a two part series on travel medicine in The Lancet and authored chapters in the Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual as well as the textbook, Travel Medicine.  His writings serve not only to improve the burgeoning field of Global Health but to increase its visibility in both public and scientific eyes.

      As a Naval Officer, Commander Spira served as a physician in Iraq in Al Anbar province with naval combat engineers and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. He is currently the Battalion Surgeon for 5th Battalion of the 14th Marine Regiment in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.



  • Doron M Tisser

    • Doron M Tisser

      Doron M Tisser

      Doron M. Tisser is a successful estate planning attorney in Southern California. He is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Southwestern Law School, and the New York University School of Law. He has over 30 years experience helping families with their estate planning and business planning. He is Board Certified as a Specialist in Probate, Estate Planning and Trust Law, as well as Board Certified in Taxation Law by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected as a Super Lawyer for Southern California each year since 2009.  Only 5% of attorneys are selected for this honor.

      Helping charitable organizations is a life-long passion of Mr. Tisser, who has competed in triathlons, including Ironman races, as a way of raising money for charities. As the director of the non-profit Team Tisser Foundation, at the 2007 Coeur d’Alene Ironman triathlon, Mr. Tisser was given an award for being one of the highest fund-raisers for that event. Mr. Tisser has been married to his best friend Laurie for over 35 years, and has 2 sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.


  • Eric L Weiss, MD DTM&H

    • Eric L. Weiss MD, DTM&H

      Eric L. Weiss MD, DTM&H

      Dr. Weiss, a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Stanford University, as well as former Associate Chief of Emergency Medicine, founded The Village Doctor, a family “concierge medicine” practice in 2004 in Woodside California. He also lectures and consults internationally on emergency medicine, pre-hospital, tropical and travel medicine topics.

      In addition to founding the Stanford Travel Medicine Service, he developed and taught the first formal course on Travel Medicine at a United States medical school and was the Travel Medicine Director for the Stanford Student Health Center and the Stanford Alumni Association. Dr. Weiss was until recently the Medical Director for Stanford Life Flight as well as Emergency Medical Services for Stanford Hospital. He is currently the Medical Director for the Woodside Fire Department. Previously, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for MedicinePlanet, Inc., a high tech company dedicated to providing wireless health solutions to the mobile traveler, as well as the Chief Medical Officer for San Francisco International Airport where he was responsible for airport medical affairs including primary care, travel medicine, occupational health, and emergency medical services.

      A fellow of both the American College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Dr. Weiss is also an active member of the International Society of Travel Medicine and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Dr. Weiss received a BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford, an MD from UCSF, completed his residency and chief residency in Emergency Medicine at UCLA, and trained at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where he received his Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.


  • Karen Ehrhardt

    • Karen Ehrhardt

      Karen Ehrhardt

      Karen Ehrhardt is an administrator for the Center for Health Care Research and Evaluation, at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Menlo Park, California. She is a published author whose children’s picture book, THIS JAZZ MAN, landed on the New York Public Library’s list “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing,” and is one of the “Multicultural Books Every Child Should Know” (National Education Association). She teaches writing workshops for kids and enjoys giving author talks at schools and libraries. A graduate of Brown University, Karen Ehrhardt has extensive experience traveling in the developing world. She makes her home amidst the redwoods in Northern California with her husband and young son.


  • David Ehrhardt PhD

    • David Ehrhardt PhD

      David Ehrhardt PhD

      David Ehrhardt heads the Ehrhardt Lab of the Carnegie Institute for Science at Stanford University in California, USA.  He is a Assistant Professor by Courtesy Appointment at Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree, the ScB, in Biology at Brown University and his PhD in Biology at Stanford University.

      The Ehrhardt laboratory investigates plant cell development and morphogenesis, utilizing live cell imaging techniques to visualize the organization and dynamic behaviors of molecules and organelles. Problems of special interest include how cells generate asymmetries and specific shapes. Currently the lab is investigating how the cortical microtubule cytoskeleton acquires organization and how this organization in turn functions to guide patterns of cell growth and division.


Advisory Board

  • Stan Wanat PhD
    Stanford University Department of Psychiatry

    Lars Osterberg, MD
    Stanford University

    Andrew Okun
    Los Angeles

Scientific Board

  • Lawrence Ash PhD
    Professor Emeritus, UCLA School of Public Health

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