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Buffalo Business - Spring 2020

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18 Buffalo Business Spring 2020 It was mid-May, and Larry Gersz was ready to hit the ground running in Kingston, Jamaica. With three years of medical school and one year of his MBA complete, the dual MD/MBA student was there to help launch a diabetes informatics network. He only had a month to accomplish his mission, so he reached out by email to several stakeholders to set up meetings. But he didn't get any responses. "No one was answering any of my emails!" he says. "I was getting nervous about what I would be able to accomplish in the four short weeks I'd be down here." Getting to square one For Gersz, connections in his dual degree program landed him an opportunity to pursue interests in travel and global health. During the MBA portion of his program, he talked regu- larly with Dorothy Siaw-Asamoah, faculty director of global programs in the School of Management. Through her, he learned of a new collaboration between UB and the University of West Indies (UWI) that was part of UB's Center for Integrated Global Bio- medical Sciences (CIGBS). Under the mentorship of UWI Professor John Lindo, Gersz's role was to serve as facilita- tor among the various stakeholders involved in the creation of the diabetes informatics network. "Our vision was to use the UB -UWI partnership to enhance the overall research capabilities of Kingston by creating a collabora- tive digital information network," says Gersz. "This would allow for larger patient data sets, stronger data analysis and better quality over- all of research. For it to be a success, I needed to combine my management perspective and BY JACQUELINE MOLIK GHOSEN COLLABORATING IN KINGSTON From left, Larry Gersz and UWI Professor John Lindo

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