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Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH, DIMPH
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Nicholas Comninellis is Dean and President of INMED, the Institute for International Medicine. He is also faculty in the Department of Medical Humanities at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) School of Medicine and faculty at Research Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. Over two years Dr. Comninellis served inner-city citizens at Shanghai Charity Hospital. Over another two years, he led a healthcare ministry in the war-besieged nation of Angola in southern Africa. Dr. Comninellis next served for six years in the Kansas City public hospital before launching INMED in 2003.


He graduated from UMKC School of Medicine and Saint Louis University School of Public Health and was a family medicine resident at John Peter Smith Hospital. Dr. Comninellis also earned a professional diploma in tropical medicine from the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and became board certified in both public health and family medicine. Among his authored books are Shanghai DoctorWhere Do I Go From Hereand INMED International Medicine & Public Health. Dr. Comninellis is a classical guitarist and faculty advisor for UMKC Cru. He was recognized as the 2009 United Nations Association of the United States World Citizen and the 2015 University of Missouri-Kansas City Alumni of the Year.


Paul Larson MD, MS, MBA, CPE, DTM&H, FAAFP

UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency
Medical Director, Duquesne Univ Health Services
Clinical Assistant Professor, Depart of Family Med
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine


Paul Larson is faculty at the UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he serves as Director of Global Health Education and Medical Director of Duquesne University Health Services.  In addition, Paul serves UPMC as lead consultant for WorkPartners Primary Care Initiative and UPMC International development of a residency program and clinical academic department of Family Medicine at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan.


Paul graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed Family Medicine Residency at The Washington Hospital in Washington, Pennsylvania. He completed a post-graduate diploma in Tropical Medicine at the University of Liverpool, U.K and practiced full-spectrum Family Medicine in Kenya as a clinical educator and acting medical director of a district hospital.  Paul returned to the USA to complete an MS in medical education at the University of Pittsburgh and a fellowship in faculty development at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine, UPMC St. Margaret where he has been faculty for the past 10 years.  Paul completed an executive MBA in Healthcare at the University of Pittsburgh Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, Beta Gamma Sigma and is a Certified Physician Executive.  Paul is married to Alysia and they have five active teen/preteen children. Paul volunteers as a Medical Officer for the PA Wing, Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.