Dr. Galo E. Alava, MD, MBA.
Assistant Professor Health Care Administration
I am originally from Quito, Ecuador. I started medical school at 17, and went to medical school in Ecuador and Brazil. I have been working in the medical field since then. I went to Italy to train in Orthopedic Surgery, and was a research fellow in Surgical Oncology at Saint Vincent's Hospital, and Picower Institute in New York.
I have been also on the business side of the healthcare field, being a Director, CEO of private and government agencies in Ecuador, and worked for a national healthcare company in USA. This company encouraged me to get my M.B.A. degree.
I wrote papers on colon cancer, hepatoma, chronobiology, TNF, malaria, negative stress and coronary artery disease, social determinants of health care, inequalities in health care, medical effects of bullying at school and workplace, educational opportunities abroad, prescription medication abuse on schools. social media in healthcare, medical tourism. I have a book ready for publication in Ecuador about medical ethics.
I have been at Saint Leo University for the past 13 years, being in charge of teaching, reviewing, designing courses for the undergraduate and M.B.A health care management programs, and now participating with the D.B.A. program. I am involved with study abroad, international SERVE trips, and the creation of a new global studies program. I am a Saint Leo University chapter past-president for Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Business Society, and elected president. I am also a Saint Leo University reelected Senator; advisor for our new created chapter for Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, and the new chapter of AUPHA Honor Society at Saint Leo University.