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The US office

Learn how MSF USA fits into the global MSF movement.

MSF team members sit at tables in a conference room at MSF's US headquarters.

© Melissa Pracht/MSF

MSF USA is one of 24 MSF sections worldwide

MSF’s US office comprises 248 people who support the organization’s medical humanitarian action through staff recruitment, fundraising, communications and awareness-raising, and advocacy. 

MSF USA is one of 24 MSF sections worldwide. Each is governed by an association made up of current and former MSF staff members who elect a board of directors, define strategic direction, and hold the section accountable for its work.

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MSF USA leadership

Dr. Christos Christou

MSF Clinic: inpatient department and surgical capacity, Gogrial, Warrap State. South Sudan

Born in Trikala, a small town in central Greece, Dr. Christos Christou graduated from Aristotle University’s medical school in Thessaloniki, Greece, and holds a PhD in surgery from the Kapodestrian University of Athens. He also holds a master's degree in international health with a focus in health crisis management from the University of Athens and is a member of its faculty.

Dr. Christou specialized in general and emergency surgery in the Surgical and Transplant Unit of Evangelismos Hospital in Athens. In 2013, he moved to London, where he was a senior clinical fellow in colorectal surgery at King’s College Hospital. In 2018, he became consultant of colorectal and emergency surgery at North Middlesex University Hospital. The same year he was awarded a fellowship from the European Board of Surgery in Coloproctology.

Dr. Christou joined MSF in 2002 and has since held several roles. His first assignment was in Greece as a field doctor, working with migrants and refugees. He then worked as a doctor in an HIV/AIDS project in Zambia in 2004 and 2005. After a break from international work, during which he trained as a surgeon, Dr. Christou re-joined MSF in 2013 for assignments in a number of conflict zones and insecure contexts, including South Sudan, Iraq, and, most recently, Cameroon, as an emergency and trauma surgeon. Since 2005 he has served as general secretary, vice-president, and finally president of MSF Greece's Board of Directors. He was elected MSF's international president in June 2019.

Dr. Rasha Khoury


Jack Gomer

Vice President

John Wetherington


Sheronda Rochelle, Esq.


Dr. Isabelle Defourny

President, MSF France

Jason Cone

Board Member

Dr. Monica Dhand

Board Member

Dr. Aqsa Durrani

Board Member

Adrienne Hurst, LCSW

Board Member

Qusay Hussein, MSW

Board Member

Christina Moore

Board Member

Eamon Penney

Board Member

Sandra Tacina

Board Member

Victoria B. Bjorklund, Esq., Ph.D. (Chair of the Board)

Véronique Brossier

Marilia Duffles

Charles Hirschler

Sheila Leatherman

Susan Liautaud, J.D., Ph.D.

Chantal F. Martell (Emeritus)

Dr. Darin Portnoy

Nancy Selander

Dr. Craig Spencer

Avril Benoît

Chief Executive Officer

Rebekah Varela

Chief Operating Officer

Jay Chaudhuri

Chief Technology Officer

Northan Hurtado

Deputy Medical Director

Deborah Garcia

Chief Development Officer

Kavita Menon

Chief Communications Officer

Carrie Teicher

Chief Programs Officer

Allison Westfield James

Chief People, Culture, and Inclusion Officer

Cameron Wrigley

Chief Financial Officer

Ellen Willmott

General Counsel

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