Who We Are

The International Pediatric Outreach Project (IPOP) was co-founded in 2002 by Theodore Ruel, M.D. and Sadath Sayeed, M.D., J.D., then residents in pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. The broad aim in creating IPOP was, and remains, to improve the health of children in under-resourced communities across the globe. Put simply, we believe that all children born under any circumstances deserve the fruits of modern pediatric medicine, and we seek to break down social and structural barriers to its effective delivery. As academic physicians, we believe that a strategy of collegial partnership with dedicated local providers is the best way to encourage sustainable improvement.


Theodore Ruel, M.D.
A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Yale University School of Medicine, Ted completed his pediatrics residency, chief residency and fellowship in infectious disease at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently an Assistant Professor with research focused on pediatric HIV in Africa, based in Uganda. Other work in pediatrics and infectious disease research has taken place in Thailand, Peru, India, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Sadath Sayeed, M.D., J.D.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, the University of Michigan Law School, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Sad completed his pediatrics training and neonatology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a faculty member in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School where he is leading a programmatic initiative on newborn health and social change. He also is in active medical practice as an attending neonatologist at Children’s Hospital Boston. He has worked in Nepal, India, Haiti, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Program Director

Jennifer Parson, R.N.
Jennifer is a pediatric intensive care nurse who has worked at both IPOP sites. She has spent several months working at our partner sites to help local providers improve the daily delivery of neonatal and pediatric health care services. She has worked in Cambodia, India, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2009, she became IPOP’s program director.

Board of Directors

Elizabeth Fleming, M.B.A., Seattle, WA
Andrea Marmor, M.D., San Francisco, CA
Theodore Ruel, M.D., San Francisco, CA
Sadath Sayeed, M.D., J.D., Boston, MA
Craig Waldman, Esq., San Francisco, CA
David Wanderman, M.D., San Francisco, CA

Advisory Board

June Brady, M.D., Professor Emeritus, UCSF