Cindy Nelly, Chief Nursing Officer

Cindy Nelly, DNP, RN | Chief Nursing Officer

Cindy Nelly is passionate about public health, humanitarian health, and providing care to vulnerable populations. She is dedicated to promoting collaborative healthcare education and training to healthcare providers worldwide. Cindy is currently pursuing her second master’s degree, a Master of Applied Science (MAS) in Humanitarian Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a Thatcher Fellow for the American College of Nurse Midwifery.

Cindy is a Doctor of Nursing Practice; she is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, as well as a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has worked in full-scope women’s health, high-risk obstetrics, as an educator, administrator, and chief operating officer. Cindy has worked with AMI Expeditionary Healthcare since 2017.

She has been on the frontlines of the COVID response since March of 2020; working in over 15 US states, including service with asylum seekers on the southwest border. Cindy’s COVID work has included international work in Ghana where she was the medical lead in the setup of the UN COVID-19 medevac hospital.

Her experience includes over two decades of working as an international coordinator for healthcare projects in several countries, including the DRC, Kenya, Gambia, Rwanda, and Colombia. She has worked with the UNFPA/WHO and the Syrian American Medical Society providing care to Syrian refugees and training local healthcare workers in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon. Cindy served as an emergency/trauma obstetric and newborn care (EmONC) medical lead and provider in Mosul, Iraq. Cindy has worked as a disaster relief first responder for two decades including in Haiti, Louisiana, and Florida. Domestically, Cindy worked in the Department of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Florida and in private practice where she was clinical director of the midwifery team responsible for setting up a free-standing birth center for a physician-owned practice.

In addition to Cindy’s field experience, she has also been heavily involved in academia. She has served as a preceptor for Yale University, as an educator for the University of Florida in Morocco and Spain, and she has taught at the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery. Cindy also provided education and training programs in collaboration with National Health Ministries in the Middle East, South America, and Africa. Additionally, Cindy is a member of Sigma Theta Tau nursing honors society, ACNM, is an Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) instructor and is certified in infection control.


The AMI Vaccination program is adaptable, flexible, scalable and can be quickly implemented across large geographic areas. Given our service to states, sovereign governments, the private sector and international organizations AMI is arguably the globe’s leading private sector provider of comprehensive vaccine efforts. AMI has a modular approach to vaccination clinic set up consisting of community-based, drive-thru and mobile clinics.

  • Independent or embedded staff to deliver testing and vaccinations as desired
  • Robust documentation and reporting
  • Complete procurement, cold chain transport and compliance solutions

Surgical Services

AMI has the capability to provide a range of surgical services in mobile facilities or using existing infrastructure. Surgical specialty services are available but the focus is Damage Control Surgery (DCS) and Damage Control Resuscitation (DCR).

  • Forward Surgical Teams: independent fixed facility or mobile emergency surgical units to save life, limb, and eyesight
  • Surgical teams to augment existing capabilities and support or relieve the existing surgical workforce
  • Mass casualty support

Refugee Health Services

AMI is dedicated to addressing the full-spectrum of healthcare needs for displaced people by augmenting the existing healthcare workforce or independently providing:

  • Infectious Disease Screenings, including COVID-19, HIV and TB
  • Mental Health Wellness and Counseling
  • Vaccination updates as well as per host country requirements
  • Preventative Care 
  • Medical examinations, including tracking and monitoring physical health
  • Medical History Review
  • Lab Services as well as augmenting existing on-site lab skills & equipment

Emergency Medical Services

AMI provides medical solutions and services to some of the most remote and challenging environments in the world. To date, the company has delivered healthcare solutions to over 140 clinical settings on 5 continents involving in excess of 10,000 providers.

  • Comprehensive solutions involving governance, personnel, facilities and supplies based on desired healthcare outcomes
  • First responder systems and fully staffed ambulance services
  • Aeromedical evacuation via AMI’s own fleet or established network
  • AMI has provided medical support in conflict areas by delivering 3 trauma and maternity hospitals in an area of heightened conflict