October 26, 2007

Global health symposium set

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(photo by Dana Johnson)

Global health symposium set

How clinical partnerships can improve health care in developing countries is the subject of a symposium presented by the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health on Monday, Oct. 29.

The symposium, to be held from 3-5:30 p.m. in 214 Light Hall, will feature the following speakers and topics:

• John Tarpley, M.D., professor of Surgery, “Developing human resources for surgery in Nigeria;”

• Andy Norman, M.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “Preventing obstetric vesico-vaginal fistulae;”

• Paul Hain, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics, “Adventures in the Costa Rican health care system;”

• Jeffry McKinzie, M.D., assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, “Rural health screening in Zambia;”

• Andrew Desruisseau, M.D., clinical infectious disease fellow, “Morning song from Cameroon;” and

• Christine Robinson, M.D., M.P.H., president of the International Leadership Development Institute, “Finding the right places in the midst of exploding medical needs.”

Franklin, Tenn.-based ILDI trains leaders in developing countries in business, medicine and education.

James Hildreth, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Meharry Center for AIDS Health Disparities Research, also will moderate a panel discussion featuring: Alfredo Vergara, Ph.D., and Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe, M.D., Dr.P.H., of the Institute for Global Health; Tom Ciggaran, chairman of Healthways Inc., a Nashville-based disease management company; Janet Nicotera, R.N., Vanderbilt AIDS networks and research coordinator; and fourth-year Vanderbilt medical student Milton Ochieng, who recently founded the first health clinic in his village in rural Kenya.

For more information, contact Olivia Manders at the Institute for Global Health, 343-4174 or olivia.manders@vanderbilt.edu.