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Global Health Week at WVU Health Sciences to be held Sept. 25-29

Global health challenges and experiences will be presented during the WVU School of Medicine's 2017 Global Health Week at the Health Sciences Center.

This event is sponsored by Global Health Program, Department of Medicine and the WVU School of Pharmacy. The lectures will feature a speaker at noon each day starting Monday, September 25, through Friday, September 29, in the WVU Health Sciences Learning Center, Room 1905 and 1901 (Fukushima Auditorium).

“The world is a global community,” Melanie A. Fisher, M.D., M.Sc., Director of the Global Health Program, said. “The health of other countries is closely linked to the health of our own communities in the United States. Lessons learned in global settings can be applied to our own health challenges in West Virginia. It is important for us to have ideas and knowledge concerning global health issues in order to improve the health of people worldwide. ”

The lecture schedule and featured speakers are as follows: 

Monday, September 25

Keynote Speaker: “Global Prevention of Cervical Cancer” 

Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
President and Founder of Basic Health International

Dr. Cremer is the Director of Global Health Research at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine as well as the Founder of Basic Health International, a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the burden of cervical cancer morbidity and mortality in low-resource settings. She is known worldwide as an expert in cervical cancer screening and treatment in low-resource settings and was a collaborator for the World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Cryotherapy, published in 2012.

Tuesday, September 26

“Guatemala: Global Health Perspective”

Christopher Dionne, MD
PGY III Internal Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine 

“Hepatitis in Northern Rural Ghana”

Josephine Reece MD
Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director
Department of Internal Medicine
Director of Global Health Track
WVU School of Medicine

Wednesday, September 27

“Clinica De Mirgrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” 

Documentary by Maxim Pozdorovkin
Comments by Laura Jones, Executive Director, Milan Puskar Health Right

Thursday September 28

“Patient Care Experiences During a School of Pharmacy Rotation in South Africa”

Kara Piechowski, Pharm.D., Clinical Pharmacist, Ruby Memorial Hospital
Victoria Zambito, Pharmacy Student, WVU 

“Global Nursing Experiences in Honduras and Nicaragua”

Kelly Lopez, MSN
BSN Nursing Students: Krystal White, Savannah Carter and Jessica Gray

Friday September 29

“Pandemic of Diabetes and Its Health Consequences- Beyond Retinopathy, Cataracts and Glaucoma”

VK Raju, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.A.C.S.
Monongalia Eye Clinic
Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, West Virginia University
Founder, President, The Eye Foundation of America


Lectures are open to all health professions students, residents, faculty, staff and the Morgantown community.