Alumni reunion conference

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Global Health Transforming--in Arizona and around the World
A Continuing Education* Conference

Oct 13-15, 2017 Conference and alumni Reunion of the Arizona GH Course:  Clinical & Community Care

Viscount Suites Hotel, 4855 E. Broadway, Tucson, Arizona 

We invite all 727 course alumni to bring family & friends to share in this celebration with each other and the participants in the 35th Course—to be held Sept 25-October 13, 2017

This conference is open to anyone interested in Global Health.  We invite all faculty, students, residents from UA and beyond.

This weekend [Friday evening thru Sunday noon] reunion/CME conference will be at the Viscount Suites Hotel at 4855 East Broadway in Tucson AZ. 

   Health Professional Registration (includes refreshment breaks, Saturday lunch, Buffet Dinner, and Sunday breakfast) - $120
   Resident Registration - $75 (does not include dinner)
   Student Registration - $35 (does not include dinner)
   Dinner for non-registrants - $30 for adults, $12 for children age 5-12
   CME (physicians) and CNE (nurses) - $80

*Sponsored for CME by The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson

Accreditation Statement:

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)ä.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Nursing Education Information: Up to 8 hours available. The University of Arizona Continuing Nursing Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Western Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure Statement(s):

All Faculty, CME Planning Committee Members, and the CME Office Reviewers have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with commercial interests that would constitute a conflict of interest concerning this CME activity.


Outcome Objectives:  at the close of this conference, participants will:

  1. Be more informed about the new issues in global health so that they can advocate more concisely for global health programs locally, in Congress and with NGOs.
  2. Be able to treat non-communicable diseases sustainably at the patient and community level anywhere.
  3. Learn and empathize directly from “first person” experiences of clinicians who have been involved in Ebola and other dramatic disease outbreaks.
  4. By spontaneous interchange and “networking,” suggest innovations to each other.
  5. Contact global health agencies through which they may serve at each individual career stage

Speakers and Topics:

Craig Spencer MD, MPH [2006 Course Alum]: Emergency Medicine Volunteer with Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
     The Challenges and Controversies of the Ebola Epidemic: Experiences of a Doctor turned Ebola  Patient

Rajni Gunnala MD, MPH [UA CoM 2006] : Pediatrician; CDC, Nigeria
     What diseases can we eradicate?

Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD [UA CoM 2001]: Cardiologist and Co-Chair, Lancet Commission on Non-Communicable Disease; and Tracy Carroll PT, MPH [1995 Course Alum and Co-Director]
     The new Non-Communicable Disease “epidemic”:  Will “global health” methods work?

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH [1999 Course Alum]: Trauma surgeon; Director of Global Surgery, Harvard
     Surgery and trauma in the “new global health”—at last!

Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH [1983 Course Alum]: Pediatrician; immediate past Director of Center for Global Health at CDC
     How best can the “new global health” world collaborate fighting this new diversity of challenges?

Full Agenda - attached


We urge all our alumni [whether you are able to attend or not] to send us a one page personal update on what you have been doing, adding a picture or two.   We will display them by class year.   You can send these at any time to


To make  Viscount room reservations  (suites are $99 or upgraded suites are $109) please call the hotel direct at 520-745-6500 and ask for the “University of Arizona College of Medicine” block or go to their website which will take you directly to our group rate. 

Please Note - October 13-15 is Family Weekend at the University of Arizona so don’t wait too long to make your reservation at this great rate.

Plenary Speakers:

Craig Spencer, MD, MPH [Arizona Course, 2006], contracted Ebola while treating patients in Guinea as a volunteer with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and was hospitalized as New York City’s first Ebola patient. Dr. Spencer returned to Guinea after his recovery working with Ebola vaccine. He is the author of “Having and Fighting Ebola — Public Health Lessons from a Clinician Turned Patient,” published in NEJM, March 19, Vol. 372, No. 12 (

Tom Kenyon, MD, MPH [Arizona Course, 1983], was director of the Center for Global Health, CDC, Atlanta. He directed the Center for Global Health’s response to Ebola in all of West Africa. He worked with the CDC since 1994 and was instrumental in the recently launched African CDC.  In 2016, Dr. Kenyon became president and CEO of Project Hope.

Rajni Gunnala, MD, MPH. [UA CoM 2006] In July 2012, Dr. Gunnala was awarded the CDC’s Epidemiology Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship. In 2014, she joined the CDC’s polio eradication project in Nigeria until 2016. Dr. Gunnala said “with the help of dedicated community health workers and strategies implemented by staff from the Nigerian national polio eradication program, we are seeing hopeful improvements. In August 2014, Dr. Gunnala was on the team that helped rapidly contain the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria and was an author of the definitive description of this strategy.

Gene Bukhman, MD, PhD [UA CoM 2001] is the Co-Chair with editor, Richard Horton, of the Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion. He is a cardiologist and medical anthropologist. He is Director of the Program in Global Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs) and Social Change at Harvard Medical School. Having lived in Rwanda, he became the Senior Health and Policy Advisor on NCDs at Partners In Health, where he directs the NCD Synergies project.  His work focuses on policy, planning, and service delivery for the non-communicable diseases and injuries of populations living in extreme poverty.

Tracy Carroll, PH, MPH [Arizona Course, 1995] is a practicing physical therapist and Co-Director of the COM Global Health Distinction Track. Her passion is liberation medicine, linking health with social and economic justice. She works in the Arizona-Mexico border and Tucson refugee communities promoting health, safety and economic security. Most of her international work has been in Mexico and Central America. She has worked with microcredit organizations, community health clinics and humanitarian relief organizations along the US-Mexico Border for over 20 years. Currently her work is with ARSOBO, a not-for-profit social business model NGO located in Nogales, Mexico that works with persons with disabilities to provide high-tech, low-cost medical devices that minimize their disability and maximizes their economic and social contribution to society. ARSOBO also trains and employs individuals with disabilities to construct the medical equipment they need and use.

Robert Riviello, MD, MPH [Arizona Course, 1999] is Director of Global Surgery Programs, and Associate Surgeon, Division of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School. His clinical and research interests are in the expansion of surgical delivery by developing a surgical workforce and infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Riviello is an academic member of Harvard’s Program in Global Surgery and Social Change. He is contributing to the establishment of global surgery as a field of scholarship. He has published papers on surgical training in developing countries and impact of the 2010 earthquake on pediatric surgical delivery in Haiti. He wrote the chapter on “Surgery in the Tropics” in Hunter’s Tropical Medicine.