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Conversations in Global Health

Conversations in Global Health are a series of events that introduces leading practitioners in global health and their work to the Stanford community. These short talks are designed to encourage dialogue about the challenges and success factors for programs focusing on public health issues in resource-poor settings from a variety of perspectives including: policy, funding, implementation, product design, evaluation. These are held once a quarter at lunchtime and evenings and are open to the entire university.


No current scheduled events.


February 6, 2014
Nina Munk, Journalist and Contributing Editor, Vanity Fair
5:300 - 7:00 PM, LKSC 320

Join us for a discussion of her latest book, The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, led by Paul Costello. The Idealist is the result of six years of reporting from Africa where Munk immersed herself in the lives of people in two remote Millennium villages. See flyer for more details.

May 30, 2013
Ambassador Eric Goosby, MD, United States Global AIDS Coordinator
5:45 - 7:00 PM, LKS 130

Flyer - Water and Sanitation in Global Health

Ambassador Goosby serves as the United States Global AIDS Coordinator, leading all U.S. Government international HIV/AIDS efforts. In this role, the Ambassador oversees implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as U.S. Government engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Ambassador Goosby also leads the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State. He has over 25 years of experience with HIV/AIDS, ranging from treating patients at San Francisco General Hospital, as the first Director of the Ryan White Care Act, and various national leadership roles during the Clinton Administration.

May 23, 2013
Dr. William Rodriguez, CEO of Daktari Diagnostics, Inc.
12:00 - 1:00 PM, Graduate School of Business E103

William Rodriguez, MD, is the co-founder and CEO of Daktari Diagnostics, Inc., a global health diagnostics company. He is a graduate of Brown University and the Yale University School of Medicine, and trained in infectious disease medicine at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he served as chief medical resident. While at Harvard, he established a research program on the use of appropriate diagnostics in global health. In 2003, he left Harvard to become the Chief Medical Officer of the William J. Clinton Foundation, where he helped broker pricing agreements between African and Asian governments, and the major suppliers of HIV drugs and diagnostic tests. He remained at the Clinton Foundation through 2007, working with governments and donor agencies throughout the world on the scale-up of national HIV treatment programs. He has served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on global HIV and tuberculosis treatment, has been an advisor to more than a dozen national governments, and served as a member of the WHO’s global HIV guidelines committee.

November 29, 2012: Conversations in Global Health: Dr. Jaime Sepúlveda
5:30 - 7pm, Li Ka Shing Building, Room 120

Flyer - Water and Sanitation in Global Health

Dr. Sepúlveda is the Executive Director of Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.  Before joining UCSF, he was a Director at the Gates Foundation, where he chaired the Executive Committee for the GAVI Alliance. Prior to this, he led several organizations in Mexico. He was appointed the Director of the National Institutes of Health, elected Director General of the National Institute of Public Health, and served as the Dean of the National School of Public Health.

Dr. Sepúlveda received his MD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, an MPH, an MS in Tropical Medicine, and a PhD in Population Science all from Harvard. He will discuss a vision for global health in the San Francisco Bay area.

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October 26, 2012
Dr. Ruchama Marton, Founder of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Dr. Allam Jarrar, a leader of the Palestine Medical Relief Society (PMRS)
Public Health, Behavioral Health and Access to Care in Palestine
12:00 - 1:00 PM, LKS 130

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October 9, 2012
Mads Melbye, MD, DMSc, Director of the Division of National Health Surveillance and Research and the Danish National BioBank at Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, LKS 304/305

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April 24, 2012
Jack Chow, MD, MPA, MBA, MS
Bechtel Conference Center, Encina Hall
12:00 - 1:00 PM

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We will discuss perspective on issues of global health and diplomacy, learn about his career, and get advice about how we can each can make a difference to improve the heatlh and lives of people everywhere.

Flyer - Water and Sanitation in Global Health

March 7, 2012
Peter Hotez, MD, PhD
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Dr. Hotez is the President of the Sabin Vaccine Insitute, founding Dean of the School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Tropical Diseases at the BCM Department of Pediatrics. 

His research focuses on vaccine development and diplomacy for a range of neglected tropical diseases including hookworm, schistosomiasis, trachoma and Chagas disease.

January 10, 2012
Bill Foege, MD.
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Dr. Foege led efforts to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s, was Director of the CDC, and Executive Director of the Carter Center. He is currently on faculty at Emory University and works on global health strategies for the Gates Foundation.

Dr. Foege discussed his perspective on issues of global health and his career during this session.

October 26, 2012 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Ruth Levine, Hewlett Foundation Global Development & Population Director
Clark Center Auditorium
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October 12,2012 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Chid Liberty, CEO of Liberty and Justice
Bass Center, Room 312 Stanford Graduate School of Business,
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Mr. Liberty discussed the unique business model adopted by Liberty & Justice, a for-profit

Socially minded company developing African factories that create jobs and improve health care for Liberian women.  The pilot factory in Monrovia empowers its employee-owners by providing support for the health and education of their families.

Flyer - Water and Sanitation in Global Health

May 18, 2011 | 5pm - 7pm
Andrea & Barry Coleman, Riders for Health and panelists Krista Donaldson, D-Rev Design and Kel Sheppey, Wild4Life.
Knight Management Center
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For questions regarding Conversations in Global Health, please contact Amy Lockwood.

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