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2019 Visiting Professorships


Beginning in 2002, Alpha Omega Alpha’s board of directors offered every chapter and association the opportunity to host a visiting professor. Seventy-three chapters took advantage of the opportunity during the 2018/2019 academic year to invite eminent persons in medicine to share their varied perspectives on medicine and its practice. Following is a list of the 2019 Visiting Professors, their home institution, and title of their talk:.


Katrina A. Armstrong, MD (AΩA, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 1991), Harvard Medical School,
“Restoring Trust in American Medicine”

Manish Arora, PhD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
“Time and Health”

Michael J. Bamshad, MD (AΩA, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, 1988), University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine,
“Genetic Basis of Mendelian Conditions”

Lauren Barron, MD (AΩA, The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, 2012), Baylor College of Medicine,
“The Pharos: Then and Now”

Monica Bharel, MD, MPH (AΩA, Boston University School of Medicine, 1998), Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
“The State of the Public's Health in Worcester, Massachusetts”

Dowin Boatright, MD, Yale School of Medicine,
“Understanding Microaggressions in Health Professions Learning Environments”

Irwin M. Braverman, MD (AΩA, Yale School of Medicine, 1955), Yale School of Medicine,
“How Wax, Limestone, and Paper Became the Foundation of Medical Education”

Virginia Broudy, MD, University of Washington School of Medicine,
“Lymphoma in People Living with HIV”

Christine K. Cassel, MD (AΩA, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1998), University of California San Francisco School of Medicine,
“Leadership in Medicine, 2020 and Beyond: What Will Doctors Be?”

Sarah L. Clever, MD (AΩA, University of Washington School of Medicine, 1998), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
“Lighting Our Way Forward: Courage, Compassion, and Hope in the Face of Bias”

Adam L. Cohen, MD, MPH (AΩA, West Virginia University School of Medicine, 2000),Medical Officer, World Health Organization,
“What Killed More Children Worldwide Than HIV, Malaria, and Measles Combined? A Vaccine Success Story”

Lisa Cooper, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
“From Health Disparities to Health Equity: Thinking Locally and Acting Globally”

Mitchell E. Deshazer, MD (AΩA, The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, 2010), East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine,
“Limitations of Evidence Based Medicine”

Gurpreet Dhaliwal, MD (AΩA, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 1998), University of California San Francisco School of Medicine,
“No One Cares How Much You Know”

E. Wesley Ely, MD (AΩA, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1989), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,
“The Legacy of Learning Medicine at Tulane and Charity: Paying it Forward Through Robust Research”

Daniel Epner, MD, FACP, MD Anderson Cancer Center,
“The Power of Stories to Teach and Inspire”

Malika Fair, MD, MPH, FACEP, Senior Director of Health Equity Partnerships and Programs, Association of American Medical Colleges,
“Addressing Health Disparities”

Sheri Fink, MD, PhD, Pulitzer Prize winning author,
“Health Care Emergency Preparedness and Response: Triage, Ethics, and Response”

Senait Fisseha, MD, JD (AΩA, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 1999), founder of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIRHT) at the University of Michigan,
“Global Health—Delivered by Women, Led by Men”

Rosemary Gibson, MS, Senior Advisor for The Hastings Center,
“The U.S. Medicine Chest: Growing Reliance on China”

Douglas A. Girod, MD, FACS (AΩA, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 1984), University of Kansas,
“Advancing Women in Health Care”

Alexander Green, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School,
“Thinking Outside The Box: A Person-centered Approach to Health Care Across Cultures”

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, MPH (AΩA, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1992), Indiana University School of Medicine,
“The Difference Between What is Easy to Count and What Really Counts”

Paul M. Haidet, MD, MPH (AΩA, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, 1991), Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine,
“Finding Your Voice as a Physician”

Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD (AΩA, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2008), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine,
“Practicing Professionalism in the 21st Century”

Laura Hirshbein, MD, PhD, University of Michigan Medical School,
“Medical-Commercial Collaborations: A Perspective from the History of the Tobacco Industry”

Christopher Hogrefe, MD, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine,
“Now What? The Plan After Achieving Your Dreams in Medicine (and Other Life Lessons From Neil Young)”

Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD (AΩA, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2008), Baylor College of Medicine,
“Vaccines, Autism, and Blue Marble Health”

Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai,
“Translating the Neurobiology of Addiction for Novel Treatments of Opioid Use Disorder”

David H. Johnson, MD (AΩA, Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, 1975), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas,
“Health Care 2.0: Who Will Lead the Way?”

Perri Klass, MD, New York University School of Medicine,
“Secrets and Stories in Medical Lives”

Elliot Levine, MD (AΩA, New York Medical College, 2019), New York Medical College,
“Heart Transplantation—‘If I Only Had a Heart’”

George E. Loss, MD, PhD, FACS (AΩA, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine, 2019), Ochsner Health System,
“Restarting Your Program: The Drive for Quality”

Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD (AΩA, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, 1986), Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine,
“Reflections on Entering Medicine”

Arnold W. Malcolm, MD, MBA (AΩA, Meharry Medical College, 1973), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,
“Are We Losing the Art of Medicine?”

Kimberly Manning, MD, Emory University School of Medicine,
“Humanism in Medicine”

Suja Mathew, MD, FACP (AΩA, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1997), Chair of Medicine, Cook County Health & Hospitals,
“The Cost of Health Care and the Underserved”

Gregg S. Meyer, MD, MSc (AΩA, Albany Medical College, 1984), Harvard Medical School,
“The Evolution of the U.S. Health Care Marketplace”

Robert W. Neumar, MD, PhD (AΩA, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 1988), University of Michigan Medical School,
“Cardiac Arrest Research: The Journey of a Lifetime”

L. James Nixon, MD, MHPE, University of Minnesota Medical School,
“Sarah Always Has a Smile and Samuel is Just So Smart: Implicit Bias and its Role in Medical Education”

Marcella Nunez Smith, MD, MHS (AΩA, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, 2001), Yale School of Medicine,
“What Are the Performance Measures for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Mission”

Abraham Nussbaum, MD, MTS, University of Colorado School of Medicine,
“Taking the Reading Cure for Physician Resiliency,” and “Kill Yr #: Developing a Professional Identity Through Failure and Joy”

K. Patrick Ober, MD (AΩA, Wake Forest School of Medicine, 1995), Wake Forest School of Medicine,
“A Lifetime of Healing”

Amit Pahwa, MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, “Why We Must Choose Wisely”

Daniel G. Petereit, MD, FASTRO (AΩA, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, 2004), University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine,
“Addressing Cancer Disparities in American Indians—A Model For Community Research”

Roberto Pineda, MD (AΩA, University of Minnesota Medical School, 1989) Harvard Medical School,
“The Boston Keratoprosthesis: Where Are We Now?”

Megan L. Ranney, MD, MPH (AΩA, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 2004), Alpert Medical School of Brown University,
“Preventing Gun Violence: This Is Our Lane”

Kyle E. Rarey, PhD, University of Florida College of Medicine,
“Our Visible Intangibles”

Lynn Roberts, PhD, The City University of New York,
“Praxis: A Primer on Reproductive Justice for Physicians”

Michael Roizen, MD (AΩA, University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, 1970) Chief Wellness Officer, Cleveland Clinic,
“Why 6+2 is the Best Thing for You, Your Family, Your Patients, Your Health System, and Your Country”

Marc R. Rosen, MD, Sidney Kimmel Medical College,
“The Evolution of Endoscopic Endonasal Skull Base Surgery”

Paul B. Rothman, MD (AΩA, Yale School of Medicine, 1984), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,
“The Promise of Medicine”

Robert Sackstein, MD, PhD (AΩA, Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, 2019), Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine,
“Mastering Knowledge”

Diane Shannon, MD, MPH, Health Care Author,
“Safeguarding Your Clinical Career: Thriving in an Age of Burnout”

Mona Siddiqui, MD, MPH, Chief Data Officer, Department of Health and Human Services,
“Data Driven Government”

Stuart Slavin, MD, Med, (AΩA, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 1984), Senior Scholar for Well-being , Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education,
“Thriving as a Physician”

Wiley Souba, MD, ScD, MBA (AΩA, University of Texas McGovern Medical School, 1978), Dartmouth Medical School,
“Flipping the Professionalism Paradigm;” and
“The Leadership Journey;” and
“When Life Shows Up As Hittable,” and
“Leadership in Medicine”

Joseph Stubbs, MD, (AΩA, Emory University School of Medicine, 1978), Albany Internal Medicine,
“Different Roads, Same Directions”

Dean C. Taylor, MD, Duke University School of Medicine,
“How Can We Tackle the Complex Health Care Challenges of Today and Tomorrow? Through Distributed Ethical Leadership! Lessons Learned and a Discussion on How We Get Better”

Stephen Trzeciak, MD, MPH, (AΩA, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2010), Cooper Medical School of Rowan University,
“Compassionomics: The Revolutionary Scientific Evidence that Caring Makes a Difference”

James A. Tulsky, MD (AΩA, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, 1987), Harvard Medical School,
“Communication in Serious Illness: Behind the Closed Door”

Mark Tyndall, MD, ScD, FRCPC, University of British Columbia,
“The Role of Harm Reduction in Responding to the Overdose Crisis in North America”

Harold E. Varmus, MD (AΩA, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1964), Nobel Prize Winning Physician Scientist,
“Cancer Research, Then and Now”

Selwyn M. Vickers, MD (AΩA, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, 2002), University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine,
“Strategies and Novel Strategies for a Lethal Tumor: Pancreatic Cancer”

Paul M. Wallach, MD (AΩA, University of South Florida College of Medicine, 1984), Indiana University School of Medicine,
“Responding to Pandemic Influenza, Ebola, Zika, and Other Infectious Disease Threats”

Mary E. Wilson, MD (AΩA, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 1970), University of California San Francisco School of Medicine,
“Bugs and Drugs: A Shifting Landscape”

James O. Woolliscroft, MD (AΩA, University of Michigan Medical School, 2008), University of Michigan,
“Lessons From My Journey”

Sherry M. Wren, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS, Stanford University School of Medicine,
“Service to Scholarship: Evolution of Global Surgery and Academics”

Jerry R. Youkey, MD (AΩA, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, 2016), University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville,
“Meaningful Work—The Antidote for Burnout”

Updated on December 20, 2019.