Global health challenges and experiences will be explored during the West Virginia University School of Medicine's 2017 Global Health Week held at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

Daily lectures will feature a speaker at noon starting Monday, Sept. 25 through Friday, Sept. 29. This event is sponsored by the Global Health Program, Department of Medicine and the WVU School of Pharmacy.

“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, 2017
    “Global Prevention of Cervical Cancer” 
    Key Note Speaker: 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, 2017
    “Guatemala: Global Health Perspective””
    Christopher Dionne, MD
    PGY III Internal Medicine
    WVU 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, 2017
    “Clinica De Migrantes: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
    Documentary by : Maxim Pozdorovkin
    Comments by : Laura Jones, Executive Director, Milan Puskar Health Right 
  • Thursday September 28, 2017
    “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, 2017
    “Pandemic of Diabetes and Its Health Consequences- Beyond Retinopathy, Cataracts and Glaucoma”
    VK Raju, MD, FRCS, FACS
    Monongalia Eye Clinic
    Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, West Virginia University
    Founder and President, The Eye Foundation of America

Lectures are open to all health professions students, residents, faculty, staff and the Morgantown community. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP by Friday, September 15 to

Miriam Cremer, MD, MPH