Thomas Novotny, M.D., M.P.H., assistant surgeon general for the U.S. Public Health Service, was invited to campus by Wright State's medical students, who wanted to better understand global health issues. He accepted their invitation and will address their classes on January 9, 2002. Novotny will discuss global issues of tobacco and alcohol use, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, prenatal care, and infectious diseases with first- and second-year medical students. Lectures will begin at Noon in the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center and continue on campus in the afternoon.
Ryan Buchholz, a second-year medical student and one of the organizers for Novotny's visit, explains, "We invited Dr. Novotny here so that we could meet and interact with a primary care physician who has gone on to make a big impact upon public health in the U.S. and abroad. Many medical students at Wright State are interested in learning more about public health, global health, and the role physicians can play."
Novotny is also the deputy assistant secretary for International and Refugee Health and the director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of International and Refugee Health. His research focuses on tobacco control, with additional interests in integrating public health functions within health systems. He is a board certified family physician and preventive medicine specialist.
The event is sponsored by the School of Medicine's Division of Health Systems Management and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) club. GHI was established in 2000 by WSU medical students to "enhance awareness of global health care issues at Wright State School of Medicine," according to cofounder and second-year medical student Sara Doorley. Through the education of international health issues, GHI hopes to foster future physicians with a greater sense of compassion, social justice, and global activism.