Engaging in a world without borders  pg. 3

Several Vanderbilt alumni and faculty of both the School of Medicine and School of Nursing have served or are serving as medical missionaries. An example is Carol Etherington, M.S.N., assistant professor of Nursing, who is past president of the USA board of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

Other alumni work as military physicians or as public health experts in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Former Senate Majority Leader William Frist, M.D., on leave from his Vanderbilt faculty position, has been instrumental in spearheading HIV/AIDS treatment programs in Africa.

Enjoy this special issue of Lens. It shares the stories of faculty members at Vanderbilt and Nashville’s Meharry Medical College who are leaders in the global health arena. Many of us have been inspired by the research and training partnerships in neonatology with Sweden and South Africa that were established by Mildred Stahlman, M.D., nearly half a century ago.

These commitments and contributions reflect Vanderbilt’s broader vision: to prepare our students and engage our staff and faculty in research and service that is of vital importance to the future of our world in the 21st Century.

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