March 9, 2010

Bill Frist, M.D., to Open International Surgical Care Meeting March 10 at Vanderbilt

Experts in surgical care from around the world will speak at Vanderbilt University this week during the third annual meeting of the Global Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group.

Former U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist, M.D., will open the meeting at 6:15 p.m., Wednesday, March 10, at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center with a talk entitled, “Lessons Learned in Haiti: Using Crisis to Highlight Surgical Need.”

The Global Burden of Surgical Disease Working Group was formed in 2007 to help address the relative lack of surgical care in low- and middle-income countries, which contributes to higher rates of premature death and disability.

Vanderbilt faculty members have been involved with the group since its first meeting. Several of them will participate in panel discussions and workshops on Thursday and Friday, March 11-12, at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing.

They include: Mark Newton, M.D., director of Vanderbilt International Anesthesiology; Andy Norman, M.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; and John Tarpley, M.D., professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology.

The meeting is open to the public, but registration is required. Click on http://globalhealth.vanderbilt.edu/ for more information and to register.

The meeting is sponsored the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, the Department of Anesthesiology and Vanderbilt International Anesthesiology, the Department of Surgery and Section of Surgical Sciences, and the School of Nursing.