Conversations in Global Health

Conversations in Global Health are a series of events that introduces leading practitioners in global health and their work to the Stanford community. These short talks are designed to encourage dialogue about the challenges and success factors for programs focusing on public health issues in resource-poor settings from a variety of perspectives including: policy, funding, implementation, product design, evaluation. These are typically held once a quarter at lunchtime and evenings and are open to the entire university and to the public.


CANCELED: This event has been canceled due to inclement weather from Winter Storm Jonas. It will be rescheduled in the coming weeks.

January 27, 2016

Nancy Snyderman, MD, FACS

5:00 - 6:00  pm* | LKSC Room 320 (Dean's Suite) *Refreshments will be served at 4:30 pm. The conversation will begin promptly at 5:00 pm.

Renowned journalist, physician and bestselling author, Nancy Snyderman, MD, FACS, will share insights from her storied career covering global health and medicine in conversation with Paul Costello, chief communications officer for Stanford Medicine.

For almost three decades, Dr. Snyderman has combined her experience as a head and neck cancer surgeon, network television correspondent and advisor to Fortune 500 corporations, and is one of the most trusted voices in medical communication.

As former chief medical correspondent for NBC News and a medical journalist for ABC News, she has traveled the world extensively and has reported from some of the world’s most troubled areas. Her reporting has garnered her some of the industry’s most distinguished honors including Emmy, DuPont, Edward R. Murrow and Gracie awards. She is also a New York Times bestselling author, having written five books.

Dr. Snyderman completed medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical School and went on to become one of the first women in the country to specialize in Head and Neck Surgery. She recently joined Stanford as a Consulting Professor for Global Health in the School of Medicine and co-founded the Stanford-NBC News Global Media Fellowship (now the Stanford-ABC News Global Health & Media Fellowship). She is also a Consulting Professor of Medical Communication in the School of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Read more.


October 8, 2015

Anita Zaidi, MD, director of the Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

4:30 - 5:30  pm I Clark Center Auditorium

Tune in for a podcast and summary of the conversation available here

Join us for a conversation with Anita Zaidi, MD, an internationally renowned pediatrician and director, Enteric and Diarrheal Diseases (EDD) program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In a Q&A with Stanford Medicine's chief communications officer, Paul Costello, we'll hear more about Dr. Zaidi's life, work and timely issues impacting the health of children around the world.

In her role at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Zaidi leads a team focused on eliminating diarrheal diseases mortality and significantly reducing the adverse consequences of diarrheal and enteric infections on children’s health in low and middle-income countries.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Zaidi was the Ruby and Karim Bahudar Ali Jessani Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. In 2013, Anita became the first recipient of the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize for work in one of Karachi’s poverty stricken fishing communities to save children’s lives. She was nominated as a notable physician of the year in 2014 by Medscape. Read more

April 9, 2015

Chris Elias, MD, MPH, president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

5:30 - 6:30  pm I Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Room 120

Event recap and video replay available here

Dr. Chris Elias will join Paul Costello, Stanford Medicine's chief communications officer, for a conversation that will touch on Dr. Elias's long career in health & medicine, his work as the president of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and current issues in global health.  

March 4, 2015

Gavin Yamey, MD, MPH, MA, MRCP of the University of California-San Francisco

4:00 - 5:00 pm I Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge, Room 120

Event recap and video replay available here

A leading global health researcher and former journalist, Dr. Gavin Yamey will speak with Paul Costello, Stanford Medicine's chief communications officer, on timely and pressing issues in global health.

Dr. Gavin Yamey is associate professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the UCSF School of Medicine and is Lead of the Evidence-to-Policy-Initiative (E2Pi) in the UCSF Global Health Group, which works to narrow the gap between evidence and action in global health policy.

A frequent policy advisor to international ministers of health, Dr. Yamey was one of the founding editors of PLOS Medicine and PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, the first open-access journal devoted specifically to neglected diseases endemic to tropical regions.  He currently serves on two international health commissions - the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery - and led the writing of Global Health 2035, the Lancet Commission on Investing in Health’s 2013 report, which provides a roadmap for how dramatic gains in global health might be achieved by 2035. Dr. Yamey has written extensively on global health, neglected diseases, health policy, inequalities and disparities in health with over 100 published articles in peer-reviewed journals.