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Virtual Reunion


Continuing Medical Education for Today's Practice
September 17, 2021 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm


Alumni, faculty, and staff of the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock are invited to join five of our alumni experts, virtually, for continuing education sessions on racial bias in research, mental health of students and physicians, and compassionate equitable care for vulnerable populations.

Start your Reunion weekend with a medical education session. Speakers and topics include:

Healthy Students and Physicians
1:00pm - 1:30pm

Medical students and physicians have high rates of depression and stress-related mental illness. Dr. Matthew Duncan MED ’01 and a current medical student will discuss a new evidence-based program at Geisel that helps students meet the stresses and challenges of their profession without sacrificing their mental health.

1:30pm - 1:45pm

How Centering Whiteness Influenced U.S. Health Services Research
1:45pm – 2:15pm

Dr. Amber Barnato, the new director of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, will discuss how the lack of racial diversity among health services researchers in the U.S. has influenced even revered, groundbreaking research, including the Dartmouth Atlas. She will share emerging best practices for “anti-racist” health services and health equity research.

2:15pm - 2:30pm

Equity, Partnership, and Service in Medicine
2:30pm – 3:00pm

Three alumni leaders (Dr. Lisa V. Adams, Dr. Peter Kilmarx, and Dr. Patricia Ruze) in global health and health equity will explore a variety of topics, drawing on their decades of experience and answering questions from the audience. Topics include global vaccine equity, global research partnerships, and providing compassionate medical care in a US prison setting.


Speaker Bio's

Lisa Adams

Dr. Lisa V. Adams MED’90 is the Associate Dean for Global Health, Director of Global Initiatives, and a Professor of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Disease and International Health at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She oversees Dartmouth College’s Global Health Initiative at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding and is the Director of Geisel’s Center for Global Health Equity. In all her roles, she develops and oversees cross-cutting global health programs involving faculty and students. Her focus on bringing equity to global health education and engagement led to her 2019 TEDx talk entitled “Global Health Partnerships: Check Your Privilege at the Border”.

Dr. Adams has worked in domestic and international TB care and prevention for over 25 years with expertise in program management, disease surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, and clinical care. As an international TB consultant, she has worked in over a dozen countries to provide technical assistance to Ministries of Health and numerous nongovernmental organizations.

At Dartmouth, Dr. Adams teaches global health and health equity to medical and college students. She is the Principal Investigator of an HIV research training grant from NIH/Fogarty International Center to strengthen research expertise at Muhimbili University in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Since March 2020, she has been Co-chair of Dartmouth’s COVID-19 Response Task Force.

Amber Barnato


Dr. Amber E. Barnato, MPH, MS is the Director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She is trained in two medical specialties, public health/preventive medicine and hospice/palliative medicine. Her research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of variation in end-of-life intensive care unit (ICU) and life-sustaining treatment use among seriously ill older adults using an array of scientific methods, including claims data analysis, participant observation and interviewing, high-fidelity simulation experiments, and randomized behavioral trials. Her work increasingly focuses on the interplay between organizational norms, provider-patient communication, and implicit cognition, and how these phenomena produce racial disparities in end-of-life treatment. In addition to her academic work, Dr. Barnato also collects and shares stories from diverse family members regarding their experiences making life support decisions for patients in the ICU at her website


Matt Duncan

Dr. Matthew Duncan MED’01 is the Clinical Director of Integrated Care for Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Education and Director-Psychiatry Clerkship at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Duncan was one of the clinicians who helped bring collaborative care to Dartmouth-Hitchcock. He is leading a multi-faceted initiative at Geisel to address the mental health needs of its medical students. This includes improving confidential screening for mental health; strengthening the school’s wellness and resiliency programming; providing mental health clinical services that are tailored to medical students’ unique schedules; and promoting a culture that encourages seeking help for mental health issues.



Dr. Peter Kilmarx MED’90 is an expert in global health and infectious disease research, policy, and programs. He is the Deputy Director of the John E. Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health, a preeminent center for global health research and capacity building, and previously served as the Country Director in Zimbabwe and in Botswana for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as Chief of CDC’s Sexual Transmission Research Section in Thailand. Other CDC leadership positions included Senior Advisor to the Director for Health Reform and Chief of Epidemiology Branch, both in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. Dr. Kilmarx served in leadership roles in CDC’s Ebola response efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, and Guinea. After earning his MD degree in the Dartmouth-Brown Combined Program, he completed his internal medicine residency and infectious disease clinical fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, maintaining board-certification in both specialties.

He has published more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and serves on the editorial board of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Dr. Kilmarx served for more than 20 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral (Assistant Surgeon General). He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award granted to a Corps officer in recognition of an exceedingly high level of achievement by an officer who possesses a genuine sense of public service and who has made exceptional contributions to the mission of the Corps. His international career began as a Peace Corps volunteer in the DRC (then Zaire), where he helped develop fisheries that are still productive today.


Dr. Patricia Ruze MED’90 taught internal medicine at the medical school in the Federated States of Micronesia and then worked for US Peace Corps throughout East, Central, and South Africa. Now she works in prisons. She served as Medical Director for the Massachusetts Correctional Center in Concord, the Northeast Correctional Center, and the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center over a ten-year period, before taking her current position as Medical Officer at the Medical Center in Devens, Massachusetts with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


Learning Outcome:

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to describe research methods and concepts in general topics that may affect many patient interactions and treatments such as racial bias in research, mental health of students and physicians, and compassionate equitable care for vulnerable populations.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




Please contact the Alumni Relations Office at 603-646-5135 or via email with any questions or to register.