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March 14, 2021

Reflections on a Conversation with Dr. Margaret Hamburg: Career Shifts and Work Straddling the Fields of Medicine, Public Health, and Policy Blog Post

by Lydia Good (C’21)

On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Dr. Margaret Hamburg joined the Conversations in Global Health class for a discussion spanning the many facets of her career, from her early medical training to her recent work as FDA commissioner, founder of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, and foreign secretary for the National Academies of Medicine. Dr. Hamburg began the conversation by reflecting on her career path, particularly how her experience as a medical student at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic fostered her interest in public health and ultimately led her to leave her residency in New York to learn more about health policy in DC. Her move was a sudden shift from the career in academic medicine she was pursuing, but, as a basic scientist interested in policy, I appreciated that Dr. Hamburg was not looking to abandon her interests in medicine. Instead, she wanted to contextualize how medicine related to other issues like public health, social justice, law, and policy.

February 27, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Eric Goosby Blog Post

by Abby Donnelly (NHS'23)

Through the course “Conversations in Global Health,” students were joined by the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy on Tuberculosis, Dr. Eric Goosby. Previously, Dr. Goosby has served as global AIDS coordinator and currently directs the Center for Global Health Delivery and Diplomacy at the University of California, San Francisco. Through this discussion, Dr. Goosby’s wide expertise offered insight on the discourse of international health issues today, including the epidemics of COVID-19, HIV/AIDS, and other infectious diseases. This dialogue knitted together the fabric of medicine, government, and society in creating a holistic approach to saving lives worldwide.