WLP Symposium -- Dr. Susan Blumenthal

TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2008) With health care in the headlines, heating up the airwaves and the topic of conversations everywhere, Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, MD, will shed some light on the topic in her keynote address at the University of South Florida Women in Leadership & Philanthropy’s Fall Symposium, Oct. 9 on the “Global Challenges of Public Health.” The event takes place at the Tampa Convention Center located at 333 South Franklin Street. To reserve seats or become an event sponsor, contact Emily Ley, assistant director of development, at (813) 974-6996 or e-mail eley@admin.usf.edu.


Renowned for championing health improvement on a global scale, Dr. Blumenthal (shown above with USF President Judy Genshaft) served as U. S. Assistant Surgeon General, as the first ever deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health, and  Senior Medical and E-Health Advisor in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. She rose to prominence in her role at the forefront of the nation’s public health response to terrorism and emerging disease threats and has focused the nation’s attention on issues ranging from disease and violence prevention, to cancer, women's health and mental illness. The National Library of Medicine called her one of the most important women physicians in the country and the Medical Herald recognized her as one of the most influential women in medicine. The New York Times named her one of the top 12 doctors in women’s health overall.


Dr. Blumenthal will speak at the luncheon which takes place at 11:30 a.m. Symposium registration and guest networking begin at 8 a.m. Between 9 and 11:15 a.m. there are three Global Health Forums targeting key issues: Integrated Technology and the Patient Experience at USF Health; Women and Health Around the Globe, and The Role of Women Leaders in Health Care Reform. The respective panel chairs are Gina Rathbun, director of physicians and community relations with the USF Health Physicians Group, Linda Whiteford, associate vice president for global strategies and strategic initiatives at USF and the 2008 recipient of WLP’s Faculty Research Award, and Donna J. Petersen, dean of the USF College of Public Health and interim executive director of USF World.


A Global Health Expo features exhibits and displays from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. where USF faculty, staff and students will be on hand to discuss the ways USF is making a difference in local and global communities. Following the luncheon there will be information sessions on mentoring opportunities with WLP.


“Between the forums, the keynote speaker and the expo, our guests will be exposed to some of our community’s leading thinkers, scholars and practitioners in health care,” said WLP Director Jenna Felder.  “The very accomplished women and men who have been attending our annual luncheons have come to expect this high caliber of discourse.  They are both interested and interesting as a group of people who really care about important issues, the community and about USF.”


The USF WLP Annual Symposium is held each fall and raises funds for the WLP Scholarship and Program Endowments. The day-long event features a keynote address by a prominent woman leader and often covers a topic relative to current events, women's issues, philanthropy, and/or leadership. Previous speakers include Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin (2008), CNN Anchor Campbell Brown (2007) and former Trump Organization executive Carolyn Kepcher (2006).


To purchase your tickets online, click here.

The University of South Florida System is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded $380.4 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2008/2009. The system offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 47,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.