Earthquake-Disaster Response Expert to Present at the Fall Donald K. Buffmire Lecture Series on October 9

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

TUCSON, Ariz.-- In 2010, a team of doctors and nurses from Stanford Hospital & Clinics responded to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. In the first two weeks after the earthquake, the team was faced with mass devastation, thousands of patients and very limited resources.

Their experiences were life-changing, and have led many of them to devote more time to international medicine. On Wednesday, October 9, Paul S. Auerbach, MD, MS, FACEP, FAWM, professor of surgery; division of emergency medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, will present “Earthquake-Disaster Response and Lessons Learned" at the Arizona Cancer Center’s Kiewit Auditorium, Room 2951, at noon. The lecture will be video streamed live -

This presentation will explain what the team faced in Haiti, pose lessons learned and look to the future of what will be necessary to respond more effectively to future catastrophic events. The Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine is sponsored by the Flynn Foundation. The lectureship began in 1997 and continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bringing to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field.

About Dr. Auerbach

Dr. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine and is one of the world’s leading authorities on emergency medicine. He is an attending physician in the emergency department at Stanford University Hospital, where he is director of special projects, teaches emergency medicine and is involved in a number of research projects.

A graduate of Duke University and Duke University School of Medicine, as well as the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Dr. Auerbach is editor of the definitive medical textbook, Wilderness Medicine, and authors several other outdoor/emergency medicine books.

About the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine

Initiated in 1997, the Donald K. Buffmire Visiting Lectureship in Medicine series continues the Flinn Foundation’s commitment to bring to Arizona leading practitioners and thinkers in the medical field. The lectureship offers physicians, students and community members opportunities to hear from distinguished leaders in the field of medicine and medical education. In 2008, the annual lecture was expanded to a biannual event and includes presentations in both Phoenix and Tucson.

The lectureship is named for the late Donald K. Buffmire, MD, in recognition of his distinguished career as a medical practitioner in Arizona and his leadership role with the Flinn Foundation in supporting the UA College of Medicine. Dr. Buffmire, who died in July 2008 at age 85, served on the board of the Flinn Foundation for 36 years, from 1965 to 2001, including 14 years as its chair.

The Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation is a privately endowed organization that awards grants to non-profit organizations in Arizona, primarily to improve the competitiveness of the state’s biomedical research enterprise.

About the UA College of Medicine

The UA College of Medicine ( is the only allopathic medical college in Arizona. Beginning in 1967 with a class of 32 students on its Tucson campus, the college today encompasses full, four-year medical-education programs in Tucson and in Phoenix.