CDC, AHSC Experts to Inform Health Care Providers, Public about SARS, May 20

CDC, AHSC Experts to Inform Health Care Providers, Public about SARS, May 20

CDC, AHSC Experts to Inform Health Care Providers, Public about SARS, May 20

PUBLIC FORUM: SARS: New Epidemic of the 21st Century

DATE/TIME: TUESDAY, MAY 20, NOON TO 2 P.M.

PLACE: Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell

COST: Forum is free and open to all health care providers and the public.

CONTACT: Jane Barth, UA Department of Medicine, (520) 626-0833

EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: News media representatives are invited to cover the forum, which also will be broadcast live on Cox Cable, Channel 76 (Sierra Vista Channel 7). It also will be web cast live and archived on the Internet at http://video.biocom.arizona.edu. The forum also will be broadcast to health professionals throughout the state via the Arizona Telemedicine Program.

The University of Arizona Department of Medicine has invited experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Pima County Health Department and the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center to discuss the emerging disease Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) at this May 20 public forum. As of May 8, more than 7,400 people worldwide had been diagnosed with the disease, with more than 500 deaths. Kenneth J. Ryan, MD, Interim Dean of the UA College of Medicine and a noted microbiologist, will make introductory remarks. Eskild A. Petersen, MD, Chief of the UA Section of Infectious Diseases, will introduce the speakers and moderate the panel discussion and question-and-answer session following the presentations.

Speakers at SARS New Epidemic for the 21st Century are scheduled to include:

  • Rima Khabbaz, MD, Associate Director for Epidemiologic Science, National Center for Infectious Disease, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Ga. (She will be teleconferenced from Atlanta);
  • Robert England, MD, MPH, State Medical Epidemiologist, Arizona Department of Health Services;
  • Richard Mandel, MD, (and or Connie Glasby, Dr PH), UMC Infection Control;
  • C. George Ray, MD, Director, Pathology Microlab at AHSC, former head, Department of Pediatrics, St. Louis University.
  • Elizabeth MacNeil, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, Pima County Health Department.