Tuesday, February 21st 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Light Hall 407A-D

Hosted By 

Global Health Committee-Med School


As a part of World Health Week, this panel discussion will explore ethical issues encountered in global health work. Panelists include Dr. Douglas Perkins, Dr. Douglas Heimburger, and VUSM student Conor McWade. 

Dr. Douglas Perkins, Professor of Human and Organizational Development, is a community and environmental psychologist, and the Founding Director of the Ph.D. Program in Community Research & Action in Peabody College of Education & Human Development. He was a co-PI of the Vanderbilt-Meharry med schools Community-Engaged Research Core and supervised student collaborative health research in China and South Africa. His research is on participation in grassroots organizations, other forms of social capital, improving local government, and urban problem-solving (including social disorder, fear of crime, and youth violence prevention) and the development of multidisciplinary applied community studies in over 100 countries.

Conor McWade is a VMS4 who received an MPH (Global Health Track) from Vanderbilt, focusing his practicum on road traffic injuries in Guyana and his research thesis on food security in the Dominican Republic. Prior to medical school he spent a year in rural India working for the Comprehensive Rural Health Project. He has participated in both international faith-based and non-faith-based medical mission humanitarian trips. He hopes to practice medicine and public health overseas after residency. 

Dr. Douglas Heimburger is Professor of Medicine and Associate Director for Education and Training in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). He directs VIGH’s education and training programs for Vanderbilt students and trainees, as well as research training opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees from other institutions and other countries.  These include direction of the Global Health Track in Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program ( and co-direction of the Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies (, the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium for Global Health Fellows (, the Vanderbilt-CIDRZ AIDS International Training and Research Program (, the Vanderbilt Training Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC,, and curriculum development for the University of Guyana Master of Public Health Program. His principal research and publication interests are nutritional influences on responses to treatment for HIV/AIDS in developing countries and global health education. He conducts clinical nutrition research in a population of undernourished Zambians starting antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS, initiated during a Fulbright Scholar Award-supported sabbatical in Zambia in 2006.

Co-sponsored by VUSM Gold Humanism Honor Society