PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Global health expert and former U.S. health envoy Nils Daulaire, M.D., will address the 34th graduating class of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University at the 2008 Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 11:15 a.m. in the First Unitarian Church.
Daulaire is the president and chief executive officer of Global Health Council, the world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health worldwide. He has testified frequently before Congress, advised bilateral and multilateral agencies dealing with health, and has appeared widely in national and international media on global health issues.
Before assuming leadership of the council, Daulaire served as deputy assistant administrator for policy and senior international health policy advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Previously, he devoted fifteen years to basic health care delivery in Nepal and other countries of the developing world.
Daulaire has represented the United States at global health forums. He was the lead U.S. negotiator on health at the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development in 1994, the Beijing World Conference on Women in 1995, and the Rome World Food Summit in 1996.
His address is titled, "Changing the World: The Doctor-Activist in a Globalized Society."
Dean of Medicine and Biological Sciences Eli Y. Adashi, M.D., will preside at the Commencement Ceremony and administer the Physician's Oath as adapted by the 1975 graduating class.
The Faculty Address
The faculty address will be given by Brian K. Alverson, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics.
Alverson joined the Brown faculty in 2005. He is currently the head of the Pediatric Hospitalist Section of the Division of Inpatient Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital and the Inpatient Residency Education Coordinator in the Pediatric Residency Program at Alpert Medical School. He has won numerous awards, including the Dean's Teaching Excellence Award at Alpert Medical School and the Teaching Award in Pediatrics at Rhode Island Hospital. Both awards were given in 2007.
Alverson's speech is titled, "Before You Go, A Few Things I Forgot To Mention..."
The Student Address
The 70 students in The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University's Class of 2008 also will hear from David Lloyd Ain, who will deliver the student address.
Ain will speak on “Somewhere Between Hope and Prospect.”
Ain grew up in Washington, D.C. and came to Brown as a student in the Program in Liberal Medical Education. He graduated in 2004 with a concentration in the history of art and architecture and was awarded the Frederick Barnes Prize for study of the humanities. As a medical student, Ain's research projects ranged from pediatric cardiovascular surgery to HIV treatment. He was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical student honor society, and he received the American College of Physicians Award for Internal Medicine.
He begins his residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in June.
The Senior Citation
Edward R. Feller, M.D., will receive the Senior Citation, the most prestigious award a faculty member can receive from graduating medical students.
Feller is a clinical professor of medicine and community health at Brown. He is also co-director of the Community Health clerkship and director of the Division of Gastroenterology at The Miriam Hospital. His primary interests are teaching and medical education, especially fostering student involvement in medical writing for publication and presentation. His clinical focus is on underserved populations.
The occasion will mark the fifth time that Feller has been honored with the Senior Citation.