Plenary speakers include:

o Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Acting Surgeon General
o Rear Admiral (Ret) Jim Marks, Executive Vice President, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
o Erika Lee, Rudolph J. Vecoli Chair and Director of Immigration History Center, University of Minnesota
o Rear Admiral (Ret) Ali Khan, Dean, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health
o Captain Lynn Slepski, Senior Public Health Advisor, U.S. Department of Transportation
o Dr. Carolyn Cannuscio, Director of Research, Center for Public Health Initiatives, University of Pennsylvania
o Rear Admiral Anne Schuchat, Acting Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
o Rear Admiral (Ret) Boris Lushniak, Dean, University of Maryland School of Public Health

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Emotional 2015 USPHS Symposium in Atlanta

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy motivated everyone. Acting Assistant Secretary for Health Karen DeSalvo said, if confirmed, that she would put on the uniform of the Public Health Service. Retired RADM Jim Curran of the Emory Rollins School of Public Health talked about the early days of tracking HIV/AIDS. Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice of the Morehouse School of Medicine welcomed people to Atlanta.

The 50th annual USPHS Symposium was also very emotional. RADM Boris Lushniak announced his retirement plans. Surgeon General Murthy announced that RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams would become Deputy Surgeon General. The PHS Ensemble Concert dedicated songs to the Ebola responders and to the people of West Africa. And then there was author Mike Stobbe's talk during the formal Anchor & Caduceus Dinner, which got everyone riled up.

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Big Turnout for 2014 USPHS Symposium in Raleigh

Over 1000 Public Health Service officers and local health professionals attended the 2014 USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium at the Raleigh Convention Center.  Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh provided keynote remarks.  Other plenary speakers included RADM Fitzhugh Mullan, USPHS (Ret.), Dr. Arthur Kellermann of the Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, Dr. William Lanier of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Acting Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak, Acting Deputy Surgeon General RADM Scott Giberson, Chief of Staff CAPT Robert DeMartino, RADM Penelope Slade-Sawyer (Ret.) of the North Carolina Division of Public Health, and Dean Barbara Rimer of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  It was a fantastic opportunity for continuing education credits and to collaborate with PHS officers from across the country.

Below are some video recordings from the conference.

Opening Keynote (Slade-Sawyer, Rimer, Koh):  click here

Luther Terry Lecture (Kellermann):  click here

Engineer Category Day (Beck):  click here

Closing Keynote (Currie, DeMartino, Giberson, Lushniak):  click here


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