2011 ASCP Annual Meeting Scientific Address by Partners in Health Founder Paul Farmer
Paul Farmer, MD, PhD, founding director of Partners in Health (PIH) and dogged advocate of health care for the poor around the world, will present the Scientific Address at the 2011 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Annual Meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Las Vegas. His presentation follows the Opening Keynote on Wednesday, Oct. 19, by President Bill Clinton, Founder of the William J. Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States.
President Clinton serves as the United Nations' Special Envoy to Haiti, and Dr. Farmer as Deputy Special Envoy to Haiti. In the wake of the January 2010 earthquake, ASCP sent a delegation of volunteers to Haiti to help improve severely compromised laboratory services in the poverty-stricken island nation.
A renowned medical anthropologist and physician, Dr. Farmer will kick off the sound science of the international conference, which is serving as host to the World Association of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM) XXVI World Congress. "A Global View of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine" is the theme of ASCP's signature event, Oct. 19–22 at the Venetian-Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino.
"Dr. Paul Farmer has a comprehensive vision for delivering health care through pathology, social medicine, politics, and anthropology to poor people worldwide," said ASCP President John E. Tomaszewski, MD, FASCP. "His work through Partners in Health for HIV and TB patients, particularly in Africa and Haiti, dovetails with the dedication of ASCP volunteers working to advance laboratory practice in resource-limited countries that ultimately improve patient outcomes."
Dr. Farmer and his colleagues in PIH focus on community-based treatment strategies for infectious diseases that demonstrate the delivery of high-quality health care can be accomplished in resource-limited places. The Harvard University professor divides his time between Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, and a small hospital built by Partners in Health in Cange, Haiti, while overseeing PIH projects in Rwanda, Russia, Lesotho, Malawi, and Peru.
In the book Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder presents a moving and inspirational biography of Dr. Farmer and account of the early work of Partners in Health.
ASCP Executive Vice President E. Blair Holladay, PhD, SCT(ASCP)CM, said Dr. Farmer is a premier change agent for global health. His contributions and those by ASCP's Institute for Global Outreach improve disease prevention, access to health care, and patient outcomes worldwide. Dr. Farmer will set the stage for uniting science, collaboration, and international outreach for participants at the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting/WASPaLM XXVI World Congress. Click here to register.