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Danbury Hospital Global Health Department Hosts Next Global Health Evening

Friday, January 25, 2013 - Danbury, CT

Dr. Majid Sadigh, Health Director of the Global Health Department at Danbury Hospital, invites fellow colleagues, doctors, medical students, residents and members of the community to attend the next Global Health Evening with discussions focused on Global Health issues. The program takes place on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Gerard D. Robilotti Conference Center located on the 5th floor of the Tower Building. Attendees are asked to park in the Red Garage (Locust Avenue entrance). Refreshments will be provided.

Featured Speakers at the February 13th Global Health Evening

Peter Cooch - Pete Cooch studied international relations at Dartmouth College and is currently a third year medical student at the University of Vermont. Together with his classmate Adam Ackerman, he is the cofounder of "The Microscope Exchange", a non-profit committed to increasing diagnostic capabilities in resource-poor areas. Peter will be showing pictures from a series of trips he took to Guatemala with colleagues, in which they created a volunteer ambulance service and a diagnostic clinical laboratory for a rural community. He will also speak some about the student organization "The Microscope Exchange".

Jason Bae - Jason will talk about interest in Global Health (past, present, and future), and provide advice for those who are interested in Global Health. What should they be doing or not doing? Also, he will talk about the health care system in China. Jason Bae is currently a Masters in Business Administration student at Harvard Business School (HBS) where he is supported by Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. While at HBS, Jason briefly worked for Boston Consulting Group and served as an advisor for the Gates Foundation on contraceptive research and development. Prior to studying management, Jason completed three years at Yale School of Medicine where he co-directed the Tropical Medicine elective course for Yale students and residents and published three papers on HIV, substance use and psychiatric illnesses. Before medical school, he spent more than two years studying HIV mother-to-child-transmission and tuberculosis diagnostics in Botswana, Peru, and Brazil. Jason is interested in health care delivery in resource-limited settings and plans to pursue residency in internal medicine.

Dr. Phan Thanh Lan - Dr. Lan is a cardiologist practicing at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. She will be observing here at Danbury Hospital for the next four months. Dr. Lan will discuss Cho Ray Hospital's medical systems and medical education. Cho Ray Hospital in Vietnam is one of the many new collaborations Danbury Hospital's Global Health Department is working on to strengthen medical education at the international level.

For more information, please call Julie Kowaliw, Danbury Hospital Department of Medical Education and Research at (203) 739-7543.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals,Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:

  • Western Connecticut Medical Group, an integrated physician practice with primary and specialty care expertise
  • Western Connecticut Home Care, an agency for home care and community health services
  • The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundations
  • Emergency medical and Level II trauma services
  • An occupational wellness and medicine program, providing services for business and industry
  • a nationally renowned Biomedical Research Institute

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women's health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers.

Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns. Danbury Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital by US News and World reports in 2012; a and a Top 100 for Value by Cleverly and Associates. New Milford Hospital is well known as a Planetree hospital and for its Plow to Plate, farm to table food program. For more information, visit,; and share your comments with us at or