University of Vermont

Laboratory Medicine in Developing Countries Among Topics for Global Health Evening


A professor of clinical chemistry and leader with an organization that aims to improve pathology and clinical laboratory services for under-served patients around the world was a featured speaker at the most recent global health evening sponsored by the University of Vermont College of Medicine and clinical teaching partner Danbury Hospital/Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN).

Jack Ladenson, Ph.D., presented “Laboratory Medicine in Developing Countries: Experiences over the Last 17 Years” on Monday, January 13, in the Sullivan Classroom in the Medical Education Center at the UVM College of Medicine. He is a board member and director of clinical pathology for Pathology Overseas, a volunteer-based organization that has trained pathologists and established or improved pathology labs in countries around the world, including Eritrea, Bhutan, Kenya, Ghana, Madagascar, Ed Salvador, St. Lucia, and others. Ladenson is the Oree M. Carroll and Lillian B. Ladenson Professor of Clinical Chemistry and director of clinical chemistry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.

The January 13 global health evening also featured Ramin Ahmadi, M.D., chair of medical education and research at Danbury Hospital/WCHN, who spoke on the topic of medical neutrality, and Majid Sadigh, M.D., UVM clinical associate professor of medicine and director of global health at Danbury Hospital/WCHN, who discussed “Building Capacity in Medical Education in Russia.” College of Medicine students have the opportunity to study at Kazan State Medical University in Kazan, Russia, as well as several other locations around the world, through the global health program with Danbury Hospital/WCHN.

“The Global Health Series: A Mission Towards Change” program is held monthly throughout the academic year. Students, residents and faculty from the UVM College of Medicine, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and Fletcher Allen Health Care are invited to attend the sessions, which include refreshments.

For more information, contact Audree Frey in the UVM College of Medicine Office of Medical Student Education.