Monday, September 28, 2009

Global Health Crisis: A problem in all of our hands

Dr. David Walton - Doctor, Humanitarian, & Global Health Expert

Emmitsburg, MD - Mount St. Mary’s University is honored to announce a presentation by humanitarian and global health expert Dr. David Walton on Monday, September 28th at 7 pm. Dr. Walton is a graduate from Harvard Medical School and has spent years doing field work across the world.

His extensive research on global diseases contributed to a best-selling book and Pulitzer Prize winner, Tracy Kidder’s Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World. Dr. Walton, at the time the book was written, assisted the main character, Dr. Paul Farmer, a leading global health and disease expert. Presently, Dr. Walton works alongside Dr. Farmer as a practicing clinician at Partners in Health, a global health organization.

Every year the Mount chooses a book for incoming freshman to read and study as a part of a first semester seminar. This year, the Mount chose Mountains Beyond Mountains. “The book speaks to our mission and delivers a powerful message that reflects the Mount’s pillars: Faith, Discovery, Leadership and Community and shows them in action in the world,” says the Mount’s Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Leona Sevick, “Dr. Walton’s presentation will provide Mount students and guests, a more in depth look at the global health crisis affecting all of us, and especially the poor such as those in Haiti.”

Dr. Walton also works as a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as a valuable instructor at Harvard Medical School. He is the associate director of Hôpital de Lascahobas, a hospital located in Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world and successfully completed the Doris and Howard Hiatt Global Health Equity Residency Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is most recognized for leading STD prevention and care programs, and especially his supervision of HIV programs in Haiti.

The presentation will be held in the Mount’s Knott Auditorium and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the Mount Office of Communications at 301-447-5366 or visit

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