Dr. Robert L. Satcher, assistant professor of orthopaedic oncology, Division of Surgery, will deliver the morning keynote address at the 2013 Schweitzer Leadership Conference Nov. 2. Dr. Satcher is a Schweitzer Fellow for Life, having completed his fellowship at The Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa, in 1993.
Sponsored by the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, the Schweitzer Leadership Conference is an opportunity for established and emerging health and medical professionals to learn from leaders who are shaping the way we think, talk, and act when it comes to health equity, health care, social change, and public policy. Dr. Satcher will be joined at the conference by Regina M. Benjamin MD, the 18th U.S. Surgeon General (2009-2013) and NOLA.com/Times Picayune Endowed Chairin Public Health Sciences at Xavier University who will receive the 2013 Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism. Benjamin is the afternoon keynote speaker.
“Returning as a Fellow for Life and as a keynote speaker for the annual Leadership Conference is a tremendous honor. The honorees have made outstanding contributions in medicine that set an example for everyone to follow,” said Dr. Satcher. “My time in Lambaréné at The Albert Schweitzer Hospital set the blueprint for service throughout my career.”
“From his fellowship in Africa and mission trips around the globe to the Space Shuttle Atlantis and his work at MD Anderson, Dr. Satcher is an inspiration to our current fellows and other up-and-coming health and medical professionals,” said Sylvia Stevens-Edouard, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. “We’re thrilled he’ll be sharing the diversity of his experience with us at this year’s conference.”
The 2013 Schweitzer Leadership Conference takes places from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 40 Edwin Land Boulevard, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Learn more about the ceremony and the conference at http://www.schweitzerfellowship.org/conference/.
About The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship
The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) is improving the health of vulnerable people now and for the future by developing a corps of Leaders in Service—professionals skilled in creating positive change with and in our communities, our health and human service systems, and our world.
Through community-based, mentored direct service and a multidisciplinary, reflective leadership development program, ASF is building community capacity and training a professional workforce that is:
• skilled in addressing the underlying causes of health inequities;
• committed to improving the health outcomes of underserved communities; and
• prepared for a life of continued service.
To date, nearly 2,500 Schweitzer Fellows have delivered nearly 500,000 hours of service to nearly 300,000 people in need. Additionally, more than 100 Fellows have provided care at the 100-year-old Schweitzer Hospital in Lambaréné, Africa. Through this work and through the contributions of Fellows whose professional careers serve their communities, ASF perpetuates the legacy and philosophy of physician-humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer. ASF has 11 program locations in the U.S. and one in Lambaréné, Africa. Its national office is located in Boston, MA and hosted by Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.