Health Leadership Forum

COVID-19 Protocols

Guests for the 250th events on the Salem Academy and College campus will be required to wear masks, and upon entry to campus show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination (vaccine card) or a recent negative COVID-19 test result (obtained within 72 hours prior to the event). For the health and safety of the campus community, guests should not enter campus if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or illness or if they have had a close contact exposure resulting in the need to quarantine.

April 21, 2022 – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Join us for Salem’s Inaugural Health Leadership Forum which will bring together women health leaders who are widely recognized as experts and innovators.

Keynote Speaker:

Prathibha Varkey

Dr. Prathibha Varkey, President of Mayo Clinic Health System

Named as the Mayo Clinic Health System President in 2021, Dr. Varkey previously practiced medicine and served in several leadership roles at Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic for more than a decade before leaving in 2013 to pursue CEO roles at Seton Clinical Enterprise in Austin, Texas, and Northeast Medical Group within Yale New Haven (Conn.) Health.

Dr. Varkey has a Masters of Public Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Masters of Health Professions Education from University of Illinois Medical Center, an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota, and an honorary Masters of Arts from Yale University.

Health Leadership Forum Panel:

Africa Stewart, MD, MBA, President of Doctors Without Borders

Terri McFadden, MD, Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Clinical Director of PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health

Cymbeline Culiat, PhD, Co-founder of NellOne Therapeutics

Barbara Rimer, DrPH, Dean of the Gillings School of Public Health, UNC-CH

And Salem Alumnae:

Paula Myers Rowland C’79, MPH, PhD, Health Program Evaluator and Director of Culture and Organizational Learning at ORS Impact

Linda Brooks Talley C’82 MS, RN, Senior VP and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s National Hospital

Hanan Abdul Rahim C’92, MSc, PhD, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Qatar University


10:00-10:30 am  

Introductory Conversation: Women in Health Leadership

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Summer McGee, PhD, CPH

10:30-11:15 am  

Panel 1: The Persistent Pursuit of Excellence: Entrepreneurship and Research

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Cymbeline Culiat, PhD, Co-founder and Chief Science Officer of NellOne Therapeutics, Oak Ridge, TN

Paula Rowland, MPH, PhD (C’79), Health Program Evaluator and Director of Culture and Organizational Learning at ORS Impact, Seattle, WA

11:30  am-
     12:45 pm  

Lunch Break

on campus


Networking Luncheon for students and alumnae



Moderated by Maureen Carlomagno C’02 with alumnae table hosts

1:00-1:30 pm  

A Reflection on Health Equity

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Laura Gerald, MD, MPH - President of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

1:30-2:15 pm  

Panel 2: Focus on the Future: Child Health

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Terri McFadden, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine, PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health, and Medical Director of Reach Out and Read, GA

Linda Brooks Talley, MS, RN (C’82), Sr VP and Chief Nursing Officer, Children’s National Hospital in DC

2:30-3:15 pm  

Panel 3: Where in the World: Global Health

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Africa Stewart, MD, MBA, President of Doctors without Borders

Hanan Abdul Rahim, MSc, PhD (C’92), Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Qatar University

3:15-3:45 pm  

Refreshment Break

FAC Galleries

3:45-4:45 pm  

Q&A with all 6 panelists

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5:00-5:45 pm  

Keynote Address:  A Journey to Health Leadership

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Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, MPH, MBA, MHPEd, President of Mayo Clinic Health System

5:45-6:30 pm  


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