Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Raymond R. Price, M.D., FACS

Recognized as an international leader and pioneer in expanding the role of surgery in public health, Dr. Price’s work highlights the dramatic impact surgery can have on communities, economies and individuals. Dr. Price co-founded and serves as the director of the Center for Global Surgery at the University of Utah and directs the graduate surgical education at Intermountain Medical Center, Intermountain Healthcare. Dr. Price received his BS from the University of Utah, MD from Harvard Medical School, and completed his surgical residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Price is a Clinical Professor (Department of Surgery) at the University of Utah.  He has participated in or led medical and surgical expeditions to Asia, Latin America, and Africa.  He has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and books. He serves (or has served) in many leadership positions with the WHO Global Initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care, the Society of American and Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the American College of Surgeons, and the International Surgical Society (ISS).

Honors received include: Utah Medical Association 2017 Physician of the Year, Presidential Friendship Medal, Mongolia, American College of Surgeons-Pfizer International Volunteerism Award, a Medal of Honor from the Minister of Health of Mongolia, and multiple teaching awards. His greatest work, however, is with his wonderful wife Anne and their 7 daughters and one son who also volunteer internationally and at home.

Surgical Care for a Better World

Timely and appropriate surgical care builds communities, expands economies, saves lives, and engenders hope.  This talk explores inspiring examples of people overcoming some of the most vexing problems for access for affordable quality surgical care and describes some of the current national and international movements propelling surgery as a realistic component for mainstream public health initiatives.

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Saturday Morning

Heidi Castañeda, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Heide Castañeda, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. Her research combines medical anthropology and public health perspectives and focuses on migrant health and health policy in the United States, Mexico, and Germany. She is co-editor of Unequal Coverage: The Experience of Health Care Reform in the United States (NYU Press, 2017) and author of two forthcoming books, United Home, Divided Lives: Mixed-Status Families in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands (Stanford University Press) and Migrant Health: Cross-Disciplinary and Critical Perspectives (Routledge). She has published dozens of articles on health care access for immigrant and minority populations. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, the Fulbright Program, the German Academic Exchange Service, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research.

Migrant Health: Cross-Disciplinary and Critical Perspectives

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Saturday Night

Jeff Temple, Ph.D.

Jeff Temple, Ph.D., is a professor, licensed psychologist, and director of behavioral health and research in the UTMB Department of Ob/Gyn. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on adolescent relationship abuse. His work has been funded by the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. He has over 135 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention, a senior consulting editor for Psychology of Violence, and is on the editorial boards of five other scientific journals. Dr. Temple recently co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence and serves on the board of directors of the Texas Psychological Association. Locally, he is the vice president of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees.