The Activist Doctor ~ Panel and Discussion

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Date(s) - 04/19/2016
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Location: Public Affairs Center (PAC), Room 001

Time: 7:30-8:30 PM

Activist Doctors

What is it like to mix medical concerns with moral and political concerns?  What are the pay-offs—and what are the dilemmas–of being an “activist doctor”?

Three doctors—Saud Anwar, Margo Simon, and Cliff O’Callahan—will discuss their careers, which includes work from the inner cities, the underserved and homeless of the United States to rural health centers of Guatemala

Dr. Anwar is a physician who specializes in Lung Diseases and Critical Care Medicine. Currently, he serves as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine of Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals. Dr. Anwar has been involved in international and national humanitarian and peace initiatives. He is frequently invited to consult for the FBI, Homeland Security and has organized medical missions to Haiti and Pakistan for disaster relief. His efforts have been recognized at the state and federal levels and by multiple professional organizations.

Dr. Simon earned her M.D. at the Yale University School of Medicine and completed residency training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. Dr. Simon is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family & Social Medicine and Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at the Center for Urban Community Services. Previously, she served as the Medical Director of Next STEPS (Substance Abuse Treatment Education and Prevention Services).

Dr. O’Callahan is a pediatrician and faculty member with Middlesex Hospital’s Family Practice Residency Program. Dr. O’Callahan spent three years building a rural health system of community health workers and midwives in the Peten region of Guatemala and five years of working for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians in Tacoma, Washington, where he was the sole pediatrician in a family practice community health center model. During this time he also served as the Indian Health Service’s Maternal Child Health Consultant for the Northwest states.



Jennifer Roach is the Civic Engagement Fellow in Allbritton for the academic year 2015-2016. She is a recent Wesleyan alumni, class of 2014. Since graduating, she has moved to Hartford to continue developing Summer of Solutions Hartford, an urban farming internship program she worked on during her time at Wesleyan.