Field Notes, Update

The rain is gone, Gary Gilliland is named Geek of the Year, and 3 events that are worth stepping inside for

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The rain is gone

Nine years ago, local eye surgeon Audrey Talley Rostov traveled to India and was struck by the overwhelming need for corneal surgeons. Today, she’s a global medical director at SightLife—helping to eliminate corneal blindness by 2040. See more from Audrey and copy a few of her bucket list items like hiking the Himalayas or exploring the underwater life along Australia’s Gold Coast.

On the move

In 2007, Apple released its first iPhone, Beyoncé’s Irreplaceable” ranked top of the charts, and Eleanor Bell and Michael Fahey joined The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2018, Apple has the iPhone 10, Beyoncé brings new meaning to marching bands, and Eleanor Bell and Michael Fahey are making new moves in global health. Michael joins PATH as chief information officer, and Eleanor is Tableau’s director of technical operations planning.

Geek of the Year

We know: Global health is full of geeks. GeekWire recognizes those who use technology to save and improve lives with its Geek of the Year award. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch, is honored this year for his work and incredible vision to cure cancer in the next ten years. Geek on, Gary.

Around town

The sun is out and we couldn’t be happier, but these events are worth stepping inside for:

  • Go global with World Affairs Council and WGHA on May 24 and meet global health leaders from 18 countries.
  • Get out of town with Life Science Washington’s inaugural East West Summit, June 14 and 15 in Spokane. Register here.
  • Join WGHA for a Field Notes Live event with Carrie Hessler-Radelet, president and CEO of Project Concern International, third-generation Peace Corps volunteer, former Peace Corps director, founder of the Special Olympics in The Gambia, and all-around global health rock star. It’s a conversation you don’t want to miss! Get your ticket today.

Dragon’s blood

Follow the 13th cohort of Washington State University nursing and pharmacy students in Peru for WSU’s People of Peru Project. Read about dragon’s blood (the red sap from Amazon rainforest trees that Peruvians use to heal wounds and stomach ulcers) and palm grubs (they say it tastes like sausage).


Risk and reward

How sturdy is your tree pose? Do you find yourself shaking in crow? In yoga, and in work, balance is everything. PwC risk executives help you find the risk-reward balance for optimal results. Read more in PwC’s 2018 Risk in Review Study of more than 1,500 senior risk executives globally. Adapters—those with programs that tackle innovation-related risks somewhat or very effectively—practice five actions that set them apart.

Need help finding your balance? For more information on PwC services, please contact Karen Gottschalk.


Would you talk to your doctor sooner if it was as easy as sending a text? Seattle startup 98point6 is on a mission to make virtual doctor visits a reality. 98point6 plans to expand individual service to all 50 states this year, and Seattle Children’s is planning to pilot the employer program.

P.S. WGHA board member COL David McCune (retired) is the 98point6 medical director.

Numbers to know 

Global Health Technologies Coalition is making the case for federal investment in global health R&D with data that points to $783.9 million in federal global health R&D funding in use at Washington research institutions and more than 9,700 new jobs for Washington supported by federally funded global health R&D.


The Trump administration asked Congress to rescind $252 million it appropriated in 2015 for the Ebola response just as new Ebola cases were identified in the Congo. Congress has 45 days to act while the money is temporarily frozen. Meanwhile, the pandemic response lead with the National Security Council has stepped down.

“There is a seamless connection between climate, habitat, and human wellness.”

–  David Carlson, senior philanthropy adviser at Medical Teams International,

speaking at WGHA’s Planetary Health Roundtable discussion hosted by the Woodland Park Zoo

Building trust in society and solving important problems.


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