Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Global Health Interdisciplinary Symposium Series

Symposium Schedule

October 20, 2016
Lincoln Hall -357 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

8:30-9:00amCheck in, coffee/tea
9:00 - 9:15 am

Introduction/Opening Remarks

  • Daniel Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Harold Washington Professor
9:15 - 10:30 am

Causes, Costs, and Consequences
A moderated discussion on the impact of opioid use on the economy and the individual.

  • Richard J. Miller,Alfred Newton Richards Professor of Pharmacology and Interdepartmental Neuroscience of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
  • William Evans,Keough Hesburgh Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Notre Dame
  • MODERATOR: Craig Garthwaite,Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Associate Professor of Strategy
10:30 - 10:45 am

Coffee/Tea break

10:45 am - 12 pm

Addiction and Pain Management
A discussion of the balance between pain management (chronic and acute) and addiction.

  • Gregory Teas, Psychiatrist,Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Program
  • Patrice A. Harris, Chair of the American Medical Association Board of Trustees
  • Darlie SimersonNurse Practitioner at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
  • MODERATOR: Patrick Lank, Department of Emergency Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
12:00 - 12:15 pm


12:15 - 1:00 pm
  • Zachary Fardon,US Attorney, Northern District of Illinois
  • Introduction: Thomas F. Geraghty, Director of the Bluhm Legal Clinic, Associate Dean of Clinical Education, Class of 1967 James B. Haddad Professor of Law

Lunch available to first 100 registrees

1:00 - 1:15 pmBreak
1:15 - 2:30 pm

Chicagoland Responds
Bringing together different Chicago-based speakers to discuss how the city and its different organizations are responding to the epidemic – and the issues they are facing.

  • Stephen Patton, Chicago Corporation Counsel
  • Julie Morita, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health
  • Michael Nerheim, Lake County States Attorney
  • Dan Lustig, Vice-President of Clinical Services, Haymarket Center
  • MODERATOR: Candice Player, Assistant Professor of Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 4:00 pm

Innovation in Policy and Practice
Innovative ways to address the epidemic – from changing how prescribing practices and pain management are taught and administered, to changing how communities respond to addiction.

  • Dennis A. Wichern, Special Agent in Charge, Chicago Field Office, Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Shana L. Margolis, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • David B Neely, Associate Professor in Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Pamela F. Rodriguez, President & CEO, Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities
  • MODERATOR: Juliet SorensenHarry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
4:00 - 4:10 pm


4:10 - 5:10 pm

Keynote Address
Dick Durbin,
US Senator for Illinois

  • Introduction: Michael Fagen, Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Director of the MPH Program, Institute for Public Health and Medicine
  • Closing: Juliet Sorensen, Harry R. Horrow Professor in International Law, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law