2016 Event

Sponsored by the Sommer Memorial Trust Under the Auspices of Providence St. Vincent Medical Center and OHSU School of Medicine, Division of Continuing Medical Education


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Meet this year’s Sommer Lecturers

James P. Evans, MD, PhD

  • Navigating the Genome: Genomics and Clinical Care
  • Navigating the Genome: Genomics and Public Health
  • Navigating the Genome: Ethics and Omics

James P. Evans, MD, PhD, is the Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He directs Adult and Cancer Genetics Services and is clinically active in both Medical Genetics and General Medicine.

After obtaining his MD and PhD from the University of Kansas he served as Intern, Resident and then Chief Resident of Internal Medicine at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He subsequently trained in Medical Genetics at The University of Washington in Seattle. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Genetics and in Molecular Diagnostics.

Dr. Evans’s research interests focus primarily on the applications of next generation genomic analytic technologies in Medicine and broad issues of how genetic information is used and perceived. He is principle investigator of an NIH funded study examining how genome-scale sequencing can best be used in clinical care of patients.

Dr. Evans lives in Durham with his wife; he enjoys reading, traveling and bicycle riding in his spare time, though not simultaneously.

Dr. Schwarz

Marvin I. Schwarz MD

  • ARDS
  • Pulmonary vasculitis
  • Interstitial pulmonary fibrosis

Dr. Marvin I. Schwarz, M.D. is the James C. Campbell Professor of Pulmonary Medicine and the former Division Head and currently the Acting Division Head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado. He is a 1964 graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans. He then completed his pulmonary fellowship at Tulane University.After serving three years in the

After serving three years in the military he joined the faculty at the University of Colorado as an Assistant Professor in 1972. Dr. Schwarz’ research interests are in pulmonary fibrosis. He has carried out extensive clinical translational research as well as being involved in pharma treatment trials. He was also head of the steering committee for the NHLBI IPF treatment network. Dr. Schwarz has received many awards throughout his career and delivered honorary lectureships. He received the Edward Livingston medal from the American Thoracic Society in 2008, was elected into the Association of American physicians in 2013, he was selected for inclusion into Giants in Pulmonary Medicine by the journal Chest, and in 2015 he received the Breathing for Life Award from the American Thoracic Society Foundation Board of Trustees. He is the author of over 300 manuscripts. His current interest is in genetic research in pulmonary fibrosis.

Benjamin W. Starnes

Benjamin W. Starnes MD, FACS

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms in the endovascular era
  • Vascular Trauma- A new paradigm?
  • The Art and Craft of Modern Vascular Surgery

Dr. Starnes is Professor and Chief, Division of Vascular Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He attended Medical School at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and then went on to obtain his General Surgical Training in the military at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. His Vascular Surgery Fellowship was also conducted at Walter Reed and at the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to taking his position at the UW, he spent a total of 15 years in the United States Army and served three combat tours, one in Kosovo and two in Iraq.

Dr. Starnes is recognized Nationally and Internationally for his work in Vascular Trauma and Aortic Pathology, most notably the management of ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms and acute aortic syndromes.


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Course Description

The Sommer Memorial Lectures and Alumni Scientific Sessions bring nationally and internationally-known speakers to discuss a broad range of current clinical, research and societal issues in medicine. Topics are designed to be of interest and value to both the generalist and specialty physician.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the current evaluation and management of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Understand new approaches to management of vascular trauma
  • Appreciate the complexities in the art and science of modern vascular surgery
  • Understand the practical application of genomics in individual patient care and public health
  • Understand the ethical issues surrounding the use of genomics in individual patient care and public health
  • Have a practical knowledge of evaluation and management of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Be able to evaluate and treat pulmonary vasculitis
  • Understand the complex clinical picture of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)


The Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

American Medical Association: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine, Division of CME, designates this live activity for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Audio CDs

The Sommer Trust provides audio CDs of the presentations at a nominal charge to cover postage. If you are unable to-attend the lectures but would like to order CDs, email cme@ohsu.edu for an order form or call 503-494-8700 to have one sent to you.

Additional Information

If you have questions, please call the OHSU Division of Continuing Medical Education at 503-494-8700 or email cme@ohsu.edu.

If you require reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this event, please contact the CME office with details of your request at least 30 days prior to the activity.