2017 Event

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


Audio recordings

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Meet this year’s Sommer Lecturers

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH

  • Will Healthcare Sink or Save America?  It’s Up to Us
  • Marcus Welby is Dead: Acute Care in the 21st Century
  • Obstacle or Enabler? Unlocking the Yet-to-be Realized Potential of Health IT

Arthur L. Kellermann, MD, MPH is Dean of “America’s Medical School” – the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) – the leadership academy for our nation’s military health system and the U.S. Public Health Service.

Before joining USU in 2013, Dr. Kellermann held the Paul O’Neill-Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation, an independent, non-profit research organization. Prior to that, he was a professor of emergency medicine and public health at Emory University, where at various points he served as founding director of the Emory Center for Injury Control, founding chair of Emory’s Department of Emergency Medicine and Associate Dean for Health Policy for the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kellermann has authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed papers on emergency cardiac care, public health, health policy, violence prevention and the treatment of traumatic brain injuries. He holds career achievement awards from two fields – injury control and emergency medicine. Elected in 1999 to the (then) Institute of Medicine (now known as the National Academy of Medicine), Dr. Kellermann has chaired or served on IOM committees addressing such diverse topics as the consequences of uninsurance, health promotion, biodefense, and the future of emergency care. He also served on the IOM’s Governing council. Board-certified in emergency medicine and internal medicine, Dr. Kellermann is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Physicians.

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS

  • MITIE: Building infrastructure to ensure a lifetime of high performance in surgery
  • Computational Surgery: a new toolbox for crafting innovative technologies and processes in surgery
  • Resilience:  Finding a sense of place and purpose in our lives as physicians

Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS has chaired the Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Surgery since 2005. She holds the John F. and Carolyn Bookout Presidential Distinguished Chair and is Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Texas A & M Health Sciences University, and Full Member of the Houston Methodist Research Institution. An international leader in surgery, over the course of her career, Dr. Bass has served as a principal in the development of national surgical quality and accreditation programs, formative surgical education and training initiatives, and review and planning committees for research investments by national funding agencies. Dr. Bass’ contributions to the surgical profession are noted by service as past Chair of the American Board of Surgery, past President of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the Society of Surgical Chairs, past Regent and Governor of the American College of Surgeons and her current position as President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons. She has received many honors but is particularly gratified to have received the Nina Starr Braunwald Award from the Association of Women Surgeons in recognition of her efforts to advance the careers of women in surgery, by the teaching awards she has received from her residents and medical students, and by the US Army Commendation medal she received for her work at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research while serving as a Captain in the US Army Medical Corps. Exemplifying her passion to transform education, Dr. Bass is the founder and executive director of the Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE), a unique 35,000 sq. ft. simulation, education and research facility committed to lifelong training and retooling of surgeons in practice. Since 2007, MITIE has hosted hands on courses for over 41,000 surgeons and health care providers. Coupled to research in surgical technologies and innovative educational platforms, MITIE is a unique education and research institution. Over 30 continuous years, Dr. Bass’ research program has been funded by agencies including the NIH, NSF, the VA, and industry. She has published over 170 peer reviewed manuscripts, monographs, and chapters and served as co-editor of 3 books and holds two patents for surgical technology devices. She has served on the editorial boards or as associate editor for leading surgical scholarly journals including the Annals of Surgery, Surgery, World Journal of Surgery and others. A general surgeon, Dr. Bass’ current practice is in endocrine and breast surgery.

Harvey J Alter, MD, MACP

  • Hepatitis C Virus: From Hippocrates to Cure
  • The Natural and Unnatural History of Hepatitis C Virus Infection
  • Hepatitis E Virus: How Do We Get It and Is It Important?

Harvey J Alter, MD, has been designated a Distinguished NIH Investigator and is only one of 23 NIH scientists to hold that distinction. In his long career in clinical research, Dr. Alter has played a key role in the discovery of two hepatitis viruses, namely hepatitis B virus (HBV) and the non-A, non-B virus, later designated the hepatitis C virus (HCV). In long-term prospective studies, Dr. Alter helped define the natural history of NANB/HCV infection and proved its frequent progression to chronic hepatitis and its evolution to cirrhosis and liver related mortality in 20%. This transformed the perception of NANB from one of mild asymptomatic infection to one with potentially fatal consequences and invigorated this field of study.

Dr. Alter was principal investigator in sequential prospective studies of transfusion-associated hepatitis (TAH) that were instrumental in influencing national blood policy and documented the progressive decline of TAH incidence from 33% in the 1960s to near zero in 1997. It is projected that these measures have prevented millions of cases of TAH.

For these studies, Dr. Alter has been awarded the PHS Distinguished Service Medal, the Landsteiner Prize, the most prestigious award of the American Association of Blood Banks, and the James Blundell Award of the British Blood Transfusion Society. For his cumulative research accomplishments, Dr. Alter was elected to fellowship in the American Association of Physicians and is the year 2000 recipient of the Clinical Lasker Award. In 2001, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and in 2002 to the Institute of Medicine and achieved Master status in the American College of Physicians. Subsequently, Alter was recipient of the First International Medal for Science (2004) from INSERM, the French counterpart to NIH, the American College of Physicians Award for Outstanding Work in Science as Related to Medicine (2004), the Distinguished Achievement Award of AASLD (2011), the Canada Gairdner International Award (2013) and the CDC James and Sarah Fries Prize (2015) in recognition of his contributions to public health.


Multnomah Athletic Club
1849 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

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:

  • Describe how new innovative technologies can improve surgery
  • Discuss the nature and importance of Hepatitis E
  • Classify how healthcare is affected by, and effects, public policy
  • Identify the problems and potential related to IT in health care
  • Illustrate how systems can be developed to ensure professional development
  • Compare the history and current issues surrounding Hepatitis C
  • Explain why prevention of colon cancer is now considered one of the benefits of aspirin use


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.

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.