Letter From Our Director

Letter From Our Director

Dear friends and colleagues,

In 1985, I spent three months working in a small missionary hospital in the western highlands of Kenya. This life-altering experience made such an impression on me that I became passionate about inspiring others to reach out and improve the health circumstances of people in the developing world. Fortunately, over the years, my career in academic medicine and medical education has allowed me to both build relationships internationally and facilitate the placement of young physicians in resource poor settings. Thirty years later, with the support of colleagues and the generosity of donors such as the Hubert and Yeargan families, my dream for a center dedicated to global health has become a reality. In November 2004, the Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health was created with a mission committed to education, research, and service.

The role of physicians in modern medicine is changing dramatically as economic pressures combined with time constraints force many of us to lose contact with the basic principles of medicine and patient care. By sending future professionals into global communities, our Center strives to instill students, residents, and faculty with an appreciation for people and other nations. It is our sincere hope that, as a result of their international experience, we also help them to become stronger patient advocates and to learn about themselves as physicians.

In addition to education, research with service is a cornerstone of the Hubert-Yeargan Center. In this capacity, we support basic and clinical research programs which help minimize the burden of global diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. When combined with an energetic service ethic, the results of these research efforts should help improve the health of the communities in which we serve.

The creation of the Hubert-Yeargan Center represents a true partnership of mutual understanding and reciprocity with our collaborators around the world. As new friendships with other universities and global institutions allow us to expand our reach, we can help provide sustainable solutions to the human capacity health care crisis in resource poor communities.

With the help of my colleagues and our collective passion for global health, we know we can make a difference. 

Ralph Corey, MD
Executive Director, Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health