Two Baylor Scott & White Health representatives will join a panel of doctors and local leaders on Wednesday evening to discuss the regional response to the deadly Ebola virus and “critical takeaways from the crisis,” according to an announcement about the event.
William Sutker, M.D., medical director of infectious disease and epidemiology for the Baylor Scott & White Health — North Texas division, and Cedric Spak, M.D., an epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist on the medical staff at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, will be part of The Dallas Morning News forum, “Vital Lessons: How Dallas Confronted the Ebola Challenge.” The free Ebola panel, which requires registration, is being held at The University of Texas at Dallas from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Edith O’Donnell Arts and Technology Building lecture hall.
“The Ebola crisis is both a global threat and a public health challenge for the United States. Dallas just happened to be the first U.S. city to have to confront that challenge,” said Tom Huang, chief moderator for the forum and the Morning News Sunday and enterprise editor, in a news release. “All of those involved have learned vital lessons in the last several weeks, and we at The News believe it’s an important public service to foster a community conversation around those lessons. We are grateful that many medical experts and many of the public officials who guided the city through this difficult period have agreed to join us.”
The forum will focus on how local, state and federal officials responded to Dallas Ebola cases, and what the public should expect in the future, according to The News. Panelists are expected to debunk the myths about the virus and highlight key facts. At the end, there will be time for questions from the audience.
Dr. Sutker and Dr. Spak are among BSWH representatives who have spoken publicly in recent months about Ebola preparedness.
Others scheduled to be at the forum are:
· Dr. Anthony Griffiths, associate scientist with Texas Biomedical Research Institute
· Dr. Robert Haley, professor at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Past President Dallas County Medical Society
· Clay Jenkins, Dallas County judge
· Dr. David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services
· Laura Maczka, mayor of Richardson
· Mike Miles, Dallas ISD superintendent
· Zachary Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services
· Dr. Dan Varga, chief clinical officer for Texas Health Resources
In addition to Huang, four Morning News writers will serve as moderators, including:
· Sue Ambrose, science writer
· Sherry Jacobson, health writer
· Anna Kuchment, science writer
· Dr. Seema Yasmin, health writer and UT Dallas professor of public health