Saint Louis University

Wednesday, April 10
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Learning Resource Center, Pitlyk Auditorium A

This event will highlight the global health care initiatives in China of several Saint Louis University School of Medicine faculty. Dr. Joseph Flaherty will discuss his experiences learning about geriatric care in Chengdu and his medical school elective course bringing SLU medical students to China. Dr. Dirk Alander will share his five years of experience performing pediatric spine surgeries in Suzhou. Dr. Joseph Walline will speak about his experiences conducting research on emergency medicine education in Beijing as well as starting US-China exchange programs for emergency medicine physicians. After the presentations, we will have a detailed Q&A session with the audience about clinical and research opportunities in China and future collaborative possibilities.


Joseph Flaherty, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine

Dr. Joseph Flaherty is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics. He is Associate Chair for Clinical Affairs and Assistant Program and Director of the Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program. He serves as a Visiting Professor each summer in the Geriatrics Department of Sichuan University and its affiliated West China Hospital (one of the largest hospitals in China with over 4,000 inpatient beds and more than 2 million outpatient visits per year). He offers SLU medical students the opportunity to visit China through his medical school elective course every spring.

Dirk Alander, MD
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Associate Professor
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Spinal Deformity and Reconstructive Spine Surgery

Dr. Dirk Alander is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics, Spinal Deformity and Reconstructive Spine Surgery Section. He has travelled extensively to perform spine surgeries in other countries as part of several medical missions. Through his work with the Saint Louis chapter of Healing the Children, Dr. Alander has performed pediatric scoliosis surgeries at Suzhou University Children's Hospital in China for the past five years.

Joseph Walline, MD [panel organizer]
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery - Division of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Joseph Walline is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Emergency Medicine. He is the Assistant Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the Director of International Emergency Medicine, and the Director of Ultrasound Training. He has studied the history and practice of emergency medicine in urban China for over a decade and served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar to China in 2004-05. Over the past five years, he has established several international physician exchange programs between the U.S. and hospitals in Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, and Gaborone (Botswana).