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Bander Center, Internal Medicine Hosting Guest Grand Rounds, Lecture

Nationally-renowned pediatrician and entrepreneur Gloria Wilder, M.D., will speak at a special joint Grand Rounds and lecture hosted by the Bander Center for Medical Business Ethics and the Department of Internal Medicine at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 9.

Wilder, the center’s Distinguished Lecturer, will deliver her talk, “The Business of Social Transformation: Driving value in the American Healthcare System,” in the Pitlyk Auditorium, Learning Resources Center. A discussion will follow the lecture from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Learning Resources Center.

Wilder, a nationally recognized pediatrician, entrepreneur, public speaker and expert on poverty and social justice, formerly served as the chair of Mobile Health Programs at Georgetown University and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. From 2009-2011, she joined the leadership of United Medical Center becoming executive vice president of physician integration and strategic alliances.

In 2005, Wilder used her business expertise to found CORE HEALTH, a health and wellness company dedicated to assisting underserved communities in improving access to quality holistic health care services. Through Core Health and Wellness Centers in Washington DC, Wilder and her team provide comprehensive primary preventive and alternative health services in beautiful state of the art medical homes.

In 2007, Wilder was selected by Michael Neidorff, CEO of Centene Corporation to be one of the founding members of the Centene Health Advisory Council where she continues to serve to this day. Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national health care enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals. In 2017, she accepted the role of vice president for innovation and preventive health at Centene Corporation.

In 2005, she was awarded the National Caring Award for exceptional generosity and commitment to service, an honor previously bestowed on former President Jimmy Carter and Mother Teresa. In 2004, she was named Physician Humanitarian of the Year by George Washington University. She was also inducted into the prestigious Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society. Among her many awards includes the Oprah Winfrey Use Your Life Award. Her work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, CBS’s 48 Hours and NBC’s Dateline.

“The US spends more on health care services than most industrialized nations but has some of the worst health outcomes,” Wilder writes. “We spend the less on social supports and have some of the highest need. In transforming our disease focused systems into quality health outcomes and value based community networks we must begin the hard work of decentralizing health care organizations, building interdisciplinary community based partnerships with nonmedical providers of social solutions and shifting the paradigm of power back into the hands of the consumer. We will explore the true impact of the ‘Social Determinants of Health.’”