Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture


The Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility presents the first annual Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture to honor the work of Dr. Paul G. Quie and Dr. Phillip K. Peterson, and to continue their legacy of global health leadership.

Climate Change and Health

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jonathan Patz, Director, Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
October 30, 2017 at the 
Weisman Art Museum

  • 5:30 pm: Social hour with light appetizers and cash bar
  • 6:15 pm: Introduction of the Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture and Keynote by Dr. Jonathan Patz; Dessert reception to follow.
  • Weisman Art Galleries open 5:00 - 8:00

Keynote speaker Dr. Jonathan Patz, MD, M.P.H., is director of the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 15 years, Dr. Patz served as a lead author for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (or IPCC), the organization that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also co-chaired the health expert panel of the U.S. National Assessment on Climate Change, a report mandated by the U.S. Congress.

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About the Quie & Peterson Global Health Lecture

Dr Quie and Dr Peterson at the Equator

Drs. Paul Quie and Phillip Peterson served on the original steering committee that created the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, and Dr. Peterson served as our first Director. They also served as founding co-directors of the International Medical Educational and Research program in the Medical School (now GMER) and have an established legacy in the globalization of health issues. As infectious disease research scientists, they have had an impact through their trainees well beyond the borders of the United States.

Dr. Paul Quie, MD

Dr. Quie began his tenure at the University of Minnesota as a resident in 1954 and is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical School. During his long career, he was a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Pediatrics, served as Chief of Staff at the University Hospitals and Clinics, and was the first director of the University’s Biomedical Ethics Center. His research centered on investigation of host defenses against infectious diseases with emphasis on the phagocytic system, and he has pioneered studies on neutrophil function.

Dr. Phil Peterson, MD

Dr. Peterson is Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, where he has been a faculty member for over four decades. In addition to teaching, he has served as the director of the Infectious Diseases and International Medicine Division at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and Hennepin County Medical Center. His research has focused on how our immune system defends us against infectious agents, but also gives rise to diseases associated with infections. Currently, he serves as a member of the Coordinating Committee of Health Professionals for a Healthy Climate, a Minnesota-based interprofessional organization that addresses the profound impacts of climate change on human health and the health of our planet.


To support this lecture and the continued legacy of Drs. Quie and Peterson, consider giving to the Paul Quie and Phil Peterson Global Health Fund. To donate, contact us at globalhc@umn.edu.