Boston University School of Medicine Commencement Speaker

8-May-2001 12:00 AM EDT

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Embargoed for Release until May 7, 2001Contact: Christopher Smalley, (617) 638-8491, christopher.smalley@bmc.org

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER

Boston, MA - Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) announces Anamaria Bulatovic, MD, MPH, FAAP, president, Doctors Without Borders, as this year's commencement speaker. The BUSM Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 3:00 p.m. at the World Trade Center in Boston.

In 1992, after several years of practice in pediatric and emergency care at Culpepper and Page Memorial Hospitals in Virginia, Bulatovic accepted a seven-month mission with Doctors Without Borders in Thailand. While in Thailand, she provided pediatric and adult medical care to a refugee population. Returning to the United States, Bulatovic completed a master's in public health in 1994 at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Anxious to return to Doctors Without Borders, Bulatovic accepted a second mission with the organization in Tanzania. While acting as a medical coordinator for 50,000 Rwandan refugees in Tanzania, Bulatovic helped to prevent the spread of tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS in an environment where access to safe water and food supplies was non-existent.

Bulatovic received her MD from Pennsylvania State Medical College in 1986. She completed her residency and internship in pediatrics at the University of Virginia Children's Medical Center in 1989. In addition to her role as President of Doctors Without Borders, Bulatovic also works in the Pediatric Urgent Care Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland.

Doctors Without Borders delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation. The organization was founded in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who believed that all people have the right to medical care and that the needs of these people supersede respect for national borders. It was the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and publicly bear witness to the plight of the populations they served.

Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and nearly 1,000 full- and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary diseases and dermatology, among others.

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