November 4th, 2023
Seattle, WA
TIME:3:00-4:15 pm PT

Vilcek-Gold Lecture at the AAMC: “Combining Science, Cultural Intelligence and Diplomacy to Achieve Global Health Equity”

The Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare recognizes a foreign-born individual who has had an extraordinary impact on humanism in healthcare through their professional achievements in the United States.

The Vilcek-Gold Award for Humanism in Healthcare is presented at Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has been a champion for immigrant physicians and their contributions to academic medicine.

2023 Vilcek-Gold Award recipient is Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi.

Dr. Bottazzi will be giving a talk titled, “Combining Science, Cultural Intelligence and Diplomacy to Achieve Global Health Equity,” at 3:00 p.m. PT on Nov. 4 as part of Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting.









Session title: “Combining Science, Cultural Intelligence and Diplomacy to Achieve Global Health Equity”


Maria Elena Bottazzi, PhD, FASTMH
Sr. Associate Dean, National School of Tropical Medicine
Division Chief, Pediatric Tropical Medicine
Professor, Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology
Baylor College of Medicine

Session description:

As Italo-Honduran, Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi was raised with strong diplomatic, entrepreneurial and scientific roots anchored on values such as professionalism, solidarity, transparency and compassion, and with the strong desire to innovate while keeping equity and justice as a centered cornerstone. Her life-long scientific contributions have intentionally been directed towards tackling the diseases of ‘poverty’, those diseases that afflict the most neglected populations around the world. Little she knew that from the experiences during her upbringing in Honduras and later her graduate studies in the USA that she would become a pioneer and trailblazer of a business model that intersects diplomacy with biotechnology sciences. Dr. Bottazzi’s immigrant story and experience will be presented, providing a potential roadmap that relies on transformational and adaptive leadership to help catalyze the decolonization of the vaccine sciences, enhancing global scientific partnerships and create biotechnology capacity for self-sufficiency in the advancement of global health technologies leading to the control or elimination of the diseases of poverty.

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Don’t miss the other Gold Foundation sessions at AAMC: “Jordan J. Cohen Humanism in Medicine Lecture” and GHHS Panel at the AAMC: “Partnering with Community to Build Trust and Create Healthier Neighborhoods.”