Virtual Forums


Virtual forums will be offered to the GW community throughout the summer. Check back here for the latest updates.


Vaccine Forum with Medical Experts, June 16, 2021 

GW medical experts gathered for a virtual forum to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine. Our panelists’ areas of expertise include maternal-fetal medicine, infectious diseases, vaccine safety and development, minority health and allergies and immunology.

Panelists included:

  • Homa Ahmadzia, M.D., Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology; Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine Research; maternal-fetal medicine specialist with the GW Medical Faculty Associates
    Areas of expertise: obstetrics and gynecology and maternal-fetal medicine

  • Hana Akselrod, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director, GW COVID-19 Recovery Clinic; infectious disease specialist at the GW Medical Faculty Associates
    Areas of expertise: infectious diseases, epidemiology

  • David Diemert, M.D., Professor of Medicine; infectious disease researcher with the GW Medical Faculty Associates/School of Medicine and Health Sciences
    Area of expertise: vaccine safety and development 

  • Karen Drenkard, Ph.D., R.N., N.E.A.-B.C., F.A.A.N., Associate Dean, Clinical Practice and Community Engagement and Associate Professor
    Areas of expertise: Nursing practice, community health, (VSTC) COVID-19 Testing Center & Vaccination clinics

  • Anjeni Keswani, M.D., Assistant Professor Medicine; Division Director of Allergy/Immunology; allergist and immunologist at the GW Medical Faculty Associates
    Areas of expertise: allergies, immunology, asthma, COVID-19 severity

  • Michael Knight, M.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine; primary care specialist and physician with the GW Medical Faculty Associates Weight Loss Clinic
    Areas of expertise: general medicine, minority health, preventive medicine

  • Ray Lucas, M.D., Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; emergency medicine physician with the GW Medical Faculty Associates; University COVID-19 Coordinator (moderator)

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Vaccine and Campus Health Forum for Faculty & Staff, June 10, 2021

GW medical, public health and safety experts discussed the university’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, the safety and importance of the vaccine and other campus health topics. 

Panelists included:

  • Koren Bedeau, Senior Associate Provost for Special Projects
  • Dana Bradley, Vice President and Chief People Officer
  • Scott Burnotes, Vice President for Safety and Facilities
  • Lynn Goldman, Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health
  • Ray Lucas, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and University COVID-19 Coordinator

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