Honoring Doctor Strickler

March 16, 2013, at our 2nd Bi-Annual Awards Gala we will be honoring James C. Strickler, MD our “Excellence in Support of the Albanian Medical Cause Award”

Dr. James C. Strickler, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Community and Family Medicine as well as former Dean of Dartmouth Medical School, graduated from Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Cornell Medical College. He trained in internal medicine and physiology at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in NYC. From 1954-1956 he served as the independent medical officer aboard the USS Kenneth Whiting in the Western Pacific.

In 1967 he moved to Dartmouth as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs to plan, along with Dean Carlton Chapman, the transition from a two-year, basic medical science program to a four-year medical school curriculum. He served as Dean of the Dartmouth Medical School from 1973-81 and sponsored the development of the Brown-Dartmouth MD Program. Following his deanship, he qualified in geriatrics and as a member of the faculty of the Dartmouth Medical School, specialized in the care of the elderly until 1996, when he retired from clinical practice.

Dr. Strickler is known for his international service all over the world. Thus, after working with Cambodian refugees in Thailand in 1982, Dr. Strickler joined the Board of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Along with Ambassador Winston Lord, he co-chaired the IRC Board from 1999-2004 and is now Chairman Emeritus and an Overseer of the IRC. As a member of the IRC Board he made over 35 trips to visit refugee programs in Asia, Africa, the Balkans, Central America and the Middle East. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council and is a former Chairman of the Board of the National Council for International Health.

Dr. Strickler continues to teach international health at the Dartmouth Medical School and since 2000 has coordinated the School’s extensive activities in Kosovo, which have included a continuous, bilateral, student exchange program with Prishtina University School of Medicine and three sequential USAID funded health programs to improve primary, antenatal and perinatal care throughout the Republic of Kosova. Since 1999, there have been more than 200 exchange visitors between faculty members and students from Dartmouth and Kosova medical schools. Some of Albanian exchange visitor students have successfully obtained ECFMG certification, have become dynamic part of research institutions in US and have joined the Albanian American Medical Society. With the imminent contribution and wisdom of Dr. Strickler, the former Dartmouth now Geisel School of Medicine has been a major influence in helping build Kosovo’s healthcare system and has succeeded in raising more than $4.5 million for the development of healthcare programs in Kosovo.

Albanian Health Initiative

We are very excited to share this project, which we have been working for the past few months; creating a survey with intentions of collecting preliminary data on the Albanian American population, which may have historical impact.

“The Albanian Health Initiative-AHI”
Click above to take the survey.

The goal of the Albanian Health Initiative is to identify and eliminate health care disparities that exist in the Albanian-American community in an effort to promote preventive screening measures and more efficiently utilize health care resources empowering both the patient and the physician to improve the quality of care and strengthen the patient-physician relationship.

If you are a member of the Albanian-American community please help us by completing the survey: Here.

We kindly request your help by sharing this survey with your Albanian friends and family. Your help would greatly be appreciated and will certainly make a difference.

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Disclosure: This survey is voluntary and anonymous. Please do not identify yourself in the survey. Any identifier used will render the survey null and void.
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