Over the next several days we will be featuring speakers who will headline the 2nd Annual Rural Healthcare Symposium at the University of Georgia School of Law, April 21, 2018, in Athens, Georgia. Dr. Bruce Struminger will lead the "Afternoon Plenary Session" at 2:15 pm. Seats are filing up quickly -- register for this free event here.

 Dr. Bruce Baird Struminger

Dr. Bruce Baird Struminger

Dr. Bruce Baird Struminger serves as Associate Director of Project ECHO and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Launched in 2003 at UNM, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) links expert specialist teams at an academic ‘hub’ with primary care clinicians in rural communities — the ‘spokes’ — using telehealth and other innovations. The goal of Project ECHO is to make specialized medical knowledge accessible wherever it is needed to save and improve lives.

Project ECHO has quickly become a national model of excellence and was recently the subject of federal legislation, the ECHO Act, that directed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to explore and develop similar approaches nationwide.

Dr. Struminger began his career as an internist and public health practitioner with the US Indian Health Services on the Navajo Indian Reservation. He went on to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for six years, acting as the Country Director for the CDC in Cote d’Ivoire from 2007-2009, and as Country Director for Vietnam from 2009-2012.

Dr. Struminger graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Art History and went on to graduate from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After graduating from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Struminger also completed a degree in Medical Anthropology from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.