Whitman College

The 9th Annual James McClellan Lecture on Humanity in Health Care

Medical Innovation and Humanities: Reflections on the Early AIDS Epidemic and Sleep Medicine in a Rural Community 

A Lecture by Richard Simon, Jr. MD

Symposium to follow.  Free and open to the public.

Richard Simon, Jr., MD In the 1980’s and early 1990’s, Dr. Simon joined a handful of physicians willing to care for HIV patients in rural Washington state. He lectured extensively and published articles in an effort to demystify the illness and even helped develop an educational curriculum about the disorder for schools. Later in the 1990’s, he and other physicians in Walla Walla, WA joined with Dr. William Dement of Stanford University Medical School, the “father of clinical sleep medicine,” in The Walla Walla Project—a program designed to bring the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders into primary care practice. Dr. Simon currently practices sleep medicine full time at Providence Saint Mary Medical Center in Walla Walla, has authored or co-authored well over a dozen research and review articles, and continues to lecture regionally and nationally on sleep disorders. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington and has received awards for his clinical and educational work. His undergraduate degree was in chemistry (Whitman College, 1968) and his medical training subsequently was at the University of Chicago. He is, in addition, a musician of long-standing and dedication, having mastered several wind instruments. Currently, he is a bassoonist in the Walla Walla Symphony and a saxophonist in the Mill Creek Jazz Band.

Sponsored by the James McClellan Lectureship Fund and Advisory Board (representing the Walla Walla medical community, Providence St. Mary Medical Center, and the Blue Mountain Community Foundation) and by the Whitman College Health Professions Advising Program.

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Hunter Conservatory, Kimball Theatre

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Health & Medicine


General Public


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