Allied Health

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Lecture Series

2014-2015 College of Allied Health Distinguished Lecture Series

The College of Allied Health at California Baptist University is excited to announce the 4th Annual Distinguished Lecture Series. Each event will advance your understanding of current issues and trends both locally and nationally as they relate to the promotion of health. The individuals speaking are leaders in their respective disciplines and will address opportunities available to those interested in pursuing similar career paths.

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Dr. David Hilmers

Monday 9/15/14

David C. Hilmers, MD, EE, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Center for Space Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Hilmers is an associate professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and Center for Space Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and is board certified in both internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition to teaching, his clinical pursuits have included international HIV, pediatrics special needs, adolescent medicine, aerospace medicine, emergency medicine, tropical medicine, nutrition, and inpatient internal medicine. His research interests in nutrition include refugee health, micronutrient deficiencies, food fortification programs, rickets, metabolic syndrome, and the influence of malnutrition on infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria. He has done international volunteer service and disaster relief work in over 40 countries. Prior to entering medical school at the age of 42, he was a Marine Corps colonel, aviator and electrical engineer and served as a NASA astronaut on four space shuttle missions, including the first after the Challenger accident.


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Dr. Carolyn Bishop

Monday 10/13/14

Carolyn Bishop, PhD
President, Consortium for Global Education


"Impact of Education and Healthcare Initiatives in Strategic Nations"

Dr. Carolyn Bishop was elected President of the Consortium for Global Education, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2002. She leads in supporting the international efforts of more than 42 accredited American colleges and universities and their 241 overseas partnerships involving more than 80 countries. Her areas of expertise include professional development, international program and curriculum development, teacher training, online courses, and enhancing faculty and student global opportunities.

Over the years, Dr. Bishop has served on the boards of international schools and organizations. Annually, she coordinates educational conferences and workshops in Asia and the Middle East. She speaks on CGE campuses annually to share a global perspective and to stimulate interest in international relationships. Through CGE, she works with the presidents, provosts and faculties of affiliate institutions to promote the international visits, the internationalization of higher education, collaboration between U.S. universities and their overseas counterparts, and faculty-student exchanges. Through CGE’s work in diverse nations, she promotes professional training programs for officials and educational leaders, study abroad for students, and teaching opportunities overseas that are based on quality academic experiences, mutual benefit, and respect for values and cultures.

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Dr. Bernard Hennig

Monday 11/10/14

Bernard Hennig, PhD
Professor, Nutrition and Food Sciences
Director, University of Kentucky Superfund Research Center


"Nutritional Modulation of Environmental Toxicity: A Multidisciplinary Approach"

Dr. Hennig currently serves as a professor for the University of Kentucky for both the Graduate Center for Toxicology and the Department of Animal and Food Sciences. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at San Francisco State University where he then went on to pursue his Master’s in Nutrition at Colorado State University. Hennig then received his PhD in Nutrition at Iowa State University. As well as being a professor, Dr. Hennig serves as the Associate to the Center of Membrane Sciences and the Director of the Superfund Research Center at the University of Kentucky. He has also pursued other interests of his by involving himself in the American Heart Association and serving as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry. He is also currently involved in several committees such as the Nutritional Sciences Graduate Program Committee, Toxicology Training Grant Steering Committee, and the Kentucky Water Resources Research Competitive Grant Review Committee. Dr. Hennig is involved in several organizations, nationally and internationally, but his main focus of research is endothelial physiology, publishing more than 200 articles about over the past 30 years. Dr. Hennig recently was honored by being selected by his peers and the UK leadership as a 2013-2014 University Research Professor, which is the premier research recognition at their institution.

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Dr. G. Richard Olds

Tuesday 2/10/15

Dr. G. Richard Olds is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was an infectious disease fellow at University Hospitals of Cleveland, where he also served as medical chief resident and a faculty member. In 1986, Olds went to Brown University where he rose to full professor and headed that institute’s International Health Institute. In 1993, he became professor and chairman of medicine at the MetroHealth Campus of Case Western Reserve University and in 2000, was appointed as professor and chair of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In 2010, he became vice chancellor of health affairs and founding dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside.

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Dr. Bruce D. White

Tuesday, 3/10/15

Bruce D. White, DO, JD, is a pharmacist, a board-certified pediatrician, and an attorney with fellowship training in clinical medical ethics.


Since January 2010, he has served as director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical Center. He is professor of pediatrics and holds the John A. Balint, M.D., Chair in Medical Ethics in the medical school. Additionally, he serves as professor and director of the Healthcare Ethics and Law (HEaL) Institute at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.



Preceding his appointment at Albany Medical College, he served as chair of the pediatrics department and directed the clinical ethics fellowship program at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona, where he held faculty appointments as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Science in the University of Arizona Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy, and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska.

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Mr. Brian Kolodziej

Tuesday 4/14/15

Brian Kolodziej
Senior Manager, Culinary, Product Strategy and Development
Chick-fil-A

Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, Brian Kolodziej brings more than 25 years of culinary development and menu management experience to his position as Senior Manager of Culinary with Chick-fil-A. Brian leads a team of five talented culinary, nutrition and food science professionals in the research, conceptualization and creation of new products to add to Chick-fil-A’s premium menu.
Prior to joining Chick-fil-A, Brian was instrumental in shaping Chili’s Grill & Bar into a national leader in casual dining with a reputation for innovation as he led the evolution of the menu during his 12 year tenure. In addition, he served as the Vice President of Culinary for several of America’s best known dining concepts, including Bennigan’s, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse and Arby’s.
Brian is a classically trained chef and holds a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University. He has been named as one of Nation’s Restaurant News’ “50 Tastemakers” and “Top 50 Culinarians”, and sits on the Board for the International Corporate Chef’s Association (I.C.C.A.), which represents the culinary leaders of the nation’s top 200 chain restaurants. Brian, his wife Kris and their two children Abbey and Connor live in Atlanta. He enjoys running, exploring new food trends, and watching his beloved Boston-based sports teams.

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All events begin at 6:00 pm are currently held in the Innovators Auditorium on the campus of California Baptist University. Download a campus map brochure for more detail.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors!

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To become a sponsor of the 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series or for more information, please contact Mary Davidson at (951) 343-4619 or mdavidson@calbaptist.edu.