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Cayuga CC will host a public lecture on global health care Monday, Nov. 5

DATE: 11-02-2012

The Cayuga Community College Travel Study Program will host a public lecture, “A Global Snapshot of Health Care in India and the U.S.,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 5 in the Irene A. Bisgrove Community Theatre, 197 Franklin St., Auburn. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture will feature Dr. Uday Govindrao Bodhankar, Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association for Health & Disability (United Kingdom) and the founder of the Bodhankar Children’s Hospital in India, and Dr. Leslie Kohman, a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Surgery at Upstate Medical University and medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center.

Dr. Bodhankar will speak on “The Effects of the Environment on Children’s Health.” Through his current position as Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability, he is in a position to assist more than 54 commonwealth countries especially the developing ones all over the world, in controlling birth asphyxia that is a leading cause of neonatal death and morbidity. He created the first Level II care hospital in India for newborns, toddlers, and adolescents. His child welfare work and pediatric care have earned him special recognition by the Queen of England and the President of India.

During her remarks, Dr. Kohman will address “Global Health Care and Cancer Burden.” She earned an MD from the Pennsylvania State University, did her residency in General Surgery at the Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa., and residency in Thoracic Surgery at SUNY Upstate. She joined the faculty at Upstate Medical University in 1985, specializing in general thoracic surgery, with a special interest in lung cancer. She has served as Interim Chair of the Departments of Surgery and Urology. Dr. Kohman is also the director of the Thoracic Oncology Program at University Hospital in Syracuse. She is the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Cancer Program at SUNY Upstate and a member of the Commission on Cancer, representing the Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Eastern Division. In 2010, Dr. Kohman was appointed medical director of the Upstate Cancer Center, with responsibilities for special programs in the new ambulatory cancer center building. She created a comprehensive cancer program for Central New York including prevention, treatment, follow-up and population based care as well as community outreach, clinical research and quality management.

For more information, contact Emily Cameron at 315-294-8527 or