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Robert Powers

Discipline: Public Health

Dr. Powers is Professor of Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the University of Virginia School of Medicine, with additional graduate study leading to a Masters degree in Public Health from Yale. He has maintained an active clinical and academic practice for more than 30 years, with various administrative and leadership positions at the hospital and medical school level. He has published widely on a variety of topics, including clinical subjects and medical school admissions. Dr. Powers’ service abroad has included several weeks as a Visiting Clinician and Professor in Nepal and New Zealand, and a month in Cuba as a cultural and medical observer. In addition to his medical center related work, he has been actively involved in advising and teaching health policy and health care systems to UVa undergraduates for the past 5 years. These classes, aimed at both pre-health professional and non-science majors, have been very successful and well-reviewed, particularly in the small group format typical of a Semester-at Sea offering.