Saving Lives in the Shadows of Healthcare

Jan 1, 2017

Antibiotic resistant “superbugs” are predicted to kill up to 10 million people by 2050. Most people understand what doctors, nurses and other direct patient care professionals mean to your health. Come learn about two everyday heroes and life-saving professions in the trenches of healthcare. Hygiene specialists and medical laboratory professionals are in critical shortages and our call to action is to change that global problem because #WeSaveLivesEveryday.

Whether he’s chasing down viruses like rabies or documenting antibiotic resistant pathogens such as Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Dr. Rodney E. Rohde is passionate about the field of microbiology and medical laboratory science. As Professor and Chair of the Clinical Laboratory Science Program in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University, Dr. Rohde brings his career experiences as a public and clinical microbiologist and infectious disease expert from CDC and the Texas Department of State Health Services Bureau of Laboratories and Zoonosis Control to the classroom. Dr. Rohde is a champion and role model for his students, fellow faculty, professional colleagues and alumni. One of Dr. Rohde's passions is sharing his love for the medical laboratory; another is helping increase the visibility of the medical laboratory profession at the university and beyond. He weaves these values together through advocacy and mentoring.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. View the video.