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2022 International Program in Lisbon

Save the Date – 2022 International Program

Sep. 15-17, 2022
Lisbon, Portugal

The Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Board is committed to the health and well-being of our alumni, work colleagues, and most importantly, the patients we serve. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation as it relates to our international meeting in Portugal this September. At the present time we plan to hold the event, with in-person and virtual participation options. All required protocols in place through the Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development (our accrediting body), the United States and the Country of Portugal at the time of the event will be observed. For Mayo Clinic staff, compliance with all Mayo Clinic travel policies is expected. As specific details are available closer to the event, more information will be provided here.

Grande Real Villa Itália Hotel & Spa
100 Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira
2750-319 Cascais

Registration & Fees

Registration fee is $500, which includes:

  • Thursday, Sep. 15 welcome reception/dinner
  • CME conference sessions, lunch on Friday, Sep. 16 and Saturday, Sep. 17, 2022
  • Note: Livestream CME also is available (no in-person attendance) on Sep. 16 and 17, $250

Guest fee, which includes:

  • Welcome reception/dinner and scientific sessions $75 (no CME credit)

Optional activities:

  • Friday, Sep. 16, 2022, Catamaran excursion from Cascais to Lisbon (with tour guide, beverages and music) followed by private dinner in the Lisboa Hall at Sud overlooking the Tagus River, motorcoach return to conference hotel in Cascais: $350 per person.
  • Saturday, Sep. 17, 2022, President’s Dinner (includes round-trip motorcoach transportation to/from Casa dos Penedos in Sintra, dinner, beverages and live music): $150 per person

Post-Conference Tour of Lisbon and Porto

An optional six-night post-conference tour including Lisbon and Porto is available. Review the details here. Arrangements and reservations should be made directly with Carrousel Travel.

For more information on the post-conference tour, please contact Carrousel Travel at


Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

Conference Hotel

Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel & Spa

Rua Frei Nicolau de Oliveira, 100
2750-319 Cascais-Portugal

Five-star hotel in Cascais, 30 km from the City of Lisbon.

            € 250/night single occupancy

            € 270/night double occupancy

To make hotel reservations, download and complete the reservation form and return it to The Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel and Spa either by scanning and emailing to Carolina Moreira (below) or by fax. NOTE: As of August 4, 2022 the hotel has no rooms available.

F (+351) 210 966 000


Elizabeth Cozine, M.D., Course Director
Atul Jain, M.D., Course Director
John Wilkinson, M.D., Course Director
Carl Backer, M.D., president, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
Melanie Bois, M.D.
John P. Bois, M.D.
George Pujalte, M.D.
D Zimmerman
Donald Zimmerman, M.D.
Brian Kim, M.D.
Gina A. Suh, M.D.
Colin M. Bucks, M.D.
Niloy Jewel Samadder, M.D.
Robert Bright, M.D.
Carl Soderstrom, M.D.
Mark Ereth, M.D.
Christopher Russi, D.O.
Rebecca Johnson, M.D.
Prof. José Fragata, M.D., Ph.D.
Jennifer J. Westendorf, Ph.D.
Adam Briggs, J.D.
Jon C. Tilburt, M.D.
Abd Moain Abu Dabrh, M.B., B.Ch, M.S.
Adam I. Perlman, M.D.
Elizabeth Fogelson, M.D.
Nathan Delafield, M.D.


Thursday, Sept. 15

Welcome reception & dinner
6-10 p.m.
Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel, Navegantes Restaurant

Friday, Sept. 16

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel, Principe de Saboia Room

8-8:15 a.m.
Carl Backer, M.D. (MED ’80), president, Mayo Clinic Alumni Association;
Course Directors Elizabeth Cozine, M.D., (MED ’11, FM ‘14), Atul Jain, M.D., (GIM ’16) and John Wilkinson, M.D., (MED ’78, FM ‘81)

“Cardiac Sarcoidosis: The Mayo Clinic Experience”
Melanie Bois, M.D., (MED ’12, PATH ’16 CPTH, ’17, CPAT ‘18) Anatomic Pathology, Mayo Clinic Rochester
John P. Bois, M.D., (MED ’09, I ’12, CV ’16, CVAD ‘17) Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic Rochester

“Lifestyles of the Kicked and Famous: Diet and Lessons from Elite Taekwondo Athletes”
George Pujalte, M.D., (FM ’15) Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic in Florida

Early Puberty and the Obesity Epidemic
Donald Zimmerman, M.D. (P ‘81, PDE ’79) Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, IL

“Behind the Knife – Lessons Learned by a Mid-Career Surgeon”
Brian Kim, M.D., (S ’06) Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery, Mayo Clinic Rochester

Crossroads: Emergencies and Infections”
Gina A. Suh, M.D., (ID ’19) Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Colin M. Bucks, M.D., (Emergency Medicine ’19) Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester

“Inherited GI Cancer, new USPSTF colon cancer screening guidelines – how to implement, options” 
Niloy Jewel Samadder, M.D., (GIAE ‘11) Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Mayo Clinic Arizona

Robert Bright, M.D., (P ’07) Psychiatry, Mayo Clinic Arizona

What Mayo Clinic means to alumni working outside Mayo Clinic”
Carl Soderstrom, M.D. (DERM ’72)

“The Greatest Airborne Threat to Humanity: Particulate Pollution, Your Family, Your Patients, and Global Health”
Mark Ereth, M.D., (ANES ’89), Emeritus, Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

Saturday, Sept. 17

8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grande Real Villa Italia Hotel, Principe de Saboia Room

Emergency Telemedicine: Challenges and Opportunities
Elizabeth Fogelson, M.D., (EM ‘15) Emergency Medicine, Mayo Clinic Rochester

The Centennial of Epidural Anesthesia: Its Birth on the Battlefields of Iberia to Current Controversies”
Rebecca Johnson, M.D., (MED ‘07, ANES ‘11, REG ‘12) Anesthesiology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

Emerging Values for Healthcare Leadership – Humility, Resilience and Humanity
Prof. José Fragata, M.D., Ph.D.
Cardiothoracic Surgery and Transplantation, Hospital Santa Marta, Lisbon, Portugal

Regenerative Medicine”
Jennifer J. Westendorf, Ph.D., (IMM ’96) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic Rochester

Data analytics and AI: Improving Mayo’s Organizational Compliance While Empowering the Practice
Adam Briggs, J.D., Chief Compliance Officer, Mayo Clinic

Hot Topics in Biomedical Ethics”
Jon C. Tilburt, M.D., (I ’07) General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Arizona

“Beyond burnout: ancient challenges, new perspective, and thoughtful evidence-based approaches to support the well-being of physicians and scientists”
Abd Moain Abu Dabrh, M.B., B.Ch, M.S., (PREV ’12)Integrative Medicine & Health, General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Florida and Adam I. Perlman, M.D., (Integrated Med and Health-Phys ’19) Integrative Medicine & Health, General Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic Florida

“Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities”
Nathan Delafield, M.D., (I ’19)

Closing dinner (Optional activity)
5:30-10 p.m.
Casa dos Penedos, Sintra         



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