Physician, humanitarian, and Moscow native Jill Seaman delivered the College of Science’s Austin Distinguishedl Lecture on September 6, 2012. Dr. Seaman’s lecture, titled "Access to Care: Epidemic kala azar in Sudan" featured glimpses into her work among the people of South Sudan, and gave an assessment of progress made and work yet to be done in fighting disease there.
Jill Seaman is a Moscow native and graduate of Moscow High School. She earned her medical degree from the University of Washington Medical School through the WWAMI (Washington Wyoming Alaska Montana Idaho) cooperative program in medical education. Her post-doctoral training includes a diploma from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Dr. Seaman has been treating kala azar and tuberculosis among native peoples in Sudan since 1989. She worked with Doctors Without Borders for several years, and eventually formed her own organization to continue efforts in Sudan when Doctors Without Borders left the country because it was too dangerous. She currently serves as medical coordinator for Sudan Medical Relief (formerly International Medical Relief) and splits her time between Sudan and Alaska, where she is a hospitalist for the native corporation hospital in Bethel.
Dr. Seaman has been recognized for her work many times, including being named a 2009 MacArthur Fellow. She was also named one of 100 “Alumni of the Century” by the University of Washington in 2000 and one of Time Magazine’s “Heroes of Medicine” in 1997. She received the Donald MacKay Medal from the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for her work on kala azar in southern Sudan in 1994.