Upstate Physicians Participate in United Nations Forum on Global Indigenous Issues

Brian Thompson, MD ’91
Brian Thompson, MD ’91

Robert Silverman, MD, HS ’90
Robert Silverman, MD, HS ’90

Upstate Medical University physicians Robert Silverman, MD, HS ’90, and Brian Thompson, MD ’91, took part in the 14th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City in April. Dr. Silverman, professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Thompson, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and assistant dean for diversity, attended the meeting as representatives of Upstate in coordination with the American Indian Law Alliance, a non-governmental organization in consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Counsel.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues is an annual meeting that addresses global indigenous issues, such as human rights, land rights, water rights, economic rights, economic sustainability, social sustainability, sovereignty and health care, among others. The session resulted in an outcome statement and document that will be presented to the United Nations with recommendations and action items.

“It is Dr. Silverman’s and my agenda to ultimately decrease health care disparities and increase access to health care for indigenous peoples,” said Thompson.