Turtle Conservation Expert Speaks on Parallel Careers in Medicine and Conservation at Southern Vermont College

November 2, 2010

The inaugural address in this year’s James L. FitzGerald, MD, FACS, Annual Invitational Health Services Lecture Series took place in the Everett Mansion Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 2:45 p.m.  Dr. Anders Rhodin, an orthopedic surgeon and owner of Wachusett Orthopedic, and Carol Conroy, Vice President for Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, delivered the results of their continuing research on turtles in a lecture, entitled “Making a Difference for People and Turtles: Parallel Careers in Medicine and Conservation.” The lecture was free and open to the public, and a reception followed in the Burgdorff Gallery.

In addition to being an orthopedic surgeon in private practice since 1982, Dr. Rhodin is also a world-renowned expert on turtles. A lifelong interest in turtles and tortoises as well as the conservation of nature has led Dr. Rhodin to become a leader in the global conservation community with a focus on turtles. He has been working on turtles since 1971 at Dartmouth College and then for several years as an Associate in Herpetology at Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Dr. Rhodin is Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Co-Chair of the Turtle Conservation Fund and Director of Chelonian Research Foundation. He is also the author or editor of over 100 scientific articles and books on turtle systematics, biology and conservation. He is the founding editor and publisher of “Chelonian Conservation and Biology.”

As Vice President for Operations and Chief Nursing Officer at SVMC, Carol Conroy is responsible for a wide range of clinical and operational services at the hospital. She is a professional nursing leader, executive, educator and consultant with extensive healthcare experience. Conroy has significant experience in clinical operations, fiscal management, leadership development and teamwork at all organizational levels. Her strong background in patient satisfaction, service excellence and physician relations have made her a skilled organizational change agent. She served in various nursing administration roles in hospitals in the Boston area over the last 20 years before joining SVMC in August 2009.

Conroy’s spare time is dedicated, in part, to turtle conservation. She serves on the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International and participates as a field assistant in turtle conservation and research activities with Dr. Rhodin.

For more information on the lecture, contact the Office of Communications at 802-447-6389/6388 or e-mail communications@svc.edu.