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Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vaccination, and an Unsung Hero

Posted: Friday, May 31st, 2019 by Jeff Miles in

Vital Topics – Lecture

Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases, Vaccination, and an Unsung Hero
Date: Tuesday, July 9th
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Arbor Conference Center (Maplewood Estates) 

The topic of infectious diseases and vaccinations is a constant topic on the news and social media today. With so much contradictory information being promoted it is hard to know what to trust. The Peter Becker Community Education Committee is excited to have Dr. Thomas Nolan, Dr. Emily Souder and Dr. Ron Souder presenting to us on this vital topic that is greatly affecting our children and our country.

This must-attend event will be held on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 pm at Maplewood Estates (815 Maplewood Dr. Harleysville, PA 19438) in the Arbor Center Conference Room.

Make sure to mark your calendars for this informative event.  The lecture will begin with a special showing of Dr. Maurice Hilleman’s film entitled “A Perilous Quest to Save the Worlds Children”. This film tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, develop the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and invent the first-ever vaccine against human cancer.

Photo of Tom Nolan

Dr. Tom Nolan

Following the viewing of the film Dr. Tom Nolan will share his first-hand experiences working with Dr. Hilleman at Merck Research Laboratories.  Dr. Nolan is a 1973 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was in small animal practice in Alexandria VA prior to joining Merck Research Laboratories as a laboratory animal veterinarian. He was involved with several research programs during his 23-year career including Hepatitis A and B vaccines development and the AIDS program that resulted in a chemotherapeutic for that disease. Dr. Nolan retired from Merck in 1999 and formed the company Solomon Scientific with his partner in San Antonio TX. Their company developed and marketed medical devices that are still used in the biomedical research field. He is now fully retired and serves on the board of directors of Peter Becker Community.

Dr. Emily Soude

Dr. Emily Souder and Dr. Ron Souder will address the present impact of infectious disease, vaccinations, and their effects on children. Emily Souder received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and completed her pediatrics residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, including an additional year as Chief Resident. She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where her research interests included pertussis, specifically related to the changing epidemiology as well as latent tuberculosis and the impact of public health departments on treatment adherence. She is currently an attending physician in the section of Infectious Diseases at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

Dr. Ron Souder

Dr. Souder grew up in Telford and attended Souderton Area High School.  He went on to attend Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota where he received a BS in Biology.  He went on to Jefferson Medical College and received an MD degree in 1973.  He continued his professional career by completing a Residency in Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children where he also served as Chief Resident in Pediatrics.  In 1977 he joined Pennridge Pediatric Associates in Sellersville where he continues to practice.  He is on the staff at Grand View Hospital where he served for many years as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and a member of the Executive Committee of the hospital.  He continues to serve as Chairman of the Credentials Committee at Grand View.  Dr. Souder is also a Board Member at Penn Foundation in Sellersville.  A free-will offering will be taken to help cover the movie showing rights. We look forward to having you join us and learn with us on this relevant and important topic facing our community.


For more information or if you have questions please contact
Jeff Miles at 215.703.4029 or via email at jmiles@peterbeckercommunity.com