‘Achieving the Dream: Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital’ is topic at April 1 IRP

Thomas Welch, professor and chair of pediatrics at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital, will speak at the April 1 session of the Institute for Retired Professionals from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. The event is open to the public.

The opening of the Golisano Children’s Hospital is a major milestone for the Central New York region. Welch will discuss his efforts to build the children’s hospital and the opportunities the hospital brings to the community.

Welch graduated from Princeton University and received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal. He did his residency in pediatrics and began training in pediatric nephrology at the University of Colorado in Denver. Welch completed his training in pediatric nephrology at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He was an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati and a staff pediatric nephrologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Welch returned to New York in 2001to become professor and chair of pediatrics at SUNY Upstate. He has grown the department substantially and led the effort to build a children’s hospital in the city.

The Institute for Retired Professionals, established by University College of Syracuse University, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, to expand interests and to make new acquaintances. Presentations are made by SU faculty and specialists within the community.

For more information on this program, call University College of Syracuse University at (315) 443-4846, or visit http://www.yesu.syr.edu/IRP.