When Stanley K. Yarnell, MD, talks about providing health care for the
disabled community, he speaks from both the “”abled”” and “”disabled”” sides:
He earned his medical degree sighted; he now is legally blind.
Dr. Yarnell will be one of two physicians hosting a
presentation/discussion on health care access issues for the disabled from
10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 27 at Western University of Health
Sciences (WesternU). The event, sponsored by the University’s Center for
Disability Issues and the Health Professions (CDIHP), is free and open to
Dr. Yarnell, who is a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation,
will be joined by Doug Ota, MD, a quadriplegic. The two physicians, who
work at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center in San Francisco, will
answer questions about their own experiences as health care professionals,
and will lead discussions about public access issues from both a patient’s
and health provider’s perspective.
“”Who better to educate health care professionals regarding working with
disabled patients than physicians who themselves happen to be disabled?””
said Brenda Premo, founding director of the CDIHP.
WesternU founded the CDIHP earlier this year to prepare health care
professionals to better meet the primary care needs of people with
disabilities. The CDIHP will emphasize both immediate reforms in
educational curriculum as well as long-term research on policies and
Dr. Yarnell received his doctor of medicine degree from Ohio State
University in 1973 and has been legally blind due to recurrent optic
nauritis since 1978. He has been active within the disability community
for more than 20 years, particularly in regard to spinal cord injuries and
the late effects of polio. He was named the Health Care Professional of
the Year by the President’s Committee for Employment of People with
Disabilities in 1990 and served on the White House Health Care Providers
Advisory Group to the health care reform task force in 1993.
Drs. Yarnell’s and Ota’s presentation will be held in the College of
Pharmacy’s Pod 3 in the Health Professions Center building on the
WesternU campus on Second Street in Pomona.
For more information, contact the CDIHP at (909) 469-5380.