Keynote Speakers

Graham Head ShotCamilla S. Graham, MD, MPH

Dr. Graham is Co-Director of the Viral Hepatitis Center in the Division of Infectious Disease at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has developed hepatitis C screening programs for persons born from 1945 through 1965 and has developed educational programs for primary care providers, including an ECHO model of care. She has worked with local and national, private and government payer organizations in the U.S. on the affordability of new direct-acting antiviral regimens for hepatitis C treatment. She was co-lead on the AASLD/IDSA/IAS HCV Guidance section, “Overview of cost, reimbursement, and cost-effectiveness for hepatitis C treatment regimens”.


Karla Thornton HeadshotKarla Thornton, MD, MPH

Dr. Thornton is a Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque. She currently serves as an Associate Director of Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV and she facilitates the HCV and HIV TeleECHO clinics. Through this program she trains other clinicians how to comprehensively care for patients with chronic HCV and HIV. She started an HCV TeleECHO clinic specifically for clinicians serving the Navajo Nation in March 2013 and this TeleECHO clinic has grown to include clinicians serving American Indian/Alaska Native communities across the country. In addition to training clinicians, she started the New Mexico Peer Education Project: Prisoner Health is Community Health in 2009 which trains New Mexico state prisoners to be peer educators and experts in HCV, other infectious diseases and addiction.

Rydell TRydell Todicheeney, PhD, RN, PHN, ANCS-BC (Diné)

Dr. Todicheeney is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, from Whitecone, Arizona and is of the Big Water Clan (Tótsóhnii) born for Edgewater Clan (Tábhí). His maternal clan is Red-Running-Into-The-Water Clan (Táchii’nii) and paternal clan is Bitter Water Clan (Tódích’íi’nii). Dr. Todicheeney received his doctorate (PhD) and graduate (MSN) degrees in Nursing from the University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, and an undergraduate degree (BSN) from Arizona State University. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation and as a Research Affiliate with the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale. As a post-doc fellow at ASU CONHI / Mayo Clinic, Dael elevated his research expertise to explore hepatitis c virus (HCV) and health disparities science research among Southwest American Indians. Dael is a board certified, Advanced Practice Nurse as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  Dael has co-authored manuscripts published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing and submitted his dissertation “Quality of Life among Hepatitis C American Indian/Alaska Natives Living in the Southwest” to the Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. In addition, Dr. Todicheeney has served as a Member-at-Large on the Native Research Network (NRN), Navajoland Nurses United for Research, Service, and Education (N-NURSE), and the Arizona State University’s Native American Alumni Chapter (ASU NAAC). Dael is actively involved, affiliated in professional organizations, and a member of the American Nurses Association / California, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, American Public Health Association, National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurses Association, the American Assembly for Men in Nursing, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society. Dr. Todicheeney’s research interest centers on decreasing disparities in health and healthcare experienced by Indigenous populations. Dael is focused on establishing his program of research in the area of HCV and its impact among Indigenous peoples. The overarching goal of his program of research is to identify and describe evolving Indigenous health needs surrounding HCV and to develop culturally appropriate interventions to meet these needs by employing community-based participatory and trans disciplinary research.