Roe GreenPassion for Healthy Travel Inspires Generous Gift for Travel Medicine Clinic

A generous gift from UH benefactor and frequent traveler Roe Green (right) will help keep travelers safe here and abroad.

Philanthropist Roe Green is a world traveler, visiting more than 160 countries in her lifetime. Her passion for travel has inspired a generous $5 million gift to University Hospitals and the Division of Infectious Diseases that will help keep globe-trotting patients healthy.

Roe Green has had a lifelong passion for travel and began going overseas with her parents as a teenager. In preparation for these trips, she always has relied on UH’s travel medicine clinic as an important resource to stay healthy before, during and after her journeys. She has visited more than 160 countries and feels travel is an important educational tool.

One of the first of its kind in the country, the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine serves about 4,500 travelers each year through clinics at UH Cleveland Medical Center and UH Chagrin Highlands and Westlake health centers. International travelers – including those bound for developing countries that present special health risks – receive comprehensive preventive care, vaccines and education. UH physicians also help travelers with complex pre-existing conditions to manage their medical needs while abroad. In addition, UH is among the first U.S. providers to care for the special needs of students and children traveling overseas through its child travelers and adoption clinic at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Ms. Green’s gift will allow UH’s newly named Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine to provide targeted support for facilities, programs and physician-scientists in travel medicine, including renowned infectious disease specialists Robert Salata, MD and Keith Armitage, MD. UH also will enhance educational experiences for trainees in the internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship, and provide continuing medical education lectures for physicians.