Dr. Belzer has served as HCMC’s Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer since 1990. He also serves as Medical Director for Hennepin County’s Community Health Department and Associate Dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School. Prior to becoming Medical Director, he served as the Associate HCMC Medical Director for Academic Affairs. Dr. Belzer is a practicing Medical Hematologist and Oncologist with subspecialty and specialty board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of Hennepin Medical Society (now known as the Twin Cities Medical Society) that represented over 4000 Metro physicians. Dr. Belzer is on the Executive Committee Board for America’s Essential Hospitals, and was the former Board Chair of Hospice of the Twin Cities and the National Public Health and Hospital Institute. Dr. Belzer is past recipient of the Minnesota Medical Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award and he won the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award from the University Medical School in 2004.
A delegation from Eldoret, Kenya, known as the “Town of Athletes” visited HCMC on Wednesday, May 9. The group toured the emergency and radiology departments, and got a behind-the-scenes look at HCMC’s new hyperbaric chamber.
The delegation included 2-time Boston Marathon winner and Olympic marathon competitor Moses Kiptarbei Tanui who chatted with former Olympic athlete Fred Owusu, who now serves as Vice President of Human Resources at HCMC.
“Moses is the real celebrity runner,” says Owusu. “It truly is a small world — I never imagined I’d have the honor of meeting him here at HCMC!”
Minneapolis and Eldoret have had a formal sister city relationship since 2000 and exchanges have taken place in both cities. In 2010 a delegation from Eldoret visited Minneapolis to study water treatment and distribution plus other topics, including planning and public health. In 2011 a team of volunteers and members of the Minneapolis Fire Department visited Eldoret to conduct a fire and emergency response training.
In addition to an internationally recognized runner from the “Town of Athletes,” several physicians and other health officials were part of the 12-member delegation to Minneapolis this year.