Plenary Lectures

SAHM proudly presented two plenary lectures in 2022, in addition to the Gallagher Lecture.

Learn more about the Plenary Speakers:

  • Cornelis (Kees) Rietmeijer, MD, PhD
  • Young Plenary Speaker: Shaneriell (Shay) Peoples
  • Peter Rowe, MD
  • Young Plenary Speaker Catherine Ames

Dr. Cornelis (Kees) Rietmeijer, MD, PhD
From STD Control to Sexual Health Promotion: A Journey

Credit Hour(s): 1


  1. To review recommendations from the recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Report: Sexually Transmitted Infections – Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm1
  2. To highlight and comment on sections in the Report that are most relevant to the providers of STI and sexual health services 3C456E644E6F74653E3C436974653E3C42
  3. To provide some observations on the background shaping the Report 


  1. National Academies of Sciences Engineering and Medicine. Sexually Transmitted Infections: Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm. Washington DC: The National Academies Press. Accessed 15 December, 2021,
  2. Rietmeijer CA, Kissinger PJ, Guilamo-Ramos V, et al. Report From the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine-Sexually Transmitted Infections: Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm – A Synopsis for STI Practitioners, Clinicians, and Researchers. Sex Transm Dis. Feb 01 2022;49(2):169-175. doi:10.1097/OLQ.0000000000001552

Cornelis (“Kees”) Rietmeijer (1951) received his MD (1977) and PhD (2004) from the University of Amsterdam and his MSPH (1991) from the University of Colorado. Trained as a family physician, he started his career in the care and prevention of sexually transmitted infections in 1982 at the Amsterdam Health Department. He came to the Denver Public Health (DPH) Department in 1986 for a research fellowship and after completion of his preventive medicine residency in 1991, he joined DPH as medical director of its HIV prevention program (1991-2003) and later of its STI control program and clinic (2203-2009). In 2009, he became an independent STI consultant but continued to work for DPH as the medical director of the Denver STD Prevention Training Center until 2020. From 2009 to 2016, Dr. Rietmeijer traveled and worked extensively in Southern Africa, first (2009-2012) as course director of an HIV prevention training course under the auspices of the Southern African Prevention Initiative funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Reliefs (PEPFAR) and later (2013-2016) as the lead investigator of the Zimbabwe STI Etiology Study, also supported by PEPFAR. In addition, Dr. Rietmeijer consulted on many projects, most recently as a member of the Ad-Hoc Committee on Prevention and Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections in the United States of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), resulting in the report “Sexually Transmitted Infections – Adopting a Sexual Health Paradigm”, published in March 2021. He was also a consultant on a workgroup at the World Health Organization preparing an updated guidance on the treatment of sexually transmitted infections, released in July 2021. Dr. Rietmeijer is the recipient of CDC’s 2012 Jack Spencer Award and the 2021 Distinguished Career Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association for which he served as president from 2014 – 2016.

Young Plenary Speaker: Shaneriell (Shay) Peoples

Shaneriell (Shay) Peoples is a junior and scholar student at Miles College. She has maintained a 3.7-3.8 since her freshman year. In her free time, she contributes her time to the Miles College book club, Bridge Builders, Miles College Pre-Law Black Student Association, Honors Curriculum and Honda’s Campus All Star Team. When she graduates, she will attend Law School to pursue her career as a Family Attorney and Criminal Defense attorney. In her own words, “I plan to make a difference for all cultures and ages.”

Peter Rowe, MD
Long COVID and ME/CFS: Overlaps and Opportunities

Credits Hour(s): 1

This talk will describe emerging data on the symptoms, risk factors, and incidence of pediatric and adolescent long COVID, emphasizing the overlaps with pre-pandemic myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Those overlaps provide some preliminary guidance on managing long COVID symptoms. Opportunities abound for Adolescent Medicine practitioners to take the lead in providing clinical care for both groups of underserved patients.

After this presentation, participants should be able to:

  1. Cite the common clinical features of Pediatric Long COVID
  2. Describe the 2015 Institute of Medicine criteria for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)
  3. Discuss the overlaps of Pediatric Long COVID and pediatric ME/CFS, including orthostatic intolerance and post-exertional malaise.

Dr. Rowe received his bachelor’s from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and attended medical school at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He completed his residency training in pediatrics, fellowship training, and Chief Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was a member of the medical staff of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario from 1987-1991 before returning to Johns Hopkins.
He is a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine. His clinical and research interests for the last 25 years have focused on medical conditions characterized by chronic fatigue. His work has emphasized the importance of a variety of physiologic risk factors for chronic fatigue syndrome, including circulatory dysfunction, joint laxity, allergic inflammation, and adverse biomechanical strain.
He has directed the Chronic Fatigue Clinic at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center since 1996, where he is the inaugural recipient of the Sunshine Natural Wellbeing Foundation Chair in Chronic Fatigue and Related Disorders.

Young Plenary Presenter: Catherine Ames

Catherine Ames is a junior at the University of Southern California (USC). She is pursuing a major in Law, History and Culture and a minor in Theater. She lives with Lupus, POTS, Dysautonomia, Fibromyalgia, an Immune Deficiency, Migraine, Chronic fatigue, and more.

As a founding member of the Young Patient’s Autoimmune Research and Empowerment Alliance (YP AREA), a project out of PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), Catherine has been working to advance AREA’s mission for the past year.

The alliance advocates for the involvement of young people with autoimmune conditions in all stages of autoimmune research. She serves on the grant-writing and strategic planning committee and the marketing committee. Catherine is a columnist for USC’s Daily Trojan. Her column, Chronically Catherine, offers candid insights, witty humor and personal stories of life as a young person with chronic illness and disability. She was seen on KNBC (LA) in a health segment about her illnesses and experience with COVID-19.

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