Alumnae Dr. Mary Ann Ladia to visit March 28 and 29

photo of Mary Ann Ladia, PhD

Dr. Mary Ann J. Ladia

Mary Ann J. Ladia, PhD currently serves as University Researcher III of the Institute of Clinical Epidemiology at the National Institutes of Health and Faculty of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology of the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines Manila. Dr. Ladia received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology in 2008 under the guidance of Drs. Judy Pugh and Linda Hunt, as adviser and committee member, respectively.

On March 28th, she will be speaking to Dr. Heather Howard’s Anthropology 370 course, Culture, Health, and Illness. Dr. Ladia will be presenting her paper entitled “Clinical ramifications of TB stigma in Baguio City, Philippines.” This event is open to interested undergraduates from 12:40 – 2 pm in C100 Wonders Hall. You can hear Dr. Ladia discuss her paper below.


On March 29th, Dr. Mary Ann J. Ladia will be presenting her talk “TB Patient Care Pathway and Stigma” at noon in Baker Hall 155. This event is open to the public.

Using surveys, ethnography, and secondary data, this presentation highlights the Philippine national tuberculosis (TB) program from the establishment of sanitoria at the end of 19th and early 20th centuries to the present. The age-old understanding of the disease transmission continues to play a major role in the patient care pathway despite the discovery of scientific methods of TB control. Due to stigmatized health condition, Filipinos affected by TB shift care from public to private clinics and move away from their hometown to seek care.

This visit is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology of the College of Social Science, Michigan State University.