2013 Keynote Speakers


Dr. David Satcher M.D. is director of The Satcher Health Leadership Institute, which was established in 2006 at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson, MetLife and the CDC Foundation. He also serves locally on the board of United Way of Greater Atlanta and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

In 1998, Satcher was sworn in as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States. He also served as Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services from February 1998 to January 2001, making him only the second person in history to have held both positions simultaneously. His tenure of public service also includes serving as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and administrator of the Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 1993 to 1998. He is the first person to have served as director of the CDC and then surgeon general of the United States.

Satcher graduated in 1963 from Morehouse College and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He holds M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. He is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

AnaDiezDr. Ana Diez Roux, M.D, is professor and chair of epidemiology and director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She is also a research professor in the Survey Re- search Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.Dr. Diez Roux has been an international leader in the investigation of the social determinants of health, the application of multilevel analysis in health research, and the study of neighborhood health effects. Her research areas include social epidemiology and health disparities, environmental health effects, urban health, psychosocial factors in health, and cardiovascular disease epidemiology.  Recent areas of work include social environment-gene interactions and the use of complex systems approaches in population health.

Dr. Diez Roux serves on numerous review and advisory committees and was awarded the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health by the American Public Health Association. She was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2009.

Additional Speakers

Dr. Jasjit Ahluwalia, M.D. is professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and the executive director for the Center for Health Equity. Dr. Ahluwalia is also an associate director for the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) and director for clinical research education, training and career development for the CTSI and the newly funded CTSA. Dr. Ahluwalia also continues his NIH-funded research and is currently senior scientist on six NIH grants and is mentoring six faculty members and a postdoctoral fellow. Dr. Ahluwalia has published almost 200 papers and received $20 million in funding as a principal investigator and over $80 million as a co-investigator, largely from the NIH. He served as the inaugural chair of a newly charted NIH study section titled, Health Disparities and Equity Promotion, and this year began service for a 3-year term on a NIH National Advisory Council for the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Dr. Mark P. Becker, the seventh president of Georgia State University, began his tenure on Jan. 1, 2009. Under Becker’s leadership, GSU has overseen the launch of a variety of research initiatives focused on excellence among faculty, students. These initiatives, the cornerstone of which is the university’s strategic plan adopted in 2011, are aimed at positioning GSU as a premier urban research university. Prior to his appointment to GSU, Becker served as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina. He also has held administrative leadership roles at the University of Minnesota, and the University of Michigan and has held academic positions at the University of Washington, the University of Florida and Cornell University.

Dr. Loida Bonney, M.D., is an assistant professor at the School of Medicine at Emory University with an adjunct appointment at the Rollins School of Public Health. Her overarching research interest is in understanding more about HIV and sexually transmitted infection risk in an effort to decrease racial and ethnic health disparities in this field.

Dr. Nazeera Dawood M.D., M.P.H., has a Master’s degree in Public Health from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her Medical Doctor degree from Bangalore University, India. Currently, she is leading the Division of Health Promotion at the Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness.

Dr. Michael Eriksen Sc.D., Is dean of the School of Public Health and Director of the Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research at Georgia State University. Dr. Eriksen received his training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and has had a long and distinguished career in public health. Prior to GSU, Dr. Eriksen was Director of the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC where he played a leadership position in attempting to develop tobacco control policy for the United States. Dr. Eriksen received numerous awards for his work including the Tobacco or Health Commemorative Medal from WHO. In 2004, the Georgia Cancer Coalition designated him as a Distinguished Cancer Scholar.

Richard Fogelson, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton. Richard is an Attorney with deep medical and legal expertise. He has done a broad range of work counseling health systems nationwide on regulatory, clinical, operational and strategic initiatives. Richard leads a team within Booz Allen Hamilton engaged in supporting public health behavioral research and programs support services.

Dr. Christina Hemphill-Fuller is an assistant professor of environmental health in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. Her research interests include characterization of pollution exposure, environmental epidemiology and environmental justice. Her current research is in the area of traffic-related air pollution and its effects on biomarkers of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Rodney Lyn, Ph.D., M.S., is an Assistant Professor and Interim Associate Dean in the Institute of Public Health at Georgia State University. His research is focused on childhood obesity prevention, school and community health, and the reduction of health disparities. He has special interest in identifying effective policy and system approaches to increasing physical activity and healthy eating in children. Dr. Lyn is an active member of the CDC-supported Physical Activity Policy Research Network (PAPRN). He serves as Deputy Director for the Center for Excellence on Health Disparities at Georgia State University.

Dr. Richard Rothenberg, M.D. is a Regents’ Professor of public health at Georgia State University. Dr. Rothenberg joined the Institute of Public Health as a professor in May 2007. He had previously served at Emory University as professor of medicine from 1993 to 2007, and prior to that had spent 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over the past several decades, he has conducted research that examines the dynamics of transmission of infectious diseases, primarily HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), and the blood borne illnesses (BBIs), with particular emphasis of the effects of social, sexual and drug-using networks on transmission. He is currently a principal investigator on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-sponsored project focused on the geographic aspects of social network interactions. Dr. Rothenberg has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, primarily in the fields of STD, HIV and epidemiologic methods. In 2002, he received the Parran Award for lifetime contributions to the field of STDs. He is the current editor-in-chief of the Annals of Epidemiology.

Dr. Richard Warnecke is a social epidemiologist and professor emeritus in epidemiology, sociology and public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Health Research and Policy. He remains a fellow of the Institute for Health Research and Policy. He is co-director of one of ten Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities. The center’s focus is breast cancer disparities. Over his career of 43 years he has focused on various aspects of health in underserved communities concentrating his work in cancer (breast, cervical, and tobacco cessation). Warnecke has been actively involved as researcher in cancer control for more than 40 years and has a long-standing relationship with the National Cancer Institute, as both a principal investigator and a grant reviewer. He received one of the first Cancer Control Science Program Grants ever awarded by NCI, and has published two books and more than 80 articles concerned with cancer control topics. Lately his interests have focused on multilevel approaches to addressing health disparities, specifically on the potential impact of federal programs such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers on addressing disparities among medically underserved populations.