2012 Centennial Celebration

Centennial Speaker Biographies


Tim Byers, MD MPH

Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Colorado School of Public Health, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Colorado Cancer Center

Since 1995 Dr. Byers has held the position of professor at the University of Colorado. He has served as the Deputy Director and as the Interim Director of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and is now the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control. He is also the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, and now serves as the National Vice President. Prior to 1995 he was Chief of the Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Nutrition Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Byers is an expert in cancer prevention research. He has a particular interest in epidemiologic studies of the role of early detection, diet, and nutrition in the prevention of cancer, and in the application of disease prevention in community settings. He has published more than 340 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His current research includes epidemiologic and clinical studies of nutrients as protective factors in colon, breast, and lung cancer, studies of cancer treatment decision-making by patients and physicians, studies of cancer genetics, and studies and programs to promote the early detection of lung and colorectal cancer. He is now the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health, developing training and programs to improve the effectiveness of public health workers, agencies, and programs.

Tim Byers

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH,MSc

Health Commissioner, City of New Orleans

Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo is the City of New Orleans Health Commissioner and serves as Senior Health Policy Advisor to Mayor Mitch Landrieu. In this role, she directs the Health Department, whose mission is to protect and promote the health of New Orleanians, and also advises Mayor Landrieu on health policy matters. As Commissioner, she has undertaken a major effort to transform and modernize the City Health Department into one more effective and capable of improving the public's health. Dr. DeSalvo brought to the role more than 20 years of experience in medical practice, research and policy aimed at improving access to quality, affordable community health care for all. She envisioned and led the effort to create the nationally recognized model of neighborhood-based medical homes for low income, uninsured and other vulnerable populations in the New Orleans area following Hurricane Katrina. She led and represented the community effort to reform the health system in New Orleans, which was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Dr. DeSalvo was also named a Woman of Excellence in Health Care by the Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus. Dr. DeSalvo practices internal medicine and is on leave from her position as professor of medicine and Vice Dean for Community Affairs and Health Policy at the Tulane University School of Medicine. She has also held the C. Thorpe Ray Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine. She has served on numerous local and national professional and community boards. She is the current President of 504Healthnet, a local consortium of safety-net providers and is past President of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and the National Association of Chiefs of General Internal Medicine. She received her Medical Doctorate and Masters in Public Health at Tulane University, a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, and her B.A. from Suffolk University.

Karen DeSalvo

Bernard D. Goldstein, M.D.

Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health

Dr. Goldstein is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and the former Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He is a physician, board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and in Toxicology. Dr Goldstein is author or co-author of over 150 publications in the peer-reviewed literature. He is an elected member of the National Academies of Science Institute of Medicine and of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. His experience includes appointment as Assistant Administrator for Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1983-1985. He has chaired more than a dozen National Research Council (NRC) and IOM committees, most recently the Committee on Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems: Biowatch and the Public Health System; and the Committee on Sustainability at EPA. He has been president of the Society for Risk Analysis and has served as a member or chairperson of numerous US governmental and WHO committees, including chairperson of the NIH Toxicology Study Section and EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr Goldstein's activities related to shale gas development includes research, presentations and serving as a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Harnessing Science and Technology to Understand the Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Extraction.


Jimmy Guidry, M.D.

State Health Officer of Louisiana & Medical Director for the Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH)

Jimmy Guidry, M.D., is currently the State Health Officer of Louisiana, and also serves as the Medical Director for the Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH).  Prior to this, Dr. Guidry served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health from October, 1996 through January, 2000, and as Medical Director of the Acadian Region from April, 1990 through April, 1991.  In addition, Dr. Guidry served as Director of Adolescent Services at LSU School of Medicine, Pediatric Department, Earl K. Long Hospital from January, 1985 to March, 1990.  He also worked in Pediatric Private Practice from July, 1981 through December, 1984. Dr. Guidry presently chairs various task forces, including the DHH Obesity Task Force, the Child Death Review Panel, and the Governor’s Task Force on Tuberculosis. He has received numerous awards and honors.  He is well respected among his peers, and is sought after for many speaking engagements.  He also represents the state of Louisiana at many medical and environmental engagements across the country. He received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Southwestern in 1974, earned his doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1978, and completed his residency at Earl K. Long Hospital in 1981.  He has been Board Certified since 1984 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Guidry has a strong interest in the medical care of the citizens of Louisiana and works diligently towards the delivery of services in our state.


Sócrates Herrera Valencia, MD, PhD

Principal Invesitigator at International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR)

Socrates Herrera Valencia, MD graduated (1979) from Universidad de Caldas, Colombia, with Post-Doctoral training on immunology of malaria at the WHO, Immunology Research and Training Centre(WHO-IRTC)in Geneva, Switzerland. Back in Colombia in 1985 he joined Universidad del Valle in Cali, where he was dedicated for more than 25 years to research and teaching activities. There he established in 1995 the Immunology Institute that promoted the MSc and PhD programs on Biomedical Sciences. During his work at Universidad del Valle was vice-dean of research of the School of Health and later on Vice-rector of research of the University. During the last more than 25 years he has been dedicated to study malaria immunology with particular interest on P.vivax vaccine development. His research has been funded by the Colombian government, the World Health Organization, the European Union and more recently by the US National Institute of Health (NIH). Based on his experience he founded in 1999 the Malaria Vaccine and Drug Development Center (MVDC) with support from TDR/WHO and a year later (2000 the MVDC was awarded by NIAID with a grant to establish a Tropical Medicine Research Center in Cali. More recently, in 2010 in the context of a NIAID call for applications to establish 10 International Centers of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR), he proposed the establishment the Latin American Center for Malaria Research (CLAIM) through a consortium with institutions from Colombia, Guatelama, Panama and Peru and multiple collaborators in the US and Europe. He is currently the Program Director of this international Center that is directed to develop new malaria control strategies that may help accelerating malaria elimination in non-Amazonian regions of Latin America.


Frank Hu, MD, PhD

Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Dr. Frank Hu is Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Hu is Co-director of the Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention at Harvard. He also serves as Director of the Harvard Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Center and Epidemiology and Genetics Core of Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (BNORC). His research is mainly focused on nutritional and lifestyle epidemiology of obesity and type 2 diabetes and gene-environment interactions. Dr. Hu’s research group has conducted detailed examinations of the relationships between dietary and lifestyle factors (especially sugar-sweetened beverages, dietary patterns, and diet quality) and risk of obesity and diabetes. These findings have contributed to current public health recommendations for chronic disease prevention. Dr. Hu is also collaborating with researchers from China and India in obesity and diabetes epidemiologic and randomized intervention studies. He has published more than 500 original papers and reviews and a textbook on Obesity Epidemiology (Oxford University Press 2008). Dr. Hu is the recipient of the Kelly West Award for Outstanding Achievement in Epidemiology by American Diabetes Association in 2010.


James M. Hughes, M.D.

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Public Health (Global Health)

James M. Hughes, M.D., is Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Public Health (Global Health) at Emory University. Prior to joining Emory, he worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), initially as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and ultimately as Director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases from 1992-2005. Dr. Hughes received his M.D. from Stanford University and trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington, infectious diseases at the University of Virginia, and preventive medicine at CDC. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Vice-Chair of the IOM Forum on Microbial Threats, and Immediate Past President of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He serves on the International Board of the American Society for Microbiology and the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology. His areas of interest include emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vectorborne and zoonotic diseases, and policies and practices for preventing, rapidly detecting, and responding to emerging infectious diseases.


Charles N. Kahn, III, MPH

President and CEO, Federation of American Hospitals

Charles N. ("Chip") Kahn III is president of the Federation of American Hospitals, the national advocacy organization for investor-owned hospitals and health systems. Kahn became the Federation's president in June 2001. Before coming to the Federation, he was president of the Health Insurance Association of America. Kahn has a long career as a professional staff member on Capitol Hill, specializing in health policy issues. His efforts helped bring about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and the Medicare provisions of the 1997 Balanced Budget Act. Kahn also served as minority health counsel for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee from 1986–93, where he helped shape national health entitlement legislation. Early in his career, Kahn directed the Office of Financial Management Education at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration, where he worked primarily on developing the health care financial management curriculum. He holds a master of public health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

 Charles N. Kahn, III

Joel Lamstein

President, John Snow, Inc. & World Education

Joel Lamstein is founder and president of John Snow Inc. (JSI), an international public health consulting firm. Founded in 1978, JSI now has more than 2,000 people stationed in the United States and throughout the world working to enhance the lives of underserved and vulnerable populations. He is also president of World Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs. For the last four years JSI/World Education has been selected as one of the 100 best places to work in Massachusetts. Mr. Lamstein is a lecturer at both the Harvard School of Public Health and at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a frequent lecturer on organizational strategy, nonprofit management, international development and strategic management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, The Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and at the Sloan School, MIT. Mr. Lamstein serves as the chair of the Global Health Council's board of directors, and is on the boards of advisors at Boston University Public Health School, and the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He is also on the board of Physicians for Human Rights. Mr. Lamstein also co-founded Management Sciences for Health (MSH) in 1973. He has been advisor to numerous public health programs throughout the world in issues of public health management. He received his BS in math and physics from the University of Michigan, and attended the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


John Nay, MA

Former U.S. Ambassador to Suriname

Ambassador John Nay is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, and holds the rank of Minister Counselor. Before arriving in Suriname, Ambassador Nay was the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Canada. Prior to serving in Toronto, he was the Office Director for African Regional and Security Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs. He joined that office in April 2003, after serving as a Senior Inspector in the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General. He served as Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, from 1999-2002, and as Regional Consular Officer for southern Africa based in Johannesburg, South Africa from 1996-1999. In Washington, Ambassador Nay has served as Deputy Director for Pacific Island Affairs, and previously as an analyst, working on Cambodia issues for two years and on Korean affairs for one year. Ambassador Nay also had previous stints as consular chief in Taipei, Taiwan and in Calgary, Canada, as well as earlier tours of duty in Singapore and Taiwan. Ambassador Nay is language qualified in Chinese (Mandarin). Ambassador Nay holds Masters Degrees from Andrews University and from the National War College. He has received three Superior Honor Awards and three Senior Performance Awards.


Diem Nguyen

Chief Executive Officer of NOELA Community Health Center (NOELA CHC)

Diem Nguyen is the Chief Executive Officer of NOELA Community Health Center (NOELA CHC) and previous Executive Director at MQVN Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC).   She provides oversight of the management and leadership of the Center in accordance with the guidelines set by the Board of Directors. Through creating a partnership with Tulane University School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital, two bridge clinics (NOELA CHC and Kid’s First) were established for the New Orleans East community after Hurricane Katrina, providing primary care services to the community.   Currently, NOELA CHC is designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike (FQHC-LAL), with future plans to become a full FQHC section 330.   A larger and more permanent community health center is being developed for the New Orleans East community as a result of continued partnerships with Tulane University School of Medicine, Children’s Hospital, the City of New Orleans and many other partners. Diem attended Xavier University of Louisiana, College of Pharmacy, receiving her PharmD degree.  Diem has clinical pharmacy practice experience at the institutional level at Lakeland Medical Center, as well as joint pharmacy cooperation between Xavier University and Tulane University in the Drug Information department.  Her pharmacy clinical experience also includes internal medicine at Charity Hospital Medical Center and ambulatory care at St. Thomas Clinic in New Orleans.


Steven J. Phillips, M.D.

Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Steven J. Phillips, M.D. is the Director, Specialized Information Services, and Associate Director, National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. He is leading the effort to establish a Disaster Information Management Research Center at the NLM. This Center, totally devoted to disaster informatics, is the first of its kind in the world. Dr. Phillips is a graduate of Hobart College and Tufts Medical School. He is board certified both in general and thoracic surgery. In 1974 he demonstrated that emergency intervention during evolving heart attacks saves lives, which is the standard treatment today. In 1997 Dr. Phillips was interviewed by the White House search committee for the position of Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and testified before the Full Committee on Commerce as a witness on the Implementation of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997. Dr. Phillips served twice in Vietnam and retired from the USAR as a LTC. in 1993. He is on the Board of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Reception Center, and serves as a member of a Congressionally mandated Wounded Warriors Task Force. His security clearance is top secret. Dr. Phillips is past president of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs, Society of Cardiac Surgeons of Spain, and the Polk County Medical Society, Iowa. His publications include125 peer reviewed medical publications, and he has been granted six patents. He is married to Susan Zeff Phillips. They have 5 children and 5 grandchildren.

 Steven Phillips

Peter Piot MD, PhD

Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Peter Piot is the Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Professor of Global Health. In 2009-2010 he was the Director of the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College, London.  He was the founding Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1995 until 2008, and was an Associate Director of the Global Programme on AIDS of WHO. Professor Piot co-discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire in 1976, and led research on AIDS, women’s health, and public health in Africa. He was a professor of microbiology at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, the Free University of Brussels, and the University of Nairobi, was a Senior Fellow at the University of Washington, a Scholar in Residence at the Ford Foundation, and a Senior Fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He held the 2009 chair “Knowledge against poverty” at the College de France in Paris.
He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, of the Académie Nationale de Médicine of France, and of the Royal Academy of Medicine of his native Belgium, and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal College of Physicians. In 2008-11, he was the President of the King Baudouin Foundation and was knighted as a baron in 1995. He has published over 500 scientific articles and 16 books.


Harrison Spencer, MD, MPH, DTMH

President, Association of Schools of Public Health

Harrison C. Spencer became the first full-time President and CEO of the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) on July 1, 2000.  From 1996-2000, Dr. Spencer was Dean of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.  Prior to going to London, Dr. Spencer was Dean of the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans from 1991-1996. During a career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Spencer served as an EIS Officer and at the field station in El Salvador. He founded and directed the CDC research station in Nairobi, Kenya for five years (1979-1984) and then served as Senior Medical Officer at the Malaria Action Program of the World Health Organization in Geneva.  Before going to Tulane in 1991, he was Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch at CDC. Dr. Spencer received a BA from Haverford College, an MD from Johns Hopkins, an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and a DTMH from the University of London.  He is board certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Preventive Medicine.  Dr. Spencer was elected a Founding Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998 and to the US Institute of Medicine in 2003.


Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP

President & Chief Executive Officer
Professor of Internal Medicine
Meharry Medical College

Senior Health Policy Associate
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at Meharry
Professor of Internal Medicine
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Wayne Joseph Riley, on January 1, 2007, became the 10th President and Chief Executive Officer of historic Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, the nation’s largest, private, independent, historically black academic health center dedicated to educating health professionals.  Previously, he served as Vice-president and Vice Dean for Health Affairs and Governmental Relations and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the renowned -- and highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report -- Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas.  He joined the prestigious faculty there after completing residency training at Baylor’s highly regarded internal medicine residency training program.


Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH

Chief Executive Officer, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital
Senior Vice President, St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System

Since 2009, Margaret M. Van Bree, DrPH, has served as Senior Vice President of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System and as Chief Executive Officer of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (St. Luke’s) in Houston, Texas. St. Luke’s, an 864-bed teaching hospital, is the flagship member of the St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System. Located in the heart of the internationally recognized Texas Medical Center, St. Luke’s is home of the Texas Heart® Institute, an international leader in cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, organ transplantation, neurosciences, surgical services and critical care. St. Luke’s also serves as the primary adult private teaching hospital for Baylor College of Medicine. In a professional career spanning more than 25 years, Van Bree is considered particularly accomplished in quality management, electronic health records, value engineering, performance improvement, and service excellence. Prior to joining St. Luke’s, she served as Chief Operating Officer at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics since 2007, where she provided system-wide leadership including serving as chairperson of eCare of Wisconsin, a corporation providing remote electronic monitoring of ICU beds and serving as board member of Unity Health Insurance Plan, a 90,000-member health plan serving South Central Wisconsin. Concurrent with her management responsibilities, she has held academic appointments at several universities. Van Bree has taught and lectured extensively in the areas of healthcare management and quality, both domestically and internationally. A member of the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), she previously served as council chair of the UHC Senior Operations Officers Steering Committee and on UHC’s Business Strategy Council. She co-chaired the American Health Association Go Red for Women in Madison, Wisconsin and served on the Virginia Institute of Autism Board of Directors. Recently, Becker’s Hospital Review named Van Bree to its annual lists of “Most Influential Women to Know in Healthcare” and to “291 Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” Both lists featured and recognized individuals leading prominent American healthcare organizations. On the Most Influential list, Van Bree joined 55 women. Van Bree received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse; a Master of Hospital Administration from the University of Minnesota; and a Doctor of Public Health in Health Systems Management from Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.


 Margaret Van Bree

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