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Dr. Bernard Guyer Lectureship in Public Health

The 6th Annual Bernard Guyer, MD Lectureship in Public Health was held on Friday, October 14, 2016. The keynote speaker was Dr. Anne Schuchat.  Dr. Schuchat has been Principal Deputy Director for CDC since September 2015.  She began her public health career in 1988 when she came to CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer.  She was director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015.  She also served as CDC's interim deputy director for Science and Program in early 2009. She was promoted to Rear Admiral in the United States Public Health Service in 2006 and earned a second star in 2010.  Schuchat was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2008. Globally, Dr. Schuchat has worked in West Africa on meningitis, pneumonia, and Ebola vaccine trials, in South Africa on surveillance and prevention projects, and in China on Beijing’s SARS emergency response. She has authored or co-authored more than 230 scientific articles, book chapters, and reviews.

In her talk, "Public Health Metamorphosis: On The Road To Butterfly"  Dr. Schuchat looked backward to review how public health and CDC have grappled with issues ranging from pandemic threats to prevention policies. She then looked ahead to consider how to more fully realize our full potential. Video of Dr. Schuchat's talk is now available, as well as her slide presentation.

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Top: Dr. Schuchat presenting at the Guyer Lecture.

Bottom: Meeting with URSMD medical students.

Past Lectures:

The Keynote Speaker for 2015 was Anthony B. Iton, MD, JD, MPH. Dr. Iton is Senior Vice President of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment, the state’s largest, private health foundation.  His primary focus is on the foundation’s 10-year Building Healthy Communities: California Living 2.0 initiative; the goal of which is to create communities where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. Published in numerous public health and medical publications, Iton is a regular public health lecturer and keynote speaker at conferences across the nation. He earned his B.S. in Neurophysiology, with honors, from McGill University, his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law, and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. A video recording of this lecture is now available, as well as the slide presentation.

Our distinguished speaker for 2014 was Patricia O'Campo, PhD, a social epidemiologist and researcher who has been working with inner city communities for over 20 years, conducting research on the social determinants of health. A video recording of the lecture is available to view: Tackling Worldwide Health Inequities: Is the Evidence Failing Us?


Dr. Bernard Guyer

Bernard Guyer, M.D., M.P.H.

Bernard Guyer, M.D., M.P.H. is the Zanvyl Kreiger Professor of Children’s Health in the Department of Population, Reproductive and Family Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. A physician trained in both preventive medicine and pediatrics, Dr. Guyer served for seven years as director of the state MCH program in Massachusetts and five years as a CDC medical epidemiologist with national and international service. He has chaired or been a member of both state and national committees on childhood injury prevention, outreach for prenatal care, infant mortality, and Medicaid.

This lecture is endowed by Brewster C. Doust, M.D., a University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry graduate, in honor of Dr. Guyer’s significant contributions to research in understanding the early origins of disease processes and the life course consequences. It is presented in partnership with the URMC Center for Community Health and the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Pediatrics