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Saward-Berg Lecture

The Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture is a student-run event.  Each year, PhD students in the Department of Public Health Sciences are given the opportunity to select an outside speaker who is considered to be outstanding in his or her field.  It provides us the chance to learn from and interact with leaders in fields like health services research, epidemiology, and health policy.  Furthermore, it affords us the opportunity to honor the legacy of two former department faculty members whose generosity makes this lecture possible: Dr. Ernest Saward and Dr. Robert Berg.

The Saward-Berg Lecture is named for Ernest Saward, M.D. and Robert L. Berg, M.D. A 1939 graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr. Saward was medical director of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program from 1945 to 1970, a distinguished University of Rochester faculty member, and a pioneering expert in health plans. Dr. Berg was the founding chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences (formerly the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine) where he served as an invaluable resource and mentor for medical and graduate students for almost 50 years. He was also an early architect of community health initiatives in the Rochester area.


R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD

“Two Decades of Nursing Home Compare: What Have We Learned?"

Adan Becerra, R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD, Zhigiu Ye

PhD students Adan Becerra and Zhiqiu Ye with R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD (center)


Guohua Li
“The Elements of Scholarship”


Keshia Pollack
“It Shouldn't Hurt to Walk: Policies and Environments that Promote Safe Opportunities to be Active”


Sander Greenland
“Modern statistical methods for health and medical science: Cautions and capabilities”


David Grabowski
“Care Coordination for Dually Eligible Beneficiaries”