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Distinguished Speaker Series

The UH Health Services Research Center is proud to launch our Distinguished Speaker Series, a free event open to the public on the first Tuesday of each month from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. U.S. EST. The series consists of nationally and internationally renowned experts and leaders invited to present on various key topics of interest in health services research.

2024 – 2025 Speakers

Sara Naomi Bleich, PhD
June 4, 2024
Sara Bleich, PhD

Sara Bleich, PhD is the inaugural Vice Provost for Special Projects at Harvard University, director of the social sciences program and Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, Professor of Public Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. With more than 180 peer-reviewed publications, she is a policy expert and researcher who specializes in diet-related diseases, food insecurity, and racial inequality. Prior to this, Dr. Bleich served in the Biden Administration as the Director of Nutrition Security and Health Equity at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service and as the Senior Advisor for COVID-19 in the Office of the Secretary at USDA. As a White House Fellow during the Obama Administration, she worked at USDA as a Senior Policy Adviser for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services and on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. Dr. Bleich was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2023 and holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and a PhD in health policy from Harvard University.

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Harvard University
Dorry L. Segev, MD, PhD
July 2, 2024
Dorry L. Segev, MD, PhD
New York University
Victor M. Montori, MD
August 6, 2024
Victor M. Montori, MD

Victor M. Montori, MD is the Robert H. and Susan M. Rewoldt Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. An endocrinologist, health services researcher, and care activist, Dr. Montori is the author of more than 750 peer-reviewed publications and is among the most cited researchers in clinical medicine and in social science. He is a recognized expert in evidence-based medicine, shared decision making, and minimally disruptive medicine. He works in Rochester, Minnesota, at Mayo Clinic's KER Unit, to advance person-centered care for patients with diabetes and other chronic conditions. He is the author of the book Why We Revolt, and is leading a movement, a Patient Revolution, for Careful and Kind Care for all.

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Mayo Clinic
Devi Sridhar, PhD
September 3, 2024
Devi Sridhar, PhD
University of Edinburgh
Georges C. Benjamin, MD
October 1, 2024
Georges C. Benjamin, MD
American Public Health Association
Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH
November 5, 2024
Nakela L. Cook, MD, MPH
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
David Rehkopf, PhD
December 3, 2024
David H. Rehkopf, PhD
Stanford University
John Browne, PhD
January 7, 2025
John P. Browne, PhD
National Health Services Research Institute, Ireland
Tumaini Rucker Coker, MD, MBA
February 4, 2025
Tumaini R. Coker, MD, MBA
University of Washington
Mark Holmes, PhD
March 4, 2025
Mark Holmes, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
April 1, 2025
Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH
The Commonwealth Fund
Mike English, MBBCh, MRCP, MD, FMedSci
May 6, 2025
Mike English, MBBChir, MRCP, MD
University of Oxford