ACD Committee Members

Adaora Alise Adimora, M.D., M.P.H.
Adaora Alise Adimora, M.D., M.P.H.

Adaora Alise Adimora, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Adimora is a Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She is Principal Investigator of the UNC site of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study-Women’s Interagency HIV Study Combined Cohort Study (MACS/WIHS CCS) and Co-Director of the UNC Center For AIDS Research. She has served on the NIAID Advisory Council, the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, the DHHS Antiretroviral Guidelines Panel, the International AIDS Society’s Governing Council, and as Chair of the HIV Medicine Association. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Michelle A. Albert, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.
Michelle A. Albert, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.C., F.A.H.A.

Dr. Albert is the Walter A. Haas-Lucie Stern Endowed Chair in Cardiology and Professor in Medicine at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF), Admissions Dean for UCSF Medical School and Director of the CeNter for the StUdy of AdveRsiTy and CardiovascUlaR DiseasE (NURTURE Center). Dr. Albert’s clinical expertise involves both taking care of the most critically ill heart disease patients and preventive cardiology at UCSF. As a physician-scientist-epidemiologist, Dr. Albert is engaged in cutting-edge research that innovatively seeks to incorporate “biology” with social determinants of health to transform chronic disease science and healthcare of global populations, i.e. “the biology of adversity”.
She is President-Elect of the American Heart Association, President of the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc and President of the Association of University Cardiologists. Dr. Albert is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.
Daniel E. Dawes, J.D.

Professor Dawes serves as executive director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and a professor of health law, policy, and management. He is a health equity scholar, health policy expert, educator, and researcher whose work focuses on health reform, health equity, mental/behavioral health inequities, social and political determinants of health, and health system transformation. He is the author of two groundbreaking health policy books, 150 Years of ObamaCare and The Political Determinants of Health, both published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Professor Dawes is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.

David Warren Fleming, M.D.
David Warren Fleming, M.D.

Dr. Fleming is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. He has served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for PATH, the Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle and King County, the Director of Global Health Strategies at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Deputy Director for Science and Public Health at CDC, and the State Epidemiologist for the Oregon Health Division. Currently, he provides public health expertise to a number of organizations, including the Group Health Foundation, the Low Income Investment Fund, the Ruckelshaus Center, and the Trust for America’s Health.

Cristal A. Gary, M.P.H.
Cristal A. Gary, M.P.H

Ms. Gary is the Chief Advocacy Officer with Amita Health, where she leads public policy, health equity and diversity & inclusion. She has spent her career focused on achieving better, more equitable outcomes for traditionally underserved populations. She is a former State Medicaid Director and Deputy Governor and has served as a trusted advisor to Cabinet Secretaries, Governors and health care executives on a variety of health care issues.

Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.
Lynn R. Goldman, M.D., M.S., M.P.H.

Dr. Goldman, a pediatrician and an epidemiologist, is the Michael and Lori Milken Dean and Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University. She was previously Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Assistant Administrator for Toxic Substances at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chief of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control at the California Department of Public Health.

Rachel R. Hardeman, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Rachel R. Hardeman, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Hardeman is a tenured Associate Professor in the Division of Health Policy & Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, the Blue Cross Endowed Professor in Health and Racial Equity, and the Founding Director of the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity. A reproductive health equity researcher, she applies the tools of population health science and health services research to elucidate a critical and complex determinant of health inequity—racism. Her work aims to link structural racism to health, identify opportunities for intervention, and dismantle the systems that allow inequities to persist.

Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.P.A.
Octavio N. Martinez, Jr., M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., F.A.P.A.

Dr. Martinez is the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. He is also Senior Associate Vice-President in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT-Austin, professor of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School, and clinical professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work. Martinez served on the Biden-Harris COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and is on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health and Medicine Division’s Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity.

Rhonda M. Medows, M.D.
Rhonda M. Medows, M.D.

Dr. Medows is President of Population Health Management at Providence, one of the largest nonprofit health systems in the United States, and CEO of Ayin Health Solutions, a population health management company launched by Providence. Dr. Medows has extensive healthcare industry background in both the private sector and government health programs. Dr. Medows served as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), as the State Health Officer for Georgia, as Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administrative (AHCA), and the chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Southeast Region. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Julie Morita, M.D.
Julie Morita, M.D.

Dr. Morita is Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where she has overseen programming, policy, research and communications activities since 2019. Dr. Morita began her medical career as a pediatrician in Tucson, Ariz., before moving into public health as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the CDC. Later, she helped lead the Chicago Department of Public Health for nearly two decades, first as the Immunization Program medical director, then as chief medical officer. In 2015, she was appointed commissioner.

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D.
Jeffrey D. Sachs, Ph.D.

Dr. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also President of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as Sustainable Development Goal Advocate under Secretary General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020).

Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.
Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Shah is the Chief Medical Officer at Sharecare and a Senior Scholar at Stanford University. He is an internist and leader in digital health and innovation, care transformation, and public health. His expertise spans health and healthcare as an independent director of public and private companies and foundations, with prior service as a member of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee (Healthy People 2030) and the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Jill Taylor, Ph.D.
Jill Taylor, Ph.D.

Dr. Taylor has spent her scientific career serving multiple roles in public health, most recently as Director of the Wadsworth Center, New York State’s Public Health Laboratory, from which she retired in September 2020. Currently, at the Association of Public Health Laboratories, she is working to increase the breadth and effectiveness of the public health laboratory response, within a re-imagined national laboratory system.

Monica Valdes Lupi, J.D., M.P.H.
Monica Valdes Lupi, J.D., M.P.H.

Ms. Valdes Lupi is the Managing Director for the Health Program at The Kresge Foundation where she leads efforts to build equity-focused systems of health that create opportunities for all people to achieve optimal health. She partners with other Kresge teams on efforts to lead with equity and expand access to safe and affordable housing, create equitable food policy systems, strengthen communities to be climate resilient, and increase economic mobility. She spent most of her career in governmental public health at local, state and national levels; most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, the health department for the City of Boston.

John Auerbach, M.B.A.
John Auerbach, M.B.A.

Mr. John Auerbach is the Director of Intergovernmental and Strategic Affairs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) for the ACD Committee. He is the lead strategic advisor on CDC’s engagement with government agencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial levels, public health partners, and other external partners. For over thirty years, he has held senior public health positions as the President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), Associate Director at CDC, Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Boston’s Health Commissioner.

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