Conference Speakers

Conference Keynote Speaker:

Ana M. Viamonte Ros, MD, MPH

Dr. Viamonte Ros was Florida’s first State Surgeon General and the first woman and Cuban-American to serve as head of the Florida Department of Health (2007-2011).  She is currently Director of Physician Relations for Baptist Health South Florida and an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society and the Director of Academic Development at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University, where her responsibilities include teaching, evaluating curricula, and improving academic programming to develop physicians to work in communities and discover innovations in the science of medicine and delivery of patient care.  She earned her MD from the University of Miami Medical School and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Featured Conference Speakers:

Garth Graham, MD, MPH, FACP

Dr. Graham is the Assistant Dean for Health Policy and Chief of the Health Services Research Section in the Department of Medicine at the University of Florida.  Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he led the development of the first federal government plan to eliminate disparities.  He has published refereed articles on heart disease and on health disparities.  He earned an MD from the Yale School of Medicine, was a former faculty member at Harvard Medical School, and was recently named Distinguished Millennium Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.


Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS

Picture1Dr. Walker joined the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) from the University of California-San Francisco where she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Family and Community Medicine and spent her time seeing patients in a primary care setting, teaching medical students and residents, and pursuing health services research. Her research centered on improving health care delivery through integrated care, with a special interest in vulnerable populations. She completed a fellowship with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of California-Los Angeles and obtained a master of science in Health Services. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University and graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health with a master of public health in Health Policy and Management.