Plenary Sessions

Thursday Plenary Session



Dimensions of a Career: Having Impact as a generalist across Education, Research and Clinical Care

Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE
2021–2022 SGIM President; Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Vice Dean for Medical Education

Dr. Lypson has recently joined Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons as the Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and the Vice Dean for Medical Education on June 1, 2021.  She is also the current President of the Society of General Internal Medicine (2021-2022). She previously served as a professor, Vice-Chair of Medicine, Division Director of General Internal Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medical and Health Sciences.  Her work focuses on innovations and improvements in health professions education and assessment, health equity, workforce diversity, faculty development, medical care delivery, and provider communication skills.  Dr. Lypson prior role in government included services as the Director for Medical and Dental Education for the Veterans Health Administration, where she oversaw undergraduate and graduate medical education across the nation within the Department of Veteran Affairs.

 She is a board-certified general internist with significant leadership experience in clinical, educational, and administrative arenas. Prior to this role, she served in many hospital leadership roles at the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, including Acting Chief of Staff.  She also spent years in educational leadership roles at the University of Michigan Medical School where she served as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Career Development and Faculty Director of the Standardized Patient Program.  She is a clinician educator and has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications in top-tier medical education journals in the areas of resident assessment, communication skills, cultural competency education, workforce diversity and faculty development. Dr. Lypson has held many national roles focused on health professions education, including with the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and served previously as Secretary of the Society of General Internal Medicine. As a medical education leader in administrative, organizational and professional matters she also serves as an executive coach; she has mentored faculty, staff as well as peers in various specialties and administrative areas.



COVID 19: Past, Present, and Future

This talk will discuss the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of COVID-19 and the current status of treatment and prevention interventions.

Carlos del Rio, MD
Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady Health System

Carlos del Rio, MD is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine and Executive Associate Dean for Emory at Grady Health System. He is also Professor of Global Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. He is co-Director of the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) and co-PI of the Emory-CDC HIV Clinical Trials Unit and the Emory Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit.

Dr. del Rio was Chief of the Emory Medical Service at Grady Memorial Hospital from 2001 - 2009 and Chair of the Hubert Department of Global Health from 2009 - 2019. Dr. del Rio’s research focuses on the early diagnosis, access to care, engagement in care, compliance with antiretrovirals and the prevention of HIV infection. He has worked for over a decade with marginalized populations to improve clinical care and outcomes in the U.S. and abroad.

During the COVID-19 pandemic Dr. del Rio has been a leader locally and nationally, doing research, developing policies, writing scientific publications and making countess media appearances. Dr. del Rio has advised municipal, state, and national leaders including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Tyler Perry Studios, the NCAA, the USTA, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Truist Bank, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Opera among others. He also serves on the national advisory committee of the COVID Collaborative, which focuses on developing consensus recommendations and engaging with U.S. leaders on effective policy and coronavirus response.

Friday Plenary Session

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Medicine and Public Health: Persistent Challenges and Opportunities

Healthcare and Public Health are different, nevertheless their strategies to improve health are often similar and aligned. They face similar challenges, particularly with advancing health equity and eliminating race based health disparities.  Also, there are similar opportunities to address the challenges and improve health. Dr. Prothrow-Stith will explore the challenges and the opportunities as they relate to the role of the generalist/primary care physician in advancing health. She will discuss racism, professional silos, and other challenges and will highlight opportunities moving forward.

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD
Dean and Professor at the Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine

Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD is Dean and Professor at the Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine. She advised top-tier healthcare institutions on leadership as a principal at Spencer Stuart and served as the Henry Pickering Walcott Professor of Public Health Practice and Associate Dean for Diversity at Harvard School of Public Health where she created the Division of Public Health Practice and secured over $14 million in grant funding for health programs.

While working in inner-city Boston, she broke new ground with efforts to define youth violence as a health problem. She developed The Violence Prevention Curriculum for Adolescents, a forerunner of violence prevention curricula for schools and authored or co-authored Deadly Consequences (HarperCollins 1991); Murder Is No Accident (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2004); Sugar and Spice and No Longer Nice, (Jossey Bass Publishers, 2005); a high school textbook, Health (Pearson 2014); and over 100 articles.

In 1987, Governor Michael Dukakis appointed her Commissioner of Public Health for Massachusetts where she led a department with 3,500 employees, 8 hospitals and a budget of $350 million. She and her family lived in Tanzania during her husband’s tenure as U.S. Ambassador. Dr. Prothrow-Stith is a graduate of Spelman College and Harvard Medical School and a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 2003, she was elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine. She has received ten honorary doctorates and in 2017, she was named Woman of the Year for the 2nd District by the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Saturday Plenary Session

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You See My Glory But You Don’t Know My Story: Having Impact Through Research

Dr. Ogedegbe will share his research journey and how it influenced his various leadership roles in academia. He will talk about how his early work in addressing hypertension control in Black adults led to a career in health equity research; mentoring young investigators, building research capacity in Africa, and now driving the health equity mission of a major health system. 

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH
Director of the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity (IEHE) at NYU Langone Health

Gbenga Ogedegbe, MD, MPH is the inaugural director of the Institute for Excellence in Health Equity (IEHE) at NYU Langone Health. He is the Dr. Adolph & Margaret Berger Professor of Medicine and Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, where he serves as director of the Division of Health & Behavior in the Department of Population Health. He is a leading NIH-funded scientist in health disparities research. He has led numerous NIH-funded studies for cardiovascular disease risk reduction with a focus on developing and evaluating clinic-community linkage models of care to address racial disparities in health outcomes.

Dr. Ogedegbe is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the United States Prevention Services Task Force (USPSTF). He is a Fellow of many scientific organizations including the American Heart Association, American College of Physicians and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine.

After obtaining his MD degree in Ukraine, Dr. Ogedegbe completed his residency in internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, followed by a fellowship training in Health Services Research and Clinical Epidemiology at Cornell University, during which received his MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Prior to his current position, he was a faculty member at both Cornell Weill Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.