Dr. Hermes Florez, professor and director of the Division of Epidemiology and Population Health, has been named interim chair of the University of Miami Department of Public Health Sciences. Dr. Florez is a physician, public health expert and scientist who is trained in internal medicine, endocrinology, and geriatrics, as well as in epidemiology.
“I am appreciative that Dr. Florez has graciously accepted the opportunity to step up into the role of interim chair. It’s an especially exciting time for the department and the work we are doing in public health. I fully support Dr. Florez and his strategic vision for the department,” said Dr. Henri R. Ford, dean and chief academic officer at the Miller School of Medicine.
Aside from his current roles, Dr. Florez also serves as the director of the Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System and is co-principal investigator of the “Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study.” The study, also known as GRADE, is funded by the National Institutes of Health and is a multicenter, parallel-group clinical trial that is designed to compare the major drug classes that are currently used to treat type 2 diabetes.
Dr. Florez looks forward to his role as interim chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences.
“As we start 2020, we have time to reflect on the many accomplishments that the department has had over the past few years, as well as on the public health challenges that we face in the South Florida community, the United States, and beyond,” Dr. Florez said. “We need to be prepared for emerging opportunities, working in collaboration across departments, institutes, centers, and schools.”
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