Commencement is May 19 at TCU

Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, president of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), will speak at commencement on May 19. 

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum at Texas Christian University. Tickets are not required for admission to the commencement ceremony, and there is no limit to the number of people a student may invite. A live streaming video of the event will be available for those unable to attend.

Fineberg is a key national medical and public health leader. He was dean of the Harvard School of Public Health and then provost at Harvard from 1997 to 2001. He joined the IOM in 2002.

Fineberg has devoted most of his academic career to the fields of health policy and medical decision making. His past research has focused on the process of policy development and implementation, assessment of medical technology, evaluation and use of vaccines, and dissemination of medical innovations.

He was educated at Harvard, where he earned an A.B. in 1967, an M.D. in 1971 from Harvard Medical School, a master of public policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government in 1972 and a PhD in government from Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in 1980.

In 2011, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health awarded him the Frank A. Calderone Prize in Public Health. This is presented every two years to an individual who has made a transformational contribution in the field of public health.

He is also co-author of the books Clinical Decision Analysis, Innovators in Physician Education, and The Epidemic that Never Was, also published under the title The Swine Flu Affair, an analysis of the controversial federal immunization program against swine flu in 1976. He has co-edited several books on such diverse topics as AIDS prevention, vaccine safety and understanding risk in society. He has also authored numerous articles published in professional journals. In 1988, he received the Joseph W. Mountin Prize from the Centers for Disease Control and the Wade Hampton Frost Prize from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association.

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