Commencement 2022

2022 Commencement graphic

Thursday, June 2, 2022  |  3pm – 5pm

Keynote speaker and Honorary Doctor of Science in Public Health degree recipient

Vivek Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States

Vivek Murthy
U.S. Surgeon General

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2021 to serve as the 21st Surgeon General of the United States. He previously served as the 19th Surgeon General under President Obama. As the Nation’s Doctor, the Surgeon General’s mission is to help lay the foundation for a healthier country, relying on the best scientific information available to provide clear, consistent, and equitable guidance and resources for the public. As the Vice Admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Murthy also commands a uniformed service of over 6,000 dedicated public health officers, serving the most underserved and vulnerable populations. The first Surgeon General of Indian descent, Dr. Murthy was raised in Miami and is a graduate of Harvard, the Yale School of Medicine, and the Yale School of Management. A renowned physician, research scientist, entrepreneur, author, and mango aficionado, he lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Dr. Alice Chen, and their two children.

Public Health Champion Awardee

Dave Chokshi
43rd Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Dave ChokshiDave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, FACP was the 43rd Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one of the leading health agencies in the world. He led the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including its historic campaign to vaccinate over 6 million New Yorkers, saving tens of thousands of lives. Dr. Chokshi architected treatment strategies, navigated school and economic reopenings, and served as principal public spokesperson.

From 2014-2020, Dr. Chokshi served in leadership roles at NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), including as its inaugural Chief Population Health Officer, where he built an award-winning team dedicated to transforming the largest public health care system in the country. He has been a practicing primary care internist at Bellevue Hospital since 2014 and is also Clinical Professor of Population Health at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.

Previously, Dr. Chokshi served as a White House Fellow at the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, where he was the principal health advisor in the Office of the Secretary. His prior work experience spans the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In 2016, President Obama appointed him to the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

He trained in internal medicine at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. He received his M.D. with Alpha Omega Alpha distinction from Penn. He also earned an MSc in global public health as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke.

Valedictorian and Dean’s Merit Award for Scholarship
Christopher C. McLaughlin (MPH, Health Policy and Management)

Dean’s Merit Award for Excellence
Sadaf Ahmad (MS, Population Health Informatics)
Chung Sheung Chan (MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Xiaoqing (Yuki) Chen (MPH, Community Health)
Magdalen Harris (MS, Health Communication for Social Change)
Emily Z. Henderson (MS, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences)
Abida Kabir (MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences)
Julia Kolmakova (MS, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences)
Samantha Lang (MPH, Health Policy and Management)
Rachel Murro (MPH, Community Health)
Shriya Patel (MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics)

Dean’s Merit Award for Commitment
Emily Z. Henderson (MS, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences)

Dean’s Merit Award for Research
John Croft (MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Magdalen Harris (MS, Health Communication for Social Change)
Lisa Hitch (MPH, Health Policy and Management)
Abida Kabir (MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences)

Dean’s Merit Award for Service
Man Nga Chan (MPH, Public Health Nutrition)
Scout Silverstein (MPH, Community Health)

Dean’s Dissertation Award
QUALITATIVE
Gabrielle de Fiebre (PhD, Community Health and Health Policy)

QUANTITATIVE
Ellen Brazier (PhD, Epidemiology)

Dean’s Merit Award for Teaching
SENIOR
Chris Palmedo (Clinical Professor, Department of Community Health and Social Sciences)
JUNIOR
Meredith Manze (Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Social Sciences)

Dean’s Merit Award for Mentoring
Luisa Borrell (Distinguished Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Christian Grov (Professor, Department of Community Health and Social Sciences)

Dean’s Merit Award for Research
SENIOR
Bruce Lee (Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management)
JUNIOR
Brian Pavilonis (Associate Professor, Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences)

Dean’s Award for Community Participation
Sean Haley (Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management)

This page will be updated with additional details on an ongoing basis.

If you have any questions about commencement, please reach out to us at commencement@sph.cuny.edu.

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