On April 20, 2017, National Academy of Medicine (NAM) President Victor J. Dzau a distinguished USF degree for his extraordinary leadership in academic medicine, translational research, health care innovation, national health policy and global health.
Born in Shanghai and raised in Hong Kong, Dr. Dzau holds an MD from McGill University. He began his six-year term as President of the NAM in July 2014 and continues to drive the NAM’s mission to address critical issues in health, medicine, and related policy to inspire positive action across sectors. He has launched key initiatives for the NAM in his short time as President, including the independent Commission on a Global Health Risk Framework for the Future, whose report, The Neglected Dimension of Global Security: A Framework to Counter Infectious Disease Crises, highlighted the essential role of pandemic preparedness in national security and economic stability. He also leads the NAM’s latest initiative to combat clinician burnout and support clinician well-being, co-chairing their Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience.
After receiving the Honorary Degree, Dr. Dzau gave the commencement address to USF’s graduating medical students. In his remarks, Dzua offereed, “You are among the most valuable contributions that USF will make to our society,” Dr. Dzau said. “You are the future leaders we need right now to help tackle big challenges. We need you to do the research and to make those great leaps forward. We need you to provide your patients with the best available evidence-based care. And now, more than ever, we need you to share that evidence – and yes, to defend it — beyond the walls of the clinic or the laboratory. We need you to make sure that research and medical advances are benefitting not just some of us, but all of us.”
Photos courtesy of the University of South Florida.