March 4, 2009

David Vlahov, PhD, RN

Dean, School of Nursing

Dr. Vlahov is Dean and Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. He brings experience in inter-professional and interdisciplinary education and research, serving on the faculty as Professor of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins and Columbia Universities, with adjuncts in Medical Schools at Cornell, Mount Sinai and New York University and the College of Nursing at New York University. He has also served as co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars program. He brings research expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, substance abuse and mental health. Dr. Vlahov conducted studies of urban populations in Baltimore for over 20 years including several longitudinal cohort studies for which he received the NIH MERIT Award. More recently, Dr. Vlahov led epidemiologic studies in Harlem and the Bronx, which have served as a platform for subsequent individual- and community-level intervention studies and community based participatory research (involving partnerships with residents, community based organizations, academic/ public health departments) to address social determinants of health. This work has contributed information on racial/ethnic disparities in health and approaches to address such disparities. Uniting these interests, Dr. Vlahov initiated the International Society for Urban Health (www.isuh.org), serving as its first President. He is a Visiting Professor at the Medical School in Belo Horizonte, Brazil to develop their programs in urban health, and is an expert consultant to the WHO’s Urban Health Center in Kobe, Japan. He served on the New York City Board of Health. Dr. Vlahov is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Urban Health, has edited three books on urban health and published over 610 scholarly papers. He received his baccalaureate in History from Earlham College (Indiana), a bachelors and masters in nursing from the University of Maryland, and his doctorate in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He served as a clinical nurse in a variety of settings from long term care to intensive care and community health.