The Tammy Bray Endowment in Health Leadership and Innovation

The Tammy Bray Endowment
in Health Leadership and Innovation

College of Health

Inspiring students, faculty and the community

Public Health After the Pandemic: How Can We Do Better?

2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD

Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, will deliver the 2024 Bray Health Leadership Lecture Tuesday, June 4, in the MU Horizon Room.

  • 5 – 6 p.m. Presentation
  • 6 – 7:30 p.m. Reception

Dr. Sharfstein is director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement, and professor of the practice in health policy and management.

Previously, he served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, principal deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, commissioner of Health for Baltimore City, and as health policy advisor for Congressman Henry A. Waxman.

He is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Public Administration.


Interview with Joshua Sharfstein

Public Health and the Supreme Court

Joshua Sharfstein discusses a shift by the Supreme Court that is limiting the ability of states, Congress, and federal agencies to protect public health.

Listen to the New England Journal of Medicine interview:

Download audio

About the Bray Health Leadership Lecture

The Tammy Bray Endowment in Health Leadership and Innovation was established by Tammy Bray, founding dean of the college, and her husband, John, with much appreciated contributions from alumni and supporters.

The fund, sparking the Bray Health Leadership Lecture, is intended to bring to campus high-profile health leaders to inspire students, faculty and the community.

If you have questions, please contact:
Marie Harvey, DrPH, MPH
OSU Distinguished Professor of Public Health
Associate Dean for Research
College of Health

Past lectures

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, Ph.D., MPH

Racism is a Public Health Crisis: Now That We See, What Can We Do?

Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones

Physician, epidemiologist and civil rights activist Camara Jones measures and addresses the impacts of racism and social inequalities on health and well-being and is lauded for her compelling clarity on issues of race and racism.

Through allegory, she makes sense of the complex regarding racism, privilege and other “isms.”

Her contributions to critical race theory are well known, as is her work in defining institutional racism, personally mediated racism and internalized racism in the context of modern U.S. race relations.

She drew attention to why racism and not race is a risk factor for COVID-19 and called for actions to address structural racism.


Vivek Murthy

The head and heart of well-being

Vivek H. Murthy, MD

The first lecture featured Vivek H. Murthy, MD, the nation’s 19th Surgeon General.

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.

Dr. Murthy discussed mental health and the role of community.