Lecture Series

The Florida Blue Center hosts a quarterly Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series featuring speakers focused on aspects of health care quality.  Below find some of our speakers in the lecture series.



Agile Implementation Process

March 21, 2019

Dr. Malaz Boustani is Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine, Center Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Chief Research Officer, Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia.

  • Dr. Boustani’s main research focuses on rapid translation of aging brain research discovery into health care delivery by using the lens of complexity science, the tools of medical informatics, and the methods of public health epidemiology.





Dyads, Drive-ins, and Dives: A Cross-study Road Trip to Understanding Community based Heart Failure Self-Care

January 24, 2019

Dr. Harleah Buck is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing, University of South Florida

  • Dr. Buck stands in a unique position at the nexus of palliative, geriatric, and cardiovascular nursing – contributing to international palliative care essential practices; leading funded interprofessional initiatives in rural geriatric care using distance technology; conducting NIH-funded cutting edge dyadic symptom management research.



Treatment Decision Making within Prostate Cancer

September 6, 2018

Dr. Randy A. Jones is an Associate Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Virginia.

Dr. Jones’ research and publications focus on health disparities, prostate cancer, chronic illness, and decision-making. He has received funded research grants from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, American Cancer Society, and the American Nurses Foundation.   Dr. Jones is currently an investigator on several grants, including Principal Investigator on an NIH/NINR-R01 grant that focuses on advanced prostate cancer and treatment decision-making.





Dr. Patrick Monahan

Symtrak tool for monitoring symptoms of Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) in primary care

January 25, 2018

Dr. Monahan oversees biostatistical and psychometric analyses for the Indiana University Cancer Control Program which has been awarded numerous NIH R01 grants including randomized controlled trials to increase breast and colorectal cancer screening, prevent smoking cessation relapse, and improve the quality of life for children and adults living with cancer.






Dr. Donald Macceus

Populations health interventions: Lessons from Haiti

November 15 2017

Dr. Donald Maccéus is the Program Manager of Volontariat pour le Développement d’Haiti , a community organization working in the prevention of infectious disease such as Malaria and HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Maccéus is originally from Port-au-Prince City, Haiti where he attended The State University of Haiti for his medical studies. After graduating in 2011 with medical degree, Dr Maccéus reached country sides to involve himself in a commitment to the community, working with vulnerable populations. In 2013, Dr Maccéus started his residency in Family Medicine in a joint program based in Haiti, managed directly by Partners in Health in partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Haitian Ministry of Health.



Preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2022

June 29, 2017

Dr. Joseph Bertulfo is the Deputy Director of the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  DHDSP’s mission is to provide public health leadership to improve cardiovascular health for all, reduce the burden, and eliminate disparities associated with heart disease and stroke through multiple cardiovascular disease prevention programs, such as the national Million Hearts® initiative.

He has been recognized for his contributions to nursing and public health on multiple occasions He is a recipient of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service; the Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Foundation Carruth Wagner Nursing Leadership Award; the U.S. Public Health Service Chief Nurse Officer Award; and the University of Florida College of Nursing Dorothy M. Smith Nursing Leadership Award.

Dr. Bertulfo is an active member of the University of Florida, College of Nursing Alumni Council and was named the College of Nursing’s Alumnus of the Year in 2014.  He holds advanced degrees in nursing and public health from The University of Alabama (Sigma Theta Tau) and the University of South Florida.



Clinical Health Disparity Reports: Should Sickle Cell Disease be Included

April 13, 2017

Mary Hulihan, Dr.P.H., Health Scientist, Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Blood Disorders

Mary Hulihan, Dr.P.H., is a CDC health scientist who works on a CDC Foundation effort with CDC called the Sickle Cell Data Collection Program.  The Sickle Cell Data Collection collects health information about people with SCD to study long-term terms in diagnosis, treatment and healthcare access for people with SCD in the U.S.  The program will help inform policy and healthcare standards that improve and extend the lives of people with SCD. 



Non-traditional Approaches to Health Literacy: An Evolution in Patient-Practitioner Communication

April 12, 2016

Ulla M. Connor, PhD., Professor, Indiana University-Purdue University, School of Liberal Arts

Ulla M. Connor, Ph.D. is the Barbara E. and Karl R. Zimmer Chair in Intercultural Communication, Chancellor’s Professor of English, and Director of the International Center for Intercultural Communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  In her research on writing and intercultural communication, Dr. Connor combines theories and methods from both linguistics and rhetoric. Results of her intercultural rhetoric research have been applied in ESL and EFL, intercultural business communication, and, most recently, the language of health care among U.S. immigrant populations.

Recipient of Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Linguistics, University of  Florida, October 8, 2005




Unique Health Care System: Brazilian Health Policy

December 10, 2015

Denize Bouttelet Munari, RN, PhD. and

Marcelo Medeiros, RN, PhD.

Professors, Federal University of Goiás, Brazil , College of Nursing

Dr. Munari is a professor at the College of Nursing at the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil. Her research focus on group dynamics applied to Nursing and Health workforce, specifically on development, leadership and evaluation of health teamwork. Dr. Munari is a consultant in Management and Groups’ Coordination and she is also Nursing Coach certified by the International Association of Coaching Institute. She is the chair of the Nursing Research Center on Management, Personnel Development and Technology at the College of Nursing at the Federal University of Goiás. Dr. Munari is recognized for her expertise as evaluator of nursing graduate programs. From 2011-2014 she was the coordinator for the Nursing Area of the Brazilian Federal Agency Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education – CAPES. She is also the Executive editor of the Electronic Journal of Nursing.

Dr. Medeiros is a Professor at the College of Nursing at the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil. He is an enthusiastic and committed public health researcher, focusing on identifying the implications of the social vulnerability of different population groups (women, children, adolescents, and native-Indians), social determinants of health and nursing care. He is the chair of the Qualitative Health Research Group at the College of Nursing of the Federal University of Goiás. His expertise on research methods is on qualitative methods and the use of photovoice, focus groups and deep interviewing as data collection methods. He was the Dean of the College of Nursing of the Federal University of Goiás from 2006 to 2014. Since 1999, he is the editor of the Revista Eletrônica de Enfermagem (Electronic Nursing Journal), which is indexed on several national and international scientific journal’s data basis (CINAHL). He is an active member of the Brazilian Nurses Association, Brazilian Scientific Editors’ Association, International Family Nursing Association and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Society – Rho Upsilon Chapter.



Palliative Care and Neurology: Time for a Paradigm Shift

September 9, 2015

Benzi M. Kluger, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor
University of Colorado
School of Medicine

Benzi Kluger is interested in improving the lives of patients with advanced neurological illnesses through a variety of research approaches. He is investigating the needs of patients and caregivers from a palliative care perspective and testing the efficacy of palliative care interventions for addressing these needs. He is interested in improving our understanding of non-motor symptoms, particularly fatigue and cognitive dysfunction, through the use of behavioral, neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies.




Measles: Some Things Old, Some Things New

April, 28, 2015

Dr. Robert Lawrence
Associate Professor
University of Florida
College of Medicine

Robert Lawrence, M.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Florida, College of Medicine.  He is a clinical professor of pediatrics, who is board-certified in pediatric infectious diseases.  He has spent 20+ years caring for children and adolescents with HIV/AIDS. He continues his work caring for HIV infected children and adolescents and as a member of the Florida Caribbean AIDS Education Training Center.




Quality Cancer Care: Learning from Patients and Nurses

November 17, 2014

Dr. Christopher Friese
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan
School of Nursing

Christopher Friese, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. His research program is focused on the measurement and improvement of care delivery for patients with cancer. He completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania and Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Harvard. In 2012, he was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.





Quality of Care: the Good, the Bad and the Suboptimal

October 7, 2014

Dr. Sonia Saxena
Faculty of Medicine
School of Public Health
Imperial College, London

Dr. Sonia Saxena is a Clinical Reader and GP academic who leads the Child Health Unit at Imperial College London, UK, in research addressing key needs of British children.  She has championed the role of the GP in tackling medical problems through better prevention and early diagnosis and has a strong track record in research examining childhood obesity and early cardiovascular risk.