Dr. Gray is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health in the University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions. He has a joint appointment in the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and directs the Global Pathogens Laboratory in the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute. He received his BS from the US Naval Academy, his MD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his MPH from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene & Public Health. His medical boards are in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. His current research interests include emerging infectious diseases, especially zoonotic infections, evaluation of rapid diagnostics for emerging pathogens, and the epidemiology of respiratory pathogen infections. He has conducted epidemiological studies of infectious diseases in all five continents and authored more than 170 publications in the peer-reviewed medical literature. He is currently the principal investigator for large prospective cohort studies of zoonotic influenza transmission in Cambodia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Romania, Thailand, and the United States.
The purpose of the series is to highlight ways in which public health and medicine work together to improve population health. Prominent examples of the synergisms across the disciplines are found among physicians who have supplemented their medical education with training in public health. This spring, seven MDs with MPH or other degrees in public health disciplines will describe how combining the knowledge and skills from both worlds has greatly expanded opportunities for creating innovative educational programs, designing cutting-edge research projects, influencing health policy, improving public health and clinical practice, and achieving continuous career enhancement. We will also have a session by one of our PhD/MPH candidates who is using his methodological skills in Soc iology and Public Health to study medical education.