Leading Voices in Public Health

The Leading Voices in Public Health is a premier lecture series designed to bring internationally respected thought leaders to the community to speak with students, community members, and faculty, about issues of key importance to the public's welfare. The topics are purposely diverse, reflecting the broad interests and impact of public health. One Lecture per year is the “Lamb Lecture” named in honor of John P. Lamb, Jr. the first Dean of the School of Health and the College of Public and Allied Health. The Lectures, usually held one evening per month, last about one hour and are followed by an active question and answer period. Often the Lecturers meet separately with student leaders, faculty researchers, and the media. You can review many of the lectures, by selecting the titles listed in light green, below. If you have suggestions for future speakers, or would like to be put on the email list to be notified of upcoming Lectures, please contact the Dean at:  .

2013-2014 Lectures

Jenny Dyer, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Hope through Healing Hands

Dr. Jenny Dyer

Special Lecture

Title:  Saving Mother and Child: Why Planning Families is Critical in Developing Nations

Date: April 15, 2014

Flyer (PDF)

Video Presentation

Jonathan Wolff, MPhil
Dean of Arts and Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, University College London

Jonathan Wolff, MPhil

Leading Voices in Public Health:
The Justice, Health, and the Humanities Lecture

Title:  What's Wrong with Health Inequality and What Can Be Done About It?

Date: March 27, 2014

Flyer (PDF)

Video Presentation

Kyle Colvett, M.D.
Medical Director for Oncology Services, Mountain States Health Alliance

Dr. Kyle Colvett

Special Lecture

Title:  Radiation Emergencies: Implications for Public Health

Date: November 21, 2013

Presentation Slides (PDF)


Captain John Sanders
Commanding Officer of the Naval Medical Research Center

Captain John Sanders

Special Lecture

Title:  Bioterrorism: Implications for Public Health

Date: October 31, 2013

Presentation Slides (PDF)

The Current Status of the Epidemiologic Transition
(Lecture at the Quillen College of Medicine)


John Hoffman
Founder and CEO of The Public Good Projects

John Hoffman

Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture

Title: Complex Emotions/Complex Science: 25 Years of Lessons from Communicating AIDS, Addiction, Alzheimer's and Obesity to the American People

Date: October 24, 2013

Video Presentation


2012 - 2013 Lectures

Commissioner John Dreyzehner
Tennessee Department of Health

 John Dreyzehner

Title:  View from the Epicenter of an Evolving Public Health Crisis:  Lessons Learned from the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Date:  April 25, 2013

Video Presentation


Dr. Steven Booth-Butterfield
President, Healthy Influence, LLC

 Dr. Steven Booth-Butterfield

Title:  Persuasion Opportunity for Public Health or Getting Your Way with Words

Date: April 12, 2013



Dr. Reed V. Tuckson
Managing Director, Tuckson Health Connections; Former Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs, UnitedHealth Group

29th Annual Lamb Lecture

 Reed Tuckson

Title:  The Imperative for the Integration of Population Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Clinical Care Delivery

Date: April 11, 2013

Video Presentation


Dr. Roberta B. Ness
Dean, School of Public Health, M. David Low Chair in Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health

 Roberta Ness

Title: Reimagining Innovation:  Caution's Erosion of the Modern Research University

Date:  March 28, 2013

Video Presentation


Dr. Konglai Zhang
Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Peking Union Medical College
Former President - Global Chinese AIDS Network

 Dr. Konglai Zhang

Title:  Update on AIDS in China

Date: March 19, 2013

Presentation Slides (PDF)


Dr. Robert S. Lawrence
Founding Director, The Center for a Livable Future; Professor in Environmental Health Sciences, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

 Robert Lawerence

Title:  Rethinking Water:  The High American Diet is Draining Our Aquifers

Date:  February 21, 2013

Video Presentation


Dr. Ian Lapp
Associate Dean for Strategic Educational Initiatives, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Ian Lapp Title: Disruptive Innovation in Public Health Education: Should We Be Spooked by MOOCs?

Date: November 8, 2012

Video Presentation


2011 - 2012 Lectures

Panel of Experts on Food

Rethinking Food Title: Rethinking Food

Date: April 5, 2012

Video Presentation



Current and Former Tennessee Commissioner(s) of Health 

Commissioners' Roundtable

TitleCommissioners' Roundtable

Date: March 8, 2012

Video Presentation




Julio Frenk
Dean, Harvard School of Public Health

Title - Health Professionals for the 21st Century: Transforming Education for an Interdependent World

DateFebruary 7, 2012

Video Presentation


Kevin Spencer
Founder, Healing of Magic

Title - 2nd Annual Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts

Date - January 26, 2012

Part 1 - Freeman Owle, Cherokee Elder, Historian, and Storyteller
Part 2 - Kevin Spencer and the "Healing of Magic"


Stan Brock
Founder, Remote Area Medical

Title - Wapishana to Wise: Lessons Learned from 500,000 Patients, 28th Lamb Lecture - 2011

DateNovember 17, 2011

How to access the presentation


Paul Brooks
Executive Director, Project HOPE United Kingdom

Title - The End of Disempowerment and Dependency: Rethinking the Path for AIDS Orphans in Africa.

DateOctober 6, 2011

How to access the presentation

2010 - 2011 Lectures

Greg Diette, M.D., MHS
Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Research, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Pfizer Visiting Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Title - The Mouse, the House, and the Hamburger: Making Sense of the Asthma Epidemic

Date – March 3, 2011

Video Link

Ambassador Eric Goosby
U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator,
U.S. Department of State
Title - A Global Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS

Date – February 17, 2011

Video Link

An Evening of Health, Wellness, and the Arts
Part 1 - Dispatches from the Other Kingdom: The Cancer Journey
An Oral History Theatre Piece Conceived and Directed by Dr. Joseph Sobol with members of ETSU storytelling program
Part 2 - My Brain Tumor: A Mind Expanding Comedy
Written and Performed by California-based actor David Nathan Schwartz

Date – January 27, 2011

APSH News letter

Carlos Castillo-Chavez Ph.D.
Regents Professor
Arizona State University

Title - Public Health Policy and National Security: Life in the times of Emergent and Re-Emergent Diseases

Date – November 16, 2010

Video Link

Scott Wallace, J.D., MBA
Visiting Professor, Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
Title - Improving Value in Health Care: Capabilities, Chronic Health, and Health Strategy

Date – October 5, 2010

Video Link

2009 - 2010 Lectures

William Kenneth “Big Kenny” Alphin
Social activist, philanthropist, and part of the Grammy-nominated Country duo “Big & Rich”.
Title - Personal Responsibility and Social Action: Sudan, Haiti and Appalachia

Date - March 18, 2010

Video Link

Wanda K. Jones, DrPH
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Women’s Health) and
Director of the HHS Office on Women’s Health
Title - A Gendered Approach to Health: The Separate but Intermingled Challenges of Men and Women.

Date – February 4, 2010

Video Link

Linda M. Distlerath, PhD, JD
Senior Vice President, APCO Worldwide Global Executive Director,
The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation Former Vice President of Global Health Policy, Merck & Co., Inc
Dr. Linda Distlerath Title - The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation: A New Look at HIV Prevention in sub-Saharan Africa.

Date – November 30, 2009

The Partnership for an HIV-Free Generation: A New Look at HIV Prevention in sub-Saharan Africa

Rear Admiral David Rutstein, MD
Assistant U. S. Surgeon General,
Director of the Office of Force Readiness and Deployment,
David Rutstein Title - Hurricanes, Hot Zones, and H1N1: Are We Prepared for Them All?

Date – October 6, 2009

Hurricanes, Hot Zones, and H1N1: Are We Prepared for Them All?
Video Link

2008 - 2009 Lectures

David A. Kessler, MD, J.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics
University of California, San Francisco
Former Dean, School of Medicine, and Vice Chancellor of Medical Affairs, UCSF
Former Dean, Yale School of Medicine
Former Commissioner United States Food and Drug Administration
Title - The End of Overeating: Controlling America's Insatiable Appetite

DateApril 16, 2009

Part 1
Part 2

The Honorable Al Gore, Jr
45th Vice President of the United States
2007 Nobel Peace Prize Winner
27th Lamb Lecture-2009
Chairman, Generation Investment Management
Chairman, Current TV
Author An Inconvenient Truth and Earth in the Balance
Title - Health Threats and the Climate Crisis

Date March 26, 2009

Nicole Lurie, MD, MSPH
Director of the RAND Center for Population Health and Health Disparities
Title - Disparities and Health: What is the Problem and What Can We Do?

Date March 5, 2009

Video Link

Michael A Friedman, MD
President and CEO,
City of Hope
Title - Thinking About the Unthinkable: Planning for a Nuclear Event.

DateFebruary 19, 2009

Video Link

Dr. David R. Williams
Director, The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation
Commission to Build a Healthier America
Title - A Special Lecture and Community Meeting, "Building a Healthier America"

DateJanuary 20, 2009

Part 1 (.wmv)
Part 2 (.wmv)

James W. Curran, MD, M.P.H
Dean and Professor of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University
Title - Lessons from the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic

DateDecember 4, 2008

Gail Wilensky, PH.D.
Senior Fellow, Project HOPE
Commissioner, World Health Organization on the Social Determination of Health
Title - What the Election Will Mean for Healthcare Reform

DateNovember 20, 2008


2007 - 2008 Lectures

The Honorable David Satcher, MD, Ph.D.
The 16th Surgeon General
26th Lamb Lecture - 2008
Title - Major Challenges Facing the Health System in the United States -
A Surgeon General's Perspective

Date April 10, 2008

Video Link

William J. Martin II, MD
Associate Director of Translational Biomedicine - National
Institute of Health
Title - The Impact of Indoor Air on Human Health in the Developing World

DateFebruary 20, 2008

Video Link

Harrison Spencer, MD, M.P.H., DTM&H
President & CEO of the Association of School of Public Health
Title - Schools of Public Health: A Growth Industry with New Paradigms

DateJanuary 24, 2008

Video Link
Student Interview

Linda Distlerath, Ph.D., J.D.
Senior Vice President APCO Worldwide
Former Vice President for Global Health Policy, Merck & Co., Inc
Title - In Recognition of World AIDS Day

Date – December 4, 2007

Public - Private Partnerships in HIV/AIDS: Lessons from Botswana
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Susan R. Cooper, M.S.N., R.N.
Tennessee Department of Health
Title - A View From The Commissioner's Chair

Date– November 15, 2007

Video Link
Student Interview

The Honorable William H. Frist, MD
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader
25th Lamb Lecture-2007
Title - Health Diplomacy: Using Medicine as a Currency for Peace

Date – October 18, 2007

Video Link
Student Interview

Nathan Stinson, Ph.D., MD, M.P.H.
President, Center for Multicultural Health
Pfizer Visiting Professor in Health Literacy
and Clear Health Communication.
Title - Health Literacy: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

Date – September 20, 2007

Lecture Video
Student Interview


2006 - 2007 Lectures

Richard H. Carmona, MD, M.P.H., FACS
17th Surgeon General of The United States
East Tennessee State University
Title - Prevention, Plagues, Preparedness and Politics: The Life of the Surgeon General

Time & LocationMarch 19, 2007

Video Link

Rendslow Sherer, MD
Director, HIV/TB.STI Project HOPE
Title - An Overview of Global AIDS Pandemic: Effective Interventions in China and Sub-Saharan Africa

Time & LocationMarch 19, 2007

Other Lectures

Randy Wykoff, MD, M.P.H. & TM
College of Public Health
East Tennessee State University
Title - The Greatest Challenge in Global Health

Time & LocationNovember 13, 2006

Video Link