Conference Schedule

Time Event
8:15-9:45 Registration, Poster Set-Up, Continental Breakfast
9:45-10:00 Opening Remarks
10:00-10:40 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Joshua Sharfstein
10:45-12:20 Oral Presentation Session 1
12:30-1:30 Poster Session and Lunch
1:30-2:20 Oral Presentation Session 2
2:30-3:00 Alumni Speaker
3:00-3:15 Workshop: Conducting Your Own Research
3:20-3:30 Closing Remarks
3:30-4:30 Mixer

Keynote Address: Dr.Josh Sharfstein M.D.

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in January 2011.  The Department includes Medicaid, public health, behavioral health, and services for the developmentally disabled, with an annual budget of approximately $10 billion.  

In March 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Sharfstein to serve as the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the agency’s second highest-ranking position. He served as the Acting Commissioner from March 2009 through May 2009 and as Principal Deputy Commissioner through January 2011.

From December 2005 through March 2009, Dr. Sharfstein served as the Commissioner of Health for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. 

From July 2001 to December 2005, Dr. Sharfstein served as minority professional staff of the Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Henry A. Waxman. 
Dr. Sharfstein is a 1991 graduate of Harvard College, a 1996 graduate of Harvard Medical School, a 1999 graduate of the combined residency program in pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital and Boston Medical Center, and a 2001 graduate of the fellowship in general pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine. 

In 2008, Dr. Sharfstein was named a Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine. Dr. Sharfstein now serves on the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, an advisory committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP

Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, LEED AP serves as the Director of Building Science Services at the Medstar Institute for Innovation in Washington, DC. Her focus is on healthcare building innovations and metrics for capturing health-related outcomes. Dr. Gray received her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2011. Her dissertation was on the impact of LEED certified green building design on occupant health, safety, and stress in healthcare centers. Dr. Gray has presented her research at several national conferences, architecture firms, and leading research institutions. During her doctorate, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment, a Healthcare Research Specialist at Perkins+Will design firm, and a sustainability consultant in Washington D.C.

In 2008, Dr. Gray was the first public health professional to become a LEED AP. As a result of her efforts to advocate for research on green buildings and health, she helped to coordinate the NIH’s Health in Buildings Workgroup. In addition, she serves as a member on the Environmental Design and Research Associations (EDRA’s) Placemaker Accreditation committee. Dr. Gray is a trained Healthy Homes Specialist and a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Training Grant Recipient.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University with a focus in public health, psychology, and political science. Before starting her doctorate, she was a public health researcher in Japan and in South Africa.