EVMS Commencement

‌Speaker Biography

‌‌Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD, is Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He oversees the Institute’s $270 million budget to conduct and support research, training, research capacity and infrastructure development, public education, and information dissemination programs to improve minority health and to reduce health disparities. NIMHD is the lead organization at NIH for planning, reviewing, coordinating and evaluating minority health and health disparities research activities conducted by NIH institutes and centers.

Dr. Pérez-Stable’s expertise spans a broad range of health disparities disciplines. His research interests have centered on improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations, advancing patient-centered care, improving cross-cultural communication skills among health care professionals and promoting diversity in the biomedical research workforce.

Recognized as a leader in Latino health care and disparities research, Dr. Pérez-Stable has spent more than 30 years leading research on smoking cessation and tobacco control policy in Latino populations in the United States and Latin America.

Prior to becoming NIMHD Director, Dr. Pérez-Stable was a Professor of medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He was also Director of the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities, which is funded by NIH’s National Institute on Aging and Director of the UCSF Medical Effectiveness Research Center for Diverse Populations, which addresses issues for African Americans, Asians and Latinos in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular disease, aging and reproductive health.

Dr. Pérez-Stable has received many honors and awards throughout his career, including UCSF’s Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Society of General Internal Medicine’s John M. Eisenberg National Award for Career Achievement in Research and election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He was honored with the UCSF Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award in July 2015.

Dr. Pérez-Stable earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of Miami and his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He completed his primary care internal medicine residency and research fellowship at UCSF.