Alumni Voices

Upcoming Virtual Events

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Learn more about our panelists from Alumni Voices: The Intersectionality of Politics and Medicine (hosted Feb. 17, 2021):

LaQuandra Nesbitt

LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD '03, MPH | View Dr. Nesbitt's Full DC Health bio
Board-certified family physician and director of the District of Columbia Department of Health
        Dr. Nesbitt is a board-certified family physician with over a decade of experience leading population health initiatives in governmental public health agencies.  Dr. Nesbitt currently serves as the Director of the District of Columbia Department of Health in Washington, DC, a position she has held since January 2015 when appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser.  As a physician leader, Dr. Nesbitt mobilizes organizations and communities to implement innovative solutions that promote health and wellness, and achieve health equity.


Joe SchwarzJohn J.H. "Joe" Schwarz, MD '64
Lecturer, Ford School
He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Michigan in 1959, and his medical degree from WSU in 1964. Dr. Schwarz served his residency in otolaryngology at Harvard University and has been in private practice in Battle Creek, Michigan for 42 years. Dr. Schwarz served in Southeast Asia in the Navy and Intellegence Agency. He was a City Commissioner then Mayor of Battle Creek, a member of the Michigan Senate and a member of Congress. 



Craig Spencer

Craig Spencer, MD '08, MPH
Director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine, New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

He currently divides his time between providing clinical care in New York and working internationally in public health. He has worked in Africa and Southeast Asia as a field epidemiologist on numerous projects examining access to medical care and human rights, including measuring mortality and maternal health in Burundi, access to legal documentation in Indonesia, child separation in emergencies in D.R. Congo and South Sudan, and coordinating Doctors Without Borders national epidemiological response in Guinea during the Ebola outbreak. 


Previous Virtual Events

View the Alumni Virtual Town Hall with Dean Mark E. Schweitzer. Dean Mark E. Schweitzer, M.D. joined the Medical Alumni Association Board of Governors for a Virtual Town Hall on December 7, 2020. 


View Alumni Voices: The Intersectionality of Politics and Medicine with School of Medicine graduates Craig Spencer, M.D. '08, M.P.H., director of Global Health in Emergency Medicine at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center; LaQuandra Nesbitt, M.D. '03, M.P.H., director of the District of Columbia Department of Health; and John Schwarz, M.D. '64, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate.