Department of Epidemiology & Prevention
Understanding the Etiology and Prevention of Human Disease
Alain Bertoni, MD, MPH, Chair
Faculty and staff in the Department on Epidemiology & Prevention are dedicated to research and teaching in the etiology and prevention of chronic diseases and their complications. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to reduce death and disability and improve quality of life.
Faculty in the Department conduct research, using classical epidemiologic observational studies, clinical trials and population-based experiments, in disease prevention. Many of our studies are collaborative and include colleagues in other departments of WFU as well as institutions across the US and abroad. Areas of research emphasis include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, nutrition, aging, health disparities, genetics, and health services research.
Faculty participate in teaching in the school of medicine, the biomedical graduate program, and the physician assistant studies program. The Department jointly sponsors, with other Departments, the Clinical and Population Translational Sciences Graduate Program.
New Chair of Epidemiology and Prevention
April 9, 2013
I am very pleased to announce that after conducting a nationwide search Alain Bertoni, MD, MPH, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest School of Medicine.
Dr. Bertoni received his Medical Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1995. He completed a General Medicine Fellowship at Johns Hopkins, during which time he earned a masterâ€™s of public health (MPH) degree from their School of Public Health. Dr. Bertoni joined the faculty at WFSM as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology & Prevention and Internal Medicine in 2001 and has subsequently been promoted to the rank of tenured Full Professor.
His research covers a wide spectrum of activities from translational clinical research to community-based public health. During Dr. Bertoniâ€™s time at WFSM, he has made significant contributions to the field of cardiovascular disease epidemiology and prevention with a focus on the etiology and prevention of the cardiovascular complications of diabetes, including heart failure. His research includes work in the quality of medical care provided to patients with diabetes and heart failure, and the impact of lifestyle behavior change on the development of diabetes and heart failure.
He is the Director of Research and Evaluation for the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. In addition, he is Associate Leader for Outreach to community providers for the Community Engagement Program of the Wake Forest University Translational Sciences Institute. In these roles, Dr. Bertoni has made a substantial positive impact on the research environment at WFSM and our community.
Dr. Bertoni is active in WFSMâ€™s educational enterprise. He mentors students in the Master of Science Program in Clinical and Population Translational Sciences and is the Co-Director of the first year medical school course on population health and epidemiology and evidence-based medicine. He is also an attending physician in the general medicine out-patient clinic.
With Dr. Bertoniâ€™s many accomplishments in major research leadership roles, we look forward to his directing the highly successful Department of Epidemiology and Prevention. The Department currently has 12 faculty members and 65 staff including project managers, data collectors and support staff. Its faculty currently lead 36 diverse research projects and also collaborate with many departments and centers outside of the Division of Public Health Sciences. The awards for grants led by the Departmentâ€™s faculty totaled more than $12 million in 2012 with total requested awards for pending grants led by the Department totaling more than $24 million.
My heartfelt thanks go out to Dr. Mara Vitolins who skillfully served as the Interim Department Chair during this transitional period.
Please join me in congratulating Alain as he moves into his new role as Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention.
Gregory L. Burke, M.D., M.Sc.