Pedro “Joe” Greer, Jr., MD
Founding Dean

Dr. Greer joined the University on June 1, 2020 with the goal of establishing an innovative mid-21st Century, Las Vegas-based medical school that will align students, educators, and community in designing and delivering an inclusive and collaborate environment for learning, healthcare and research.

Previously, Dr. Greer served as Professor of Medicine, Founding Chair of Humanities, Health, and Society; and Associate Dean for Community Engagement at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Working with various FIU colleges, Dr. Greer spearheaded the nationally recognized Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP). This program prepares medical students and other health professions students to address the social determinants of health through a hands-on longitudinal experience caring for underserved households in Miami-Dade County.

Better known as “Joe,” Dr. Greer has been an advocate for health equity by engaging communities to create effective health and social policies and accessible health care systems. He established Camillus Health Concern, Inc. and Saint John Bosco, health centers for underserved populations in Miami-Dade County, Florida. He has received numerous recognitions, including: one of the 500 Most Influential Business Leaders in Life Sciences listed on the Florida Trend 2019; June 2019 AMA Foundation Pride in Profession Award; Bob Graham Center for Public Service 2017 Citizen of the Year; 2014 National Jefferson Award in the category of Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged; 2013 Great Floridian Award; the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom; and in 1993, was honored as a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” Fellow. He has published more than 30 articles and book chapters and wrote Waking Up in America, a book about his life experiences, including caring for homeless individuals and advising Presidents Bush Sr. and Clinton on health care policy.

Dr. Greer is currently a Trustee at the RAND Corporation (America’s oldest and largest think tank) and is the Chair of the Pardee RAND Graduate School Board of Governors. He served as Chair for the Hispanic Heritage Awards Foundation from 2002 to 2012, and is an independent board member of American Funds 2016 to present. He completed his medical studies at La Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. He trained in Internal Medicine, served as Chief Resident, and completed two post-doctoral fellowships (Hepatology and Gastroenterology) at the VA/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Before joining FIU, Dr. Greer ran a successful private practice and was Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mercy Hospital in Miami.

 


Cheryl Brewster, EdD
Senior Executive Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dr. Brewster serves as Roseman University College of Medicine’s Senior Executive Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Before joining Roseman, In 2010 Dr. Brewster joined the faculty at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) at which she is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor. She was charged with providing leadership to the HWCOM Dean to enhance the culture of the college by developing and overseeing a comprehensive diversity plan to include goals, policies and practices as they relate to administrators, faculty, staff and students. Over the course of almost 10 years since her arrival she was actively involved in all diversity, equity and inclusion activities including the hiring practices of faculty and senior administrators; serving as a voting member of the student admissions committee; and developing and facilitating numerous workshops for faculty staff and students. She serves on the executive board for Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians (BNGAP), an organization specifically founded in 2010 to address the lack of underrepresented faculty in academic medicine.

Dr. Brewster has been implementing a medical school pipeline program for the past 10 years in partnership with minority serving undergraduate institutions. Having received funding ($2.1 million) to continue to implement and expand the program, additional partnerships were formed with HBCUs.

Her leadership in the field were acknowledged when she was elected by her peers from around the country to serve in a voluntary leadership role with the AAMC around the issue of diversity at all levels in academic medicine, serving a two-year term with the Group on Diversity and Inclusion. In 2017, her colleagues at FIU nominated her for the Presidential Award on Diversity with her subsequently winning the award.

Prior to her arrival at FIU, Dr. Brewster was the Associate Director for research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine working on myriad chronic disease prevention projects for almost three years. All of her work has been with medically underserved populations and researching the social determinants of health and the health disparities associated with the medically underserved populations. Her training is in community-based Public Health and she has over 15 years of teaching health education/public health courses Dr. Brewster relocated to London, UK for one year with completing coursework at the University of East London in the Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies program examining the interface and intersection of social divisions (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender, etc.).

 


Luther Brewster, MS, PhD
Senior Executive Dean for Community Health Innovation

Dr. Luther Brewster’s background is in community development; he has worked both in the private and public sectors. Since beginning his career in 2003, Dr. Brewster has held academic and research positions at the City University of New York and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served as consultant for the expansion of the 125th Street business improvement district in Harlem, New York and the Arsenal, F.C. Emirates Stadium housing regeneration project in London, England. The focus of Dr. Brewster’s work is on the identification and correction of health risks created by programs and policies that typically are not viewed as having a relationship to health. He has a consistent track record of implementing grassroots strategies to address community concerns.

In 2005, Dr. Brewster joined Florida International University (FIU) as faculty in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work. In March 2008, he became faculty at FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine to lead the development of the community-based initiatives. As Founding Chief of the Division of Policy, Research and Community Development and the Community Director of Green Family Foundation NeighborhoodHELP™ (Health Education Learning Program) and Associate Professor of Medicine & Society, Dr. Brewster oversees the development of a broad network of community partners and the recruitment and retention of households for the Green Family Foundation Medicine and Society community-based educational activities. He is also co-Founder of the FIU-Aetna Health Policy Analysis Academy, a joint venture with the Pardee RAND Graduate School to develop healthcare ‘value propositions’ for strategies aimed at addressing the social determinants of health.

Dr. Brewster has been the recipient of several awards and designations. In July 2010, Dr. Brewster was a recipient of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship through the German Marshall Fund, which brings together Americans and Europeans to increase understanding and to build transatlantic networks among the political, media, business, and nonprofit communities. Dr Brewster also serves on the technical advisory committee for the Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities, an initiative to assess and address the social, economic, and public health impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico region. In 2015, he was named the first public member of the Thoracic Surgery Review Committee for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He has board positions with Miami Homes for All, the Health Foundation of South Florida, and We Got Us Now/Children of Incarcerated Parents.

 


Karin Esposito, MD, PhD
Senior Executive Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

Before joining Roseman University College of Medicine, Dr. Esposito served as Executive Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU HWCOM). She has held previous roles at FIU as Associate Dean for Curriculum and Medical Education and as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and for Women in Medicine and Science. Dr. Esposito was also the founding program director for the psychiatry residency at Citrus Health Network. During her tenure as curriculum dean, she launched the participation of HWCOM in the Association of American Medical College’s “Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency” pilot project and was co-leader for HWCOM’s first American Medical Association “Accelerating Change in Medical Education” grant.

Prior to FIU, Dr. Esposito was the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health and Interim Associate Chief Medical Officer/Chief of Service for Ambulatory Services and Corrections Health at Jackson Health System in Miami, Florida, covering a 200-bed psychiatric facility, Jackson’s seven outlying primary care clinics and multispecialty ambulatory practice, and Miami-Dade County’s corrections health contract. She was on the faculty of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for 10 years, where she served in multiple roles including Medical Director for psychiatry outpatient services at Jackson, Associate Residency Training Director for psychiatry, and Vice-Chair of a biomedical sciences IRB Committee. Dr. Esposito received her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, as well as her MD, from the University of Miami, and she completed her residency training in psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her research interests have spanned basic and clinical research, education research, and hospital-based quality improvement research at various times in her career.

 


Marin Gillis, PhD, LPh
Senior Executive Dean for Faculty Affairs and Learning Innovation

Marin Gillis, PhD, LPh is a philosopher, bioethicist, and award-winning medical educator. Prior to Joining Roseman University, Dr. Gillis was the founding chair of the promotion committee and established all procedures for the largest department at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) that included the divisions of internal medicine, family medicine, community medicine and policy, ethics, humanities, arts and design, and the medical library. She was an elected member of the first HWCOM faculty steering committee and served on many other College and COM level committees drafting bylaws, handbooks, policies and workflows and served on all LCME committees leading to HWCOM full accreditation. Recently, she cycled off a three-year term on the Steering Committee for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) and served briefly as the Assistant Dean for Women in Medicine and Science at HWCOM.

Dr. Gillis was the founding chief of the Division of Ethics, Humanities, Arts and Design (DEHAD) at HWCOM where she and her faculty advanced innovative applications of creative, conceptual, and critical thinking aimed at an empowered, resilient, inclusive learning environment and workforce and better health outcomes for patients, households, and communities. She is an internationally recognized leader in ethics and humanities education in the health professions and serves as Director, International Academic Affairs for the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education, co-chairs the Ethics and Humanities Educators in the Health Professions affinity group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) and is a Harvard Macy scholar. Dr. Gillis is the PI of a flourishing digital humanities lab (purplecoat.org) and has published in the area of ethics and medical biotechnologies but is more recently devoted to the scholarship of medical and interprofessional health education. She has published a book, more than 35 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and given more that 175 invited and conference presentations at the local national and international levels.

Dr. Gillis was a full professor in the Department of Humanities, Health, and Society, she held an FIU Graduate College faculty appointment, was a Faculty Associate in the FIU Women and Gender Studies Program and was a past fellow at the FIU Honors College. Previously, she has held academic and administrative positions at the University of Nevada School of Medicine and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University.


Thomas Hunt, MD
Chair of Family and Community Medicine
Associate Dean for Clinical Education

Dr. Thomas Hunt joined Roseman University College of Medicine in August of 2015 as Professor and Chair of Family Medicine. As a physician who has been involved in medical education almost his entire career, Dr. Hunt jumped at the opportunity to join and help shape this new Southern Nevada medical school. Dr. Hunt graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Mathematics and received his MD degree from New York Medical College. He completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Merrithew Memorial Hospital in Martinez, California. Dr. Hunt has practiced in Nevada for the past 18 years has been a member of the Clark County Medical Society for 10 years. After residency, Dr. Hunt returned to upstate New York where he served as a solo physician in a small rural town as a National Health Service Corps scholar. It was here that his love of medical education began. Dr. Hunt was recruited by SUNY Upstate to be an RMED preceptor, a program for motivated third-year medical students. Each student spent nine months in a rural community learning Family Medicine along with many other specialties taught by the local medical community. Tom also served as an active faculty member at the University of Nevada School of Medicine for 16 years. Dr. Hunt is a graduate of the Teaching and Learning Fellowship at the Keck School of Medicine and is currently finishing the AAMC Leadership Education and Development Certificate Program. Recognitions include the EW Richardson Excellence in Teaching award, 2013 Health Care Hero community partner award, and the 2005 Nevada Family Physician of the year. Tom and his wife Katie have been married for 26 years and have 5 children aged 15-26. Dr. Hunt enjoys spectator sports, Pilates, dining out, and watching his children grow. Dr. Hunt channels his competitive spirit every summer, relying on his skills of patience, psychology, and strategy while participating in the World Series of Poker.

 


Bruce Morgenstern, MD
Senior Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs

Bruce Z. Morgenstern, MD is Senior Executive Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Roseman University College of Medicine.  He received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College (now the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University) in Philadelphia.  He trained in General Pediatrics at the Long Island Jewish – Hillside Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY and did a Pediatric Nephrology at the St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.  After serving in the US Air Force at Keesler Medical Center in Biloxi, MS, he practiced for 15 years at the Mayo Clinic and then for another decade at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, where he grew a 4 person staff into a 45 person program, devoted the care of children with hypertension, kidney disease, on dialysis, or kidney transplant, which was ranked #17 in the US News best programs ranking in 2015, having been unranked in 2012.

Bruce has been involved in medical student education for more than 25 years.  He has served as president of COMSEP, the associate of Pediatric medical school educators, and is the president-elect of the Alliance for Clinical Education, the organization of medical school clerkship director organizations from Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Neurology, Psychiatry, Surgery and Emergency Medicine.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Guidebook for Clerkship Directors, reviewed in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as a “must have” book for medical educators.

Prior to his move to Nevada in 2015, he served on the boards of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, MN and Phoenix, AZ, and the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona.  Bruce and his wife have an adult daughter, arguably more adult than he is.  He enjoys hiking and travel.