Pedro “Joe” Greer, Jr., MD
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
In 2020 Dr. Cheryl Brewster joined the senior executive leadership at Roseman University College of Medicine as Senior Executive Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (SED-DEI). She will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in support of the College’s strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. As SED-DEI Dr. Brewster will actively engage students, faculty, and staff to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Most recently Dr. Brewster was on the faculty at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) where she served as the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and was an Associate Professor. During her tenure of 10 years, she provided guidance to the Dean on enhancing the culture of the college and developed and managed a comprehensive diversity plan inclusive of goals, policies and practices for administrators, faculty, staff and students. She was actively involved in all diversity, equity and inclusion activities including the hiring practices of faculty and senior administrators; served as a voting member of the student admissions committee; and developed and facilitated numerous workshops for all at HWCOM. Dr. Brewster implemented pipeline programs in partnership with minority serving undergraduate institutions and received funding ($2.1 million) to implement programs and form additional partnerships with HBCUs.
Her leadership in the field was 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 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.)
Dr. Brewster remains committed to serving her community in various capacities. She currently 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. She is board chair for a foster care organization that is also a federally qualified health center.
In the few spare hours of her day, Dr. Brewster manages to work out at 5am at Orange Theory Fitness (OTF) and has worked out at OTFs in over 10 states around the U.S.
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.
Dr. Brewster earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia and performed post-doctoral training at Queen Mary University of London in Urban Renewal & Health Impact Assessment.
Karin Esposito, MD, PhD
Senior Executive Dean for Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Karin Esposito is Professor and Senior Executive Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at Roseman COM. She is the Chief Academic Officer for the medical school and will serve as the faculty lead for accreditation. She has held previous roles in curriculum, advising, and student affairs and also has experience as a residency program director. 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 in Miami, Florida. Her research interests have spanned basic and clinical research, education research, and hospital-based quality improvement research at various times in her career.
Prior to coming to Roseman, Dr. Esposito held roles at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine as Executive Associate Dean for Student Affairs, 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. Dr. Esposito also has experience in clinical leadership, serving as 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.
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. She is dedicated to advancing 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.
Dr. Gillis is an internationally recognized leader in education in the health professions and serves as Director of the USA Working Group and Director of International Academic Affairs for the Cambridge Consortium for Bioethics Education. She co-founded the Ethics and Humanities Educators in the Health Professions affinity group at the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) where she served as co-chair (2013-2020) 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 served 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 as the Assistant Dean for Women in Medicine and Science at the Florida International University College of Medicine, where she was also a division chief and the founding faculty advisor for the Gold Humanism Honors Society. She has held academic and administrative positions at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston.
Special Assistant to the Dean & GENESIS Business Development
Victoria has been involved in healthcare for over 30 years in Southern Nevada. Starting out as a registered nurse she moved quickly through the ranks in the hospital world to become a COO and eventually CEO. She worked for a couple of Healthcare systems including 15 years for the Valley Health system (UHS) and 18 years for the Dignity Health System. During her career in Las Vegas the general theme was growth and building. So in her roles she was responsible for building additions, remodels and eventually two green field hospitals. (The Siena Campus in 2000 and the San Martin campus in 2006). After opening both and her role as a CEO for the first 10 years of the hospital VanMeetren left the acute care setting and now works for Roseman University College of Medicine. She is a part of the administrative team who is opening a private not-for profit Medical School in Southern Nevada. With over 2400 physicians needed in Clark County in all specialties, she feels strongly that this medical school is essential for our communities’ future. Roseman University teaches with a six-point mastery model that already produces highly skilled graduates and professionals in the health care fields of pharmacy, nursing, and dentistry.
Her work in Business Development with GENESIS is an answer to the challenge of how to effectively merge health services and social services for high-risk and low income communities. Through the work of GENESIS healthcare teams are dispatched and will identify and help to improve the many medical, social, economic and environmental factors, or social determinants of health in these communites and assist in removing the barriers and improving the health of these households and patients.
Victoria holds a nursing degree, a Health Care Administration degree and an MBA as a three-time UNLV graduate. Throughout her career, she has been involved with many community boards and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Vegas Chamber, is the chair women for the Vegas Chamber’s Executive Women’s Council. Having graduated from their Leadership Las Vegas program, class of 2002, she stays involved with Leadership Health Day. She is a Nevada Hand Board of Trustee (which builds affordable housing for low-income families and seniors), chairs their Governance committee and sits on their Finance committee. She is a member of the Nevada State College Presidents Council and is a member of the Medical District Board for the downtown Las Vegas area development. She has been recognized as one of the most influential healthcare and businesspeople in Southern Nevada, including being named Nevada Mother of the Year and 2008 Woman of Distinction.
Vicky and her husband Steve have two adult children and 5 small grandchildren. They enjoy golfing, hiking and traveling all over the world. She and Steve have lived in Las Vegas since 1978 where Vicky has worked primarily in the Healthcare field and Steve in the Construction Industry.