This annual lecture, endowed in honor of founding dean Dr. Richard Hamman, is given by a leader in public health on a topic of interest to the Colorado School of Public Health and the CU Anschutz Medical Campus generally. Dr. Hamman joined the university in 1979 and was instrumental in leading the creation of the Colorado School of Public Health and served as Dean for the school’s first four years.
Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS is a professor of epidemiology and Dean Emeritus of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An ophthalmologist and epidemiologist, his research showed that Vitamin A supplementation reduces childhood mortality and maternal mortality, leading to interventions that have saved millions of lives. He has long been a leader in academic public health. He is a member of the National Academies of Sciences and of Medicine, and a recipient of the Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award.
This lecture took place on September 16, 2020.