Dean and Chief Academic Officer
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
BiographyHenri R. Ford, M.D., MHA is dean and chief academic officer of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Ford is a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who returns regularly to Haiti to provide medical care to its residents. In May 2015, he performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Haiti, alongside surgeons he helped train.
Motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world and drive change, Dr. Ford has conducted groundbreaking research on the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis and has been funded by the NIH and the RWJ Foundation, among others. He is the author of multiple publications, book chapters, invited manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations.
Dr. Ford is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons (England), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the AAMC. Dr. Ford is a member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. He is past president of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Surgical Infections Society and the American Pediatric Surgical Association.
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Research InterestsI have spent most of the past 3 decades studying the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). My lab has been instrumental in defining the molecular mechanisms by which upregulation of inducible nitric oxide synthase leads to gut barrier failure in NEC. In 2018, I transitioned from Chair of the Department of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Professor of Surgery and Vice Dean for Medical Education at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine to become the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As a result, I closed my research lab to focus on developing the next generation of transformative leaders who will shape the future of medicine, direct health systems to deliver value-based health care, and champion discovery and its translation into clinical interventions to improve the health of humanity. Over the past 3 decades, I have mentored numerous clinician-scientists who are now successful, independent NIH-funded investigators and leaders in academic surgery. I have an excellent track record of mentoring underrepresented minorities in medicine to become successful academic surgeons. In fact, the Association for Academic Surgery recently honored me by establishing the “Henri Ford Fellowship Award” to support underrepresented minority researchers. The FIRST grant is a great vehicle to help promote health equity by ensuring a more diverse medical and research work force.
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