AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dr. Claire Pomeroy, president of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, will be the guest speaker at the Medical College of Georgia Hooding Ceremony. The event, which recognizes the 180th graduating class of the state’s medical school, is planned for 2 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St.
Pomeroy serves as chief executive officer of the Lasker Foundation and is responsible for advancing its mission to improve health by accelerating support for medical research through recognition of research excellence, public education and advocacy.
An expert in infectious diseases, Pomeroy is a longtime advocate for public health and patients, especially those with HIV/AIDS. She passionately supports ongoing investment in the full range of research. She has a special interest in health care policy, with a focus on the importance of the social determinants of health. Pomeroy was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine in 2011. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters and edited three books.
She serves on the board of trustees for the Morehouse School of Medicine and the boards of directors for the Sierra Health Foundation, the Foundation for Biomedical Research, iBiology Inc., New York Academy of Medicine, Expanesthetics Inc., and Becton Dickinson & Company. Pomeroy received bachelor’s and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed her residency and fellowship training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at the University of Minnesota. She earned an MBA from the University of Kentucky.
She has been on faculty at the University of Minnesota and the University of Kentucky, where she was chief of infectious diseases and associate dean for research and informatics. She joined the University of California, Davis in 2003 as executive associate dean and, in 2005, was appointed vice chancellor and dean of the School of Medicine and is currently professor emerita. She was named president of the Lasker Foundation in 2013.