XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, currently Professor of Internal Medicine, Behavioral Sciences and Nursing at Rush University Medical Center, has been named incoming Director and the inaugural Henry Rutgers Professor of Population Health Sciences. A renowned epidemiologist and health services researcher whose research focuses on aging populations and the intersection of culture, resilience and health outcomes, Dr. Dong has been a strong advocate for advancing health issues in underrepresented communities worldwide. He has served as Director of the Chinese Health, Aging and Policy Program and Associate Director of the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging. Dr. Dong’s appointment begins April 1, 2018.
“With his passionate commitment to interdisciplinary work in medicine and health, Dr. Dong will look to build on the strong infrastructure of excellence, collaboration and innovation at the Institute for Health to advance state-of-the-art science in population health, health services and community health equity. His vision will further the mission of our acclaimed and exceptional Institute for Health’s scholarship and research” said Brian Strom, Chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.
Dr. Dong’s research and advocacy have been recognized by many national and international organizations including awards by the American Public Health Association, American Geriatric Society, Gerontological Society of America and International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He was the first geriatrician to receive the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. This year Dr. Dong was elected to the prestigious American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Dr. Dong has published extensively on the topics of violence prevention, culture and health disparities with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is the editor of Elder Abuse: Research, Practice and Policy, a textbook comprising the largest collection of research, practice and policy in the field. He serves on several editorial boards and is guest editor-in-chief for the Journal of Aging Health and the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Currently, Dr. Dong is the principle investigator of eight federally-funded grants while mentoring many trainees and faculties to successful careers.
Dr. Dong has served as senior policy and research adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association. His policy and advocacy work with the Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shaped the national agenda on surveillance and preventive strategies combating the issues of violence and mental health. Dr. Dong was appointed a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Violence Prevention Forum and then chaired the workshop on elder abuse prevention.
A native of a rural village near NanJing, China, Dr. Dong earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and economics from the University of Chicago, an M.D. from Rush University College of Medicine and a masters of public health in epidemiology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at Yale University Medical School and Yale New Haven Hospital.