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XinQi Dong, MD, MPH

Director, IFH
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research,
Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Science

Dr. XinQi Dong is the Director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH) at Rutgers University as well as the inaugural Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Dong has published extensively on the topics of violence prevention with more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and is leading a longitudinal epidemiological study (The PINE Study) of 3,300 Chinese older adults to quantify relationships among culture, violence and health outcomes. Dr. Dong is the principle investigator of eight federally-funded grants and also has mentored many trainees and faculties to success. He is the PI of the NIA funded P30 Center RCMAR. Dr. Dong serves on many editorial boards, was guest editor-in-chief for Journal of Aging Health and Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences and edited the key textbook on elder abuse – the field’s largest collection of research, practice, and policy.

Dr. Dong was the recipient of the Paul Beeson Award by National Institute on Aging, the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute for Medicine as a Profession, the Nobuo Maeda International Aging and Public Health Research Award by the APHA, National Award for Excellence by APHA, the Maxwell Pollack Award in Productive Aging, the Joseph Freeman Award and the Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He was also awarded the Rosalie Wolf Award by the National Committee on the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award by the American Geriatric Society. Dr. Dong was elected to be a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association (ABA). In 2017, Dr. Dong received the Eward Busse Award by the International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. In 2018, he was awarded the RWJ Foundation Health Equity Award.

Dr. Dong has been a strong advocate for advancing population health issues in under-represented communities across the local, national and international level. Internationally, Dr. Dong has worked with multiple institutions in China as well as Chinese National Committee on Aging to further dialogue between the US China collaborative on elder justice and mental health. He was the first geriatrician to receive the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute on Medicine. Dr. Dong served as a Senior Advisor for DHHS under Obama administration. His policy and advocacy work with the Department of Justice and Center for Disease Control and Prevention have also shaped the national agenda on the surveillance and preventive strategies combating the issues of violence prevention. In 2011, Dr. Dong was appointed as a member of the Institute of Medicine: Global Violence Prevention Forum. Subsequently, he chaired the workshop on elder abuse prevention. In 2017, Dr. Dong was invited to be the planning committee member for Board on Global Health to chart the future of violence prevention effort at the NAM. In 2018, Dr. Dong became a member of the NAM Consensus study: Care Intervention of Individuals with Dementia. In 2018, Dr. Dong was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation.

An immigrant to the United States, Dr. Dong grew up in a rural village near Nanjing, China. He received his BA in biology and economics from the University of Chicago, his MD at Rush University College of Medicine, and his MPH in epidemiology at University of Illinois at Chicago. He completed his internal medicine residency and geriatric fellowship at Yale University Medical Center.