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Dr. Barth Green

Dr. Barth A. Green, Executive Dean for Global Health and Community Service, served 22 years as Chairman of the Department of the Neurological Surgery. He is a Professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology, Orthopedics, Radiology and Rehabilitation Medicine and a world-renowned specialist in the surgical management of complex spine and spinal cord injuries and disorders. Dr. Green is a diplomat of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a fellow of American College of Surgeons. He served 37 years in the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corps where he reached the rank of Lt. Colonel.

In 1985 Dr. Green co-founded “The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis,” an internationally acclaimed spinal cord injury and paralysis research center. In 1990 he co-founded Shake- A-Leg Miami, an adaptive watersport center, which combines education with recreation and annually serves thousands of children and adults with physical, developmental, and economic challenges. Aside from these important initiatives here in the United States, Dr. Green is Chairman of the Board of the Project Medishare for Haiti, which he co-founded in 1994 to help improve the health status of Haiti’s citizens through an integrated and community approach to sustainable development. Dr. Green also co-founded the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development, a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine program focused on improving healthcare by capacity building and creating sustainable infrastructure in the healthcare sector focused on the western hemisphere and beyond. He has also been a global leader in disaster response.

In June of 2021, Dr. Green retired from his surgical practice but actively continues his neurosurgery clinic, seeing patients both in person and by telemedicine, as well as overseeing patients during rounds at both UHealth Tower and Jackson Memorial Hospital. In addition to his clinical work, he dedicates his time as Chairman of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, Executive Dean for the Global Institute for Community Health and Development and serves on the board of multiple organizations such as Project Medishare, the Buoniconti Fund, the Maven Project, the Center for Haitian Studies, and Haiti Air Ambulance.

He has received numerous local, national and international honors and awards for his community service and humanitarian work including: Humanitarian Award (American Association of Neurological Surgeons), Lawton’s Heart Humanitarian Award (Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations), the Dorothy Shula Award for Outstanding Volunteerism (United Way of Miami Dade County), the Chairman’s Recognition Humanitarian Award (Florida Board of Medicine), the President’s Medal (University of Miami), the Healthcare Heros Award (Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce) and the James W. McLamore Outstanding Service Award (University of Miami Faculty Senate). Dr. Green authored and coauthored hundreds of peer reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters and has received numerous federal and foundation grants and endowed chairs. He has lectured locally, nationally, and globally and continues all of these activities in 2023.

Ralph Wilson was a decorated naval officer and combat hero. He also founded the Buffalo Bills Football team and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He was nationally recognized as a leader in the industrial and business sectors and was a generous philanthropist. He was Dr. Green’s close friend and a generous supporter of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.

Dr. Green proudly honor his name with his academic and community activities.

Didi Farmer 

(Wingdie) Didi Bertrand Farmer, MA, DEA, DESS is the Managing Director for the Global Institute’s new Public-Private initiative with the Bahamian Ministry of Health launched in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in 2019. Her portfolio consists of establishing and/or maintaining projects and initiatives in the Abaco with responsibilities that focus on developing and facilitating collaborative activities and innovations that foster bilateral partnerships between the University and the Bahamas. Span of areas include: health system strengthening through service delivery, education and research; CHW programming that embraces public health emergencies; humanitarian crisis and disaster relief and recovery; mental health; women, health and migration; as well as adolescent health and development.


Born in Port-Au-Prince Haiti, Mrs. Bertrand Farmer holds two Master’ degrees in Social Sciences and two advanced degrees in Health System Management and Community Health and Social Development from universities in Haiti and in France. As a Medical Anthropologist and Community Health Specialist, Mrs. Bertrand Farmer has worked in Haiti, Rwanda, Malawi, Lesotho, France and the Bahamas. For the past 15 years, she has worked as program developer and implementer, community organizer, activist for women and girls' rights, and researcher.

From 2005 to 2015, she served as Director of the Community Health and Head of the Biosocial Research and Social Development Programs for Partners In Health’s Rwanda/Inshuti Mu Buzima supporting the Rwandan Ministry of Health.


Mrs. Bertrand Farmer’s areas of expertise include women’s health; maternal and child health; adolescent health; gender equity and development; female leadership and empowerment; public health emergencies and disaster response and recovery; community health and development

programs assessment; design, planning, implementation; monitoring and evaluation; tools development; capacity building; operational and qualitative research; and advocacy for policy reform.


Mrs. Bertrand Farmer has been principal investigator on multiple studies including on reproductive health and traditional healing in rural Rwanda. She has published several papers and contributions to book chapters. She also served as the Chair of the Haiti-Rwanda Commission, initiated after the 2010 earthquake to promote South-South cooperation and exchanges between Haiti and Rwanda. She currently serves as Senior Advisor on Community Health and Strategist for adolescent health, gender and development for Partners in Health. She is the Founder of the Women and Girls Initiative operating in Rwanda and Haiti. She is the mother of 3 wonderful children.

Dr. Elizabeth Greig

Dr Elizabeth Greig is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami and is the Co-Director of the University of Miami Global Institute for Community Health and Development. She holds a bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She completed Internal Medicine residency at New York Presbyterian- Cornell and holds a certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was previously on faculty. It was at University of Miami where she started her career in Global Health, working in Haiti in 2006, focusing on disaster management and building surgical capacity in developing world settings. As a fourth-year medical student, Dr Greig’s research and field work in Port au Prince laid the groundwork for a UM/JMH deployment of 5000 volunteers serving over 4 months, operating a UM built and operated 240 bed field hospital treating 20,000 patients, completing 3000 surgeries. Direct expenditures associated with the long-term commitment have h raised $15million in financial support.


Since that time, Dr Greig has continued to work in Haiti, transitioning that field hospital into a brick-and-mortar trauma center with residency training programs in neurosurgery and pediatric critical care. She has led hospital responses to Hurricanes Sandy in New York and Matthew in North Carolina and most recently led the deployment of UM physicians, reconstruction projects and community health development following Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. She runs the Interdisciplinary Professional Education curriculum in Disaster Management and Climate Change, and teaches in the departments of Medicine, Public Health and the International Administration program

More information on other speakers to come.

Conference program coming in 2024.
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