Speakers Bio´s

20th Anniversary

Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH

In the past 150 years there have been twice as many U.S. Presidents as there have been confirmed Surgeon’s General. Dr. Adams served as just the 20th U.S. Surgeon General, and only the 2nd ever African American male in that role.

But his commitment to public health and health equity didn’t begin with Dr Adams tenure as the Nation’s doctor. A fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Dr. Adams received his Master’s Degree in Public Health over 2 decades ago at the University of California at Berkeley, with a focus on chronic disease prevention.

He worked in local public health at The City of Berkeley’s health department, as well as in State public health, where he ran the Indiana State Department of Health during Ebola, zika, and HIV crises.

Long a fixture within the organized medicine community, Dr. Adams has been a leader in numerous professional societies and has continued his anesthesia practice over the past 20 years, even while serving as Surgeon General.

Most recently, he became a Distinguished Professor, Presidential Fellow and Executive Director of Health Equity Initiatives at Purdue. But the accolade he’s most proud of is that of D.A.D.- being the first surgeon general in recent times to serve as the Nation’s doctor, while helping to raise school age children.

Christopher D. Owens

Javier Sevilla Martir, MD

Javier F. Sevilla Mártir, MD is originally from Honduras where he completed medical school in 1993. Before coming to the United States, Dr. Sevilla practiced medicine in Honduras as a general practitioner for four years. These included three years in a nonprofit hospital and a year of volunteer work with an ambulatory clinic, providing care for the Lenca tribes in the mountains of Honduras. 

Dr. Sevilla-Mártir completed his internship in Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and his residency training at Methodist Hospital- Indiana University in 2002.

After joining the Department of Family Medicine, he completed a one-year faculty development fellowship in underserved medicine leadership in 2003 and then served as assistant director for the fellowship. He was appointed Director for Global health and International Medicine and Hispanic/Latino Health within the department in 2005.

Juan Tejada, MD

Dr. Tejada obtained his M.D. from Valle University, Cali, Colombia in 1995. He completed his radiology residency at Valle University in 2000.  Subsequently, Dr. Tejada did a neuroradiology fellowship at the Indiana University School of Medicine, 2002 to 2003, and a fellowship in interventional neuroradiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 2003 to 2004. He then joined the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine  in 2004. Dr. Tejada is currently a Professor of Radiology and Imaging Sciences. 

Professor Tejada has developed a very impressive career since joining the faculty at IU. During the last 18 years, he has created a strong program in Neurointerventional Radiology at IU.  The growth in the program is impressive and reflects the evolution of the field and the expansion of the indications for the management of severe diseases of the central nervous system, including intracranial aneurysms and stroke. Dr. Tejada is an avid researcher with numerous publications in peer review journals . He is also a passionate educator and continuously presents his work at national and international conferences.

Javier Romero M.D.

For the past 20 years, and with the joint effort of students, residents and fellows, our laboratory has researched multiple disease processes that increase the risk of stroke. With the support of advanced imaging techniques and an outstanding interdisciplinary team of neurologists, radiologists and neurosurgeons, we have explored the limitations and benefits of a wide array of imaging modalities in the detection of vascular disease.

We welcome the collaboration of students, fellows, physicians and other laboratories in our quest to discover new diagnostic tools for our patients and for the use of our referring physicians.

Francisco Eraso, DDS, MS, MS, MSD

Dr. Eraso is an Orthodontist and Oral & Maxillofacial Radiologist.  He received his D.D.S. from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia, his advanced standing dental degree from Indiana University School of Dentistry, his M.S. in Oral Biology from the University of Louisville, his certificate and M.S. in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Orthodontic Certificate and M.S.D from Indiana University.
Specialties: Orthodontics and Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology

Professional Associations:

Dr. Eraso is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Dental Association, American Association of Orthodontists, American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and the International Association of Dentomaxillofacial Radiology. 

Professional Information:

Currently Dr. Eraso practices Orthodontics in Indianapolis, is one of the founder radiologists of Beamreaders, Diagnostic Services, Inc and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Orthodontics at Indiana University,
He has published several papers in the field and lectured at various professional meetings and continued education courses nationally and internationally.  Dr. Eraso’s areas of interest include community outreach, virtual and digital orthodontics, imaging and 3D reconstruction, teleradiology and advanced imaging for Orthodontics, TMJ and Airways.

Alex I Garrido, MD, MBA, CMD, AAFP

Alex I Garrido, MD is a Colombian American Physician specializing in Family Medicine and Geriatric Medicine. Graduated from Medical School, from Universidad del Norte, in his Native Barranquilla, Colombia. Completed Family Medicine Residency in and Geriatric Medicine Fellowship from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 2011 and 2012 respectively and has dedicated his professional career to the diagnosis and care of the elderly with memory and movement disorders, besides primary care Geriatric Medicine including all geriatric syndromes.

Most recently Dr. Garrido has completed an executive MBA from Kelley School of Business-Indiana University-Indianapolis. Dr Garrido has served and continues to serve in a diverse number of community service board of directors including Hospice of Southern Illinois and most recently Tennessee Alzheimer’s disease Association.

Dr. Garrido has a strong interest in health Care industry leadership and has served as Medical Director of multiple Nursing Facilities. He is a CMD from PALTC. A fellow of the AAFP, and an active member of AMA, AMDA, AAFP, and AGS.

Dr. Garrido is an active Rotarian, helping communities locally and internationally, engaged with the ideals of Rotary International. Other interests include traveling abroad, fine dinning, antique collecting, and cooking. Dr. Garrido is married and has two adult children and a furry son named Lorenzo.

Jason R. Baker Ph.D

Over the past 20 years, my roles consisted of the GI Physiology Laboratory Coordinator, Deputy Director, and Associate Director of the GI Physiology Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Recently, I was the Clinical Research Director at Atrium Health with additional responsibilities as a faculty member of the Division of Gastroenterology and Surgery. Currently, I am the Senior Manager of Clinical Training and Education for AnX Robotica.

My research portfolio has included partnering with diverse investigators and inter-disciplinary teams. These projects range from clinically centric, pharmaceutical pathology, and biomedical technology. My research portfolio has allowed me to present abstracts at internal symposiums, national GI scientific meetings, and international GI scientific forums.

Douglas McClain

Douglas A. McClain Sr is Director of Therapeutic Development at Marpe Holdings LLC.  For the last 40 years, he has been an innovator and is an international thought leader in immunotherapy with a special interest in the rapidly emerging field of Biologic Response Modification.  He and his team have conducted numerous preclinical and clinical trials including clinical research in four continents combating some of the most vicious viruses, parasites and bacteria. This work includes conducing first-in-man studies of Infeperium™, a first in class immunomodulating agent for intracellular microbes and cancer.  He has led the way for regulatory approval in Mexico and currently devotes his time working with the FDA for regulatory approval in the United States. 


He completed his training in at Georgia Tech and at the Mount Royal Seminary.  When he is not in the field working with patients, he enjoys studying ancient languages like Hebrew and Aramaic. He has been a missionary, a devoted husband and father and philanthropist.    

Alejandro Jadad, MD

Dr. Jadad is a Canadian-Colombian physician, innovator, entrepreneur, and philosopher. His mission is to create the future of medicine and health. He leads initiatives with heads of state, multinational companies, entrepreneurs and scientists worldwide.

He obtained his medical degree from the Javeriana University in Colombia and his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Balliol College, at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

He is the founder of the Center for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto. This is a simulator to design and develop prototypes of the future. He is also the creator of the Jadad Scale, the most widely used tool in the world to assess the quality of controlled clinical trials, and the author of 11 books and hundreds of scientific publications.

Alfredo Lopez-Yunez, MD

Dr. Alfredo Lopez-Yunez is native of Colombia where he trained in medicine at the Javeriana University School of Medicine and in Clinical Genetics at the National University of Colombia. He served for two years in Tolu, Colombia as a general practitioner and helped organize their healthcare system as well as the management of the Cholera epidemic.

He moved to the United States in 1993 to complete his studies in Neurology at Loyola University in Chicago and in Cerebrovascular Disease at Indiana University. He became an assistant professor of neurology, coordinated numerous scientific trials in stroke and started the first dedicated stroke unit in Indiana. He has been a member of the Global Health Innovation Group of Stanford University since 2017. He completed a Public Service fellowship at New York University.

In 2002 he founded Alivio Medical Center with the mission of providing excellent and compassionate care to the Latino population, and the motto of “heal fast”. Today, the clinic has three locations serving over 20,000 patients in primary care and multiple specialties.

He has participated in medical missions in Cartagena with Bridges of Hope International, an organization dedicated to providing construction, education, and medical missions in Latin America. He served in the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the National American Diabetes Association. He also founded Health and Science innovations a non-for profit- organization focused on Science education for youth.

In the academic world he has held faculty positions at Indiana University, Butler University and Marian University and he has authored or co-authored 50 peer reviewed publications in the fields of neurology, recovery after brain injury, stroke, type 2 diabetes and most recently COVID-19 in the Latino population.

For his multiple contributions to the community, he received from then Governor Mike Pence, the highest honor to a citizen in the state of Indiana, The Sagamore of the Wabash in 2018.

20th Anniversary