Onelia G. Lage, MD, is Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Medical Education at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University. She is Director of pediatric and adolescent health for the Green Family Foundation Neighborhood Health Education Learning Program (NeighborhoodHELP) and also the course director of the Community Engaged Physician course series, since 2014 and strand leader for the Medicine and Society Strand. Dr. Lage has more than three decades of academic medical experience, both at the University of Miami and Florida International University. She has been the principal investigator for the Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium grant, a national initiative sponsored by the American Medical Association focused on evaluating interprofessional education.
In 2010, Dr. Lage became the first Hispanic woman and pediatrician elected as board chair of the Florida Board of Medicine. Additionally, she was a board member from 2005-2015. She has presented nationally in areas of minority adolescent health, social determinants of health, and interprofessional education in medical training. The recipient of several teaching, leadership, and service awards, and more than 1.4 million in grant funding. Dr Lage has been instrumental in national and international recognition of the Community Engaged Physician/NeighborhoodHELP Curricular series. She has also led the advancement of faculty at the College of Medicine as Chair of the Appointment, promotions, and tenure committee and is passionate about providing mentoring/ coaching for both students and faculty in academic medicine.
Innovation in medical education focused on interprofessional education, social determinants of health, and chronic disease prevention (AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Grant, Accelerating Change in Medical Education H & P 360 Implementation Grant, and Florida’s State Opioid Response Project: Medical School Curriculum and Implementation Grant) Adverse Childhood Experiences and mental health issues in children and adolescents enrolled in NeighborhoodHELP Teaching ethics and compassionate care to medical students and other health professions students