The first chair of a new Population Health Sciences Department and a new finance and administration leader recently joined the UCF College of Medicine team.
Eric Schrimshaw (left) is leading the medical school’s new population health initiative, coordinating efforts with health-related programs across the university. Danny Cavallo (right) is the new associate vice president of finance and administration and the medical school’s chief financial officer.
Schrimshaw comes to UCF after 22 years of research and academic leadership at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and the Columbia University Medical Center. Most recently, he was acting deputy chair for master’s programs in the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman.
Population health sciences focuses on the social determinants of health — how demographics, health behaviors, living conditions, poverty, public policy and environment impact health and wellness. Schrimshaw’s research focus is HIV prevention and health disparities in the LGBT community. One of the reasons he came to UCF was to help address Orlando and Florida’s growing AIDS epidemic.
While cities like New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco once led the nation in rates of new HIV infections, Miami is now ranked first, Orlando is fifth and Jacksonville is ninth. Schrimshaw wants to bring together health-related researchers at UCF to determine why and to create programs to address Florida’s needs.
The College of Medicine is the 19th medical school nationally to found a Population Health Sciences Department. The new department is designed to work collaboratively with programs across the university and also play a key role in UCF’s new Academic Health Sciences Center, designed to increase interdisciplinary education, research and patient care among all of the university’s health-related entities. One goal of the new department is to ultimately create a Master of Public Health degree.
“The opportunity to do interdisciplinary research was a major draw,” he says. “We have a full medical school with all of the biomedical expertise and expertise in nursing, social work, physical therapy and other areas. We all have unique theoretical perspectives, our own research methodologies, our own talents. This strengthens what we can do. We can influence care.”
Schrimshaw earned his doctorate in social/personality psychology at The City University of New York, where he also earned his master’s degree in psychology. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with highest honors from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
Cavallo has spent more than a decade in financial leadership roles at renowned academic health institutions including Emory Healthcare, University of Rochester Medicine and University of Cincinnati Health.
He joins UCF after serving as vice president for Cincinnati’s Ambulatory Operations and Physician Practice, which has $600 million in net revenues and more than 1,000 providers. There, he rightsized operations, increased physician productivity and revenues, and managed public-private partnerships to expand patient care.
As chief financial officer of the University of Rochester’s faculty practice, he oversaw finances for a $420 million practice that included 600 faculty physicians at one of the nation’s top academic medical centers. He has extensive experience in managing profitable academic clinical practices and successfully integrating them with academic hospitals and medical school education initiatives.
A native of Switzerland, Cavallo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the Swiss Accountancy Academy and a degree in Swiss Federal Fiduciary from Academy St. Gallen.
He holds an MBA from Emory University and is fluent in English, German and Italian.
The new financial leader said he came to UCF’s medical school for “the opportunity.”
“I am excited by all the opportunities we have to influence medical research, education and patient care for the next generation,” he says. “I can only imagine what the College of Medicine and Lake Nona will look like in 10 years.”