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Distinguished Lecture Series

Florida Hospital’s Department of Public Affairs is honored to host world and nationally renowned experts from a large variety of medical and health research specialties and bring them to Central Florida to address leading health issues. Our focus is to further educate our community on these health related topics and, in the process, improve our community's overall health and well-being. 

Registration and networking for our Distinguished Lecture Series begin at 5:30 pm and lecture begins at 6:30 pm. 

RSVPS are requested and our lectures are free to the community. Seating is limited. 

To learn more and register for our next Distinguished Lecture Series, please visit

Upcoming Distinguished Lecture Series

Upcoming Events
Crafting Mercy and Healing in a Hard-Hearted Time
Speaker: Dr. Gary Gunderson – Renown Author & VP of FaithHealth at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Registration & Hors D’oeuvres: 5:30PM
1-Hr Presentation: 6:30PM
Location: Orlando Museum of Art

Past Distinguished Lecture Series

The Opioid Epidemic: Understanding its Roots and Strategies for Moving Forward
Speaker: Dr. Lipi Roy – Medical Director, Kingsboro Addition Treatment Center, New York City
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Registration: 5:30PM
1-Hr Presentation: 6:30 PM
Location: Orlando Museum of Art
Want Kids to Learn Well? Feed Them Well! 
Speaker: Sam Kass – Former Executive Director of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Registration: 5:30PM
1-Hr Presentation: 6:30 PM
Location: Orlando Museum of Art
Women’s hormones and mental health – from childhood to adulthood.
*Understanding the unique types of depression that occur at different stages of a woman’s life. 
Speaker: Margaret Howard, Ph.D.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Why are the costs of prescription drugs so high
Speaker: Aaron Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Lawrence McBride, M.D. Memorial Lecture Event

Organs on Demand – Can we put an end to organ shortages?
Speaker: Harald Ott, M.D.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Power of Play
Speaker: Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D.
Monday, November 21, 2016

Being Mortal
Speaker: Dr. Atul Gawande
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

To the People (Homelessness)
Speaker: Dr. James Withers
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Prevention of Injuries in Youth Sports
Speaker:  Dr. James Andrews
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Declaration of Istanbul and Combating Organ Trafficking
Speaker: Dr. Francis Delmonico
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Processed Food: An Experiment That Failed 
Speaker:  Dr. Robert Lustig 
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Back Up! Medicine Forgot Something: Sex and Gender in Health)
Speaker: Dr. Marjorie Jenkins
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Enhancing Brain Performance at Any Age 
Speaker: Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman
May 20, 2015

For more information about the Florida Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series, please contact our Institute's Operational Manager, Steven Sukow, at 407.303.9239, or by email at