Dr. Dong is the Director of Rutgers University’s Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IFH) and the inaugural Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences. Dr. Dong is a renowned population epidemiologist and health services researcher, and has been a strong advocate for advancing population health issues in under-represented communities worldwide. He has leveraged the principles of community-based participatory research to conduct multiple large-scale longitudinal population-based studies in the United States and China aimed to investigate the intersections of violence, resilience and health outcomes. Dr. Dong’s research and advocacy have been recognized by many national and international organizations, including awards by the American Public Health Association, American Geriatric Society, Gerontological Society of America and International Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. He was the first geriatrician to receive the National Physician Advocacy Merit Award by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession. Dr. Dong has published extensively on the topics of violence prevention, culture and health disparities, with more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He is the editor of Elder Abuse: Research, Practice and Policy, a textbook comprising the largest collection of research, practice and policy in the field. In addition, he serves on many editorial boards and is guest editor-in-chief for the Journal of Aging Health and Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. Currently, Dong is the principal investigator of eight federally-funded grants and also has mentored many trainees and faculties to success. Dr. Dong has served as senior advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and as a Commissioner for the Commission on Law and Aging of the American Bar Association. His policy and advocacy work with the Department of Justice and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has shaped the national agenda on the surveillance and preventive strategies combating the issues of violence and mental health. Dong was appointed as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Global Violence Prevention Forum and then chaired the workshop on elder abuse prevention.