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George Rust MD, MPH

George Rust MD, MPH

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Job Description

Dr. George Rust teaches primary care, community health, and population health. His research focuses on health equity, e.g., achieving optimal and equitable health for all. As the Director of the Center for Medicine and Public Health, he seeks to build collaborations between professionals and academic programs across the continuum from medicine to public health, from community health and behavioral health to population health.


Dr. Rust joined the faculty at FSU-COM in 2016, after completing 24 years of teaching, patient care, research, and program development at the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). He was the founding director of the MSM Faculty Development Program, and founding director of the MSM National Center for Primary Care. In Atlanta, Dr. Rust served as board chair of the Atlanta Community Access Coalition, and as co-chair of Georgia’s Minority Health Advisory Council, where he led development of the Georgia Health Disparities Report in 2008. In 2015-16, Dr. Rust also served as senior scientific advisor to the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Dr. Rust received his medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and completed residency training in Family Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He is board-certified in both Family Practice and in Preventive Medicine. After completion of his training, Dr. Rust served six years as Medical Director for the West Orange Farmworkers Health Association in Central Florida. Dr. Rust is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and monographs, and is the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards for teaching and service. His career as a family physician and scholar has consistently focused on primary health care and community health for those in greatest need, and on the elimination of health disparities and on charting a path to health equity.


B.S. in Chemistry, University of Miami; 1977
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine (Chicago); 1981
MPH, with concentration in Community Health; University of Illinois Chicago, 1988
Internship, Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, Illinois), 1981-82
Family Practice Residency, Cook County Hospital (Chicago); 1982-84;
4th year Chief Resident and Faculty Development Program participant (charter class), 1984-85.

* Board-Certified, American Board of Family Practice 1984, 1991, 1998, 2004, 2014
* Board-Certified, American Board of Preventive Medicine 1993
* Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, 1996
* Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine, 1997
* Advanced Standing, American College of Physician Executives, 1997
* Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider Certification, 2014-2016


Teaching Awards

• William H. Cleveland Faculty of the Year Award for Clinical Teaching; Morehouse School of Medicine (MSOM) Family Practice Residency Program, 2006.
• Outstanding Mentor Award, Morehouse SOM Master’s of Clinical Research Program, 2006.
• Master Teacher & Leader Award, Morehouse SOM Faculty Development Program, 2004.
• Dean’s Award for Excellence among Clinical Faculty, Morehouse SOM, 1999.
• Teacher Recognition Award (awarded by 4th year medical students) for Outstanding Teaching in Family Medicine; Morehouse School of Medicine, 1999.
• Dean’s Award for Excellence among Clinical Faculty, Morehouse SOM, 1995.
• Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP): Family Practice Educator of the Year, 1994

Service Awards

• ACT Award for Leadership in Health for Asian communities; Pan Asian Community Services and the Georgia Asian Pacific Islander Community Coalition; Atlanta, GA; 2009.
• Outstanding Physician Leadership in Disease Management, Disease Management Association of America (DMAA), Las Vegas NV, 2007.
• Aaron L. Brown Memorial Public Service Award, National Association of Community Health Centers, 1991
• Clinical Leadership Award, USPHS / HRSA Bureau of Primary Care, Region IV; Regional Clinicians’ Conference, January 1998
• President's Award, Florida Association of Community Health Centers, 1990
• Wendell N. Rollason Award; Fla. Assoc. of Community Health Centers, 1988.
• Regional Health Administrator's Award, Region IV, U.S. PHS / HRSA, 1987

Research Focus

Dr. Rust’s research has consistently focused on primary health care and community health for those in greatest need, and on the elimination of health disparities and on charting a path to health equity. He has also played a leading role nationally in the development of programs for training minority clinician-teachers and scholars.


Vanderwielen L, Miller B, Gilchrist EC, Rust G, Petterson S, Nowels, M. Not near enough: Racial and ethnic disparities in access to nearby behavioral health care and primary care. J Health Care Poor & Underserved, 2015. 26(3):1032-47.

Rust G, Zhang S, Malhotra K, Reese L, McRoy L, Baltrus P, Caplan L, Levine RS. Paths to health equity: Local area variation in progress toward eliminating breast cancer mortality disparities, 1990-2009. ,Cancer. 2015 Apr 23.

Malhotra K, Baltrus P, Zhang S, McRoy L, Immergluck LC, Rust G. Geographic and Racial Variation in Asthma Prevalence and Emergency Department Use among Medicaid-Enrolled Children, in Fourteen Southern States. J Asthma. 2014 Jun 27:1-9.

Zhang S, McGoy SL, Dawes D, Fransua M, Satcher D, Rust G. The Potential for Elimination of Racial-Ethnic Disparities in HIV Treatment Initiation in the Medicaid Population among 14 Southern States. PLOS-One, 2014 Apr 25;9(4):e96148.

Zhang S, Senteio C, Felizzola J, Rust G. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Antiretroviral Treatment Among HIV-Infected Pregnant Medicaid Enrollees, 2005-2007. Am J Public Health. 2013 Oct 17.

Rust G, Zhang S, Reynolds J. Inhaled corticosteroid adherence and emergency department utilization among Medicaid-enrolled children with asthma. J Asthma. 2013 Sep;50(7):769-75.

Levine RS, Rust G, Aliyu M, Pisu M, Zoorob R, Goldzweig I, Juarez P, Husaini B, Hennekens CH. United States counties with low black male mortality rates. Am J Med. 2013 Jan;126(1):76-80.

Daniels EC, Powe BD, Metoyer T, McCray G, Baltrus P, Rust GS. Increasing knowledge of cardiovascular risk factors among African Americans by use of community health workers: the ABCD community intervention pilot project. J Natl Med Assoc. 2012 Mar-Apr;104(3-4):179-85.

Rust G, Levine RS, Fry-Johnson Y, Baltrus P, Ye J, Mack D. Paths to Success: Optimal and Equitable Health Outcomes for All. Journal of Health Care for the Poor & Underserved, 2012 May;23(2 Suppl):7-19.

Druss BG, Zhao L, Cummings JR, Shim RS, Rust G, Marcus SC. Mental Comorbidity and Quality of Diabetes Care Under Medicaid: A 50-state Analysis. Med Care, 2012. 50(5):428-33.

Rust G, Strothers H, Miller WJ, McLaren S, Moore B, Sambamoorthi U. Economic impact of a Medicaid population health management program. Popul Health Manag. 2011 Oct;14(5):215-22. Epub 2011 Apr 20.

Shim RS, Baltrus P, Ye J, Rust G. Prevalence, Treatment, and Control of Depressive Symptoms in the United States: Results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 2005-2008. J Am Board Fam Med, Jan/Feb 2011; 24(1):33-38.

Fry-Johnson YW, Levine R, Rowley D, Agboto V, Rust G. United States black:white infant mortality disparities are not inevitable: identification ofcommunity resilience independent of socioeconomic status. Ethn Dis. Winter, 2010. 20(1 Suppl 1):S1-131-5.

Rust G, Satcher D, Fryer GE, Levine RS, Blumenthal D. Triangulating on Success: Research Innovation, Public Health, Medical Care, and Mortality Rates, 1950-2000. Am J Public Health, 2010 Apr 1;100 Suppl 1:S95-104. Epub 2010 Feb 10.

Rust G, Ye J, Baltrus P, Daniels E, Adesunloye B, Fryer GE. Practical barriers to timely primary care access: impact on adult use of emergency department services. Arch Intern Med. 2008 Aug 11;168(15):1705-10.

Rust G, Baltrus P, Ye J, Daniels E, Quarshie A, Boumbulian PJ, Strothers H. Presence or Absence of a Community Health Center vs. Rates of Uninsured Emergency Department Visits in Rural Counties. J Rural Health, 2009 Winter;25(1):8-16.

Rust G, Kondwani K, Martinez R, Dansie R, Wong W, Fry-Johnson Y, Woody R del M, Daniels EJ, Herbert-Carter J, Aponte L, Strothers H. A crash-course in cultural competence. Ethn Dis. 2006 Spring;16(2 Suppl 3):S3-29-36.

Satcher D, Rust G. Achieving health equity in America. Ethn Dis. 2006 Spring;16(2 Suppl)

Satcher D, Fryer GE, McCann J, Troutman A, Woolf S, Rust G. What If We Were Equal? A Comparison of the Black-White Mortality Gap in 1960 and 2000. Health Affairs, March 2005.

Rust G, Daniels E, Bacon J, Satcher D, Strothers H, Bornemann T. Research Letter: Ability to Obtain Mental Health Services for Uninsured Patients by Community Health Centers. JAMA, 2005 Feb 2;293(5):554-6.

Daniels EC, Bacon J, Denisio S, Fry Y, Murray V, Quarshie A, Rust G. Translation Squared: A group-randomized controlled trial of an intervention to improve asthma care in safety net primary care settings. Journal of Asthma, 2005 Jul-Aug; 42(6):499-505.

Herbert-Carter J, Taylor V, Smith QT, Earles K, Kondwani K, Rust G. Increasing Minority faculty in academic primary care: an executive faculty development program. J Assoc Acad Minority Phys. Oct 2004. 15(1):8-13.

Rust G, Murray V, Octaviani H, Schmidt ED, Howard JP, Anderson-Grant V, Willard-Jelks K. “Asthma Care in Community Health Centers: A Study by the Southeast Regional Clinicians’ Network.” Journal of the National Medical Association, 1999 Jul;91(7):398-403.

Rust G, and Fuller LE. "Producing Generalist Physicians -- A Computer Simulation; Family Medicine, 1994 Oct;26(9):563-8.

Rust G, "Health Status of Farmworkers in the U.S.", American Journal of Public Health, 1990 Oct;80(10):1213-7.