Physician Alvin D. Jackson, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker as Heidelberg University officially begins the 2012-13 academic year during Opening Convocation ceremonies Tuesday (Aug. 28). He will speak on the topic of medical ethics.
Prior to becoming director at ODH, Jackson was the medical director of community health services and on staff at Fremont’s Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief of staff from 2003-05. In May 2009, he was the first public health official to meet with President Barrack Obama.
Born in Portal, Ga., Jackson was raised on a farm and was one of the first students to integrate his high school there. His bachelor’s degree is from Andrews University in Michigan. He received the prestigious Luard Scholarship, which allowed him to pursue studies in England and travel to more than 20 countries in Europe and Russia. Jackson earned his M.D. from The Ohio State University and received an honorary doctorate from Heidelberg in 2004.
A frequent lecturer on the topics of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and wellness, Jackson has been involved in national and international relief efforts in Honduras, Liberia and the Gulf Coast. He is a member of various medical associations and the recipient of a number of awards and honors for quality care and outstanding contributions to the medical community.
Jackson and his wife, Dr. Gayle Jackson, a retired pharmacologist and education activist, are the parents of four children and two grandchildren.