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Homer Venters, MD

Position: Director of Programs
Homer Venters

Homer Venters, MD, is a physician and epidemiologist and a nationally recognized leader in health and human rights. As PHR's director of programs, he oversees research, investigations, monitoring and evaluation, documentation, advocacy, and capacity-building projects and supervises work ranging from PHR's U.S. Asylum Network to international programs focused on documenting and addressing sexual violence and mass killings.

Prior to joining PHR, Dr. Venters led health services in the New York City jail system as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Medical Officer. In this capacity, he developed an evidence- and human rights-based framework for correctional health services that included major modifications to the jail electronic medical record, staff trainings and quality improvement projects regarding solitary confinement, use of force, and surveillance, as well as care for vulnerable groups of patients. Dr. Venters has also worked to promote these innovations internationally through collaboration with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Dignity Institute, and the International Red Cross.

Dr. Venters completed his residency in the Montefiore Social Internal Medicine program and held a fellowship at New York University's School of Medicine, and has produced more than 30 peer-reviewed quality improvement studies and analyses in health and human rights. Dr. Venters' work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and has led him to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives as well as numerous other State and City venues. He is a faculty member at NYU's School of Medicine, where he focuses on the health impact of security practices of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.