Dr. Jason L. Salemi is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology who also serves as the Director of Analytics for the Center for Primary Care and Population Health Research, and the Assistant Director for the Primary Care Postdoctoral Research Fellowship operated within the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to his more current work in chronic diseases, including diabetes, Dr. Salemi is nationally recognized as an expert in birth defects surveillance and research and currently serves as the 2018 President of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. He was also instrumental in working with the CDC to build the capacity of state-based surveillance programs to respond to the Zika virus public health emergency. Since joining Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Salemi has used his substantial and versatile proficiency in study design and program evaluation, database development, as well as data linkage, management, and analysis to contribute to a ‘Team Science’ approach that has significantly improved the department’s grantwriting and scientific productivity, highlighted by Baylor’s receipt of funding to establish a Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training, and Research. Dr. Salemi has over 90 peer-reviewed scientific publications, and over 100 presentations and workshops at local, state, and national conferences. For his contributions, Dr. Salemi was awarded the department’s 2016 Faculty Outstanding Researcher, the 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year from the University of South Florida, and the ‘MCH STARS’ Research Excellence Award from Texas Southern University in 2017.