Michael Royster, MD, MPH, FACPM
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 01/09/2022

Michael O. Royster, MD, MPH, FACPM


Dr. Royster is currently the Senior Vice President of the Institute for Public Health Innovation (IPHI). He has established the Institute’s Richmond office and is expanding and developing initiatives to support public health priorities across Virginia.  He provides expertise and oversight for an extensive portfolio of programs including community health workforce development, health in all policies, training and technical assistance on creating healthy and equitable communities, community health improvement planning, and immunizations.


Prior to joining IPHI, Dr. Royster was the director of the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE). In this position, he oversaw Virginia’s state offices of minority health, rural health, and primary care. Prior to this position, Dr. Royster was the Director of the Crater Health District headquartered in Petersburg, Virginia. In this capacity, he oversaw public health programs and services for 5 rural counties and 3 small cities.


Dr. Royster completed his undergraduate training at the University of Virginia, and his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he also obtained a master’s degree in public health. He participated in the two-year W.K. Kellogg Health Scholars Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also a graduate of the Southeast Regional and National Public Health Leadership Institutes.


Dr. Royster is board certified in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine and he is a fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is a member of the American Public Health Association and previously served as president of the Virginia Public Health Association. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, and regularly hosts public health students for field placements.