Dr. Ray Serrano is originally from Idaho, but his educational journey has hit all corners of the U.S.--having completed his PhD in health services research at Emory (Atlanta, GA), Masters at Yale (New Haven, CT), and Bachelors at Stanford (Stanford, CA). His research is largely focused on health system decentralization in resource limited settings and in addressing policy-related determinants of health and healthcare utilization. This line of research can broadly be characterized as political epidemiology because it examines upstream polities/politics and their ties to downstream health. His work experience stems from coordinating/implementing UN initiatives targeting HIV and Tuberculosis in Southeast Asia (Thailand) and Southern Africa (Zambia). Through his domestic and international experience, Dr. Serrano has become adept at navigating complex bureaucracies and at translating health policies into practice.