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Meet The First Black Woman Named Chair Of Surgery At An Academic Health Sciences Center In The U.S.

Albany Medical Center makes history with its latest announcement of its new chief of surgery and chair of its Department of Surgery. According to Albany Med, Dr. KMarie King is the first Black woman to be named chair of surgery at an academic health science center in the U.S. The Atlanta surgeon, researcher, and professor — who will be taking over for Dr. Steve Stain — will begin the new role on Sept. 1. Currently, Dr. King is a professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine and serves as the chief of surgery and medical director for surgical quality at Grady Memorial Hospital, a 960-bed hospital, and Level 1 trauma center located in Atlanta, GA. Not only is she trained in the area of hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery, but Dr. King has also received multiple awards for her research in the areas of the liver and pancreatic cancers. “Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. King has positioned herself as a proven leader in all areas of academic medicine, including patient care,...

Jul 7, 2021

Morehouse School of Medicine, CommonSpirit Health Ink $100M Partnership to Train More Black Doctors

If you want to see a change in a broken system, it’s best to make it happen on your own. Morehouse School of Medicine and CommonSpirit Health have joined forces for a 10-year, $100 million partnership that will increase access to culturally competent care and reduce health disparities. According to PR Newswire, the partnership will combat the underlying causes of health disparities through the development and training of more Black physicians. CommonSpirit Health (CommonSpirit) is one of America’s largest health systems with locations in 21 states coast to coast and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is not only one of America’s leading educators of primary care physicians but a historically known Black medical school. Their joint undergraduate and graduate medical education program will train and educate the next generation of culturally competent health clinicians and researchers. “Of the 21,863 students entering medical school in 2019, only 1,626 were Black — and only 619 were...

Dec 17, 2020

With Its Largest-Ever Grant, HBCU Meharry Medical College Plans to Serve the Underserved

Meharry Medical College has always upheld the philosophy of “serving the underserved” and strived to make this their greatest legacy during its 144-year existence. According to Forbes, its legacy has been threatened by the student loan debt enemy that impacts close to 930 students that attend Meharry across its three schools. This year (2020), the school of medicine’s graduating class averaged $285,743 in debt. The American business magazine also reports that not only is student loan debt a challenge but Historically Black Colleges and Universities, who receive 70 percent less in endowments than non-HBCUs, are historically underfunded. “We have to live up to the same standards as the other 170 medical schools,” said Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, Meharry’s president on the topic of accreditation. “There’s this assumption that somehow we’re different because we happen to be predominately Black,” Dr. Hildreth said. “I’m not diminishing the HBCU part because it is special, and we want to...

Sep 16, 2020

Morehouse School of Medicine Awarded $40M Grant to Fight COVID-19 in Black Communities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) is partnering with the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to fight the coronavirus in minority communities. According to a press release , HHS has granted MSM $40 million for The National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19, a three-year initiative designed as a response to racial inequities in healthcare. The aim is to work with community-based organizations to deliver information, healthcare, testing, and other resources to residents in communities “hardest hit by the pandemic.” Additionally, new joint efforts by both institutions will strengthen the strategies by which this data is passed. “Underlying social determinants of health and disparate burdens of chronic medical conditions are contributing to worse COVID-19-related outcomes in minority and socially vulnerable communities, and this partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine is essential to improving our overall...

Jun 23, 2020