January 25, 2024

Lawrence Lackey Jr., M.D., African American History Symposium begins Jan. 31

The second annual Lawrence Lackey Jr., M.D. African American History Symposium begins Jan. 31.

Presented by the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Black Medical Association/ Student National Medical Association and Black Men In White Coats, the weekly series of Zoom lectures focuses on facets of Black Americans in medicine.

Presentations can be accessed from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday through May 4 at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/5555869673

The series includes:

Jan. 31: Opening remarks by Sandra Lackey, M.D., followed by James Brown, M.D., on “A Brief Survey of the History of Medicine,” and Ijeoma Opara, M.D., assistant professor of WSU Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, on “When You Know Your History You Know Your Greatness.”

Feb. 7: Holly Gilmer, M.D., on “African American Presence and Challenge in Neurosurgery,” and WSU Professor of Urology Isaac Powell, M.D., on “The Black Physician’s Role in Saving Lives.”

Feb. 14: T. Jann Caison-Sorey, M.D., M.S.A., M.B.A., Henry Ford Health pediatrician, on “The Journey of Black Physicians, Trials and Triumphs,” and Theodore Jones, M.D., associate professor of WSU Obstetrics and Gynecology, on “Minority Physicians: Journey to Organized Medicine.”

Feb. 21: Ijeoma Opara, M.D., assistant professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, on “When You Know Your History You Know Your Greatness,” and the Rev. Donald Tynes, M.D., co-founder of Reach Out to Youth and clinical assistant professor of WSU Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, on “Medicine 4,500 B.C. to the Present.”

Feb. 28: Lonnie Joe, M.D., on “The Black History of the Detroit Medical Center,” and Anita Moncrease, M.D., M.P.H., clinical associate professor of WSU Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, on “The History of Black Medical Schools in the United States.”

March 6: Patrice Harold Barrow, M.D., on “The Long History of the Black Obstetrician,” Jonell Moor on “The Role of the Black Doula” and Ron Charles, M.D., on “In the Footsteps of Imhotep.”

March 13: Samuel Johnson, M.D., chair of WSU Radiology, on “The Flexner Report,” and Stacey Varner, M.D., on “Blacks in Medicine, Past and Present.”

March 20: Herman Gray, M.D., M.B.A., chair of WSU Pediatrics, on “Black History in the Pediatric Experience,” and Michelle Hardaway, M.D., on “Black is Beautiful: History of the Role of an African American Plastic Surgeon.”

March 27: Felicia Randolph, M.D., on “The Impact of Blacks in Medicine and Residency,” Gina Lynem-Walker, M.D., on “Looking at the Past and Moving into the Future: How Black Physicians From the Past Paved the Way for Future Doctors,” and Greg Casey, M.D., on “The History of Surgery from Imhotep to Modern Times.”

April 3: Donovan Roy, Ed.D., Melanie Hannah Johnson, M.D., Anita Moncrease, M.D., and Julia Simmons on “The Education of Black Doctors in a Time of Systemic Racism.”

April 10: Carolyn King, M.D., Kia Anderson, M.D., and Curtis Longs, M.D., on “Black and Psychiatry and Avenues to Mental Health.”

April 17: Leonard Ellison, M.D., Anthony Wilson, M.D., Linda Davenport, M.D., and Margo Ferguson, M.D., on “Being Black and the Financial Struggle in Medicine.”

April 24: Panel Discussion featuring Ricky Hardaway, M.D; Sonia Eden, M.D.; Laurie Knight, M.D.; Melanie Hannah Johnson, M.D.; and Leonard Ellison, M.D., on “The Reality of Being Black in the Field of Medicine.”

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