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Harriet Tubman Visiting Professor Lectureship

Each February the Department will host educational programs that focus on health issues that affect populations isolated by race, culture, poverty, gender, and sexual and social identity. The commitment of the School and Department to diversity is a legacy of the university’s foundation as a land grant institution, supported by the people of the state to train its next generation of health professionals. The faculty, graduate trainees, and students represent the many facets of the state’s population, economics, and history. Diversity programs and policies aim to create a vigorous community of all races that is gender-balanced and reflects the unique social, economical, and rural character of the state.

Past Visiting Professors

  • 2021 Selwyn M. Vickers, MD, FACS
    Senior Vice President for Medicine
    Dean, School of Medicine
    Professor of Surgery
    University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
    "An Unsung American Hero: Significant in Our Past & Relevant for Our Future"
  • 2020 Velma P. Scantlebury, MD, FACS
    Professor of Surgery
    Associate Director Kidney Transplant Program
    Director Outpatient Clinics
    Christiana Care Health Services, Newark, DE

    Watch the Video:  A Harret Kind of World
  • 2019 Steven Stain, MD, FACS
    Chair and Professor
    Henry and Sally Shaffer Chair
    Department of Surgery
    Albany Medical College
    "Equity, Diversity and Inclusion"
  • 2018 Clive O. Callender, MD, FACS
    Professor of Surgery
    Founder and President of the National Minority Organ and Tissue
    Transplant Education Program (MOTTEP)
    Howard University College of Medicine
    Watch the Video: Harriet Tubman Lecture
  • 2017 L. D. Britt, MD, MPH, DSc (Hon), FACS, FCCM, FRSC Eng(Hon),
    FRCSEd(Hon), FWACS(Hon), FRCSI(Hon), FCS(SA)(Hon), FRCS Glas(Hon)

    Henry Ford Professor & Edward J. Brickhouse Chairman
    Department of Surgery
    Eastern Virginia Medical School
    Norfolk, VA
    “Health Disparities: The Greatest Challenge Facing the Nation”
  • 2016 Patricia L. Turner, MD, FACS
    Associate Professor of Surgery
    University of Chicago Medical Center
    Watch the Video: The Surgical Workforce: Generational Change and Innovation
  • 2015 Adil H. Haider, MD
    Kessler Director, Center for Surgery and Public Health
    Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health
    Watch the Video: When Life Hands You Lemons, Make Lemonade: Strategies for Success as an Outcomes Scientist
  • 2014 Wayne A.I. Frederick MD, MBA, FACS
    President, Howard University
    Professor, Howard University College of Medicine Washington, DC
    Watch A Video: Clinical Outcomes of Healthcare Disparities: Biology or Access ; Unconscious Bias in Medicine