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    Morehouse School of Medicine Announces Two New Faculty Appointments

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta announces two new chair appointments.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cherie A. Richardson / 404-752-1917 /

    Atlanta - Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta announces two new chair appointments.

    The appointments include Harvey L. Bumpers, M.D., F.A.C.S., to interim chair of MSM's Department of Surgery and Harry S. Strothers III, M.D., M.M.M., CAQ-G, to chair of MSM's Department of Family Medicine.

    A professor in the Department of Surgery, Bumpers also is director of MSM's Surgical Oncology and Breast Services, a position he's held since 1998. He says the Department of Surgery will remain true to its commitment "to training future leaders in medicine. We will provide exceptional patient care, dedicated community service, and promote innovative basic science and clinical research," Bumpers says.

    Bumpers joined MSM in 1996 as vice chair of Surgery and associate director of the residency program. Prior to coming to MSM, Bumpers was assistant professor of Surgery at SUNY-Buffalo School of Medicine.

    A past surgical oncology research fellow at SUNY-Stony Brook School of Medicine and past surgical oncology clinical fellow at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Bumpers obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree, with distinction in research, from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

    Bumpers has received many honors and awards, including Dean's Outstanding Research Award, Surgical Residency Teacher's Award, Alpha Omega Alpha (Gamma) Honors Medical Society, and being named one of Grady Memorial Hospital's Grady's Great 100. He is a member of numerous professional societies and organizations and a highly sought-after speaker in the community on issues surrounding breast cancer, especially among women of color. He also is a prolific author and lecturer and a nationally renowned researcher.

    Since 2008, Strothers, a professor of Family Medicine, has held the chair position in an interim capacity. "I am delighted to continue working with the extremely dedicated faculty and staff of Family Medicine and the rest of Morehouse School of Medicine," says Strothers. "We are hard at work to fulfill the Family Medicine department's vision that we will receive national recognition for excellence in education, scholarship and improved health status for underserved populations."

    An authority on geriatrics, Strothers sees patients at the Morehouse Medical Associates (MMA) Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center in East Point. He has been instrumental in bringing informatics - the application of computers and technology in medical care - to MMA, MSM's faculty practice plan. In 2000, Strothers successfully incorporated the request for informatics, in particular Electronic Health Records (EHRs) into a grant for Family Medicine. Electronic versions of a person's medical records tend to be more secure than paper records, notes Strothers.

    Strothers joined MSM in 1994 as residency director of the institution's Family Medicine Residency Program. Earlier, he was part of the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and served the South Carolina Department of Mental Health as medical section chief and medical quality improvement chair at the Dowdy-Gardner Nursing Care Center.

    In 1978, Strothers - who is board certified in Family Medicine - completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science from Indiana State University.

    Four years later, he received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. In 2000, he received a Master in Medical Management degree from the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the American College of Physician Executives.

    Strothers earned recognition as Family Practice Educator of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and as a Join Together National Fellow by Community Leadership Against Substance Abuse at Boston University School of Public Health/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Strothers is a member of, and has held several leadership positions in, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physician Executives, the American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Directors Association, Association of Family Practice Residency Directors, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

    Strothers is widely published in the areas of Family Medicine, Geriatrics, HIV, Substance Abuse and Medical Residency.

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at