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    Morehouse School of Medicine Recognizes Advocates Dedicated to Advancing Medical Care Gloster Society Names Three Louis C. Brown Vanguard Recipients

    April 6, 2011

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    Morehouse School of Medicine Recognizes Advocates Dedicated to Advancing Medical Care Gloster Society Names Three Louis C. Brown Vanguard Recipients

    ATLANTA –Morehouse School of Medicine will recognize two health care advocates and one organization for their extraordinary philanthropy to advancing medical care for the underserved at the fourth annual Hugh M. Gloster Society Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, April 6, at Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. The reception will start at 6 p.m. and the dinner will follow at 7:00 p.m. As the only community-based medical school in Georgia, the institution understands the importance of the service professionals commit to address primary health care needs.

    The Gloster Society is a donor recognition society, named in honor of one of Morehouse School of Medicine’s founders and former presidents, Hugh M. Gloster, was established in 2007 to help grow philanthropy and to enhance the acknowledgement of exceptional generosity to the Annual Fund. Annual gifts support student scholarships, as well as the medical school’s library, classroom and technology enhancements.

    The Gloster Society presents its 2011 Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award to:

    Donna W. Hyland, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Morehouse School of Medicine have a partnership that allows the school’s medical students and residents access tomore than 30 pediatric specialties.   Children’s Healthcare is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the U.S. and has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia.

    M. Delmar Edwards, M.D., Posthumous
    The late M. Delmar Edwards is being recognized for his impact in aspiring African American physicians in Georgia and for understanding the financialburden facing medical students through his involvement in the largest endowed scholarship funds at Morehouse School of Medicine.

    Douglas C. Pullen, Superior Court Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
    The Honorable Douglas C. Pullen has been a promoter of the rights of consumers and citizens who are underserved by the medical and legal profession Georgia and throughout the nation.

    The dinner also highlights the work of Roger P. Simon, M.D., Director of Translational Programs in Stroke. As part of its effort to alleviate stroke burden, particularly in under-represented communities in the Atlanta area, the Neuroscience Institute recruited internationally recognized stroke researcher, Dr. Roger Simon. As the first director of the new Translational Programs in Stroke, Dr. Simon draws on thirty years of experience in guiding basic and clinical research towards a treatment for stroke.

    The Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award, named in honor of the late Atlanta internist and founder of Morehouse School of Medicine, recognizes individuals and organizations whose pioneering spirits and demonstrated leadership have impacted issues of health disparities in Georgia and the nation.

    “It is a pleasure for us to come together at the Gloster Society dinner to honor three award recipients for their good causes and for being great donors in health care,” Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr., president of the Morehouse School of Medicine. “Their works not only aspire and motivate our students and residents, but also allows our school to continue to fill the shortage of physicians in our state and the nation.”

    Morehouse School of Medicine ranks first among U.S. medical schools for its social mission. The institution focuses on primary care and addressing the needs of the underserved communities.

    “As a relatively small, private institution with a large public mission, Morehouse School of Medicine is highly dependent upon extraordinary philanthropy,” said Dr. Maupin. “Given today’s complex and challenging health professions’ educational environment, it is vitally important that we continue to expand the number of donors and increase the level of contributions in support of our unique purpose.”

    Since 2007, approximately 300 individuals, corporations, and foundations have become members of the Gloster Society.

    About Morehouse School of Medicine
    Morehouse School of Medicine is one the nation’s most widely recognized community-based medical schools, established to recruit and train minority and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds as physicians, biomedical scientists and public health practitioners. The institution’s mission places special emphasis on primary care training; development of model community-based health services and the conduct of research and translation of discovery to benefit vulnerable populations and ultimately eliminate health inequities.

    The School offers doctoral programs in medicine and biomedical research; and master of science degree programs in public health and clinical investigation. It also sponsors graduate training (residency) programs in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, public health and preventive medicine, and general surgery.

    Morehouse School of Medicine annually ranks as one of the top U.S. medical schools in the percentage of graduates practicing primary care specialties. The School ranks # 1 in the first-ever study of all U.S. medical schools in the area of social mission. Such recognition underscores the vital role that MSM plays in the nation’s health care system.

    Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, the world’s oldest and largest association of historically black colleges and universities. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at