John E. Maupin Jr., DDS, is the fifth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and has more than 30 years of experience in health-care administration, public health and academic medicine. As a health-care leader, public policy expert and dental practitioner, he has created a legacy rooted in his passion for improving the health and well-being of underserved individuals and communities.
A native of Los Angeles, CA, Maupin received his undergraduate training at San Jose State College and earned a D.D.S. degree in 1972 from Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. The following year he completed a general dentistry residency at Provident Hospital in Baltimore, MD, and subsequently received an M.B.A. degree in 1979 from Loyola College in Baltimore.
Prior to joining MSM on July 1, 2006, Maupin served as president of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN, for 12 years, where he was the first alumnus and the second dentist to lead the institution. Under his leadership, Meharry experienced many significant achievements, most notably expansion of clinical affiliations anchored by the relocation of the city’s public hospital, Nashville General, to its campus; creation of a nationally acclaimed academic alliance with Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and the tripling of research funding, anchored by the establishment of signature research programs in cancer, HIV/AIDS, women’s health, and unintentional injury.
Maupin is no stranger to MSM, having served as executive vice president and chief operating officer from 1989 to 1994. Additionally, during his tenure he served as executive director of Morehouse Medical Associates, the school’s faculty practice plan. Maupin also was one of the visionaries in the conceptualization of the school’s National Center for Primary Care. From 1987 to 1989, Maupin served as chief executive officer of Southside Healthcare, Inc. in Atlanta, GA, one of the largest federally qualified community health centers in the southeastern United States and a clinical training site for MSM students and residents.
In Baltimore, Maupin held leadership positions in the Baltimore City Health Department, first serving as assistant commissioner for Clinical Services from 1981 to 1984 where he was responsible for the divisions of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Acute Communicable Diseases and Tuberculosis Control, and the Bureau of Dental Care. In 1984, he was promoted to the position of deputy commissioner for medical services, assuming administrative responsibility for all public health programs of the department, including Clinical Services, Environmental Health, Aging and Community Health, Maternal and Child Health, and Health Policy and Planning.
Maupin began his career in health-care administration as dental director with the West Baltimore Community Health Center in 1976. Additionally, he maintained a part-time general dentistry practice while in Baltimore. He also was a career dental officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring in 1996 with more than 28 years of service, including two years of active duty at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and nine months of active duty service during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Maupin has served on numerous health-related task forces, scientific panels, and advisory councils, most notably, the National Committee on Foreign Medical Education Accreditation of the U. S. Department of Education; the Governor’s Task Force on Men’s Health (GA); the National Advisory Research Resources Council of the National Center for Research Resources, National Institutes of Health (NIH); National Advisory Dental Research Council of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, NIH; and the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Actively engaged in the community, Maupin serves on the boards of the Grady Hospital Corporation; Development Authority of Fulton County; Georgia Cancer Coalition; and the Greater Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of 100 Black Men of America (Atlanta) and the Rotary Club International (downtown Atlanta). Prior to relocating to Atlanta, he served as chairman of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the United Way of Middle Tennessee; and as a board member of the Middle Tennessee Council of Boy Scouts of America, and the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Maupin is also member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and currently serves on the board of directors of LifePoint Hospitals, Inc., a non-urban, acute-care hospital management company; HealthSouth, Inc., a national rehabilitative health-care services management company; and Regions Financial Corporation, a bank holding company.
In 1984, Maupin was elected by his peers as president of the National Dental Association. Among his numerous honors and awards, he has received the following: an honorary Doctor of Science degree in 1995 from Morehouse School of Medicine, an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1996 from Virginia Union University, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Morehouse College in 2007. Additionally, he is a member of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honorary Society. In 2005, the National Conference for Community and Justice-Nashville Region presented him with its “Human Relations Award.” He was presented with the National Dental Association’s highest honor in 2006 — its inaugural Trail Blazer Award for his “exemplary service and contributions to the profession, underserved communities, and humanity.” And in 2007 he received the Georgia State Medical Association’s distinguished service award.
Most of all, Maupin is a devoted husband and proud father and grandfather.