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Founding Dean Dr. Louis W. Sullivan to be Honored For Extraordinary Service and Leadership


ATLANTA – April 15, 2015 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) will launch a year-long 40th anniversary series of events at its annual Hugh Gloster Society Donor Celebration on April 16, 2015 at the school’s Westview Drive campus. The celebration, designed to recognize MSM’s extraordinary supporters, will fittingly honor the institution’s founding dean and president, Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., with the coveted Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award. Actor and activist Danny Glover will serve as the celebrity host.


Founded on April 2, 1975, the Morehouse College Medical Education Program became a reality after years of tireless planning by a number of exceptional people, including Atlanta physician Dr. Louis Brown and then Morehouse College President Hugh Gloster, for whom the donor celebration is named. From its inception, the Medical Education Program was designed and later became Morehouse School of Medicine, a free-standing medical school independent of Morehouse College.


Today, 40 years later, MSM continues to diversify and educate health professionals, as well as serve and empower communities across the globe. MSM is home to highly recognized centers and institutes that are recognized for community, basic science and clinical research.


“The Hugh Gloster Society Donor Celebration is the ideal event to launch our 40th anniversary,” said MSM President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice. “The event recognizes the exceptional support Morehouse School of Medicine has received from countless individuals and organizations in the city, state and nation. We want to thank all of our alumni and friends for their tremendous support through the years and share with them our new vision for leading the creation and advancement of health equity."


“Dr. Sullivan personifies the exceptional talent of Morehouse School of Medicine, and its mission of serving vulnerable populations,” President Montgomery Rice continued. “His career has been committed to advancing health equity, and we are thrilled to honor him at this special event.”


An Atlanta native, Dr. Sullivan is president emeritus of MSM and currently serves as chairman of both the National Health Museum and the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. He has served as chair of the U.S. President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS. He served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989-1993. During that time, Dr. Sullivan released Healthy People 2000, a blueprint for health promotion and disease prevention. He also waged a vigorous campaign against tobacco use, urged increased seat belt use in vehicles, improved food labels, and increased racial, ethnic and gender diversity in the Department of Health and Human Services.


“A good health interchange requires a well-trained professional who has the appropriate knowledge base and is culturally competent to work effectively with his or her patients,” Dr. Sullivan said. “We depend on institutions like Morehouse School of Medicine to produce health professionals to serve our society. I am honored that MSM has presented this award to me.”


Throughout the year, Morehouse School of Medicine will celebrate 40 years of excellence during many special events. MSM will honor the past, present and future, celebrating the leaders, researchers, students and medical professionals who have made an indelible impact on the institution. To learn more about MSM’s history and join the year-long celebration, visit


About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists and public health professionals. In 2011, MSM was recognized by Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s No. 1 medical school in fulfilling a social mission. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care.


Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master's degrees. For more information, please visit





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