Griffin Rodgers, M.D. to be Keynote Speaker at 9th Annual James W. Reed, M.D. Lectureship

Rodgers will discuss how to overcome disparities in obesity, diabetes, and kidney disease at the annual event.

ATLANTA – October 17, 2018 – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) will host the ninth annual James W. Reed, M.D. Lectureship, featuring Griffin Rodgers, M.D. director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Rodgers is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of hydroxyurea, the first effective—and now FDA approved—therapy for sickle cell anemia. The lecture titled, “Overcoming Disparities in Obesity, Diabetes, and Kidney Disease” will be held on Wednesday, October 17.

“We’re honored to have Dr. Rodgers deliver a lecture to Atlanta physicians, researchers, and community-based leaders on how we might tackle chronic diseases, many of which are more prevalent in underserved minorities,” says Sandra Harris-Hooker, Ph.D., Vice President, Executive Vice Dean for Research and Academic Administration and Professor in the Department of Pathology and Anatomy at MSM.

The lectureship is named in honor of James W. Reed, M.D., MSM’s Chief of Endocrinology & Metabolism and Associate Chair of Research. A retired colonel in the U.S. Army, Dr. Reed joined MSM in 1985 and has since served in many leadership capacities at MSM, including Chair of the Department of Medicine, Director of the Internal Medicine Program, Chief of Medical Services at Grady Memorial Hospital.

In recognition of his leadership, the Atlanta City Council will sign a proclamation declaring October 17, 2018 “James Reed, M.D. Excellence in Clinical Medicine Day” in the City of Atlanta.

This year’s lectureship program will begin at 12 p.m. in the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care Auditorium at MSM, followed by a reception at 1 p.m. in the E. Ginger Sullivan Atrium, located at 720 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.


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