FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES VISITS UNTHSC DEC. 13

December 7, 2004

FORT WORTHâ??Former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis Sullivan, M.D., will speak at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Dec. 13 at noon in Luibel Hall in the Education and Administration Building.

Dr. Sullivan served as the Secretary of Health and Human Services during the first Bush administration from 1989 to 1993. He was only the second doctor to serve in that position.

â??We are extremely excited and honored to have Dr. Sullivan visit our campus,â? said Marc B. Hahn, DO, dean of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. â??Dr. Sullivan is a role model to us all in his great accomplishments throughout his career. I look forward to his visit and his discussion on health disparities in the U.S. today.â?

While Dr. Sullivan may be best known for his tenure at Health and Human Services, he served as president of Morehouse School of Medicine for more than two decades. The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 with the mission of recruiting, educating and enrolling more students from minority and socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Dr. Sullivan played a crucial role in creating Morehouse School of Medicine, serving as the founding dean and director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. After three years, the School of Medicine became a reality, admitting its first 24 students. He also served as the first dean and president of the School of Medicine when it became independent from Morehouse College in 1981.

As a pioneer in the study of medical education for minority students, Dr. Sullivan continues to speak about health disparities in the United States today. Dr. Sullivan is currently working to develop a center at the Morehouse School of Medicine that will focus on the AIDS epidemic in Africa and study African-American health issues.

Born in Atlanta, Dr. Sullivan received his bachelor of science degree, magna cum laude, from Morehouse College and earned his medical degree, cum laude, from Boston University. Prior to his tenure at Morehouse College, he served as an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, an assistant professor of medicine at Seton Hall College of Medicine, co-director of hematology at Boston University, founder of the Boston University Hematology Service at Boston City Hospital, and as a faculty member at Boston University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sullivan was the founding president of the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools. He is also the former host of the public television series Frontiers of Medicine.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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