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"Deconstructing Systemic Racism: A Conversation with Dr. Thomas LaVeist"

Thomas LaVeist, PhD

Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Tulane University
Oct. 2, 2020

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Dr. Thomas LaVeist is Weatherhead Presidential Chair in Health Equity and Dean of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at Tulane University. He has written over 150 scientific articles, numerous mass media outlets, authored six books, and is executive producer of "The Skin You're In," a documentary series about racial inequalities in health. An award winning research scientist, Dr. LaVeist has received the "Innovation Award" from National Institutes of Health, the "Knowledge Award" from the U.S.A. Department of Health and Human Services and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He currently serves as co-chair of the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force.  


"Diversity Enhancement in Medicine: More than a Good Idea - A Life and Death Imperative"

Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC
Associate Dean for Admissions
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Jan. 17, 2019

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Dr. Quinn Capers IV is an interventional cardiologist, medical educator, and associate dean for admissions at Ohio State University College of Medicine. His physician peers have voted him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2017.

Serving as associate dean for admissions in the College of Medicine since 2009, Dr. Capers has led the admissions team to achieve the following: 1) A 44% increase in total applications; 2) an increase in women matriculates such that women have outnumbered men in the last four entering classes; 3) an increase in the percentage of underrepresented minority (URM) students in the entering class from 13% to 26%; and 4) an increase in the average MCAT score of the entering class to the 94th percentile. He has published several articles on interventional cardiology procedures, healthcare disparities, and diversity enhancement in medicine. His latest study is the first to document the presence and extent of unconscious racial bias in medical school admissions.

Dr. Capers graduated with honors from Howard University before obtaining his MD from Ohio State University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in vascular biology research, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology all at Emory University in Atlanta.

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Stacey D. Stewart
President, March of Dimes
April 5, 2018

Stacey D. Stewart joined March of Dimes as its fifth president on Jan. 1, 2017. In this role, Stewart promotes a global strategy around the organization’s mission to fight for the health of all moms and babies. She is responsible for leading all aspects of the organization’s strategy, vision and operations.

Stewart comes to March of Dimes from United Way Worldwide, where she held several positions, most recently serving as U.S. President. At United Way, she provided strategic direction in driving community impact, revenue and enhancing the organization’s brand. Prior to becoming president, Stewart served as executive vice president, Community Impact Leadership and Learning at United Way.

A business veteran, Stewart also has held a number of senior roles, including chief diversity officer and senior vice president for the Office of Community and Charitable Giving at Fannie Mae, as well as president and chief executive officer for the Fannie Mae Foundation. 

Stewart has a master's of business administration in finance from the University of Michigan and a bachelor of arts in economics from Georgetown University. She also holds honorary degrees from Trinity University, Morgan State University, Texas Southern University, Lincoln University and Alabama A&M University. She currently serves on several boards nationally and in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.

Stewart is married to Jarvis C. Stewart, the chairman and managing partner of I+R Media, LLC a strategic communications firm based in Washington, D.C. The Stewarts have two children, Madeleine and Savannah.


"Bridging the Cultural Divide in Academic Medicine Through Inclusion Excellence"

David A. Acosta, MD
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Sept. 27, 2017

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As chief diversity and inclusion officer, David A. Acosta, MD, provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community, and leads the association’s Diversity Policy and Programs unit.

A physician of family medicine, Dr. Acosta joined the AAMC from the University of California (UC), Davis School of Medicine where he served as senior associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for UC Davis Health System. He previously served as the inaugural chief diversity officer at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where he established a rural health fellowship program for Tacoma Family Medicine, a residency program affiliated with the UW Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Acosta received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University and earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, Calif., and a faculty development fellowship at the UW Department of Family Medicine.