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Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week 2024: Keynote Panel- WUSM Leader Panel on MLK Jr.’s Impact

Wednesday, January 17 | 4:45 PM - 6:15 PM

Connor Auditorium
520 S Euclid Ave, St. Louis, Missouri 63110

King’s legacy and commitment to civil rights and eliminating inequities has influenced the fields of medicine and public health. At the Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights held in Chicago in March 1955, King declared: “Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane.” In a 1961 annual report entitled “Equality Now: The President Has the Power,” King called attention to “a considerable amount of discrimination” with regard to health and hospitalization. Consistent with what we might today describe as an antiracist stance, King influenced the fields of medicine and public health by being among the voices to suggest and champion specific changes in programs and policies that could reduce racial inequity in social determinants of health and health more broadly. This panel of WashU Medicine leaders will reflect on how Martin Luther King Jr’s Legacy has impacted their practice as leaders in medicine and/or biomedical science.

Refreshments will be provided.

Panelists include:

  • Eva Aagaard, MD
    Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Professor of Medical Education
    Senior Associate Dean for Education, Vice Chancellor for Medical Education
    Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine
  • Opeolu M Adeoye, MD, MS
    BJC HealthCare Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine
    Department Chair of Emergency Medicine
  • Michael Avidan, MBBCh, FCA SA
    Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor of Anesthesiology
    Department Chair of Anesthesiology
  • Eric J. Lenze, MD
    Wallace and Lucille K Renard Professor
    Department Chair of Psychiatry

The panel will be moderated by:

  • Will Ray Ross, MD, MPH
    Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine, Nephrology
    Associate Dean for Diversity
    Principal Officer for Community Partnerships
Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


School of Medicine


Campus & Community



Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Event Contact

Erin Stampp | e.stampp@wustl.edu

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