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Harvard professor to address racial prejudice in Health Care

Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Augustus A. White III will visit the University of Memphis to discuss how physician bias may contribute to health disparities throughout the nation. Celebrated author and Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Augustus A. White III will visit the University of Memphis to discuss how physician bias may contribute to health disparities throughout the nation.

His presentation, “What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Would Want Us to Know About Health Care Disparities,” will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (March 29) in the University Center, Room 350 (Fountain View Room). A reception and book signing will follow the talk; the events are free and open to the public.

White is the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education and professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, and professor emeritus of the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He recently published his memoir, “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care,” which has motivated physicians to pay more attention to their own subconscious.

The event is organized in partnership with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the U of M School of Public Health, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s Center for Excellence in Faith and Health, the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Healthy Memphis Common Table, and the Tennessee Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program.

For more information, call Mary Read at 901-678-1669.

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