Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) will begin a year of celebration with the school’s Annual Hugh M. Gloster Society Donor Celebration on Thursday, April 16, 2015, and hosted by actor and activist Danny Glover. Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, MSM’s founding dean and president and now president emeritus, will be awarded the Louis C. Brown Vanguard Award for his leadership and impact on health disparity. Throughout the year, the institution will celebrate 40 years of excellence during many special events. Morehouse School of Medicine will honor the past, present and future and celebrate the leaders, researchers, students and medical professionals who have made an indelible impact on the institution.
“A good health interchange requires a well-trained professional who has the appropriate knowledge base and is culturally competent to work effectively with his/her patients,” said Dr. Sullivan. “We depend upon institutions like Morehouse School of Medicine to produce all kinds of health personnel to serve our society. I am honored that MSM has presented this award to me.”
An Atlanta native, Sullivan currently serves as chairman of the National Health Museum and chairman of the Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. He has served as chair of the President’s Commission on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and was co-chair of the President’s Commission on HIV and AIDS. He served as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989-1993.
“The Hugh Gloster Society Donor Celebration is the ideal event to launch our 40th anniversary,” said President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice. “The event recognizes the exceptional support Morehouse School of Medicine has received from countless individuals and organizations in the city, state and nation. We want to thank all of our alumni and friends for their tremendous support though the years and share with them our new vision for leading the creation and advancement of health equity.
“Dr. Sullivan personifies the exceptional talent of Morehouse School of Medicine, and its mission of serving vulnerable populations,” President Montgomery Rice continued. “His career has been committed to advancing health equity, and we are thrilled to honor him at this special event.”
Starting as a two-year basic science program and growing to a four-year degree institution, Morehouse School of Medicine continues to diversify and educate health professionals, as well as serve and empower communities across the globe. MSM is home to world-renowned centers and institutes that are recognized for community, basic and clinical research.