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Kevin Churchwell to speak April 24 on diversity, equity, inclusion

Apr. 19, 2023, 4:33 PM

Kevin Churchwell, MD

by Bill Snyder

Kevin Churchwell, MD, president and CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital, will deliver the John E. Chapman, MD Lecture in Medical Education at noon on Monday, April 24, in 208 Light Hall.

Churchwell, a former CEO of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, will speak on the importance of equity, diversity and inclusivity for medical education in the hospital setting.

A Nashville native, Churchwell is the twin brother of Keith Churchwell, MD, president of Yale New Haven Hospital, and the younger brother of André Churchwell, MD, Levi Watkins Jr. MD Professor of Medicine and professor of Biomedical Engineering and Radiology and Radiologic Sciences and vice chancellor for Outreach, Inclusion and Belonging, and Chief Diversity Officer for Vanderbilt University.

A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM), Kevin Churchwell completed his pediatric residency and clinical fellowship in anesthesia and pediatric critical care at Boston Children’s Hospital.

He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1995 and served in several capacities at Children’s Hospital, including, from 2007 to 2010, as its CEO and executive director.

Churchwell was CEO of the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware, before returning to Boston Children’s in 2013 as its executive vice president of Health Affairs and chief operating officer.

He has been involved in efforts to promote health equity and inclusion for several years. He contributed to Boston Children’s 2020 Declaration for Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity, which calls for development and implementation of comprehensive curriculum and training aimed at encouraging culturally effective pediatric health care delivery.

The Chapman Lecture is named for the late John Chapman, MD, who served as dean of VUSM for more than 25 years.

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