October 9, 2009

Annual Levi Watkins Jr. lecture set for Oct. 15

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Keith Black, M.D.

Annual Levi Watkins Jr. lecture set for Oct. 15

Keith Black, M.D., chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and director of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, will deliver Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's eighth annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture at noon on Thursday, Oct. 15, in 208 Light Hall.

The title of Black's talk is: “Brain Tumors: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”

Black is a pioneer in research to design chemotherapeutic agents to cross the blood-brain barrier. He has worked to develop vaccines against brain cancers, brain mapping techniques and the use of microwave energy to destroy tumors. He is the author of a book entitled “Brain Surgeon — A Doctor's Inspiring Encounters with Mortality and Miracles.”

The lecture honors Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., a prominent cardiac surgeon and the first African-American student to be admitted to and graduate from VUSM.