October 8, 2004

Levi Watkins lecture set to feature Hayes

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Levi Watkins lecture set to feature Hayes

Maxine Hayes, M.D., M.P.H., state health officer for the Washington State Department of Health, will return to Vanderbilt to give the Third Annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture on Diversity in Medical Education on Oct. 12. Hayes was the first African-American resident in the department of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt.

Hayes will present “The Future of Public Health” at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 12, in 208 Light Hall. A reception will be held in the student lounge following the lecture.

Serving as state health officer, Hayes advises Washington’s governor and secretary of the Department of Health on issues ranging from emergency responsiveness to the prevention of childhood illnesses.

Hayes is a clinical professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a member of the Maternal and Child Health faculty at the School of Public Health.

She was the 1999 Distinguished Alumna of the Year for the State University of New York School of Medicine at Buffalo and the recipient of an honorary doctorate of science by the former acting surgeon general and president of Spelman College. Hayes is also a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The lecture, named after the School of Medicine’s first African-American student to be admitted and graduate from the program, is presented by the school’s Office for Diversity in Medical Education.