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Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture honors contributors to diversity, equity and inclusion

Oct. 27, 2023—The Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture honored the first African American to graduate from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and recognized the contributions of several Vanderbilt faculty, trainees and students who have made contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture set for Oct. 24

Oct. 3, 2023—The 22nd annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture will be held Tuesday, Oct. 24, at noon in 208 Light Hall.

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Johns Hopkins University names outpatient center in honor of Levi Watkins Jr.

Jun. 15, 2023—Johns Hopkins University has named the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center in Baltimore for the late Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Vanderbilt University’s first Black medical school graduate in 1970 best known for his pioneering heart surgery and civil rights activism.

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Watkins Lecture highlights diversity, equity, inclusion efforts

Oct. 27, 2022—The 21st annual Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture recognized the contributions of several Vanderbilt faculty, trainees and students who have made contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Lecture reflects on the lives touched by Levi Watkins

Oct. 14, 2021—Levi Watkins Jr., MD, has an enduring legacy as a cardiovascular surgeon, mentor and advocate, and Vanderbilt's John Tarpley, MD, recently shared his reflections about the remarkable impact of his friend and colleague, both on the medical profession and on the lives of others.

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Lecture details legacies of Levi Watkins, Vivien Thomas

Oct. 6, 2021—At Tuesday’s Levi Watkins Jr. MD Lecture, George C. Hill, PhD, delivered the keynote address, “Dr. Levi Watkins and Mr. Vivien Thomas: Memories and Lessons Learned from Two Outstanding Lives of Service.”

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Annual Levi Watkins Lecture scheduled for Oct. 5

Aug. 26, 2021—The 20th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at noon.

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Lecturer shares impact Watkins made on his life

Oct. 7, 2020—The 19th annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture was held Oct. 6, commemorating the 50th anniversary of Watkins’ graduation from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Watkins, who was the first African American student to attend and graduate from VUSM, died in 2015.

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Watkins’ niece Garraway discusses research, family ties

Oct. 9, 2019—UCLA's Isla Garraway, MD, PhD, delivered Tuesday's Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture.

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Garraway set for Oct. 8 Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Lecture

Sep. 9, 2019—The 18th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture will be held at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in 208 Light Hall. Isla Garraway, MD, PhD, associate professor of Urology and director of research at UCLA, will deliver the lecture.

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Watkins lecturer focuses on research, inspirations

Oct. 11, 2018—André Churchwell, MD, welcomed those gathered at the 17th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., MD Lecture on Tuesday with a reminder of who they were honoring and why.

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Nominations sought for Levi Watkins Jr., MD, awards

Sep. 13, 2018—Nominations are being sought for the Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Faculty Award and the Levi Watkins Jr., MD, Student Award.

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