Society of Black Academic Surgeons Assemble at Howard University

By Malcolm Maurice
Communications Officer, Health Sciences

Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III
Dr. Adil Haider
Dr. Danny O. Jacobs
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson Sr.

WASHINGTON—Howard University Department of Surgery will host an all-day session of panel discussions and speeches April 14 as part of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons’ (SBAS) 22nd Annual Scientific Assembly.  

Surgeons, doctors and other healthcare professionals from across the globe will convene at the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library to discuss the impact of biases on the disparities in surgical outcomes in America as well as other topics.

Dr. Adil Haider, associate professor of Surgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, will lead the discussion on biases.  Haider is director of the Center for Surgery Trials and Outcomes Research and co-director of the Howard-Hopkins Outcomes Research Center.

Dr. Electron Kebebew, head of the Endocrine Surgery Section at the National Cancer Institute, will give the Asa Yancey Lecture.  Dr. Asa Yancey was the first African-American member of the medical faculty at Emory University, the first African-American doctor at Grady Memorial Hospital and established the first accredited surgical residency for African-Americans in the state of Georgia and the state of Alabama.

Dr. Danny O. Jacobs, the president of SBAS, the David C. Sabiston Jr. professor, chair of the Department of Surgery and interim chief of Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, will conclude the presentations with a presidential address.

The 22nd annual assembly of the SBAS will take place from April 12-14 in Baltimore and Washington.

Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine will host the events on April 13, which will feature Dr. Peter Agre, Nobel Prize winner and director of Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute, and Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the first surgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the back of the head.

Other speakers include Dr. Edward E. Cornwell III, surgeon in chief and chair of the Department of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital

During the three-day event, an array of surgeons and medical specialists, some from as far away as South Africa, will discuss surgical and health disparities in various populations and geographic locations.

SBAS was founded in 1989 when there were few African-American surgeons in academic medicine. The society’s annual meeting is designed to stimulate academic excellence among its members by providing a forum of scholarship in collaboration with the leading departments of surgery in the U.S.

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