Event is Feb. 18 at WVU Health Sciences Center

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Wayne A. I. Frederick, M.D., M.B.A., professor of surgery and interim president of Howard University in Washington, D.C. will present “Unconscious Bias in Academic Medicine” at the inaugural Harriet Tubman Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

His visit will be part of the WVU Department of Surgery’s annual recognition of Black History month. Each February, the Department hosts educational programs focusing on health issues that affect populations isolated by race, culture, poverty, gender, and sexual and social identity.

“We’re excited to have a physician of Dr. Frederick’s stature as the first Tubman Visiting Professor,” Don K. Nakayama, M.D., chair of the Department of Surgery, said. “He is not only recognized as a leading clinical researcher in the field of racial disparities in cancer outcomes, as interim president of Howard University, he is at the forefront of addressing the educational challenges of black America.”

Frederick, originally from Port of Spain, Trinidad, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology, his medical degree from the College of Medicine, and his Master’s in Business Administration from the School of Business at Howard University.

He completed a post-doctoral research fellowship and a surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he spent his final year as chief administrative fellow. At the University of Connecticut Health Center, he served as the associate director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center, the director of Surgical Oncology and assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to participate in the inaugural Harriet Tubman lecture at West Virginia University,” Frederick said. “I look forward to the opportunity to engage the WVU community around issues of healthcare disparities and the importance of diversity in higher education.”

Frederick is a respected clinician and researcher with multiple peer-reviewed publications, including articles, book chapters, abstracts and editorials. He has received several awards, including being named a “Super Doctor” by the Washington Post and listed on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 in 2010.

His lecture is open to the public. Reception starts at 4 p.m. in the Pylons Commons area and the lecture follows at 5 p.m. in Room 1909.
For more information: Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs, 304-293-7087
ts: 01-21-14