On April 28, 2021, Duke Ob/Gyn presented the second annual Donald T. Moore, MD, Endowed Lecture (virtually). The program was moderated by Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist Sarahn Wheeler, MD, who serves as the Department's Director of Diversity and Inclusion.
The featured speaker was Elizabeth Howell, MD, MPP, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She presented "The Maternal Healthcare Crisis for Women of Color."
Dr. Howell is an accomplished researcher of health inequities and a respected women’s health leader, and serves as chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as the director of the Blavatnik Family Women’s Health Research Institute at Mount Sinai, and she holds additional appointments as a professor of Population Health Science and Policy and Psychiatry. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Howell’s academic focus includes the study of racial and ethnic inequities in maternal and child health, postpartum depression and maternal and infant morbidity and mortality.
A panel discussion on combating disparities in maternal healthcare followed the featured presentation. Panelists included:
M. Kathryn Menard, MD, MPH
Distinguished Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
Maria Small, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine
Chair of the Ob/Gyn Section of the National Medical Association
Katie Galbraith, MBA, FACHE
Interim Head for Community Health and President of Duke Regional Hospital
About the lecture:
The goal of the Moore Lectureship is to bring to Duke and Durham nationally recognized experts on such topics as health care disparities, societal issues related to access to care and the economics and politics of health care.
Following the evolving desegregation of Duke Hospital, Dr. Moore had a tremendous impact as the first African American Fellow in the Duke School of Medicine when he was asked to join the Department of Ob/Gyn. He also served as Chief of Ob/Gyn at Lincoln Hospital, which later became Lincoln Community Health Center, and trained many Duke residents, medical students and nurses. His teaching role continued at Durham Regional Hospital, now Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Hospital.
The annual endowed lecture is presented in partnership with the Duke Health Office of the Chancellor, the Duke Health Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Duke University School of Medicine.
Donald T. Moore, MD
First African American Fellow in the Duke School of Medicine