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Thomas J. Blocker Society Living Legends Gala will honor Drs. David Satcher and Louis Sullivan

On Friday, July 29, beginning at 6:00 p.m. with a VIP reception and gala at 7:30 p.m., the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta (3315 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta), will be the site of a night of elegance and celebration as guests and supporters come together to honor two powerhouses in health care, Dr. David Satcher and Dr. Louis Sullivan. This celebration, which precedes the 2022 National Medical Association (NMA) Annual Convention in Atlanta, will honor these men for their outstanding contributions to medicine, medical education and improving diversity in health care. health. This Black-Tie Tribute Celebrating African American Achievement is one of the most anticipated affairs of the NMA convention weekend and is a successful event supporting scholarship and programming for the Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation. Dean Thomas J. Blocker was a member of the Morehouse Office of Health Professions for over thirty years, and during that time teamed up with Dr JK Haynes and Dr Joyce Nottingham to increase the number of Morehouse men pursuing a career in health care and science. . Dean Blocker was instrumental in positioning Morehouse College as the premier producer of African-American men accepted into medical, dental, and health schools.

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Over the years, the laureates, Drs. Satcher and Sullivan worked for change that would redefine the landscape of health care in the country. As Surgeon General of the United States and Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Satcher has the distinction of being the second person in history to simultaneously hold both positions, Surgeon General, 1991-2002 and Assistant Secretary 1998 – 2001. In 2002 Dr. Satcher served as Director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine and in 2004 was appointed Acting President of Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher has published reports on many topics, including tobacco and health, mental health, race and ethnicity, suicide prevention, and has made it a priority to try to eliminate disparities racial and ethnic backgrounds in the country’s health care system. Dr. Satcher is the recipient of eighteen honorary degrees and numerous distinguished honors

Dr. Lous Sullivan is a political leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. A 1954 graduate of Morehouse College with a BS in Biology, Dr. Sullivan enjoyed a distinguished career at Boston University Medical Center where he founded the Boston University Hematology Service in 1967. In 1975, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse to serve as post of dean. and Director of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. The program later became Morehouse College School of Medicine in 1978.

Living Legends Gala

In 1989, Dr. Sullivan left Morehouse to accept an appointment from President George HW Bush as Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He then returned to Morehouse in 1993 to serve as president and became president emeritus in 2002. In 2003, he was named chairman of the advisory committee for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Dr. Sullivan has received more than seventy honorary degrees, including an honorary doctorate in medicine from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He is the author of The Morehouse Mystique: Become a doctor at the nation’s newest African-American medical school with MaryBeth Gasman. His autobiography, Innovate: My life in medicine, with David Chanoff, won the NAACP Image Award for Literature in 2015.

Foundation of the Thomas J. Blocker Society

The Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation is the 501(c)3 nonprofit financial and fundraising arm of the Thomas J. Blocker Society. Not-for-profit status allows TJB to achieve its goals of helping the next generation of healthcare professionals through several fundraising efforts, including its fundraising campaign. Thomas J. Blocker Society is an incorporated collaboration of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. The mission of the Thomas J. Block Society is to develop an alumni base and coordinate alumni efforts to support Morehouse’s production of excellent physicians, dentists, researchers, pharmacists, and paramedics.

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