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October 2016

Former HHS Secretary Sullivan Discusses Diversity in the Health Professions

Dr. Louis W. Sullivan speaking
The Honorable Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services from 1989—1993, spoke at the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Lecture in the Clinical Center Oct. 4. In his presentation, based on his recently-published memoir, "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine," Sullivan shared with the audience a variety of personal and professional experiences impacting his life. Sullivan, who knew by the age of five that he wanted to be a doctor, broke racial barriers in becoming the first African American resident at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in 1958. He later went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine.

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