SBAS In the News

Henrietta Lacks and Her Remarkable Cells Will Finally See Some Payback

In 1951, scientists took a Black woman’s cancer cells without her consent. The cells of Henrietta Lacks proved invaluable for research, and labs and companies gained financially from using them for decades, with nothing for her or her family. … Read More »

Dr. Ala Stanford takes to Philadelphia streets to help black communities get tested for COVID-19

SBAS member Dr. Ala Stanford rallied a group of fellow black doctors to provide free testing for people in poor neighborhoods as the Red Cross voices major concern over the lack of African American blood donors. … Read More »

How to Fix the Academic-Surgical Pipeline for All

Despite increasing ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in the United States, black women continue to be underrepresented in academic surgery. The academic-surgical pipeline to promotion and tenure for black women surgeon scientists is broken. As a result, black women remain underrepresented in surgical leadership positions. … Read More »

Video – Dr. L.D. Britt Elected to National Academy of Medicine

Surgeon L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), becoming the first faculty member from EVMS to receive this distinction — considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. … Read More »

President Barack Obama to Deliver Howard University 2016 Commencement Address

Washington, D.C., (April 14, 2016) — Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, announced today that United States President, Barack H. Obama, will deliver the keynote address during Howard University’s 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2016. The President will address members of the Class of 2016 and their families, University trustees, officers, faculty, staff, and alumni. … Additionally SBAS’s current Executive Director, L.D. Britt, M.D., MPH will receive an honorary degree from Howard University for his many accomplishments in the field of surgery. … Read More »

New Frontiers in Academic Surgery – Opening Doors: Contemporary African American Academic Surgeons

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine. African American surgeons still face many challenges, but their path has been made easier by the pioneering surgeons that came before them. Among academic surgeons today, African Americans hold some of the most prestigious academic surgical positions in the United States including Danny O. Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., executive vice president and provost, and dean of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston School of Medicine, and Selywn Vickers, M.D., senior vice president for medicine and dean of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. … Read More »