Annual Duvivier Lecture Addresses Bias in Healthcare
On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, keynote speaker Dr. Albert Galaburda, the Emily Fisher Landau Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and director of the office for diversity, inclusion, and career advancement at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, delivered an outstanding presentation on “Racism, Bias, and Healthcare: An Unrelenting Challenge” at the fourth annual Roger Duvivier, M.D., FACOG Lecture, held at 8 a.m. in the Lubin Dining Hall.
Dr. Albert Galaburda, the Duvivier Lecture keynote speaker
For the second consecutive year, the lecture was part of grand rounds for obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health. It was established in 2015 to recognize the generosity of Dr. Duvivier, a member of Einstein’s class of 1974 and emeritus faculty member who has offered more than four decades of mentoring to generations of physicians and doctors-in-training at Montefiore and Einstein.
“Roger has always demonstrated selfless dedication to improving the quality of life of women and girls in the United States and abroad,” noted Dr. Irene Blanco, associate dean for diversity enhancement and associate professor of medicine at Einstein, an attending in medicine at Montefiore, and among the Einstein alumni who learned from Dr. Duvivier while a student. Dr. Blanco’s office co-hosted the lecture/grand rounds.
“It’s an excellent forum for recognizing Roger’s contributions, especially given his devotion to patients, colleagues and students, and his longstanding humanitarian efforts to support and advance the healthcare of girls and women in the Bronx and beyond,” noted Dr. Sharmila Makhija, professor and chair of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health. “Each year’s speaker discusses a topic focused on health equity, social justice, inclusion and diversity within women’s health.”
Dr. Duvivier semi-retired in 2015, and returns to Einstein each year from his home in Guatemala, where he does volunteer work in global women’s health to help improve healthcare for indigenous, predominantly Mayan, women and girls. “It’s my hope that these talks can serve as an annual reminder of what Professor Albert Einstein and our institution bearing his name stand for in terms of diversity, inclusion and global healthcare,” he said.
Posted on: Monday, August 20, 2018