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Annual Levi Watkins, Jr. M.D. Lectureship

Michele K. Evans, M.D.

Save the date for the 10th Annual Levi Watkins Jr., M.D. Bayview Summer Scholars Lectureship, scheduled for Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at 4 p.m. in the Grossi Auditorium of the Asthma and Allergy on the Johns Hopkins Bayview campus.

This year's keynote speaker will be Michele K. Evans, M.D., Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institute on Aging. Her lecture is entitled, The Road Less Travelled. Following the lecture, there will be a reception in which three Apple iPads will be raffled to students.

Details can be seen here.
For more information or to register, please call 410-550-1118 or email Kimberly Monson kmonson1@jhmi.edu.

In 2016, this celebration was renamed in honor of the late Levi Watkins, Jr., M.D., a pioneer in both cardiac surgery and civil rights. Dr. Watkins’ niece, Crystal C. Watkins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Memory Clinic in the Neuropsychiatry Program at Sheppard Pratt, and assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, inspired students with the inaugural keynote address.

Levi Watkins, M.D.

Dr. Levi Watkins is a fitting namesake for the Summer Scholars Lectureship. After joining the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1971, Dr. Watkins charted a career of historic firsts. In 1980, he performed the world’s first implantation of an automatic heart defibrillator in a human. In cardiac surgery, he became the first black chief resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and later the first African-American full professor. He was a tireless advocate for fairness and diversity, spearheading a drive to recruit minorities to Hopkins and establishing the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.

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