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Annual Summer Scholars Celebration

Robert Higgins

On July 19, high school students participating in Johns Hopkins Bayview’s Summer Scholars Program were invited to join Medical Center faculty and staff in the Grossi Auditorium for a special celebration celebrating their work this summer.

Last year, the 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.

This year, Robert S.D. Higgins, M.D., the William Steward Halsted Professor and Director and Surgeon-Chief, Department of Surgery, at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will deliver the keynote address entitled, “A Fork in the Road: Which Way Should You Go?”

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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