Inaugural Susan Moore, M.D., Memorial Lecture

Date

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Time

5:30pm - 6:30pm

Location

M3330 of Medical-Science Building I and livestreamed

Description

Infectious disease and public health expert Natasha Bagdasarian, M.D., will deliver the inaugural Susan Moore, M.D., Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, November 15. The event will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Medical Science Building I, Room M3330, and streamed online. 

Bagdasarian is the chief medical executive for the State of Michigan. Her talk, “Recognizing and addressing health inequities: Building upon the lessons learned during COVID-19,” will be followed by a question-and-answer session.   

The Susan Moore, M.D., Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Anesthesiology, aims to honor Moore’s memory by addressing issues related to health disparities.  

Moore, a graduate of the U-M Medical School who worked as a family physician in Indianapolis, died December 20, 2020, following complications from COVID-19. Prior to her death, she posted a video to social media in which she spoke about what she described as inequitable and biased treatment from medical providers. The video gained national attention and led to renewed conversations on disparities within health care institutions.  

Event organizer Matthew Wixson, M.D., reflected on Moore’s death at the time. 

“Watching the video of Dr. Susan Moore, and subsequently learning the entire story of her struggles in a medical system to which she had dedicated her professional life, brought into relief the systemic racism that underpins the inequities within our health care systems,” wrote Wixson, the department’s associate chair for diversity. 

“By acknowledging the processes, procedures, and policies that promote and maintain these inequities, we can begin to strive toward our ideal — an inclusive and equitable organization that is focused on the well-being of its patients and employees alike. This can be part of Dr. Moore’s legacy — that in her unjust death, she spurs positive change at health care institutions around the country.” 

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.   

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