Surgeon in green scrubs, mask, gloves, and cap performing surgery. Courtesy Sharon Henry, M.D. and Maryland Institute of Emergency  Medical Services Systems

Opening Reception

In collaboration with the Office of Diversity, the Eskind Biomedical Library hosted an opening reception for the exhibit on April 16, 2015. The program included brief remarks from the individuals below, and included tributes to Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr., Dr. Matthew Walker, and Dr. Claude Organ, as well as remarks about the legacy of African American surgeons at Vanderbilt, the history of the aorta clamp designed by Vivien Thomas, and Dr. Watkins’ role in the development of the traveling exhibit. Dr. Watkins, who was also originally scheduled to speak at the event, passed away on April 11.

  • Taneya Koonce, MSLS, MPH
    Knowledge Management /
    Eskind Biomedical Library
  • Andre Churchwell, MD
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Matthew Walker, III, PhD
    Vanderbilt University School of
  • Sunil K. Geevarghese, MD,
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Dan Beauchamp, MD
    Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Brian Organ, MD
    Emory University Hospital