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Release Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:29 PM
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18th Leffall Surgical Symposium Includes Two Insightful Panels

The 18th Annual LaSalle D. Leffall Surgical Symposium will feature two panels, one exploring medical education and another on physicians as executive administrators.

The symposium, which annually updates physicians and other healthcare professionals on the latest surgical topics and research, will be from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, Towers Auditorium at Howard University Hospital.

The first panel is “The Changing Nature of Medical Student Education,” featuring Dr. David Rose, Facial Action Coding System, surgery clerkship director at Howard University Hospital; Dr. Marc S. Rickford, resident program coordinator in the Department of Surgery at Providence Hospital, and Dr. H. David Reines, vice chairman and former residency program director in the Department of Surgery at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

The second panel discussion is entitled “Surgeons as Executive Administrators,” with Dr. Carnell Cooper, vice president of Medical Affairs for Prince George’s Hospital Center and interim chief medical officer for Dimensions Healthcare; Dr. Patricia Turner Director of the Division of Member Services at the American College of Surgeons, and Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick, deputy senior vice president for Health Sciences at Howard University.

The symposium is in honor of Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, currently interim provost and senior vice president for Health Sciences at Howard University. 

Leffall was the first African-American president of the American Cancer Society, Society of Surgical Oncology, Society of Surgical Chairmen, the Washington Academy of Surgery and the American College of Surgeons. He was named the Charles R. Drew Professor in 1992, a position that he still currently holds. In addition to currently being a professor at Howard University, Leffall is also the chairman of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the President’s Cancer Panel and the Board of Directors of the National Dialogue on Cancer.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 24 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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