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Release Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 1:47 PM
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Dr. Lucille Perez Delivers Annual Roselyn Payne Epps Lecture

WASHINGTON (Sept. 9, 2013) –Lucille Perez, M.D., a leading U.S. health official and president/chief executive of the Cave Institute, will deliver the “Roselyn Payne Epps, M.D., Lectureship” at the Howard University Hospital on Friday, Sept. 13. The event will take place in the Walter Lester Henry Auditorium at 1 p.m.

Dr. Perez is associate director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The theme for her lecture is “Public Health in the Era of Trayvon.”

Dr. Perez is a past president of the National Medical Association. She is a leading authority on substance abuse and HIV prevention and heads the esteemed Faculty Department Program at the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Dr. Perez has also held faculty appointments at State University of Health Science Center in Brooklyn and St. George School of Medicine at Grenada.

The annual lectureship honors pioneering pediatrician Dr. Roselyn Payne Epps and focuses on the latest topics in medicine and public health. Dr. Epps earned a bachelor of science degree from Howard University in 1951 and a medical degree in 1955 from Howard University College of Medicine. In 1980, she was appointed acting commissioner of the Washington, D.C., Bureau of Clinical Services. She became the first African American elected national president of the American Medical Women’s Association in 1991.


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, 30 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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