DEI Visiting Professors

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Visiting Professor Days

2022Andrea Hayes Dixon, MD

The Department of Surgery’s second annual Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Visiting Professor Day took place on November 4, 2022. We were very happy to welcome trailblazing pediatric surgeon Andrea Hayes Dixon, MD, Dean of Howard University College of Medicine and Chair of Surgery, as our visiting professor. Dr. Hayes Dixon is the first female Dean and first female Chair of Surgery at Howard. She was also the first Black woman in the nation to become board certified in pediatric surgery. Dr. Hayes Dixon is an internationally recognized pioneer in pediatric surgery and pediatric oncology.

Dr. Andrea Hayes Dixon with some of the BMC residents


2021 – Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA

In November 2021, the Department of Surgery was honored to host internationally renowned heart-lung transplant surgeon Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, as the inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Visiting Professor. Former Surgeon-in-Chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Higgins assumed a new role as President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in December 2021. He was the first Black physician to chair any department in the medical school at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Higgins began the day by giving grand rounds and ended it with a moving keynote address.

Dr. Robert Higgins with the chief residents (masks down briefly for photo)

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