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Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice Delivered CURE Distinguished Scholars Seminar, October 9

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Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG

President and Dean

Morehouse School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA


The first woman to serve as President of the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM)—Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD, FACOG—delivered the most recent Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) Distinguished Scholar Seminar (DSS) on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. The lecture, which was open to the public, was titled Advancing Cancer Health Equity: Understanding the "Why” and “What” is Needed to Transform the Landscape.

Dr. Montgomery Rice, who was the recipient of a CRCHD CURE Diversity Supplement, is both President and Dean of the institution, and has made significant contributions in the areas of health equity, women’s health, and physician and scientific workforce diversity, among others. 

Prior to becoming President in 2014, Dr. Montgomery Rice served as Dean and Executive Vice President of MSM. She held leadership and faculty positions at health centers prior to coming to MSM. At Meharry Medical College, Dr. Montgomery Rice was the Founding Director of the Center for Women’s Health Research, one of the first U.S. research centers dedicated to examining diseases that disproportionately impact women of color. 

A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Dr. Montgomery Rice completed her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology, her medical degree at Harvard Medical School, her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine, and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital. Dr. Montgomery Rice participates on no fewer than nine boards and is a frequent recipient of awards and recognition.

The CURE Program supports individuals from underrepresented groups across the academic continuum—beginning with high school students and continuing through independent cancer researchers—through a pipeline of research funding opportunities. Learn more about CURE.

The CURE DSS was launched in 2017 as part of the 21 Years of the CURE Program celebration and recognizes outstanding former CURE scholars and their research. These scientific seminars highlight leading-edge cancer research, along with new advancements, ideas and trends in the field of cancer and cancer disparities.

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