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2nd Annual Abbas E. Kitabchi Distinguished Visiting Professorship

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Pictured: Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack, Dr. Aaron Vinik (DVP) and Dr. Solomon S. Solomon.

The division was proud to host the 2nd Annual Abbas E. Kitabchi Distinguished Visiting Professorship in honor of Dr. Kitabchi who was essential in establishing the Division of Endocrinology here at UTHSC for over 40 years. He was a true pioneer and legend in the field of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Metabolism. The invited guest lecturer was Dr. Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP, FACE Murray Waitzer Endowed Chair for Diabetes Research, Professor of Medicine/Pathology/Neurobiology and Director of Research & Neuroendocrine Unit at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA.

18th Annual James. R. Givens Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Dr. Alvin Powers (Given’s DVP recipient), Mrs. Mary King Given, (widowed of  Dr. James R. Givens),  Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack, (Division Chief, Med-Endocrinology)
Pictured: Dr. Alvin Powers (Given’s DVP recipient), Mrs. Mary King Given, (widowed of  Dr. James R. Givens),  Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack, (Division Chief, Med-Endocrinology).

Alvin C. Powers, M.D., was the recipient of the 18th Annual James R. Givens Distinguished Visiting Professorship.  Dr. Powers holds the Joe C. Davis Chair in Biologic Science and Professor of Medicine, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University. He is the Chief of the Vanderbilt Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism. He is also the Director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center, and the Director of the NIH-funded Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center.

2nd Annual John Ed and Odessa Williams Endowment in Community Diabetes Visiting Professorship

Pictured:   L to R: Dr. Murray Heimberg, Dr. Ayotunde Dokun, Dr. Frankie Stentz, Dr. James Gavin,  Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack, Dr. Beverly Williams-Cleaves and Dr. Ivan Gerling
Pictured from left: Dr. Murray Heimberg, Dr. Ayotunde Dokun, Dr. Frankie Stentz, Dr. James Gavin,  Dr. Samuel Dagogo-Jack, Dr. Beverly Williams-Cleaves and Dr. Ivan Gerling.

Dr. James R. Gavin, III, was the recipient of the 2nd Annual John Ed and Odessa Williams Distinguished Visiting Professorship in honor of the Late John Ed and Odessa Williams, parents of UTHSC alumni  Dr. Beverly Williams-Cleaves (Med-Endocrinology) and  Ethelyn Williams- Neal (UTHSC Training Program Graduate).

Dr. Gavin is a Professor of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, & Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN. He is also the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of Healing Our Village, Inc. He also serves as President and CEO for Microlslet, Inc. of San Diego, CA.

Dr. Gavin was the inaugural speaker for the Williams’ Lectureship.

Last Published: Nov 10, 2017