Bryant lecture to feature Harvard social scientist

David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.

This year’s annual Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., Memorial Lecture in Medical Ethics will feature nationally recognized social scientist and Harvard professor David R. Williams, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held at noon on Tuesday, April 3, in Holly Auditorium on the Long campus. It is sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, Long School of Medicine.

Dr. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized social scientist focused on social influences on health. His research has enhanced understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism, health behavior and religious involvement can affect health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is one of the most widely used measures for discrimination in health studies.

Dr. Williams has authored more than 400 scientific papers, and he has served on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals and as a reviewer for more than 60 others. He has received numerous honors and awards, including election to both the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has been involved in developing health policy at the federal level.

He holds an M.P.H. from Loma Linda University in California and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He also earned a Master of Divinity from Andrews University in Michigan.

The Bryant lecture is named for Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., a much-loved family physician and community leader in San Antonio until his death in 1999. Among the first African American students to graduate from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Bryant became an important advocate for the medically underserved living in the East Side neighborhoods of San Antonio.

Dr. Bryant was co-founder and the first medical director of the Ella Austin Health Clinic, and he co-developed the East San Antonio Medical Center. He served as the first African American president of the Bexar County Medical Society and the first president of the C.A. Whittier Medical Society.


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