Endowed Lectureship on Health Equity & Social Justice

Beyond the Knife: Anti-Racism and Health Equity. A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West about surgery's role in fighting systemic inequality.

The Department of Surgery’s newly endowed lecture series is a testament to our seriousness of purpose and our intention to make questions of anti-racism foundational to our mission going forward. 

We are deeply honored that our inaugural speaker is Dr. Cornel West.  He is the nation’s preeminent voice on these matters and it is our hope that his energy and example can galvanize efforts at diversity, inclusion and social justice across the entire University.

Date and Time

The Beyond the Knife: Anti-Racism and Health Equity live event will be streamed over Zoom on Thursday, February 18, 2021 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.  

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Cornel West.

Dr. Cornel West.

Dr. Cornel West is an activist, intellectual, Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University, Professor Emeritus at Princeton University, and the keynote speaker of this inaugural event.

Moderator

James Rosser, MD, FACS.

James "Butch" Rosser, MD, FACS is a Clincal Professor of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences as well as an international surgical leader and entrepreneur.

Panelists

Henry Louis Taylor, Jr, PhD.

Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. PhD is a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and the Director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning.

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD.

Rita Hubbard-Robinson, JD is the Chief Executive Officer of NeuWater and Associates as well as the lead member of the African American Health Equity Task Force.

Timothy Adams, MD.

Timothy Adams, MD is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Karole Collier.

Karole Collier is a fourth year medical student at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Frances Uwechue, MD.

Frances "Frankie" Uwechue, MD is a PGY-1 general surgery resident at The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery.

Video messages from our moderator and panelists

Dr. James ‘Butch’ Rosser places the Department of Surgery’s new initiative in historical perspective and asks all of us to take this giant leap with him.

Karole Collier, fourth year medical student at the Jacobs School, talks about the personal meaning that Dr. Cornel West’s lecture at UB holds for her.

Dr. Frances ‘Frankie’ Uwechue, PGY1 General Surgery resident, talks about her road to the surgical profession and the meaning of Dr. Cornel West’s lecture.