Valerie M. Rice takes over as first female president at Morehouse School of Medicine

Metro Digest ( July 3 - July 10)

Edited by Titus Falodun | 7/4/2014, midnight
Macon, Ga. native Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice becomes the first woman to lead Morehouse School of Medicine as president and ...
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice is the first female president of Morehouse School of Medicine (Courtesy of MSM).

ATLANTA – Macon, Ga. native Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice becomes the first woman to lead Morehouse School of Medicine as president and dean.

Rice is a Harvard-educated obstetrician and gynecologist and was first named MSM’s executive vice president and dean in 2011 and last year was named president effective Friday, July 1, 2014.

She succeeds outgoing President Dr. John E. Maupin Jr., who is retiring after a distinguished 30-year career in academic medicine, health care administration and public health.

“I am honored that the Board of Trustees of Morehouse School of Medicine has entrusted in me the presidency of this treasured institution,” Dr. Rice said. “My job is to align that mission within the context of an extraordinarily changing health care system and to grow a sustainable, community-focused academic health center. And that will happen with the teamwork of the entire MSM community working in concert with our valued partners.”

Rice earned an undergraduate degree in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology, a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, and completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University Medical School. She then completed a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit.

A renowned infertility expert and nationally recognized clinical scientist, Dr. Rice serves on numerous professional and scientific advisory panels, national industry boards and has authored more than 50 medical research articles. The inauguration ceremony for Dr. Montgomery Rice is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, followed by a celebratory weekend of community-focused health events. To learn more about the inauguration weekend, visit http://www.msm.edu.

Fourth Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Fourth Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Fourth Annual Atlanta Ice Cream Festival

Come out and celebrate America’s favorite dessert, ice cream from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 26 at Piedmont Park. This free event also includes a variety of health and wellness agencies, fitness routines, vendors and much more for the entire for the family. For more information, visit http://www.atlantaicecreamfestival.com.

Atlanta Street Food Festival

Head down to Atlanta’s famous Piedmont Park from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 12 for the Atlanta Street Food Festival with more than 40 food trucks from the Southeast. For more information, visit http://www.atlantastreetfoodfestival.com.

Early Voting begins Monday, June 30 in Fulton County Primary Runoff Races

Fulton County voters are encouraged to cast their ballots early for the Tuesday, July 22 Primary Runoff election. Beginning Monday, June 30, voters will have three weeks to vote early prior to Election Day, July 22, 2014.

All voters who were registered to vote before by the April 21, 2014 deadline and who live within the districts where runoff elections are taking place are eligible to vote in the July 22nd Primary Runoff election, even if they did not vote in the May 20th Primary Election.

 Voters with questions about the elections or their voter status are encouraged to contact the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections at 404-730-7020. For more information regarding registration and elections, visit www.fultonelections.com.

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