Upstate News

January 10, 2005
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate celebrates Sarah Loguen Fraser Day with lecture on disparities in medicine Jan. 19

SYRACUSE, N.Y.- SUNY Upstate Medical University will celebrate the birthday of one of its most famous alumna, Sarah Loguen Fraser, M.D., with a public presentation on disparities in medicine Wednesday, Jan. 19 at noon in Medical Alumni Auditorium of Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

Loguen Fraser, became one the first African American women physicians when she earned her medical degree in 1876 from Syracuse University College of Medicine, which is now SUNY Upstate Medical University.

In honor of Sarah Loguen Fraser Day, Crystal F. Simpson, M.D., MHS., assistant professor of geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will discuss disparities in medicine.

“As Loguen Fraser did in her day, Simpson serves as an outstanding role model for all women, especially women from underrepresented populations,” said Susan Stearns, Ph.D., associate professor of cell and developmental biology, who serves as co-coordinator of the Sarah Loguen Day celebration.

Simpson has presented widely on cultural diversity in the medical profession and has played a key role in providing students from diverse backgrounds learning opportunities in geriatrics and gerontology.

Sarah Loguen Day is sponsored by the SUNY Upstate’s Office of Multicultural Student Resources. For more information, call 464-8577.

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