2017 - 2018 Flexner Deans' Lecture Series

All lectures will be held in 208 Light Hall at noon unless otherwise noted.

Lunch is provided with advance RSVP.

If you have any questions about the Series, please email medstudentaffairs@vanderbilt.edu

Friday, September 29, 2017 

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  Hannah Valantine, M.D., M.R.C.P., F.A.C.C.

  NIH Addresses the Science of Diversity:  Focusing on Institutional Change

  2017 Satcher Lecture, co-sponsored with the Master of Public Health Program


Hannah Valantine, M.B.B.S. leads the NIH’s efforts to diversify the biomedical research workforces as the first permanent NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity. Since 2014, Dr. Valantine has worked to develop a vision and comprehensive strategy to expand recruitment and retention, and promote inclusiveness and equity throughout the biomedical research enterprise.  Previously at Stanford University Medical Center, Dr. Valantine served as Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership, and Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine. She studied biochemistry at London University and attended St. George’s Hospital Medical School. She completed her post-graduate work in the field of cardiology in London at Royal Brompton Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital.

Monday, October 9, 2017 

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Hossein Ardehali, M.D., Ph.D.  

Going through MD/PhD program as an immigrant

Director, Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute (FCVRI) – Center for Molecular Cardiology

Professor of Medicine, Cardiology and Pharmacology

Associate Director and Chair of Admissions of the Medical Scientist Training Program

Dr. Hossein Ardehali obtained his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Vanderbilt University.  He completed his medicine residency and cardiology fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.  He is currently a Professor of Medicine - Cardiology, and Pharmacology at Northwestern University, and is the Associate Director and Chair of Admissions of the Medical Scientist Training Program.  He also serves as the Director of the Center for Molecular Cardiology at Northwestern University.  Dr. Ardehali has received several awards, including the AHA BCVS Young Investigator Award, the Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Award, and the Schweppe Foundation Award.  He is a member and Secretary-Treasurer of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and serves on numerous AHA committees, including the AHA Council Operations Committee and is the chair of the AHA BCVS communication/Membership committee.  His research focuses on the role of mitochondria and metabolism in cardiovascular disease, with a focus on the role of mitochondrial iron in this process. He has published manuscripts in several journals including Cell Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Investigation, PNAS, and EMBO Molecular Medicine.  

Monday, November 13, 2017 - RSVP

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Quinn Capers, MD, FACC, FSCAI 

Implicit Racial Bias in Healthcare and in Medical School Admissions

Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC, FSCAI, a specialist in cardiovascular medicine and interventional cardiology at The Ohio State University Medical Center, was named one of America’s Best Doctors of 2009. 

Dr. Capers is associate dean for admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and an assistant professor of clinical medicine and director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Ohio State and completed his internship, residency and fellowship from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Capers has received numerous teaching awards at Ohio State’s Medical Center. 

Dr. Capers was a National Research Service Award grantee of the National Institutes of Health as a cardiology fellow. In 2010, Dr. Capers received the Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Community Service from Defense Supply Center in Columbus. He has authored several articles on the topic of proinflammatory gene expression in the vascular wall and several book chapters on peripheral vascular disease. Dr. Capers’ clinical interests include complex coronary and peripheral arterial interventions, hypertensive cardiovascular disease and peripheral arterial disease. His research focuses on vascular biology and high-risk coronary and vascular interventions. 

Monday, December 11, 2017 - RSVP


Ryan Bayley, MD, CPC

Burnout: Resilience is the Problem

Ryan Bayley, MD, CPC is principal and founder of Pyriscent Coaching – a coaching practice dedicated to helping physicians create more intentional, fulfilling and balanced lives. As both a board certified emergency physician and credentialed professional development coach, Dr. Bayley works with individual physicians and group practices to help them achieve better results both at work and at home.

Dr Bayley obtained his BA from Harvard (‘00), and medical degree from Vanderbilt Medical School (‘08).  He completed his emergency medicine residency at the New York Presbyterian Teaching Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell Universities, and an EMS and Disaster Medicine Fellowship with the Fire Department of New York.  He has worked in both academic and private practice settings as both an emergency physician and an EMS medical director. 

It is in these varied settings that he watched numerous colleagues struggle with the practice of medicine, including having experienced burnout himself.  As a result of these experiences, he subsequently trained as a professional coach, and now uses coaching to work with physicians and healthcare executives on a wide range of professional and personal development issues.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

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Anna Lemnke, MD                                                                                                                                                                      Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop

Dr. Anna Lembke received her undergraduate degree in Humanities from Yale University and her medical degree from Stanford University. She is on the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, and a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She is the Program Director for the Stanford University Addiction Medicine Fellowship, and Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and commentaries, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Addiction. Dr. Lembke sees patients, teaches, and does research. She is the author of a book on the prescription drug epidemic: “Drug Dealer, MD: How Doctors Were Duped, Patients Got Hooked, and Why It’s So Hard to Stop” (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2016).

Dr. Anna Lembke's key areas of interest include treating patients who have become addicted to prescription drugs. She takes a holistic, harm-reduction approach to each patient, and encourages spiritual and alternative therapies in the process of healing.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Medical student lecturer

Monday, February 19, 2018 


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Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D. 

Academic Medicine and the Future of Global Health Equity: Reflections from West Africa

Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is chief strategist and co-founder of Partners In Health, Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He also serves as U.N. Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. Dr. Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality. His most recent books are In the Company of the Poor: Conversations with Dr. Paul Farmer and Fr. Gustavo Gutiérrez, Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, and To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation.


Monday, March 5, 2018 - RSVP

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Sam Quinones, Journalist & Author

Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction.

His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Bloomsbury Press.

His career as a journalist has spanned almost 30 years. He lived for 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs.

In 2014, he resigned from the paper to return to freelancing, working for National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications.

Columbia Journalism School selected him as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize, for a career of excellence in covering Latin America. He is also a 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious fellowships given to print journalists.

Monday, March 12, 2018


Erling Norrby, M.D., Ph.D.

A Foray into Nobel Prizes: The Action Potential, Cholesterol, and Maturing Molecular Biology

Erling Norrby has an M.D. and Ph.D. from the Karolinska Institute, the School of Medicine, Stockholm. He was the professor of virology and chairman at the Institute for 25 years. During that time he also served as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine for 6 years and was deeply involved in the work on Nobel prizes in physiology or medicine for 20 years. After leaving the Institute he became Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences for six years. During this time he had overriding responsibility for the Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry and was a member of the Board of the Nobel Foundation. Presently he is at the Center for the History of Sciences at the Academy and in 2010 he published the book Nobel Prizes and Life Sciences, in 2013 by a second book Nobel Prizes and Nature’s Surprises and in 2016 a third book entitled Nobel Prizes and Notable Discoveries. In addition he is currently Vice-Chairman of the Board of the J. Craig Venter Institute. He also has one of the leading functions at the Royal Swedish Court as Lord Chamberlain in Waiting.

Monday, April 23, 2018


Dr. Aviad Haramati

Chapman Lecture Co- Sponsored with Academy for Excellence in Education

Aviad "Adi" Haramati is Professor of Physiology and Medicine and co-director of the Graduate Program in Complementary and Alternative Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, with research interests in renal and electrolyte physiology. Currently, his activities are more centered on medical education and rethinking how health professionals are trained. In 2013, he was named the founding director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education (CENTILE) at Georgetown. 

Dr. Haramati has taught medical and graduate students for over 35 years and received institutional and national awards for his teaching. He served on the Physiology Test Development Committee (USMLE Step 1) for the National Board of Medical Examiners. 

Dr. Haramati is the past Vice-Chair of the Academic Consortium of Integrative  Medicine and Health and has chaired the Organizing Committee for the 2012 and  2014 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health, and the Planning Committee for the 2012 International Congress for Educators in Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He also convened the 2015 CENTILE Conference to Promote Resilience, Empathy and Well-being in the Health Professions. 

His interests in integrative medicine focus on the use of Mind-Body Medicine Skills for stress management and in health professions education. 

Dr. Haramati was principal investigator of a five-year NIH grant that supported a broad educational initiative to incorporate CAM and integrative medicine into the four-year medical curriculum at Georgetown. He co-leads the faculty training program in Mind-Body Medicine with Nancy Harazduk at Georgetown University and at The Institute for Integrative Health.


Monday, June 11, 2018