October 30, 2004
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Surgeon Gen. Richard Carmona were among the distinguished guests saluting Tulane University Health Sciences Center at its 170th anniversary gala Oct. 2.
The event, featuring performances by Marva Wright, Jimmy Maxwell, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, Charmaine Neville, Amanda Shaw and the A C Gospel Singers, was the culmination of three days of lectures, reunions and other special events marking the health sciences center's past, present and future impact on the health and well-being of the local and global community.
Noting the importance of Tulane's role in the region's health sciences were special appearances by the Hon. Lindy Boggs, Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals Frederick Cerise, director of the New Orleans Department of Health Kevin Stevens, and City Councilwoman Jackie Clarkson.
Admiral Carmona used the gala to announce a new, national public health campaign. The Surgeon General's American Family Health Initiative, which will officially roll out at Thanksgiving, will educate the public on the importance of knowing your family history and its impact on your health.
More than 1,000 alumni, friends, civic and business leaders participated in one or more of the almost 20 activities, which included a three-day scientific symposium, "Doors to Discovery."
Tulane leadership, including President Scott Cowen, Paul Whelton, senior vice president for the health sciences, and members of the faculty, had opportunities to talk strategically about research initiatives with Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, and other nationally prominent speakers.
Hundreds attended the gala, where the history of health sciences at Tulane was depicted on banners and in a seven-minute multimedia presentation event that highlighted the health sciences' leaders and telling about their milestones.
Another event was the dedication of the John W. Deming, MD, Simulation Lab in the Department of Surgery, where medical students, residents and surgeons are trained in surgical techniques through the use of laparoscopic video and virtual surgery stations. The health sciences center has much to celebrate, with more than $100 million in grant funding this year, Whelton said.
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