Dr. James E.K. Hildreth

Medical College President Mahari/CEO to speak at ETSU on October 13

Johnson City (September 30, 2022) – Renowned scientist, physician, and administrator, Dr. James E. K. Healdreth is a free public lecture at East Tennessee State University on Thursday, October 13th.

Healdreth, President and CEO of Mahari Medical College, will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Soldiers Ballroom of the Carnegie Hotel, after a reception at 5:30 p.m.

His talk, “Explaining an Immunological Paradox: HIV as Trojan Exosome,” was sponsored by the university’s Black American Studies Program. It is also part of ETSU’s Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series, the second annual lecture on Health, Equity and Inclusion, co-sponsored by Quillen Medical School and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

“Black American Studies is delighted to partner with the Schools of Public Health and Medicine to host this remarkable event, which highlights the importance of empathy, diversity, equity and inclusion in medicine as well as public policy,” said Dr. Darrell. Carter, associate dean for equity and inclusion in ETSU’s College of Arts and Sciences and director of black American studies. “Dr. Healdreth is a world-renowned physician, researcher and administrator. We are very fortunate to have him on campus.”

“We are delighted to have a physician of Dr. Healdreth’s stature to speak at ETSU and meet with our students, faculty and health professionals in the area,” said Dr. Randy Wyckoff, Dean of the School of Public Health. “His impact on the lives of students, medical professionals, and the public cannot be underestimated by the work he has done through medicine, education, advocacy and policy formulation.”

Healdreth is known as a global expert on infectious diseases and has emerged as a respected national figure in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was appointed to the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee in September 2020, and in February 2021, he was appointed to President Joe Biden’s Health Equality Task Force.

Healdreth is leading the technological, academic, and clinical transformation of Meharry Medical College in Nashville, one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to the education of physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts.

Prior to joining Meharry Medical College, Healdreth was Dean of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis. While there, he revamped the college’s student advising system and created new student learning communities, as well as creating a unique research program that included collaborations between scientists who focused on organisms from the distinct kingdoms of life (plants and animals).

He also spent 23 years at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as a student, postdoctoral researcher, professor, and associate dean. His research on HIV has resulted in international recognition of several major discoveries, including the identification of the critical role of cholesterol in HIV infection.

In addition to his Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University, Healdreth holds a Ph.D. from Oxford University and BA from Harvard University. His numerous honors include membership in the Tennessee Healthcare Hall of Fame, and he was named one of the “50 Most Influential Clinical Executives” for 2021 by Modern Healthcare.

For more information, contact the School of Public Health at (423-439-4243) or email storkj@etsu.edu. For special needs accommodations, contact the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.

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