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After witnessing poverty and discrimination in Depression-era Georgia, Louis Wade Sullivan committed his career to education and public service, rising to become Secretary of Health and Human Services under President George H.W. Bush. He also was the founder and long-time president of Morehouse College School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. Louis Wade Sullivan was born in Atlanta in 1933, but when his family moved to a small Georgia farming community that did not offer educational opportunities for African Americans, he was sent to live with relatives in Savannah where he could attend school. After graduating at the top of his high school class, he entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, earning a B.S. in the premedical program in 1954. He then received a scholarship to Boston University School of Medicine, where he was the only African American in his class. He graduated third in his class, earning an M.D. (cum laude) in 1958. During his internship and residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Sullivan conducted research into the correlation between blood and diseases. He made several discoveries concerning alcohol and blood health, and subsequently conducted further medical research at Harvard Medical School and a number of other institutions during the following decades. In 1976, he helped found the Association of Minority Health Professions Schools to promote a national minority health agenda. In 1977, Sullivan became the first president of Morehouse College School of Medicine, which he helped to establish in an effort to increase the number of African American physicians serving urban and rural minority populations. Morehouse College of Medicine was one of only two black medical schools created in the 20th Century. He served as dean and president for the next 12 years. Through fundraising efforts for the college, Sullivan met and became friends with then Vice President George Bush. Sullivan became an advisor to Bush on health matters, and the two travelled to Africa in 1982 to learn about the continent's health needs. When Bush became president in 1988, Sullivan left Morehouse to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, a position he held from 1989 to 1992. After leaving the cabinet, Sullivan returned to his leadership at Morehouse for the next 10 years. In 2003, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to chair an advisory committee, the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


 
Conversation with Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
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Student Leadership Symposium - Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
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Dr. Louis Sullivan on The Rock Newman Show
Our guest for the April 22, 2015 Rock Newman Show is none other than the Honorable Dr. Louis Sullivan. From founding Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine (the first predominantly black...
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SOUNDBITE FEATURE Dr. Louis Sullivan
Louis Sullivan served as the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1989 to 1993. He was the founding president of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
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Keynote Luncheon: Hon. Louis. W. Sullivan
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Dr. Louis Sullivan & April McConnell at Hope-Hill Elementary
Dr. Louis Sullivan speaks at Hope-Hill Elementary School with Attorney April McConnell.
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2014 Bodek Lecture - Louis W. Sullivan, M.D.
Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and Penn GSE enjoy a conversation moderated by Professor Marybeth Gasman in celebration of Penn GSE's Centennial Year. A Conversation with Louis...
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Dr. Louis Sullivan Charley O' Corley's July 22 Sorry for the crappy cinematography!
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Dr. Louis Sullivan
Dr. Louis Sullivan, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services speaks in Bismarck on Wednesday about the need to improve oral health care in North Dakota.
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An Interview with Dr. Louis Sullivan
On October 5, 2012, Dr. Rafael Ortega, Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, spoke with B.U.S.M Alumnus Dr. Louis Sullivan. Dr. Sullivan is the founder of the...
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Why Dr. Louis Sullivan founded The Sullivan Alliance
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. discusses why he founded The Sullivan Alliance to Transform the Health Professions. He refers to the latest U.S. Census Bureau statistics regarding the rapid growth...
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Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine by Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the Auburn Avenue Research Library hosted Dr. Louis Sullivan, who discussed his latest publication, Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine. The book chronicles Dr....
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Dr. Louis Sullivan LIVE 8/22/08
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Dr. Louis Sullivans inspiration for becoming a doctor.
Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, M.D. discusses who inspired him to become a doctor. He tells a story about his childhood physician in Georgia, his parents, and the many teachers who encouraged him to...
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Akron Roundtable 5-15-15 Louis Sullivan
Louis W. Sullivan, M.D., former secretary of the U.S. Health & Human Services, spoke to Akron Roundtable in May about "Transforming the Health Profession: Turning Mission into Action." Sullivan,...
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Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine
The remarkable life of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, who spent his childhood in Jim Crow southern Georgia in the 1930s, became a physician, went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine and was...
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{DocTalk June 6, 2014} Dr. Louis Sullivan (VA Hospital Problem)
Dr. Louis Sullivan, founding dean and 1st president of Morehouse School of Medicine and former Secretary of Health and Human Services says the VA Hospital problem is fixable.
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{DocTalk June 6, 2014} Dr. Louis Sullivan 3 (Dental Crisis)
Dr. Sullivan says there is a crisis in the dental industry.
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Polly Bednash - About The Sullivan Alliance
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{DocTalk June 6, 2014} Dr. Louis Sullivan 2 (HHS Secretary)
Dr. Sullivan explains how he became the Health and Human Services Secretary under President Bush.
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