For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2003

African-Americans with Cardiovascular Disease
are the focus of November 19th lecture

DAYTON, OHIO-The Charles Fortson Memorial Lecture presents "Historical Perspective on the Care of African-Americans with Cardiovascular Disease," featuring Rosalyn P. Scott, M.D., F.A.C.S., November 19, 7:00 p.m., in the Nelson Auditorium at Kettering Medical Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Scott is an associate professor of Surgery, and chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Charles Drew University School of Medicine and Sciences, and is the first African-American female heart surgeon.

The lecture is sponsored by the Fortson Family, Wright State University, Dayton Surgical Society, Gem City Medical/Dental, and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. It was established to honor the memory of Dr. Charles H. Fortson.

Fortson received his medical degree from Meharry Medical College, completed an internship at Hurley Hospital in Flint, Michigan, and a surgical residency at the Dayton Veterans Administration Hospital. He served as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Surgery at Wright State University, and was an active staff member with the Dayton V.A. Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital, Kettering Memorial Hospital, and Sycamore Hospital until his death in 1989. The annual lecture features prominent African-American physicians.

For more information about the lectureship contact Dr. Peter Ekeh at (937) 208-2468.