38th Annual Zollicoffer Lecture

Named in honor of Lawrence Zollicoffer, MD the lecture is intended to increase the awareness of minority health issues and introduce the student body to dynamic minority role models in the field of medicine. This year the committee is honored to host Donald E. Wesson MD, FASN as the 2019 Zollicoffer Lecturer. A renowned scientist and clinician, Dr. Wesson is also an extraordinary educator and mentor who has made an indelible mark on medical education.

When Feb 08, 2019
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where MBRB 2204
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Contact Phone 919-966-7673
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Since 1996, Dr. Wesson has been a committed steward within the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) serving on several committees including but not limited to the Public Policy Board, The Policy and Public Affairs Committee, Research Priorities Committee, and the Abstract Review Committee.  In 2007, Dr. Wesson was elected Secretary-Treasurer of ASN and as a member of ASN's governing council, has remained an effective leader in helping to steer changes that not only support financial sustainability within the organization, but promote a commitment to ethical values. His vision and leadership have been central to implementing concrete changes that will improve ASN's focus on diversity and inclusion. Most recently, he along with Dr. Jonathan Himmelfarb, led the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Work-Group and transitioned it into the organizational structure as an official, standing committee.  
From a career standpoint, Dr. Wesson is an internationally recognized researcher in renal acidifying mechanisms and a thought-leader in academic medicine.  He has translated his basic science studies to clinical studies examining the kidney-protective benefit of nutrition and the role of nutrition in population health. Dr. Wesson is credited for inspiring many of the numerous recent studies examining dietary patterns (including dietary acid load) and kidney outcomes. He has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers regarding kidney physiology, more than a dozen books about kidney disease and hypertension, and many other manuscripts on cigarette smoking and its effects on the kidney. He has been a long-time leader in academic medicine serving as former board chair for the American Board of Internal Medicine, and former executive vice president for academic operations for Baylor Scott & White Health. Dr. Wesson is currently President of the Diabetes Health and Wellness Institute at Baylor Scott & White Health. Prior to this position, Baylor Scott & White Health named Dr. Wesson its chief academic officer where he directed physician, nursing and allied health education programs and collaborations. Dr. Wesson has also served as the S.C. Arnett Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine and Physiology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and was Associate Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine where he was Assistant Chief of the Nephrology Section at the Houston VA Hospital. 
Punctuating his scientific and academic contributions is his extensive track record of mentoring and shaping the careers of junior physicians and scientists. Dr. Wesson has served as a mentor to many nephrologists, including members of the ASN Diversity and Inclusion Work Group (now Diversity and Inclusion Committee) as well as medical students in the ASN Kidney TREKS program. What stands out about Dr. Wesson and his mentoring approach is that it comes across more as a natural character trait than a learned skill. 

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