2019 Keynote Address

The Lack of Diversity in Medicine is a National Emergency: The Way Forward

November 21, 2019
12:00 -1:00 pm

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Quinn Capers, IV, MD
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Quinn Capers IV, MD is Professor of Medicine and Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine. Clinically, he has personally performed over 4,000 coronary stent procedures, many in heart attack patients, and is an expert at performing these procedures through the radial artery in the patient’s wrist. His physician peers have named him one of America’s “Best Doctors” annually from 2009 to 2019, and his patient satisfaction scores have placed him in the 90th percentile nationally in five of the last six years. In June 2019, he was inducted into the OSU-based Mazzaferri-Ellison Society of Master Clinicians, a peer-nominated honorary society recognizing “Master Clinicians who excel in clinical practice, clinical teaching, mentoring, professionalism, and service.” He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the 2019 “Professor of the Year” Award, the highest teaching award of The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Capers is a passionate advocate for diversity enhancement in medicine as a strategy to reduce healthcare disparities, and was instrumental in a dramatic turnaround in the diversity of The Ohio State University’s cardiology fellowship training program. The program had not trained a single African American heart doctor prior to 2007, but is now considered one of the most diverse cardiology fellowship training programs in the country. In 2017, he joined with other Black male physicians on Twitter to co-found and launch “#BlackMenInMedicine”, a campaign to flood social media with images of Black male physicians. The goals are to inspire Black men and others to enter the field of medicine, to change the narrative about the image of black men, and to speak out against injustice. The hashtag boasted over 5 million impressions in its first two days.

Serving as admissions dean in the College of Medicine from 2009 to 2019, Dr. Capers led his team to achieve an increase in total applications from 4,000 to nearly 8,000; an increase in women matriculates such that for the first time in the College’s 102 year history, women outnumbered men in each of the last six entering classes; and an increase in the percentage of underrepresented minority (URM) students in the entering class to a high of 26% (compared to a national average of 13%), making OSU one of the most diverse majority medical schools in the country.

He has published several articles on interventional cardiology procedures, healthcare disparities, and diversity enhancement in medicine. His recent study on implicit bias is the first to document the presence and extent of unconscious racial bias in medical school admissions and ranks in the top 5% of all research papers downloaded according to Altmetric. A trained moderator of implicit bias workshops, Dr. Capers has led workshops that collectively have trained over 1,000 physicians and healthcare providers in strategies to reduce implicit bias, and speaks widely on the topic of implicit racial and gender bias in medicine and healthcare.

A Dayton, Ohio native, Dr. Capers graduated with honors from Howard University before obtaining his MD from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowships in vascular biology research, cardiovascular medicine, and interventional cardiology all at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Capers and his wife, Cheryl, are the proud parents of three children.

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