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Published on September 24, 2012

Renowned Pediatric Neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson to Headline Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities Annual Conference

New York Times Bestselling Author Joins Adventist HealthCare, Inova, LifeBridge Health Leaders to Lead 6th Annual Event on Achieving Health Equity to Be Held October 8

Rockville, Md. — Dr. Benjamin Carson, pediatric neurosurgeon and New York Times best-selling author, will be the keynote speaker for the Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities Sixth Annual Conference on Monday, Oct. 8. Dr. Carson will speak at 11 a.m. at the conference, “Starting at the Top: Achieving Health Equity Through Executive Leadership,” which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hilton Garden Inn in Greenbelt, Md.

“We are honored to have Dr. Carson as this year’s keynote speaker,” said Marcos Pesquera, Executive Director of the Adventist HealthCare Center on Health Disparities. “His diverse experiences will provide a rich contribution to the panel discussion and allow for a unique opportunity for conference attendees to get face-to-face with a world renowned health care leader.”

Dr. Carson’s numerous philanthropic efforts have helped to provide opportunities for underserved populations and contribute to reducing and eliminating health disparities in the community. As co-founder of Angels of the OR, Dr. Carson has helped to provide grants to assist neurosurgery patients with expenses not covered by insurance. He is also president and co-founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments.

Additionally, Dr. Carson holds more than 60 honorary doctorate degrees and hundreds of awards and citations including the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP. He currently serves as a professor of neurosurgery, oncology, plastic surgery and pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he has directed pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center for over a quarter of a century. He is the author of five books, including “Gifted Hands,” his memoir of overcoming great odds to achieve his childhood dream to become a physician.

Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will deliver the conference’s opening address, followed by a CEO roundtable discussion with nationally recognized health care leaders including:

  • William G. “Bill” Robertson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Adventist HealthCare
  • J. Knox Singleton, Chief Executive Officer, Inova Health System
  • Neil Meltzer, President, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, LifeBridge Health
  • Helen Darling, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Business Group on Health

National and regional health leaders are invited to attend the conference to gain expert advice on how to successfully address and reduce health disparities in their communities.

Established in 2007, the Center has served as an important extension of Adventist HealthCare’s mission to “demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.” Through research, training, education and health-care services, the Center works to understand and address the challenges that racial and ethnic minorities face in accessing quality health care and achieving healthy outcomes. For more about the Center and the upcoming conference, go to www.adventisthealthcare.com/disparities.

Adventist HealthCare, an integrated health-care delivery organization based in Rockville, MD, is one of the largest employers in the State of Maryland. The mission of Adventist HealthCare is to demonstrate God’s care by improving the health of people and communities through a ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. Adventist HealthCare includes Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, Washington Adventist Hospital, Adventist Behavioral Health, Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of MD, Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Adventist Home Care Services and the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Infants and Young Children.

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