Neil Powe, MD, MPH, MBA, former Welch Center Director and GIM faculty member, has been awarded the 2010 Association of Professors of Medicine (APM) Diversity Award for his outstanding research on health disparities while at the Welch Center at Hopkins. During his tenure as Director of the Welch Center, Dr. Powe nurtured the growth of a diverse team of faculty and trainees. The Award was presented to him at the APM Winter meeting in February 2010. The article in the APM’s publication, Academic Internal Medicine Insight (2010;8(2):16,19), reads as follows:
“Neil R. Powe, MD, was presented the 2010 APM Diversity Award. To further the mission of promoting ethnic and racial diversity in departments of internal medicine, APM created the award to recognize individuals who have effectively improved diversity within medical schools or who have worked to ensure patients of all races and ethnicities receive the highest quality care. Dr. Powe is the Constance B. Wofsy Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. He also serves as Chief of Medical Services at San Francisco General Hospital.
"As his nominators point out, “Dr. Powe has devoted his professional life to studying racial and ethnic disparities in health care, in particular using chronic kidney disease as a model... Dr. Powe has documented widespread disenfranchisement from state-of-the-art medical care due to race and ethnicity. His work on kidney disease disparities provides a model for others looking at cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other conditions.”
"Dr. Powe’s commitment to increasing diversity is illustrated in other efforts as well, including participating in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Measuring, Managing and Improving Quality of Care in the End Stage Renal Disease Treatment Setting; the IOM Committee for Designing a National Health Care Disparities Report; the National Research Council Committee on National Statistics Panel on Us Department of Health and Human Services Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data; and the IOM Pay for Performance Committee.
"Dr. Powe received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and completed his residency as well as a fellowship in general internal medicine at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.”
Myron L. Weisfeldt, MD, William Osler Professor of Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine was the recipient of the same award in 2008. We might conclude that Hopkins is leading the way in developing and teaching diversity in the medical profession.
All Dr. Powe’s former colleagues at Hopkins GIM and the Welch Center send him their warmest congratulations!