Morehouse dean to speak Dec. 2


Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean of the Morehouse School of Medicine, will be the speaker at the Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s Women of Prosperity Luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 2, at the Newnan Country Club. The luncheon begins with networking at 11:15 a.m. and the lunchtime program begins at 11:45 a.m. The Business Women’s Network is sponsored by LifePlan Financial Advisors, Inc.

Rice provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy, in her role as president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine. These assets make her an invaluable strategist, influencer and community partner. She is the sixth president of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution. In addition to president, she will also retain the deanship.

A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, Rice most recently served as dean and executive vice president of MSM, where she served since 2011. In this role, she led MSM’s widespread academic and clinical programs in health sciences and led its strategic planning initiatives for patient care, research and community engagement. She is the founder and former director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, where she also served as dean of the School of Medicine and senior vice president of health affairs. The Center for Women’s Health Research is one of the nation’s first research centers devoted to studying diseases that disproportionately impact women of color.

Prior to joining Meharry Medical College, Rice held numerous administrative and faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Her dedication to health care research, preventative care and mentoring are manifested in every aspect of her work and life.
A Georgia native, she holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine and her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. She also completed the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia.

Cost of the luncheon is $35 for Chamber members and guests, $50 for general admission, and reservations are due by Monday, Nov. 30.