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March 26, 2003


Association of Black Cardiologists
Honors Emory Cardiology for Commitment
to Diversity and Cultural Enrichment in Medical Education

CHICAGO -- In recognition of Emory's commitment to supporting the training of minority cardiologists, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC), a not-for-profit volunteer national organization of more than 800 African-American cardiologists and medical professionals, is honoring the Emory University School of Medicine and David G. Harrison, M.D., Director of Emory's Division of Cardiology, at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) 52nd Annual Scientific Session in Chicago this weekend.

At a time when almost half of the cardiology training programs in the U.S. have never graduated an African-American cardiologist, it is estimated that Emory's Cardiology program has graduated approximately 20 African-American heart specialists.

"There is noticeable a lack of African American medical students being recommended for cardiology fellowships. It is invigorating to know one of the top medical schools in the country is committed to diversity, " says Malcolm Taylor, MD, President of the ABC. "We are pleased to acknowledge the Emory University School of Medicine and Dr. David Harrison for continuing to include African Americans and other minorities in the field of cardiology."

The ABC award for "Ongoing Commitment to the Promotion of Diversity and Cultural Enrichment in Medical Education" will be presented at the Chicago Westin Hotel (Michigan Avenue) Cotillion Ballroom on Saturday, March 29, at 7:00 pm. Douglas Morris, MD, Director of the Emory Heart Center, will accept the ABC award on behalf of Dr. Harrison.

"We at Emory are honored to be recognized by the Association of Black Cardiologists with this award," says Dr. Harrison. "We are committed to continuing our efforts to support and train African-American cardiologists."

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