DALLAS/FORT WORTH (April 23, 2014) – Artemis Medial Society announced today that Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, the incoming President of the Morehouse School of Medicine, will serve as the Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Artemis Medical Society Conference at the Westin Galleria Dallas. The conference is from September 26 to 28, 2014. Dr. Montgomery Rice will give the keynote address during the conference luncheon on Saturday, September 27.

“We are honored to announce that Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice will be serving as the keynote speaker for our inaugural conference” expressed Dr. Myiesha Taylor, President, Artemis Medical Society.  “Dr. Montgomery Rice is an amazing trailblazer in health care and we are fortunate to have such a dynamic leader share her wisdom with us.”

Dr. Montgomery Rice has had a distinguished career in medicine. Dr. Montgomery Rice will become Morehouse School of Medicine’s sixth president and the first woman to lead the institution when she takes office in July 2014.  When Dr. Montgomery Rice was first named to the role in June 2013, she was the first African American woman named to lead an independent medical school. She is the founder and former director of the Center for Women’s Health Research at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn., where she had previously 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. Dr. Montgomery also held numerous administrative and faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine prior to joining Meharry Medical College.

“Dr. Montgomery Rice is a role model for many of our members and her distinguished career has opened doors for future generations of physicians” said Dr. Donna Hamilton, Vice President for Communications.  “Our membership is very excited to have a living history maker like Dr. Montgomery Rice speak at our inaugural conference.  We are sure that her words will inspire us to continue to fulfill our mission to change the face of medicine around the world.”

Artemis Medical Society helps promote an environment in medicine where women of color from around the world can come together to support and learn from each other across all medical specialties. Since their formation they have worked diligently to create a supportive environment by fostering a strong sense of community among their membership. Artemis Medical Society believes women physicians of color are a vital part of an effective physician workforce that is responsive to, and aims to deliver quality healthcare to our increasingly diverse communities. Through mentoring, networking and advocacy, the organization is providing the foundation necessary to create a diverse physician workforce vital to our rapidly changing society.

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