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Former U.S. surgeon general to give 1st Frank Bryant Lecture

Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., the respected San Antonio physician who co-founded the Ella Austin Health Clinic and remains the only African-American president in the history of the Bexar County Medical Society, will be remembered Thursday, Dec. 12, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) as a new lecture series kicks off in his name.

David Satcher, M.D., will present the inaugural Frank Bryant Jr., M.D., Memorial Lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the UTHSCSA auditorium. The evening begins with a reception at 6 in the auditorium foyer. Dr. Satcher will speak on "Ethical Issues in the Distribution of Health Care in the United States."

Dr. Satcher served as surgeon general of the United States from 1998 until 2001 and as assistant secretary of health during the same time. He is only the second person to have held both positions simultaneously. In September he was named director of the new National Center for Primary Care at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.

Dr. Bryant was the first medical director of the Ella Austin clinic and was co-developer of the East San Antonio Medical Center. He was the first president of the C.A. Whittier Medical Society and was a member of the Alamo Community College District Foundation Board. He received many honors and awards, including the Bexar County Medical Society Foundation Award, given to an individual who promoted excellence in the San Antonio medical community, dedicated time to volunteer efforts and provided leadership within the community.

Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center, and The Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at UTHSCSA invite everyone to attend. A grant from the Texas Medical Foundation is supporting the lecture.

One hour of AMA Category 1 credit in medical ethics will be awarded. For more information, call the UTHSCSA continuing medical education office at (210) 567-4446.

Contact: Will Sansom