February 8, 2021


The 2021 Vivien T. Thomas Lecture during The Society of Thoracic Surgeons 57th Annual Meeting was delivered by Quinn Capers IV, MD, associate dean for faculty diversity and vice chair for diversity and inclusion in the Department of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

During the lecture, Dr. Capers discussed the factors that contribute to racial disparities in the medical field. He also outlined specific points when “gatekeepers” such as school counselors and admissions faculty, as well as mentors and role models, can hold the keys to life-changing moments that help shape successful careers.

In addition, he presented strategies that are practically applicable, by both institutions and individuals, to combat racial disparities.