Events / Washington University School of Medicine – Faculty Development

Washington University School of Medicine – Faculty Development

4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Dean Perlmutter and the Office of Education invite you to attend Use and Misuse of Race and Ethnicity: Implications for Precision Medicine, with Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, PhD and Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH. This session will discuss the meaning and implications of race, ethnicity and ancestry in medicine and public health research, racial and ethnic health inequities as a consequence of interactions between socio-environmental exposures and biology/genetics, and impacts of racial bias and racism for medicine now and in the future. We believe this is a critical conversation and we hope you will join us.

Agenda will be as follows:

  • 4-430: Brief Presentation by our Visiting Speakers
  • 430-5: Fireside Chat with Dean Perlmutter
  • 5-530: Q&A and Active Discussion


Luisa N. Borrell, DDS, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, City University of New York (CUNY). Her research interest is on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic position, and neighborhood effects as social determinants of health. In addition, she focuses on the effect of nationality, nativity status, and race among Hispanics as social determinants of health.

Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD, MPH, is Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatrics at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Her scholarly work has focused on the broad themes of Latino health, acculturation, immigrant health, health disparities, faculty misconduct, and faculty development.

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Contact Kaci Lally for questions.