The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) Alumni Reception and Dinner was held at the Le Meridien Atlanta Perimeter hotel on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Seventy five alumni were in attendance at the event, which celebrated many of MSM’s milestones over the previous 40 years — including graduating more than 70 percent primary care practitioners (with more than 50 percent practicing in Georgia), 63 percent of residents practicing primary care (with more than 64 percent practicing in Georgia), and ranking as the no. 1 medical school in the nation in fulfilling its social mission — as well as five outstanding individuals for their service. Additionally, the class of 1995 presented the school with a check for $20,000.
The five Outstanding Service Award recipients:
Dr. James is a Morehouse School of Medicine charter class member and a board certified pediatrician who also trains MSM medical students and residents as they rotate through her clinics.
She has served as president of the MSM National Alumni Association and is a lifetime member. Dr. James received a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Development from Howard University and completed the 2-year Morehouse School of Medicine Basic Sciences Program. She graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed her pediatric internship and residency at Grady and Egleston Hospitals where she served as chief resident.
Prior to opening Pediatrics Village, P.C. in Peachtree City, Georgia, Dr. James was employed at West End Medical Center and at Meridian Medical Group where she was lead physician. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and other professional and community organizations.
Dr. McWilliams is and 2001 graduate of Morehouse School of Medicine and currently serves on the MSM Board of Trustees. He is an active member of the Ft. Benning –Columbus GA- MSM philanthropy group that fosters a relationship between MSM, its alums and the medical community at large.
Dr. McWilliams joined The John B. Amos Cancer Center in 2010 as the center’s third Radiation Oncologist. He previously served in Oncology Clinical Research at the cancer center and was also a Physician Coordinator for the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition.
Dr. McWilliams is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the American College of Radiology. Dr. McWilliams most recently worked as the Principal Investigator for Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services, Inc.
Keri L. Norris, Ph.D., M.P.H.,’04
During her seven-year tenure at the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Norris held the positions of health scientist, evaluator and epidemiologist. She has also served on the advisory council for the CDC’s University School of Public Health Research and Medicine.
She has extensive experience in eliminating health disparities in vulnerable populations within the United States.
After completing a fellowship with the University of Michigan’s Center for Research in Culture and Health’s Bridges program, she served as evaluator, program planner, and health policy analyst. Dr. Norris has also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of South Carolina, Agnes Scott, Spelman and Morehouse School of Medicine. She has earned numerous awards and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health in 2012. Dr. Norris holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Agnes Scott, a Master’s of Public Health in Health Administration, Management and Policy from Morehouse School of Medicine as well as a certificate of graduate study in Gender and Women’s Studies. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Health Promotion, Education and Behaviour from the University of South Carolina.
Bonnie Simpson Mason, MD a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, has served as the CFO of Grant Orthopaedic Bone and Joint Surgeons since 2001. In 2005, Dr. Mason founded and currently serves as the executive director of Nth Dimensions Educational Solutions, Inc., an educational non-profit organization, which develops and facilitates scholarship programs focused on increasing diversity in medicine, decreasing gender and health disparities, and promoting professional development of aspiring physicians. Nth Dimensions has awarded close to a half-million dollars in scholarships to date. Many of the young people who have participated in programs sponsored by Nth Dimensions credit those experiences as being the driving force behind their success in becoming orthopaedists.
She received the 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Diversity Award at the AAOS Annual Meeting. The Diversity Award recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves through their outstanding commitment to making orthopaedics more inclusive by recruiting and supporting women and minority medical students interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedics.
Dr. Kevin Williams has over 15 years of teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in private, professional and public universities. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Leadership in the Penfield College of Mercer University, where he teaches courses in Healthcare Leadership, Organization Leadership and Research Methods in The Department of Leadership Studies.
His current research focus is on African American students living with learning disabilities, and the health and education outcomes of those students. His research interests also include health services, health workforce, and health policy research and leadership. Dr. Williams served as a Research Consultant and Principal Investigator for a program he co-founded in 2006 with a fifty two thousand dollar grant that was awarded to him from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. The program created a research think tank entitled “The Bishop Edgar A. Love Bridge Builders Program” which mirrored his dissertation study titled “A Study of Self-Determination Skills of Students with Learning Disabilities at Selected Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” Among his many awards and accomplishments is the CeDAR Honors 2013 Trailblazer Award for his exceptional accomplishments as a FAMU alumnus and advocate for persons with disabilities. The Trailblazer award is the highest honor given by The Center for Disability Access and Resources at Florida A&M University.