2019 “Moving from Charity Care to Partnering with Communities to Improve Health”

Guest Speaker

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI
Vice President for Health Equity, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance


Howard Venable, MD
Assistant Professor Emeritus of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, (1956-1987)

Howard Venable, MD is known for the revolutionary changes he made in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Venable completed his residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital and New York University. After completing his residency, Dr. Venable joined the faculty of Washington University in St Louis in 1958, as the first African American to work on the staff. He became an Assistant Professor Emeritus of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Venable retired in 1987, and was well known for his desire to
train young black students interested in ophthalmology. During his career, he was also in charge of three ophthalmology departments, St. Mary’s Infirmary, People’s Hospital of Saint Louis, and Homer G. Phillips Hospital.

2019 Lecture Photo Gallery

Photo by Lois Ingrum – Artists Media Co-op