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Dr. James Gavin, III

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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical School President
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
We Are A Small Medical School With Outrageous Ambition.

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1945
Birth Location:
Mobile, Alabama

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Medical School President
Chief Executive Officer
Healthcare Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
We Are A Small Medical School With Outrageous Ambition.

Birthplace

Born:
11/23/1945
Birth Location:
Mobile
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Biography

Researcher and medical school president Dr. James R. Gavin III was born on November 23, 1945, in Mobile, Alabama. Gavin attended Livingstone College, graduating magna cum laude in 1966. From there he attended Emory University in Atlanta, earning a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1970 and earned his M.D. from Duke University in 1975.

Gavin's impressive career in the healthcare industry began in 1971, when he went to work as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, a position he held until 1973. Today, he still serves as a reserve officer. After earning his M.D., Gavin worked as a pathologist at Duke University Hospital. The Washington University School of Medicine hired Gavin in 1979, where he served as an associate professor of medicine until 1986. After Washington University, Gavin went to the University of Oklahoma, where he worked on diabetes research. In 1991, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) hired Gavin as its senior scientific officer, and in 2000, he was promoted to the director of HHMI-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. Morehouse College School of Medicine named Gavin its president in 2002.

Gavin is an active member of numerous organizations, having served as president of the American Diabetes Association and on the editorial board of The American Journal of Physiology. He is a recipient of the Emory University Medal for Distinguished Achievement, the Banting Medal for Distinguished Service from the American Diabetes Association and the Internist of the Year from the National Medical Association. He currently serves on the board of directors of Baxter International and is outspoken in his support of affirmative action. Gavin and his wife of thirty-two years, Annie, have two sons.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Dr. James Gavin's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Dr. James Gavin lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dr. James Gavin describes his great grandfather, Seborn Gavin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dr. James Gavin describes his paternal grandmother, Maggie Gavin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his father, James Gavin, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dr. James Gavin talks about racial discrimination and desegregation in Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dr. James Gavin continues to talk about his father, James Gavin, Jr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dr. James Gavin describes his maternal grandmother, Nona Smoke
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dr. James Gavin describes his mother, Bessie Smoke Gavin
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dr. James Gavin talks about how his parents met and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dr. James Gavin describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dr. James Gavin describes the sights, sounds, and smells of his childhood in Mobile, Alabama, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dr. James Gavin describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dr. James Gavin describes his childhood personality and his father's high expectations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dr. James Gavin describes his teachers at W. H. Council Traditional School in Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dr. James Gavin remembers his childhood misadventures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dr. James Gavin describes his activities at Central High School in Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dr. James Gavin describes Mr. White and Mr. Thomas, two influential teachers at Central High School in Mobile, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dr. James Gavin describes his social life in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his experience at Big Zion A.M.E. Church in Mobile, Alabama and his decision to become a minister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dr. James Gavin describes his decision to attend Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dr. James Gavin describes his experience at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dr. James Gavin shares about his graduate school experience at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dr. James Gavin describes co-founding a chapter of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) at Emory University in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dr. James Gavin remembers the impact of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dr. James Gavin talks about H. Rap Brown
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dr. James Gavin describes his decision to attend Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dr. James Gavin describes how he became a leading expert in the field of diabetes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dr. James Gavin talks about the early years of his medical career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his work with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his work at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dr. James Gavin describes his tenure at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his philosophy of management
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Second slating of Dr. James Gavin's interview
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dr. James Gavin recalls the scientific discoveries he oversaw as a senior administrator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dr. James Gavin describes the HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dr. James Gavin describes increasing opportunities for black medical students
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dr. James Gavin talks about the distortion of affirmative action the United States
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dr. James Gavin talks about the future of affirmative action
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dr. James Gavin talks about his appointment as the president of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dr. James Gavin explains why Morehouse School of Medicine does not benefit from contributions to Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Dr. James Gavin talks about the challenges of being a president and his management style
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Dr. James Gavin talks about the need for fiscal stability in predominantly black medical schools
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Dr. James Gavin talks about socialized medicine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dr. James Gavin describes health concerns in the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dr. James Gavin describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dr. James Gavin talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dr. James Gavin's personal photographs