Joan Reede, M.D., a Harvard Medical School professor who serves as a mentor to aspiring minority doctors, has been named by the Association of American Medical Colleges as the sixth recipient of the Herbert Nickens, M.D., Award. The award, one of the highest honors in the academic medical community, is named after a former vice president of the AAMC and is presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to "promoting justice in medical education and healthcare," according to the association.
At Harvard, Reede developed a program to support the career development of underrepresented minorities that has helped the renowned institution increase its minority faculty by 91% from 1992 through 2002. Reede, who earned her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is director of the Center of Excellence in Minority Health and Health Disparities at Harvard Medical School and an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health.
"She is, quite simply, one of the most important teachers of multicultural medicine and cultural competence at Harvard Medical School," said Joseph Martin, M.D., dean of the faculty of medicine at Harvard.
The award will be presented to Reede Nov. 6 at the AAMC's annual meeting in Washington.