Thomas J Blocker Society Living Legends Gala To Honor Drs. David Satcher & Louis Sullivan
By: Thomas J. Blocker Society
Dean Thomas J. Blocker was a member of the Morehouse Office of Health Professions for over thirty years, and during this period he teamed with Dr. J.K. Haynes and Dr. Joyce Nottingham to increase the number of Morehouse Men pursuing careers in Healthcare and the Sciences. Dean Blocker was instrumental in positioning Morehouse College as the number one producer of African American males accepted in medical, dental and health professional schools.
Dr. Satcher has the distinction of being the second person in history to concurrently serve in both positions, Surgeon General, 1991-2002 and Assistant Secretary 1998 – 2001. In 2002, Dr. Satcher served as Director of the National Center for Primary Care at Morehouse School of Medicine and in 2004, he was named interim president at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher is a 1963 graduate of Morehouse College and received his M.D., Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in 1970.
Dr. Louis Sullivan is a policy leader, minority health advocate, author, physician, and educator. A graduate of Morehouse College in 1954 with a B.S. Degree in Biology, Dr. Sullivan enjoyed a stellar career at Boston University Medical Center where he founded the Boston University Hematology Service in 1967. In 1975, Dr. Sullivan returned to Morehouse to serve as Dean and Director of the Morehouse College Medical Education Program. The program later became The School of Medicine at Morehouse College in 1978.
Blocker Society President Dr. Vandy Gaffney believes, "This wondrous occasion will serve as a tremendous opportunity to salute the excellence of two trailblazers in medicine, expressing heartfelt thanks where thanks is due while assisting the next generation of minority health care professionals who will stand on the shoulders of living legends like Drs. Satcher and Sullivan. With an event like this, who wouldn't want to be in attendance."
The Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation Thomas J. Blocker Society Foundation is the 501(c)3 non-profit financial and fundraising arm of the Thomas J. Blocker Society. The non-profit status allows TJB to obtain their goals of assisting the next generation of health care professionals through several fundraising endeavors including their capital campaign. Thomas J. Blocker Society is an incorporated collaboration of the Morehouse College National Alumni Association. The mission of The Thomas J. Block Society is to develop an alumni base and coordinate alumni efforts to support Morehouse's production of excellent physicians, dentists, research scientists, pharmacists, and allied health.