Founded in 2018, the Osler Medical Symposium, a student-run lecture series at Johns Hopkins University, hopes to bridge the divide between those making decisions in medicine and those affected by these decisions. By providing a forum for speakers of diverse identities and experiences, we challenge the community to push the status quo in a direction that promotes health, equity, and justice.

Past symposia during my leadership have included a panel of former/current Baltimore City Health Commissioners, the Dean/CEO of Hopkins Medicine, a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, a Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, the President of Johns Hopkins Hospital, the President of the American Medical Student Association, and the Henrietta Lacks family.



Dr. Peter Agre event

International Diplomacy through Medicine | Dr. Peter Agre, Nobel Prize Winner (Chemistry)
APRIL 23, 2019 | Dr. Peter Agre, a Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, spoke on behalf of his current work in combating malaria at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute as well as his experience in international diplomacy through medicine. Dr. Agre has led multiple visits of American scientists to North Korea, Cuba, Myanmar/Burma, and Iran. Dr. Sheri Lewis, Global Disease Surveillance Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, served as the moderator.

The Family of Henrietta Lacks Medical Ethics: Privacy and Patient Rights | The Family of Henrietta Lacks
APRIL 2, 2019 | The Osler Medical Symposium had the opportunity to sit down with Veronica Robinson, Henrietta Lacks' great-granddaughter, who serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the use of her great-grandmother's HeLa cells in biomedical research & Dr. Cynda Rushton, a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Ms. Robinson and Dr. Rushton discussed the importance of trust in patient practitioner relationships for fostering improved communication among community members and those in the healthcare system. During the following Q&A, audience members joined Ms. Robinson and Dr. Rushton in discussing the Lacks family's role in continuing the legacy and impact of the Henrietta Lacks Foundation.

Dr. Kahn & Dr. Brandacher event Hand, Face, and Genital Transplants: Navigating Ethics to Change Lives | Dr. Jeffrey Kahn & Dr. Gerald Brandacher
MARCH 14, 2019 | The Osler Medical Symposium was joined by Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, Director of the Berman Institute of Bioethics, and Dr. Gerald Brandacher, Scientific Director of the Reconstructive Transplant program at Johns Hopkins Hospital, who worked on the team that performed the first penis and scrotum transplant. At the event, they discussed solid organ vs. composite transplants, privacy and confidentiality, and risk/benefit analyses for Vascularized Composite Allotransplantations (VCAs).

Dr. Miller event Reimaging Healthcare in the 21st Century | Dr. Redonda Miller, President of the Johns Hopkins Hospital
FEBRUARY 5, 2019 | Hospitals and health systems are increasingly under pressure to provide more consumer-friendly, value-laden, and population-focused care for patients. Dr. Redonda Miller President of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, discussed how The Johns Hopkins Hospital is evolving – through use of technology, innovative programs, and personalized care – to create the healthcare system that patients both want and need. Dr. Perry Tsai, President of the American Medical Student Association, moderated the discussion. Click here to watch!



Dr. Arturo Casadevall event

Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Research of Health and Medicine | Dr. Arturo Casadevall
APRIL 17, 2018 | Dr. Arturo Casadevall, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor and Chairman of the W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, discussed gender inequities in research teams, professional conferences, and academic leadership. He offered proven solutions to reduce such disparities.

Dr. Paul Rothman event

The Role of Economics, Equity, and Entrepreneurship in Healthcare and Medicine | Dr. Paul Rothman
APRIL 3, 2018 | Dr. Paul Rothman, Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine, spoke to OMS about the role of business and economics in the medical field, as well as what Hopkins Medicine is doing to improve the healthcare of the greater Baltimore area. Click here to watch!

Commissioners event
Commissioners event

Baltimore in the 21st Century: A Commissioner's Perspective
Dr. Leana Wen, Dr. Peter Beilenson, Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, and Dr. Michelle Gourdine

MARCH 2, 2018 | Our panelists, four former and current Baltimore Commissioners of Health (Drs. Leana Wen, Peter Beilenson, Joshua Sharfstein, and Michelle Gourdine), spoke about various public health issues in Baltimore and throughout the United States. Topics they covered include the opioid epidemic, the evolution and current state of health insurance in the US, pharmaceuticals and public health, and racial issues in public health. Click here to watch!