Dr. Willie Parker Presents Grand Rounds on January 16th

New York, NY (January 8, 2015) – Willie Parker, MD, MPH, MSc will present the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health’s January Grand Rounds. His presentation, entitled, “Going to Mississippi: If I Don’t, Who Will? – Physician Advocacy from a Reproductive Justice Perspective,” will discuss the epidemiology of abortion in the United States by race/ethnicity and social demographics; race-based abortion opposition and its impact; as well as the role and importance of physicians as advocates in reproductive rights.

Dr. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and trained in preventive medicine and epidemiology through the Centers for Disease Control, he currently provides abortion care for women in Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Illinois.  He is the physician plaintiff in a federal lawsuit preventing the closure of Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. Currently residing in his hometown of Birmingham, AL, his work includes a focus on violence against women, sexual assault prevention, and reproductive health rights through advocacy, provision of contraceptive and abortion services, and men’s reproductive health. He is a board member of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Physicians for Reproductive Health, and URGE: Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity.

As part of the Mount Sinai Health System’s virtual campus, videoconferencing will be offered with the Beth Israel Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine and the Mount Sinai-affiliated Mid-Hudson Family Practice Residency in Kingston.

The event will be held from 8-9am on Friday, January 16th in Mount Sinai’s Hatch Auditorium in the Guggenheim Pavilion (1468 Madison Avenue at 100th), 2nd Floor. A light breakfast will be served at 7:45am.

Department of Family Medicine and Community Health Grand Rounds are supported with a generous donation from the Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation. They are open to all and occur on the second Friday of every month throughout the academic year.