|Henry & Dianne Ford
CLEVELAND – Richard E. Grant, MD
was honored Sept. 26 at the Iris S. and
Bert L. Wolstein Research Building as
faculty and staff guests celebrated Dr.
Grant’s position with University Hospitals
as the first Chairholder of the Edgar B.
Jackson, Jr., MD, Chair at University
Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Dr. Grant is the first African-American
orthopedic surgeon to join the full-time
faculty of University Hospitals. He also
holds an academic position of Professor
of Orthopedic Surgery at Case Western
Reserve University School of Medicine.
Dr. Grant was named Chairholder of the
Edgar B. Jackson, Jr., MD Endowed
Chair at University Hospitals Case
Medical Center after a national search,
the first endowed chair to honor an
African American physician in Ohio and
the only endowed position in the nation
that promotes and ensures diversity
among future medical leaders. An
endowed chair -- is one of the highest
honors a hospital can bestow upon a
This Chair honors the esteemed Edgar
B. Jackson, Jr., MD, a clinician and
academic administrator. Dr. Jackson,
Senior Advisor to the President and
Chief Executive Officer of University
Hospitals and University Hospitals Case
Medical Center and former Chief of Staff
of University Hospitals Case Medical
Center, has dedicated much of his
career to encouraging minority students
to pursue a career in medicine. In 1991,
Dr. Jackson created the David Satcher
Clerkship, a month-long program for
visiting fourth-year minority medical
students that introduces them to
University Hospitals with hopes of
attracting them as residents.
The University Hospitals Board of
Directors voted in 2000 to establish the
Chair to honor Dr. Jackson’s devoted
service to the hospital, the community
and to medical education ensuring that
the next generation of healthcare
leaders embraces the diversity of our
"We are pleased that Dr. Grant chose to
join University Hospitals and we are
extremely proud to bestow him the first
Edgar B. Jackson, Jr., MD Chair for
Diversity," says Fred C. Rothstein, MD,
President and CEO of University
Hospitals Case Medical Center. "Dr.
Grant is a nationally respected clinician
and role model who specializes in
orthopedic surgery. I am confident in his
ability to carry forward the legacy of Dr.
Edgar Jackson as a mentor and role
model for minority medical students,
residents and young faculty."
”I am delighted that a physician as
accomplished as Dr. Grant has
accepted this unique and special Chair
at University Hospitals Case Medical
Center, said Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.
D, Interim Dean, School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University. “In
this position, he will honor the legacy of
Ed Jackson, which is one of devotion to
his patients and his profession, bedrock
integrity, and exemplary mentoring of
young physicians. We are indeed
fortunate to have both of them as
Professors in the School of Medicine.”
Dr. Grant is a recognized national leader
in the field of orthopedic surgery, and
was Chairman of the Department of
Orthopedic Surgery at Howard University
College of Medicine in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Grant has relocated to Cleveland
from Howard University College of
Medicine in Washington, D.C., where he
was chairman of the Department of
Orthopedic Medicine for 13 years.
"We are profoundly fortunate as an
institution and city to have recruited Dr.
Grant. He is a great physician as well as
a great man," says Dr. Jackson. "I have
said to him that either the Chair was
made for him, or he, himself, was born
for the Chair."
Dr. Grant served as president of the
American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
from 2002-2003, and currently is the
senior director of the Board. He is also a
member of the Accreditation Council for
Graduate Medical Education Residency
Review Committee for orthopedic
surgery and was recently appointed to
the diversity committee of the American
Academy of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr.
Grant has been a visiting professor at
several major medical schools
throughout the country. He has
authored scientific papers and book
chapters, and has presented his
scientific research at local, regional and
"I am honored to be charged with
fulfilling the promise reflected in Dr.
Jackson’s lifelong dedication to
mentoring minority medical students,"
says Dr. Grant. "By translating his
passion and dedication, I will utilize the
strength of the Chair to increase
minority faculty recruitment,
development and retention."
Dr. Grant earned a BS in biology at
Stanford University and an MD at
Howard University in 1976. He
completed his orthopedic residency at
Wilford Hall Medical Center in San
Antonio, Texas, followed by a total joint
arthoplasty fellowship at Ohio State
University. Dr. Grant also completed an
adult spine fellowship at Baylor
University/St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital.
And how happened Dianne and I were
honored to attend this affair? We owe it
to people “in high places” like our
godmother Willie Gardner. Thank You
Ma Gardner, Thank You Edgar B.
Jackson, and Thank You and
Congratulations Dr. Grant.
"Seeing the world not as it is, but as it can be"
"Where there is no vision, the people perish." - Proverbs 29:18
Your Success Newsletter - Nov-Dec, 2006 - Published Bi-Monthly
|University Hospitals and Case Honor
Richard E. Grant, MD with Endowed Chair
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Photos by Dianne & Henry Ford
|Dr. Edgar B. Jackson clowning
around with Mrs. Willie Gardner
|Mrs. Willie Gardner poses with
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