New academic chair at Morehouse to focus on sexuality and religion

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted June 18, 2012

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Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta has created an endowed academic chair devoted to sexuality and religion. School officials on May 30 announced the Marta S. Weeks and David E. Richards Endowed Chair in Sexuality and Religion.

“Through this unique chair, Morehouse School of Medicine will provide national and international leadership addressing the challenges of sexuality and sexual health in the worlds of medicine and religion,” said David Satcher, MD, PhD, former U.S. surgeon general and founder of the school’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute and its Center of Excellence for Sexual Health.

In 2001, Dr. Satcher released the report, “Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Sexual Health and Responsible Sexual Behavior.” The individual named to the new position will focus on teaching, research and the development of innovative services that bridge sexuality, religion and medicine, particularly for medically underserved populations.

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