Eve-HigginbothamEve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD, has been named the first vice dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine, effective August 1, 2013. Prior to joining Penn Medicine,  Higginbotham held numerous academic leadership roles, including senior VP  and executive dean for Health Sciences at Howard University, and dean and senior VP for Academic Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.“As part of an overarching mission to promote faculty excellence, we created the vice dean position to strengthen our focus on enhancing diversity and multicultural inclusion within the academic, educational and clinical missions of the medical school,” said J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System and dean of the Perelman School of Medicine.

Higginbotham earned her SB and SM in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and medical degree from Harvard Medical School.  She completed a glaucoma fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston, and is a board-certified ophthalmologist, with a subspecialty in glaucoma.  She has a wide range of research interests, from ocular pharmacology to health disparities and policy, and has extensive experience conducting clinical trials. In addition to advancing the diversity and inclusion agenda as vice dean, Higginbotham plans to actively continue her research interests.

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